In Japan, letting a sumo wrestler make your baby cry is considered good luck.
Happy Hanukkah! The Maccabeats explain the holiday in the song "I Flip My Latkes In The Air Sometimes".
Original transcripts from NASA missions are online at Spacelog.
About a month ago, I shared the story of a family discovering what is likely a lost Michelangelo painting that could be worth up to $300 million.
We offer digital subscriptions to mental_floss magazine through Zinio. Through Friday, they've lowered the price to a tempting $12.97!
On December 1, 1948, a man's body was found on a beach in Australia. Then things got weird.
Arcade Fire may be the official favorite band of mental_floss bloggers, with Ransom and I continuing to blab about this one time we saw them in the desert, and how awesome it was.
According to our friend David Holzel, "The short answer is yes."
We’re dealing with a transliteration that – because English and Hebrew don’t share all of the same sounds and none of the
You don't need an Advent calendar to know that Christmas is coming, but opening a little numbered door to reveal a prize is an idea that everyone – religious or not – can get behind.
If you missed our previous installments, check out A Short History of Long-Haired Music archives
By the time he reached puberty, Mozart already had three oratorios, nine masses, twenty-three sonatas,
It's crucial that the autocratic leader of an on-the-verge-of-starving population look like he knows what he's doing, lest the people turn against him.
Last month, Ain't It Cool News announced a contest to "TRON-itize" vintage films. The idea is to take an old film and add CGI TRON-style graphics.
For years, African farmers have been fighting off what just might be the world's largest pests -- elephants.
• By the beginning of the 20th century, chocolate (and tasty treats) were no longer just for the rich.