At the Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland, first prize is the wife’s weight in beer.
You're probably familiar with the Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church, a fringe religious group of anti-gay, anti-Semitic, anti-kindness-in-general people infamous for picketing at the funerals
On December 24, 1955, the red telephone at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center started to ring.
Need a dose of tranquility? Watch this three-minute timelapse video shot in New York City's Central Park.
In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com last week, here's what you
A Russian man writes about attending an NFL game for the first time, and his take is fantastic. "Sort of a bird derby."
Neil Gaiman can really tell a story. In this fourteen-minute bit for The Moth, he tells the tale of how he waited for his parents at Liverpool Street Station after returning home from Germany.
Math has been intimidating and worrying students (and their parents) since humans starting adding and subtracting.
We all could use this.
Our sister site The Week has live updates on the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. We'll be back over the weekend.
I'm heading home early to hug my
by Scott Meslow
With only 12 days left 'til Christmas, we're in the heart of caroling season — and few songs would seem more appropriate than "The Twelve Days of Christmas."
On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.
“Behind me stands a wall that encircles the free sectors of this city, part of a vast system of barriers that divides the entire continent of Europe.”
It was June 1987.
One of the ways we celebrate the end of the work week here at mental_floss is to round up the oddest news stories for The Weird Week in Review.
A lot of people think that the distress signal is an abbreviation for “save our souls” or “save our ship.” But in reality, "save our souls" and "save our ship" are backronyms, and
Obviously, because they’ve been naughty, and not nice.