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History of the World: Four Goofy Things About the Crusades

Stacy Conradt

Coming soon, to a bookstore or online retailer near you: the Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits.

Think Different: Musicians' Brains

Ransom Riggs

I'm always fascinated by brain studies that confirm long-held (but previously unprovable) hunches, like the idea that musicians' brains are different than regular folks'.

Do-It-Yourself Molded Pumpkins

Miss Cellania

Those of you who have been around the mental_floss blog for a while know I grow pumpkins in my garden.

Brain Game: Aw, Shucks

An old riddle, but still a good one: First, you discard my outside And cook my inside. Then, you eat my outside and discard my inside. What am I? HERE is the answer. ANSWER: an ear of

Creatively Speaking: Henry Jaglom

David K. Israel

Our Creatively Speaking interview series continues today with acclaimed film writer/director/actor, Henry Jaglom.

Morning Cup of Links: Real Life Frankensteins

Miss Cellania

Eight Real-Life Doctor Frankensteins Who Pushed the Boundaries of Life and Death.

More Tuition Giveaway Supporters

Jason English

Last month, we asked for help promoting our $50,000 Tuition Giveaway. A bunch of you kindly posted about the scholarship on your personal plots of internet real estate.

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Cemeteries

Stacy Conradt

Welcome to part two of my somewhat random Halloween Series! I love old cemeteries (which apparently makes me a taphophile, which I just learned today).

7 Quick Facts About G.E. Smith

Jason English

When it came to preserving early-1990s TV history, I was rather overzealous.

Evolving New Ways to Walk

Chris Higgins

Darwin@Home is a computer program created by Gerald de Jong to model evolution.

History of the World: Famous Fires

Stacy Conradt

If you're a good sleuth—I mean, if you could really give Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew a run for their money—then you might have noticed that the _floss has a book coming out

Native or Not? The True Stories behind 5 "American Indian" Actors

Kara Kovalchik

Over the years, plenty of Hollywood stars have fudged their resumes and claimed to be American Indians.

The Melancholy Deaths of Edward Gorey's Children

Ransom Riggs

Legendary author-illustrator Edward Gorey -- most famous for animating the timeless intro to PBS' Mystery! -- never had any children of his own, though he drew plenty of them.

Anyone Can Play Guitar - Lesson No. 2

David K. Israel

Welcome back. Today we'll really get down to business and start you off on your first chord, E Major, as well as some guitar basics.

A Very Special Announcement from mental_floss!

Mangesh & Jason

Our very first hardback, The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits goes on sale on the web today!