Michael Jackson wanted to do a Harry Potter musical. J.K. Rowling said no.
If you haven't yet heard of Pinterest, it's a relatively new site that acts as a virtual pinboard, with an emphasis on the visual.
In case you missed it last week, Research Editor and mentalfloss.com regular Kara Kovalchik was on NPR's Talk of the Nation right before Thanksgiving.
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In 1884, a young researcher named Sigmund Freud was studying the mysteries of the human brain when he wrote an article about cocaine.
Earlier this year, Rob Lammle discussed the life of Stalin's daughter Svetlana in a piece on famous defectors. The New York Times is reporting that she passed away last week in Wisconsin.
Last week Oxford Dictionaries named "squeezed middle" the Global Word of the Year,* edging out terms like "clicktivism," "fracking" and "tiger mother." A quick
I was sort of a linguistic snob in college. I preferred big words to small, little-known words to ubiquitous, and archaic to colloquial.
Accountant and Cosmos aficionado Callum Sutherland has remixed the landmark Carl Sagan documentary Cosmos into a "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure" style video series called Imagination.
As promised, here's a brand new Monday Math Square for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game.
The 15 Best Cyber Monday Deals. If you know what you want, today is the day to get your order in.
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Parents always wonder what their kid's future will be, but when it comes to potential athletic success, DNA carries some telltale signs.
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This weekend, we've been counting down the year's top quizzes (see #6-#10 and #11-#15).
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Last year an Alabama staffer was fired for playing "Take the Money and Run" on the PA system while Cam Newton and Auburn warmed up.
If you'd like to
This weekend, we'll be counting down the year's top quizzes (see #11-#15).
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Giving technology some old-fashioned charm with a fun, home-made animation.