Yawning is so contagious that it can spread to dogs and monkeys.
An interesting article as the NFL season starts to rev up about why it's getting harder and harder to watch and support football.
"How does light look in slow motion?" asks Ramesh Raskar in this brief TED Talk, demonstrating his "femto-photography," a slow motion technique that achieves one trillion frames pe
The World Mobile Phone Throwing Championship took place yesterday in the small town of Savonlinna, Finland.
Franklin statue image via Shutterstock
In the 1750s and 60s, Great Britain and France waged war in North America for colonial domination of the continent.
In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you
An October surprise is any bit of news that breaks right before an election that has the capability to help determine the outcome of the race.
In this decidedly spooky TED Talk, Jon Ronson explains his journey to understand mental illness, which brought him to a prison for the criminally insane to interview a very sanely-dressed possible psy
Sadly I don't read as many books as I used to. I grew up an incorrigible bookworm, but so much time now is taken up with TV and internet (forsooth!).
Scientists have found that the seven deadly sins aren't all bad. Consider this your official permission to give in to
Installment #31: After the Russian and French general staffs met in Paris in July 1912, French Prime Minister Raymond Poincaré (above, at right) followed up with a trip of his own to St.
Octopi are pretty clever creatures with a whole wealth of skills; some people believe their intelligence levels are on par with those of cats and dogs.
It’s Casual Dress Friday
It’s Friday, so you may be at your office right now wearing jeans. If so, your office is one of many with a relaxed end-of-week dress code.
As I continue flipping through my copy of the Dictionary of American Slang (1967), it seems like every page has a new term for "drunk." We've discussed "on a toot" (a drunken
The whale that sparked decades of elementary school sing-alongs has swum to the big ocean in the sky.
On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.