The eye chart with the big "E" on top is called a Snellen Chart.
In 1971, John Francis witnessed a terrible oil spill. Seeing the destruction caused by the oil industry, Francis stopped traveling in motorized vehicles. Instead, he walked.
1. Back in June, we put together a mental_floss summer reading list, where various _flossers each recommended one book.
For the current issue of mental_floss magazine, Erik Vance profiled nine "New Einsteins" "“ visionaries who are discovering how to grow organs, peer into black holes, levitate food, cur
You know the saying: you're only as old as you feel.
We're back with another 5-day trivia hunt, this time with a whole new format, and new prizes, so read on!
The new, updated rules: Every remaining day this week, I'll be presenting a speci
Cop in Charge of Drunk Driving Caught Driving Drunk
A deputy police inspector in Tokyo was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on Monday.
Okay, I'll admit it... I took bowling in college.
How to bring a woolly mammoth to life. It doesn't even require viable cells, just a DNA sequence. (via Metafilter)
How many ways can you make a cupcake look like a turkey?
A year ago, Auguste Rodin was one of several artists discussed in the "November Artists" post for "Feel Art Again," as he was born on November 12, 1840, and passed away on Novemb
Thanksgiving is a week away. But it's never too early to start stockpiling stories to share over turkey and stuffing next Thursday. Which president pardoned the first turkey?
Remember Life Magazine? I sure don't. Well, I recognize the name, but I don't think I ever read an issue.
Those of us in the States will be gorging ourselves on tryptophan a week from today, but there's a lot more to Thanksgiving than just the eating and the Pilgrims.
Tonight, mental_floss co-founder/president Will Pearson and History of the World co-author Erik Sass are taking their roadshow to North Carolina.
The NFL saw a great meaningless gambling moment last weekend when Steelers safety Troy Polamalu seemed to scored a touchdown on the final play of Pittsburgh's game against San Diego.
One of the most popular sanitation-related misconceptions out there is that an Englishman named Thomas Crapper invented the flush toilet. It isn't true.