Janis Joplin left $2,500 in her will for her friends to "have a ball after I’m gone."
Footprints from 570 million years ago have been found in Nevada.
Well, for one thing, you'd be eating a misnomer. Silica gel isn't actually a gel, but a granular form of silicon dioxide (SiO2), a compound formed when silicon is oxidized.
As evidenced by our "What is art?" post and its accompanying discussion, people have vastly different opinions of what materials can be used to create art and what can be classified as art.
Despite vocal protests from the vampire lobby, today we're adding two new shirts to the mental_floss store.
If you're feeling in a political mood, check out some of these vintage Presidential Campaign Commercials as far back as 1952, from the Museum of the Moving Image.
I was reading an article on Sarah Silverman this week in Bust Magazine (which is a terrific magazine by the way).
We need to hang an 'out of order' sign on our search bar. I've gotten a number of emails about this outage, and we apologize for the inconvenience.
Thomas Carlyle once called economics "a dismal science." Indeed, economists tend to be cautious and pedestrian, but can you blame them?
At my house, Halloween is like Christmas. So, you'll notice a larger-than-usual number of my posts this month will be focused on the creepy and macabre.
In last week's article I talked about my initial experience with sleep apnea: going to a sleep disorders clinic and being evaluated for risk factors.
Doctors, criminologists and even manicurists have been busy putting smaller, less cuddly members of the animal kingdom to work.
Neatorama just featured this great and strange photo of bathing machines, and I was completely intrigued.
OhGizmo just featured this modified park and bus stop bench from designer Martin Nicolausson.
It may sound like the perfect date; in reality, it's what grows on rotten tree stumps and piles of dog vomit (see left).