The inventors of Bubble Wrap were originally trying to make plastic wallpaper.
If you're the head of an American household, the odds are a little better than even that you've already mailed back your census form.
By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert the word BALL into the word HOOP in six (or fewer) steps.
Scientists have synthesized element 117, which fills in the hole on the periodic table.
While I don't consider myself a shy person, one thing I've never had the guts to do is sing my heart out in public.
You may not know who Ole Kirk Christensen was, but you see the effect he had on pop culture (and architecture) every time you find yourself in the toy aisle at Target.
Matthew Weathers is a math professor at Biola University, and he likes a good gag.
I just typed "iPad" into the mental_floss back-end search engine and was amazed to discover that we haven't yet written anything substantial on this possibly game-changing device.
I got a very nice email last night from a librarian in New York.
The biological order of primates includes humans, apes, and monkeys. It also includes prosimians, which are smaller, more primitive animals that we recognize as cute enough to be our relatives.
These are all phrases which, when spoken aloud, sound similar to the names of certain Major League Baseball teams. An example?
Photographer Noah Sheldon recently toured what remains of Biosphere 2, Arizona's ambitious, once-thriving experiment in closed-system ecology. (Also see the movie Biodome.
Unpaid internships are a handy way for employers to get free labor, often illegally.
It was only a matter of time before we got to this.
It's an all-new 5-day trivia hunt!
Co-puzzle Master Josh Halbur and I are happy to bring you the next How Did You Know? sponsored by the extraordinary video sharing site motionbox.com.
Jeremy Bernstein (a professor of physics and occasional journalist) brings us a nice recollection of playing chess with Stanley Kubrick, covering the Fischer/Spassky chess match for Playboy using a ps