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The Myth of Multitasking

Ransom Riggs

For years, the conventional wisdom on multitasking has been that it's a valuable skill necessary when competing in today's mile-a-minute world of 24-hour news, e-commerce and portable everyt

History of the World: Witnessing a Supernova

Stacy Conradt

On July 5, 1054, people all over the world must have been pretty stunned when a giant star bit the dust. The star had burned up its energy, collapsed in on itself and burst from the pressure.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Iowa Teen Abandoned in Nebraska A new law in Nebraska states that any child can be relinquished by anyone at a hospital without incurring abandonment charges.

Brain Game: Evil Live Veil Vile

We're hoping that you can come up with the answer to today's Brain Game. Regular fans know that we love anagrams, and recently, we began to wonder which word has the most one-word anagrams.

Morning Cup of Links: Crazy Corn Mazes

Miss Cellania

There are so many different stories about the Three Stooges' origin. Here's one that sounds good. * Ten Meetings that Rocked the World.

The Electoral College Survival Guide

Ethan Trex

As you will be reminded countless times in the coming week, when you cast your vote in next Tuesday's presidential election, you're not taking part in a nationwide popular vote, but rather h

International Renaissance Man: Nicholas Roerich

Andréa Fernandes

On this day in 1874, Nicholas Roerich was born.

A Brief History of the October Surprise

Ethan Trex

An October surprise is any bit of news that breaks right before an election that has the capability to help determine the outcome of the race.

History of the World: Pop Quiz #1

Jason English

To get you guys excited for The Mental Floss History of the World, we'll be posting occasional pop quizzes featuring material pulled from the book.

Let Public Radio Talk You Through the Financial Crisis

Chris Higgins

Over the past few months, some exciting (perhaps heart-stopping) action has played out on the world financial stage.

The Quick 10: 10 Famous People and Their Drug Habits

Stacy Conradt

New book recommendation! Assuming you've already pre-ordered the mental_floss History of the World, that is.

History of the World: A History of Playing Cards

Stacy Conradt

We can't say for sure exactly where playing cards came from, but lost of historians think the Chinese probably came up with them.

Thank You!!! New Mental Floss Book hits #38 on Amazon today

Mangesh & Jason

It seems a lot of you are taking us up on our new special at Amazon (if you preorder our new History of the World book, we'll give you a free 6-month subscription to the magazine).

5 Bodies Nobody Ever Found

Floss books

The wreckage of Steve Fossett's plane was located last month, but it's still too early to say with absolute certainty that Fossett's body has been found.

Eight Stories of Locked-In Syndrome

Miss Cellania

Imagine losing control over everything. You can't move on your own. You can't scratch an itch. And worse still, you can't tell anyone around you that you have an itch.