Homepage MF slider




World War I Centennial: Russians Cry Foul on von Sanders Mission

Erik Sass

With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to the war, when seemingly minor moments of friction accumulated until the situation

The Art of Sculpted Bananas

Jill Harness

How do you turn bananas into a work of art? With a lot of imagination—and plenty of pins.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Erin McCarthy

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you missed.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Weekend Links: Flying to Mars

Roma Panganiban

100-Year-Old Wedding Night Advice for Newlyweds

Therese Oneill The Week

"Wives must understand that the life-giving fluid called the semen, which is produced in the creative organs of the man, is of great value in the upbuilding of his own body"

Weekend Links: YouTube’s Comment Crackdown

Roma Panganiban

Why One Woman Studies Physics

Chris Higgins

In this short animated video, Xiangjun Shi (who goes by "Shixie") explains why she studies Physics. Of course, it helps that she also studied Animation, so can make great stuff like this.

12 Inappropriate Calls Made to the Scottish Police

Lucas Reilly

Since April, Police Scotland has received over 600,000 emergency phone calls. But not all of them were for emergencies.

The Missing Links: The Worst Kickstarter Projects of 2013

Colin Patrick

30 Minutes of "Return of the Jedi" Raw Footage

Chris Higgins

Food From the Future: 3D-Printed Astro Pizzas

DeAnna Kerley

In May, NASA funded mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor and his company, Systems & Materials Research Corporation, with $125,000 to build a model of a 3D food printer.

What Was Your Favorite Book Growing Up?

Erin McCarthy

On Fridays, we ask a series of unrelated questions. Answer one, answer all, or ask your own question. On to this week's topics...

Shop Small® on Small Business Saturday® - In Partnership with American Express [Sponsored]

In partnership with American Express

10 Things to Know About Thor

Rick Marshall

Marvel's god of thunder returns to the big screen this weekend in Thor: The Dark World. Here are a few facts about the Silver Age superhero.