Morning Cup of Links: Manic Pixie Dream Girls

Miss Cellania

The 25 Top Summer Olympics Countries.

12 Sports Cut From The Olympics

Ethan Trex

The IOC surprised people this week by cutting wrestling from the official Olympic program. They've slashed a number of sports over the years. Should they bring back any of these?

The Late Movies: "Paul's Boutique" Turns 23

Chris Higgins

The Beastie Boys released their opus Paul's Boutique today, July 25, way back in 1989.

14 Creative Divorce Cakes

Jill Harness

The Missing Links: How to Make Your Funeral Really Creepy

Colin Patrick

It’s Pay Day. No, It’s Lottery Day. An Argentinian mayor combats budget problems by paying only the workers whose names get drawn, lottery-style.

How Smartphones Could Keep Psychology From Getting Too WEIRD

Matt Soniak

In 2004, I was a lab rat for about 15 minutes. A psychology professor at Juniata College, where I spent my freshman year, was conducting an experiment.

Olympic Art Competitions: 1928-1932

Scott Allen

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be taking a look back at the fine art competitions that originated in ancient Greece and were revived as part of the modern Olympics from 1912 to

Alton Brown Is Our New Food Columnist!

Jason English

Big news! Food Network legend Alton Brown has joined the mental_floss gang as our new food columnist!

Playing With Fire in Slow Motion

Chris Higgins

In this short video, photographer Nick Moore shows us what happens to flame when it's exposed to a speaker vibrating at 60 Hz.

Words Redefined: 37 Notable Entries in The Devil's Dictionary

Lucas Reilly

Ambrose Bierce was a celebrated journalist, storyteller and, above all, cynic. Bierce had a barbed wit, and he often used it to kick American culture square in the teeth.

RIP Sherman Hemsley: 6 Stories About The Jeffersons

Kara Kovalchik

Actor Sherman Hemsley has passed away at the age of 74. Raised by a single mom in Philadelphia, the diminutive actor dropped out of high school in order to join the Air Force.

Brain Game: Hammer Time

Sheesh, nobody said anything about carpentry when the Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge came around.

Morning Cup of Links: Pedaling to Africa

Miss Cellania

Sherman Hemsley, who portrayed George Jefferson in the TV series All in the Family and The Jeffersons, died Tuesday at the age of 74. Relive some of his greatest scenes in a collection of videos.

The Late Movies: Songs About Hot Summers

Erica Palan

On this date in 1935, the Dust Bowl heat wave reached its peak, with temperatures reaching 109°F in Chicago, Illinois and 104°F in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

18 Bizarre Self-Proclaimed Capitals of the World

M Asher Cantrell

Lots of places claim to be the world capital of something -- animals, fruits, vegetables, consumer goods, other odds and ends. But sometimes, that something is really, really strange. 1.