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38 Essential facts about Frankenstein (Fact #37: He's on a postage stamp?!)

Halloween is upon us...

It's not runes, it's just: Fun with Dictionaries


Growing up, a trip to the library was usually doomed to be frustrating because I could never decide which books to check out; hence (and with Sunday School visions of King Solomon's, er, radical

Eight Wacky Action Figures (Plus a Quiz!!)

Andréa Fernandes

In recent years, the toy market has been inundated with action figures, both typical (superheroes) and not-so-typical (historical figures).

In the Beginning: Today we're seeing Red

Mangesh Hattikudur

Well, almost. With just 3 (three!) days to go until our new book's release, mental_floss is happy to present another origin story you're bound to dig.

Nepalese politics in five sheets of toilet paper

Ransom Riggs

Even though it's been awhile since author John Green last wrote for the _floss, he's remains an unabashed knowledge junkie.

Who's your celebalike?

David K. Israel

Thankfully, I'm no celebrity. But that doesn't stop people from confusing me with Adam Sandler, Jason Biggs, Ben Stiller, Jerry Seinfeld or even, once, Seth Green.

The First Time News Was Fit To Print, XIII

Jason English

Every Monday, mental_floss ventures into the The New York Times archives to find first mentions worth mentioning. Got a suggestions for next week's installment?

Weekend Genius Challenge #4 winners

Thanks to everyone who enjoyed our latest weekend batch of Skewed Clues.

October 29, 2007

Miss Cellania

Money Pubs: Home of the World's Most Expensive Wallpaper. What's amazing is that there are several places where the walls are lined with money.

In the Beginning: Sing, Sing, Sing!

Mangesh Hattikudur

With just 5 days to go until mental_floss's new book In the Beginning releases, we're handing you another fantastic origin story.

Weekend Genius Challenge #4: Unskew these clues and win a T!

NOTE: This weekend challenge has been completed.

In the Beginning: Your prayers have been answered!

Mangesh Hattikudur

Well, almost. With just 6 (six!) days to go until our new book's release, mental_floss is happy to present another set of origins.

Honking at your own risk


I'm currently visiting my old haunts in NYC, and on my shortcut today through Gramercy Park I saw a sign that warned of a $350 fine for honking!

Caption Contest #2

David K. Israel

In case you didn't see it, we're back with another caption contest! Thanks to all who entered our first round a couple weeks ago and to all those who took the time to vote.

Sweet Talk, Day Three: Caramel & Candy Apples

Stacy Conradt

Every weekday until Halloween, I'll be offering up trivia treats about sweets you're likely to encounter on October 31st.