The Taliesin Tragedy

Stacy Conradt

Nearly 100 years ago today (97 if you’re really splitting hairs), some of the most horrific murders in the history of Wisconsin took place.

The Late Movies: Double Dutch

Erica Palan

Growing up in Philadelphia, lots of girls in my neighborhood jumped rope. The most impressive did double dutch.

The Rat That Poisons Itself—For Defense

Jill Harness

Plenty of animals have their own poison, but the African Crested Rat is the only known mammal outside of humankind to create poison from an external source.

Reliving the All Too Brief Run of The Dana Carvey Show

Colin Patrick

"If we were doing it just so that we could be written about on years later, then we completely succeeded.

Questions Our Writers Send Me Via Text #1 (of Thousands, Probably)

Jason English

Every now and again, a fellow _flosser texts me a question I just can't answer—either because I don't know the answer, or because of the medium's draconian character limit.

The Bodacious Letter B

Matt Soniak

Always a bridesmaid and never a bride, B is the also-ran, the second best, the afterthought, the sidekick to the alphaletter A.

Jack Kevorkian's Public-Access Cable Show

Chris Higgins

"Well, the time has come for us to enter the realm of pure human reason.

Signing Off

Ransom Riggs

My flossy friends, This week marks five years since I started blogging for mental_floss, and a great five years it has been.

11 Pencil Vs. Camera Images

David K. Israel

Born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and now living in Belgium, Ben Heine is an amazing artist who overlaps hand-drawn works of art with photos to create stunning images. I selected eleven of his Pencil Vs.

Brain Game: Math Square #86

If you're not yet bright-eyed and bushy-tailed today, jump start your noggin with today's Brain Game: a brand-new Monday Math Square.

Morning Cup of Links: Superheroes and Villains

Miss Cellania

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's...Some Dude?! A night in the lives of real-world super heroes. (via Metafilter) * Why do people confess to doing things they actually didn't do?

9 Essential Facts for the Crustacean Enthusiast

Adam Raymond

1. Let them eat lobster! In colonial America, lobster wasn’t the delicacy it is today. In fact, it was so cheap and plentiful, it was a staple for prisoners and servants.

Weekend Links: Savoring the Sounds of Summer

Allison Keene

One of my favorite things when watching "Mythbusters" is when they go to the slow-mo camera.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing all week, here's what you

That One Time Abraham Lincoln Threw a Wedding Reception for Tom Thumb

Stacy Conradt

It’s a bit unbelievable to think that Barack Obama would hold a White House wedding reception for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, but something just like that happened almost 150 years ago when Abraham