"Luck of the Irish" is an Old Mining Expression

Angela Tung

"It carried with it a certain tone of derision."


David K. Israel

Ending my SXSW coverage this week with a little write up of a _flossy product called FoundIt!

Let's Say You Had to Write a Memoir About One of Your Jobs

Jason English

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.

The Insidious Cost of Ringtone Piracy

Chris Higgins

I've covered the brouhaha over laws like SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA. But in this five-minute TED Talk, Rob Reid brilliantly explains what I had been missing all along: Copyright Math™.

18 Delightfully Artistic Vintage STD Posters

Jill Harness

Here are a few classic government posters designed to help keep the men and women of America safe.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Email from Beyond the Grave Jack Froese of Dunmore, Pennsylvania, died suddenly last year at age 32.

Brain Game: Mo

Friday's crept around once again, so here's a not-too-tough Brain Game Free-for-All Friday challenge.

Morning Cup of Links: Patrick, the Saint

Miss Cellania

The Origin of the Freak Show, Part One.

The Guardian's "Open Journalism"

David K. Israel

One of the more exciting things I learned at SXSW this past week was how The Guardian has launched a new "Open Journalism" approach to reporting.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 45

Mark Arminio

It's time once again for the game that's sweeping the nation: GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below have something in common.

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAA Tournament: The Midwest

Mangesh & Jason

We're going region by region, giving you one fun fact about each team in the tournament. Last up, the Midwest! (1) North

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAA Tournament: The East

Mangesh & Jason

We're going region by region, giving you one fun fact about each team in the tournament. (1)

At the Libraries: No Donations Welcome

Miss Kathleen

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a

Adam Savage Talks Feynman, Eratosthenes, and Fizeau

Chris Higgins

In this seven-minute talk, MythBuster Adam Savage inspires students to understand how simple questions can lead to major scientific discoveries.

Four Feline Photographers

Miss Cellania

Yesterday I read about a documentary film that debuted at the SXSW Film Festival in which the cinematographer was a cat. The item jogged my memory, as I had posted about this same cat back in 2007.