Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.
Happy D.E.A.R. Day! That's Drop Everything and Read, in case you don't have fond memories of D.E.A.R. from Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby books.
Aaron Fechter invented the original Whac-A-Mole game in 1971.
Taking a stroll through old Popular Mechanics and Popular Science-type magazines is always good for a few smiles. Here are ten images worth taking a closer look
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. Two of these numbers are already provided for you.
There are few spectacles that can compare to the awe-inspiring power of a space shuttle launch.
The Illinois Poison Control Center posted stories of the 282 calls they took in one day.
Actress Dixie Carter passed away on April 10, 2010, at the age of 70. She is survived by her husband, actor Hal Holbrook, and two daughters.
What else are smart phones good for?
There's no question that reading a mental_floss story can pay off during Trivial Pursuit, or when you're trying to impress someone at a cocktail party.
In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you
In honor of my first word, my first link this week concerns owls: Francesca has sent in this link to a live owl webcam focusing on a mother owl and her 4 owlets.
Cats are fascinated with the bathroom. Yes, there are house cats who use the toilet for the same purpose humans do, but there are no videos of that here.
I can't tell you how often I hear someone use the term "literally" when he or she means "figuratively." It bugs me nearly as much as "misused" quotation marks.
We've neglected a very important anniversary on the _floss this week - Twinkies turned 80 years old on Wednesday!