Homepage MF slider




Are Poinsettias as Dangerous as Everyone Says?

Matt Soniak

Poinsettias are as indispensable to Christmas as evergreen trees and mistletoe.

12 Horrible Gobbledygook Words We Reluctantly Accepted

Arika Okrent

Years ago these words were considered hideous jargon, but over time we grew to accept them.

Brain Game: Counting Counties

You can answer today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Tuesday Test Time challenge with the name of a U.S. state. Good luck: Texas has more counties than any other U.S.

Morning Cup of Links: Duck Crossing

Miss Cellania

A Very Brony Hannukah.

The Late Movies: Eerie, Indiana

Erica Palan

On December 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state.

What Killed The Dinner Party?

The Week

By Peter

The Missing Links: Sky Blue & Ice Blue

Colin Patrick

Bilbo Baggins vs. Thorin Oakenshield A real-life attorney evaluates the legal contract of one famous ring-carrying Hobbit to see if it would have held up in a court of law.

Sign Up For Watercooler Ammo and Get 10% Off in the mental_floss Store!

Erin McCarthy

A couple of years ago, we launched a daily newsletter, Watercooler Ammo, that drops science, trivia, and quirky news into inboxes daily.

Music History #15: "Enola Gay"

Bill DeMain

“Enola Gay” Written by Andy McCluskey (1980) Performed by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (better known as OMD) The

Question for the Group: How Do Free Conference Call Companies Make Money?

Jason English

I'm on a conference call and curious, but it would be rude to do the research. (Posting this of course is not at all rude.) Anyone

Preserving the President: Abraham Lincoln, Grave Robbers, and an Excellent Embalmer

Matt Soniak

President Lincoln's funeral train in Philidelphia near the start of its 13 day journey from Washington to Springfield.

Witnessing the Blue Marble Firsthand

Chris Higgins

The Overview Effect is a term describing the cognitive effects of viewing Earth from space.

More Than You Ever Needed to Know About Mistletoe

Matt Soniak

When you sidle up to your sweetie for a smooch beneath the mistletoe this year, try not to think too much about the provenance of the plant's name.

Now You Can Buy All 721 Super Nintendo Games

Erin McCarthy

Need a gift for that ultimate Super Nintendo fan you know? Look no further than this ebay listing, which contains all 721 SNES games ever made for the United States, Mexico, and Canada, for a mere

Why is New York City Called The Big Apple?

Sean Hutchinson

New York City has been called many things—“The Great American Melting Pot,” “Gotham,” “The City that Never Sleeps”—but its most famous nickname, without a doubt, is “The Big Apple.” But where did this