Homepage MF slider



A super-skimmable daily digest filled with crazy, fun stories.
Would you also like to receive exclusive deals from the mental_floss store and
save 15% on your first order?


Solar Charger Lets You Power Your Phone From the Sky

Alvin Ward

Let the power of the sun power your phone.

Meet the Secret Grammarians in Ecuador Who Correct Graffiti Mistakes

Kirstin Fawcett

These grammar police are taking it to the streets.

5 Questions: Popcorn

Pass rate:75 %
Backwards navigation:Forbidden

You’re Probably Using the Drawer Under Your Oven Wrong

Shaunacy Ferro

You might be storing your pans in a drawer meant to keep your food warm.

Hair Follicles May Help Wounds Heal Without Scars

Jordan Rosenfeld

The researchers say they've pioneered a method to regenerate the skin.

As German Bombs Fell on Paris, Marie Curie Decided to Go to War

Erin Blakemore

First, Marie Curie tried to donate her Nobel Prize medals. When bank officials refused to melt them down, she donated her prize money to purchase war bonds instead.

Black Sunday: The Storm That Gave Us the Dust Bowl

Erin Blakemore

The Mysterious Disappearance and Reappearance of Roger Tichborne

Stacy Conradt

In 1854, wealthy heir Roger Tichborne was presumed dead in shipwreck. In 1865, he reappeared—but was it really him? More than 100 years later, we still don't know.

Biologist Names Moth After Trump to Send Message About Conservation

Kate Horowitz

Vazrick Nazari said he hoped the move would publicize the need to “continue protecting fragile habitats in the U.S.”

The Most Rat- and Roach-Infested Cities in the U.S.

Michele Debczak

One city reported vermin in 2 out of 5 households.

Singapore Artist Knits Ramen Noodles Into Edible Creations

Kirstin Fawcett

Cynthia Delaney Suwito's work is purposely time-consuming, and makes a statement about immediate gratification.

10 Playful Facts About Neopets

Michele Debczak

Neopets introduced many kids to economics, HTML, and the challenges of pet care.

2016 Was the Hottest Year Ever Recorded

Kate Horowitz

Scientists say our role in climate change is “plain as day.”

10 Fascinating Facts About The Thesaurus

Suzanne Raga

It's a logophile's favorite resource.

Upgrade Your Vacation Goals With These Vintage-Style Posters for Time Travelers

Shaunacy Ferro

Take your jet-setting daydreams to the next level.