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A Video Game Made of Cardboard

Chris Higgins

Here's a video game (a sort of ultra-simplified Super Mario Bros) made using paper, some motorized rollers, a speaker, a knob, a cardboard box, and an intriguing little circuit board thingy calle

Miranda Piker and the Chocolate Factory

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”).

Brain Game: First Five

Good luck with today's Wednesday Wordplay challenge at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game: The blanks in each of the following words can be filled with some combination of the letters A, B, C, D,

Morning Cup of Links: Shopping Duck

Miss Cellania

Vladimir Putin, Action Man.

5 Questions: NFL Names III

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I Wish I Were an Oscar Mayer Wiener(mobile Driver)

Stacy Conradt

I was driving to work the other day when I spotted the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile parked across the street. I actually turned the car around to get a picture of it.

The Late Movies: Songs About Guys Named Johnny—Readers Choice

Erica Palan

Last week, I rounded up some songs about guys named Johnny. And then, the awesome members of the Mental Floss community did what they do best: suggested tons more!

The Centaur that Killed the Common Cold

Brett Savage

A promising series of tests of a new antiviral drug has researchers so jazzed up about its potential success that they're throwing around wild mythology-inspired comparisons to herald its ingenio

Puzzle-Master Will Shortz on Table Tennis

Chris Higgins

I've been hearing Will Shortz on NPR for years, doing the Sunday puzzle.


David K. Israel

In my ongoing attempt to keep you up-to-date with the coolest Web sites going live each month, today I'm writing about Foodiacs.com.

The Food Pyramid's Circular Ancestor

Ethan Trex

The United States Department of Agriculture's food guide pyramid and its successor, MyPyramid, have been helping Americans make healthy, balanced dietary decisions since 1992.

By the Light of the Moon: Abraham Lincoln's Adventure in Forensic Meteorology (Part 1)

Matt Soniak

This week we're running a special series by Matt Soniak about Abraham Lincoln's foray into forensic meteorology. Check back each day for a new installment! August 29, 1857.

The mental_floss Trivia Show in Columbus, OH this Thursday Night!

Mangesh & Jason

Calling all Columbus, OH Flossers! This Thursday night just got more fun.

Survivor Tribe or World Capital?

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The U.S. version of the reality show Survivor will be starting its 23rd season tomorrow (Sept. 14). The show has featured more contestants than there are countries in the world!

For each name provided, can you tell if is that of a Survivor tribe or a capital city?

Conversation: A Film by the Makers of "People in Order"

Chris Higgins

If you liked yesterday's People in Order post, you'll dig this 11-minute documentary by Lenka Clayton and James Price.