Homepage MF slider



Three Amazing Cup and Ball Illusions

Colin Patrick

Cups and ball tricks are one of the oldest and most well-known illusions for good reason.

The Wizard, The Power Glove, and Children in Peril

Chris Higgins

Why They Made This Crazy Movie Released in 1989, The Wizard was a major motion picture that doubled as a promotional vehicle for Nintendo products.

That House in Your Neighborhood That Didn't Have Candy

Jason English

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.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

For some reason, this week's weirdest news stories are overwhelmingly about people in "sticky" situations.

Brain Game: B-List Stars

Welcome to Friday Free-for-All at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Hero Gecko

Miss Cellania

Adventures in Depression. Allie Brosh delivers a serious and descriptive but welcome explanation of her six-month absence from Hyperbole and a Half. * Which Bank Is the Worst?

5 Questions: Your Trusty "Shield"

Pass rate:75 %
Backwards navigation:Forbidden

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme XXVI

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday night, which means it's time for GUESS THE THEME!

One Last Request for Your Best (or Nerdiest) Halloween Costumes

Jason English

Chris Schwarz emailed us his Halloween pictures. How about you? Send them to flossyjason@gmail.com and we'll post some of our favorites on Monday (like

10 Emily Post Tips on Things Like Dressing to Meet the Pope and Shooing Away Drunks

Ethan Trex

Today is the 139th anniversary of etiquette guru Emily Post’s birth.

John Hodgman: The Deranged Millionaire

Chris Higgins

I've been working my way through John Hodgman's final book of complete world knowledge, That Is All, for a few weeks now.

Pulled From the Rubble: 4 Amazing Stories of Survival

Kara Kovalchik

A Turkish rescuer searches for earthquake survivors in Van province of Turkey.

Halloween or Williamsburg?

Jason English

If our grand plan for a Split Decision game show ever comes together, I'm ready to give the people behind Tumblr blog "Halloween or Williamsburg?" their own

How Different Internet Platforms Collaborate Using APIs

David K. Israel

Ever wonder how it is that you can share photos from Flickr to sites like Facebook? Ever wonder how a Google map can pinpoint your geo coordinates in Yelp?

Historic Vampires

Miss Cellania

While researching the tale of Mercy Brown for the Cemetery Stories post, I read that she was the only accused vampire ever exhumed in the United States.