Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.
When Nancy Dickenson and her stepdaughter found an 11-month-old calf suffering from severe frostbite on their neighbor's property, they knew they had to do something to help.
One of the stranger stories in the new Jan/Feb issue -- just days away from hitting newsstands! -- is Ethan Trex's question and answer piece on the underground world of exotic animal smuggling.
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When you need to buy a gift for a person who doesn't want anything specific, items that can be used up are always welcome.
In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages "turn-up." As always with thi
The nine squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in the mail grid. One of these numbers (the 8) is already provided for you.
The _flossers who run our retail store/distribution center/business office in Chesterland, Ohio, have been extra busy this holiday season, so mental_floss co-founder/president/publisher Will Pearson f
Monsanto holds patents on genes contained in 95 percent of all soybeans and 80 percent of all corn grown in the U.S.
Some people complain about how much internet bandwidth is consumed by inane videos of kittens, puppies, panda bears and babies doing adorable things.
We all know that Mickey Mouse is the figurehead for the Disney company and Ronald McDonald is the recognized face of his namesake fast food chain. But it wasn't always that way!
In 1979, Philip Glass composed some music for Sesame Street; the music was used to back geometric animations showing how a simple circle could be subdivided and repeated to make more complex shapes an
The new Jan/Feb issue hits newsstands this week, and we've got another preview for you.
Do you know which president put up the first White House Christmas Tree? Ever wonder which department store hosted the first department store Santa?
Most people are familiar with the Chanukah menorah's nine branches—one for each night, plus the tall, center branch for the shamash (literally "the attendant").
Ratan Tata was once inspired to build a cheap car when he saw a family of four balanced on a bicycle in his native India.