Determining Migratory Patterns of Early Humans — With Earwax!

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click

15 Memorable mental_floss Moments of 2011

Jason English

A lot of exciting things happened in the mental_floss universe in 2011. Here are the 15 we could remember. 1. We Helped Solve a Back to the Future

Morning Cup of Links: Rise of the Apes

Miss Cellania

The Year in Weird: The 10 Most Insane News Stories of 2011. Including the prurient and tragic stories not found in our roundup. * The worst political gaffes of 2011.

The Stories Behind 11 More Classic Album Covers

Bill DeMain

Last month, Bill DeMain took us behind the scenes for 11 iconic album covers. Today he's back with 11 more. 1. Satan Is Real (1960) The Louvin Brothers Design by Ira

100-Year-Old Color Photos of Pre-Revolution Russia

Jill Harness

If you've ever wondered what Russia looked like shortly before the revolution but aren't satisfied with black and white photos, you owe Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii a debt of thanks.

Weekend Links: Samurai Star Wars

Allison Keene

Happy New Year! I hope everyone has a happy and healthy 2012.

Butt Detectors: Coming to a Car Near You

Jill Harness

Apparently butt prints left on car seats are like finger prints.

7 Famous New Year's Babies

Jill Harness

It’s been said that it's good luck to be born on New Year’s Day.

Why Does the New Year Start on January 1?

Matt Soniak

Oleksiy Mark / Way back when, the Romans had a god named Janus. He was the god of doors and gates and had two faces — one looking forward and one looking back.

Weekend Links: 1930s Hacking Lulz

Allison Keene

Hacking is not just a crime of the computer age - apparently Morse Code machines can be hacked, too, according to Dot-dash-diss: The gentleman hacker's 1903 lulz. * Thanks to James for this two

23 Bizarre Things Ceremonially Dropped on New Year's Eve

Stacy Conradt

Don’t live anywhere near New York City, but still desperate to see something - anything - drop during a countdown to 2012 on New Year’s Eve? We can help. (Well, we can help some of you.

Miss Cellania's Top 20 Weird News Stories of 2011

Miss Cellania

Every week, I comb the internet to bring you strange news stories that you might not otherwise see, and it's been quite an experience.

The 25 Most Powerful Songs of the Past 25 Years

the mag

by Jennifer Drapkin, Kevin O'Donnell and Ky HendersonThey’re not the most beautiful songs, or the most musically important. In fact, a few could literally drive you nuts.

Brain Game: What a Bargain!

We'll wrap up the old year with a "chestnut" teaser for today's Friday Free-for-all challenge at the Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Lists of 2011

Miss Cellania

A Salute to the Weird World Records Set in 2011.