There really was a Dr. Scholl. Podiatrist William Mathias Scholl was born in Indiana.
The 25 Top Summer Olympics Countries.
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 Beastie Boys released their opus Paul's Boutique today, July 25, way back in 1989.
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.
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.
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
Big news! Food Network legend Alton Brown has joined the mental_floss gang as our new food columnist!
In this short video, photographer Nick Moore shows us what happens to flame when it's exposed to a speaker vibrating at 60 Hz.
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.
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.
Sheesh, nobody said anything about carpentry when the mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge came around.
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.
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.
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.