At the end of Prohibition, FDR said, "What America needs now is a drink."
Installment #26: One of the big questions facing historians of the First World War is the role played by popular nationalism in the outbreak of hostilities.
Blame the media!
Last week, I shared six fictional bands—and many loyal commenters reminded me of awesomely overlooked fake band Spinal Tap. This week, I've been thinking about fake TV shows.
Golf Detroit. Not On A Detroit Golf Course. Just Detroit Itself.
Charlie Leduff attempts to better understand the Motor City by grabbing his golf clubs and hitting a ball across the entire city.
You’ve probably heard about the famous rivalry between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison—both giants of electrical engineering whose innovations changed history.
Vi Hart makes videos primarily about math (we've written about her before). But how does she make the videos?
Image credit: Daniel R. Tobias/Wikimedia CommonsI was working at Tower Records back in the late 1980s, when the compact disc started replacing the vinyl LP. Beyond the arguments over the analog vs.
As we plod through the heat wave of the summer, few things are more refreshing than an ice cream treat. The biggest problem is getting it from the store to the house before it melts!
Here’s the story of famous characters who experienced an identity change before publication.
America's states are favorite subjects for the mentalfloss.com Brain Game Tuesday Test Time challenge. Good luck!
Which non-coastal U.S.
Is the Web Driving Us Mad?
Installment #25: Turkish fortunes took a sharp turn for the worse in 1911-1912, as the ailing multinational Ottoman Empire was first attacked by Italy, then assailed by an Albanian uprising, while the
It’s probably the most painstaking, heart wrenching, and stress inducing test of dedication a marriage can face.
This is how we acquired new music in 1991. Lines at midnight! Comically oversized CD packaging! Actual stores!
Taking Lincoln Liberties
Let’s get a few things straight about our 16th president. Abe Lincoln was never abducted by two time-traveling California teenagers for a school report.