Homepage MF slider




8 Underground Rivers

Miss Cellania

Rivers run underground all over the world.

The Oscar Feud That Spans Seven Decades

Stacy Conradt

Two sisters competed against each other for Best Actress in the 1940s. All these years later, they're still feuding.

7 Reasons to Never Ever Ever Vacation on a Cruise Ship

The Week

Cruises are often advertised as luxurious escapes from the grinding tedium of our everyday lives.

9 Established Movie Directors Who Also Worked on TV

Rudie Obias

Most directors start their careers working on television before taking the plunge into moviemaking.

What is the Universe?

Chris Higgins

Brain Game: Eau de Humanity

Sandy Wood

Morning Cup of Links: Baby Animal Parade

Miss Cellania

World War I Centennial: Poincaré Takes Office, Coup in Mexico

Erik Sass

Installment #56: On February 18, center-right politician Raymond Poincaré took office in an inauguration ceremony at the Hôtel de Ville.

Take 15% off Your Purchase in the mental_floss Store!

Erin McCarthy

Bella, Cha Cha Man, Boogles, Fido, Mopsulus: Dog Naming Trends Through the Ages

Arika Okrent

Looking for a name for a new pup? From Nosewise to Bella, here's what people have called their dogs through history.

The Missing Links: Why We Don't Stuff Humans

Colin Patrick

We're Launching a YouTube Channel With John & Hank Green!

Jason English

Spot the Secret Words

Chris Higgins

A Brief History of the Typewriter

Bryan Dugan

A new episode of Mad Men or a rare airing of Murder, She Wrote isn’t the only time to stare longingly at a beautiful, sleek typewriter.

Why Don't We Celebrate Washington's Birthday On His Birthday (And What About Lincoln)?

Jason Plautz

Happy Washington's Birthday! Oh, did you think we were celebrating Presidents' Day?