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Weekend Genius Challenge #9: Short but Sweet

This Weekend Genius Challenge is short but sweet. We're looking for a specific answer to the question below.

Contest Updates

Jason English

Sorry I didn't get to this on Friday. As for Wednesday's book giveaway, the reader campaign slogan I'm voting for is "Vote Chia. She Grows On You." Congratulations!

RIP Evel Knievel



A plea for help: My problems with radio interference

Jason Plautz

I have a bit of a problem with my speakers. Whenever they're on, I can faintly hear my campus radio station.

Six of History's Most Awkward Public Displays of Affection

Kara Kovalchik

1. Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley Lisa Marie Presley had accompanied her husband, Michael Jackson, to the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards for moral support.

Food Pairing Diagrams

Chris Higgins

Foodpairing is a web site with an unusual premise: it seeks to visually describe the flavor relationships between a set of foods.

Friday Happy Hour: Temp Jobs

Jason English

For today's installment of our Friday Happy Hour series, I'm handing the keys to Brett Savage.

Music videos aren't supposed to give you nightmares

Ransom Riggs

... and yet, lately, making videos full of creepy, uncanny imagery seems to be the hot thing.

Weekend Word Wrap: Shakespeare likes cryptic clues, too

David K. Israel

I know I promised Tom Toce's big mental_floss cryptic puzzle today, but after my puzzle primer post, I thought you all could use just a wee-bit more practice.

November 30, 2007

Miss Cellania

Genetic Cosmetic Makes Old Skin Like New. Coming soon: "the best wrinkle cream ever, because it would actually work." The Secret to Raising Smart Kids.

8 Nuclear Weapons the U.S. Has Lost

Special Guest Star

Books set in your city


So I just finished The Long Good-Bye, by Raymond Chandler, which I loved for its priceless assessments: "She opened her mouth like a fire-bucket and laughed. That terminated my interest in her.

Holiday Special: 15% off the mental_floss trivia game...

Mangesh Hattikudur

If you love trivia, games, mental_floss, or almost any combination of those words, we've got the thing for you: the mental_floss trivia game!

How History's Most Popular Board Game Helped Defend The Free World

the mag

by Brian McMahonThis article appeared in the November-December 2007 issue of mental_floss. Pick up a copy wherever brilliant (or lots of) magazines are sold. To subscribe, click

Feel Art Again: November Artists II

Andréa Fernandes

On Tuesday, I presented fascinating facts about six artists who were born in or who died in November.