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Dice Stacking

Chris Higgins

Today's revelation: Dice Stacking.

How to beat writer's block

Ransom Riggs

I've got a lot of stuff on my writing plate these days, and as such I deal with my fair share of that dreaded -- but not usually fatal -- affliction: writer's block.

Birth of the Dishwasher

Mangesh Hattikudur

If necessity is the mother of invention, then what caused a filthy rich woman to roll up her sleeves and build the first dishwasher? We've got the saucer full of secrets below. The Dish

Cash In Your Karma In Our Ridiculous Game Of Chance (see update)

Mangesh & Jason

Mangesh is out of the office today. He and mental_floss co-founder Will are headed west to Mountain View, California, where tomorrow they're giving a speech at the Googleplex.

On Music: What's Opera Doc?

David K. Israel

Thanks for all the positive feedback to my first vlog post. You'll definitely be seeing more vids in the near future.

October 17, 2007

Miss Cellania

Even NASA is going green! Ion Propulsion Helps Spacecraft Cruise Solar System on the Cheap. 55 Must See Movies of 2008.

Those hard-to-resist-Svengalis: Stage Mothers


In the midst of all the Kid Nation hype & the ongoing fascination w/Lynne Spears, Dina Lohan, it seems that the presence of stage mothers is stronger than ever.

15 Award-Winning Facts About The Nobel Prize

Jason English

1. Robert Lucas, winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on the theory of "rational expectations," split his $1 million prize with his ex-wife.

Feel Art Again: Queen Marie-Antoinette and Her Children

Andréa Fernandes

On this day in 1793, Marie Antoinette was guillotined for treason.

When fonts take over

Ransom Riggs

Because movies are such a star-driven medium, a lot of movie posters blindly follow suit: you Photoshop the lead actors' heads into the sky, probably superimposed over an evocative landscape (if

A Little Diagram Humor

Chris Higgins

I'm a fan of humorous diagrams as much as the next guy.

7 Reasons Frogs are Funny

Miss Cellania

Frogs are such ridiculous animals that everything about them is fodder for jokes or parodies. Frogs have been used in comedy for so long that you have to smile just looking at one! 1. Kissing a

In the Beginning: Just 2 weeks to go!

Mangesh Hattikudur

There are just 14 days to go until our latest contribution to the book world In the Beginning comes out, so we figured we'd start excerpting short bits from it.

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." With the World Series quickly approaching

October 16, 2007

Miss Cellania

Heavy Metal Umlaut: The Movie. A fascinating look at how Wikipedia evolves, using one entry's changes over time. The level of oxytocin in pregnant women predicts mother-child bond.