101 Masterpieces

Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged

101 Masterpieces

Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged


Choose Your Own Adventure

Allison Keene

Most of you probably remember reading Choose Your Own Adventure books, which gained a lot of popularity in the 1980s.

History of the World: Cable TV On, Women’s Shirts Off

Stacy Conradt

Before the Internet became a limitless font of pornography just a mouse click away, late-night premium cable TV was pretty much the best thing ever invented, as far as teenage boys were concerned.

Does Language Shape Culture?

Ransom Riggs

According to a raft of new research (and this great article in the WSJ), the answer is yes, profoundly.

Jimmy Fallon and JT Drop Some Hip-Hop

Chris Higgins

Last week, Justin Timberlake appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to promote his new movie role.

How an Island Full of Landmines Led to a Thriving Penguin Population

the mag

by Hank Green War—what is it good for? Well, if the Falkland Islands are any indication, it certainly helps

Record-Breaking Marathon Comedy

Colin Patrick

The majority of people who give stand-up comedy a try struggle to cobble together 5-10 minutes of material strong enough to hold an audience’s attention.

Brain Game: Math Square #44

The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in this main grid (the red square). One number is provided for you.

Morning Cup of Links: Biblical UFOs

Miss Cellania

Close Encounters of the Sacred Kind. A retired Presbyterian minister finds UFO sightings in the Bible. * Facebook Fakery.

Last Chance to Get 3 Free Issues of mental_floss When You Pre-Order Our New Book!

Mangesh & Jason

It's smarter than your old history teacher, funnier than the founding fathers and more American than Betty Crocker cradling an apple

Weekend Links: A Penny for Your Floor

Allison Keene

I love kids, I really do, but this pictorial meditation on "If Build-A-Bears Were As Terrible As Real Children" was still pretty hilarious and on-point! * Hopefully you guys can do better

Our Most Popular Stories Since September 14th

Jason English

Since my daughter Katherine was born on September 14th, I haven't been obsessively refreshing, and we haven't been posting The Week's Most Popular Stories.

Win a Copy of the National Geographic Answer Book!

Andréa Fernandes

Every day, more than 20,000 Chinese people leave the countryside to settle in urban areas. Related Link: For the past two weeks, we've been pulling Numbers of the Day from the beautiful and fa

Weekend Links: A Hotel in Space

Allison Keene

Space ... the final frontier ... for hotels! Get ready for zero-gravity fun at the Russian Space Hotel. * Space ... the final fron -- oh wait I already did that one.

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

The Late Movies: The Andy Griffith Show

Miss Cellania

Sunday is the 50th anniversary of the premiere of The Andy Griffith Show.