Homepage MF slider




How Do Two-Way Mirrors Work?

Erin McCarthy

A two-way mirror in the film The Cabin In The Woods. Photo Courtesy Lionsgate Entertainment.It’s a familiar scene from every police procedural: In one brightly lit room, a perp is being questioned.

Alex the Counting Parrot Was Even Smarter Than Everyone Thought

Jill Harness

You may already know about Alex the gray parrot, the subject of a 30 year investigation into avian cognition. The study showed that the bird was just as smart as any chimp.

Morning Cup of Links: Helping Out

Miss Cellania

Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel are headlining a concert tonight to benefit hurricane victims.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 75

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late, it's time once again for the game that's sweeping the nation: GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below have something in common.

Tea As A Work of Art

Jill Harness

Most teas have pretty generic labels, but Triptea is certainly not one of them. That's because they hired artist Andrew Gorkovenko to create their labeling. The medium?

Why Do Sign Language Interpreters Look So Animated?

Arika Okrent

As New York City Mayor Bloomberg gave numerous televised addresses about the preparations the city was making for Hurricane Sandy, and then the storm’s aftermath, he was joined at the podium by a sign

Hurricane Sandy's Aftermath: Will Rats Take Over Manhattan?

The Week

Wikimedia Commons "The 8-million-strong human population of New York City is matched, if not exceeded, by the city's number of rodent dwellers," says Lynne Peeples at The Huffington

How Far Can You Drive on Empty?

Ethan Trex

Gas lines are currently stretched across New Jersey and other states hit by Hurricane Sandy.

The Missing Links: Indoor Clouds At Last!

Colin Patrick

Is George Lucas Crazy? Crazy like a fox. A very, very generous, education-loving fox.

10 Legendary Monsters of North America: Part Two

Miss Cellania

Legendary monsters live wherever there are people to tell the tales to -including North America, where there are many more than will fit into one post.

From Classics to Graphics: 6 Literary Masterpieces Turned Into Graphic Novels

Amanda Green

Abridging classic novels for younger readers is nothing new.

How Do Blood Pressure Tests Work, And What Do Those Numbers Mean?

Matt Soniak

Getting your blood pressure taken is a standard part of most visits to the doctor, but the details might seem mysterious—so read on.What It IsBlood pressure (BP) is the force exerted by circulating bl

"Moonlight Sonata" in a Bus Station

Chris Higgins

Can you play Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" on piano?

11 NaNoWriMo Books That Have Been Published

Stacy Conradt

It’s November, of course, and while that means turkey, football and marathon shopping for some, it’s a month of being hunched over at a laptop slurping cup after cup of caffeine for others. Yep - i

Brain Game: The Long Weekend

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Hallowe'en, and moving into a new home (something that isn't nearly as much fun at age 45 as it was at age 25), the mentalfloss.com Brain Game is taking