On October 25, 1993, late-night viewers caught a glimpse of the future of talk television when ‘The Jon Stewart Show’ premiered on MTV.
Discover fascinating geography facts that will warp your sense of the world, from Alaska being both easternmost and westernmost state to France having the most time zones.
All Chinese New Year celebrations are celebrations of the Lunar New Year, but not all Lunar New Year celebrations are traditionally Chinese.
Mel Brooks’s audacious comedy was the first movie to incorporate audible flatulence (though the offending noises were muted when the film aired on television).
Meryl Streep is one of the most acclaimed actresses in Hollywood history. Discover how this Oscar-winning star got her start—and how her first Academy Award ended up on a bathroom floor.
Although a number of professional wrestlers have transcended the squared circle to become worldwide stars, few have captivated the public quite like André the Giant.
In the ’80s, pop music decided to take on the world’s problems. There was Band Aid, Live Aid, Farm Aid, and of course, USA for Africa's “We Are the World.”
Nabokov’s controversial 1955 novel, which was rejected by multiple American publishers, features multiple allusions to Edgar Allan Poe and references a real-life kidnapping.
From his 1978 classic “Halloween” to his love of video games, there’s a lot to appreciate about John Carpenter, but here are some other cool facts you might not have known about the storied director.
From record-breaking plants and incredible animal news to space superlatives and the awesome power of Taylor Swift fans, here’s the long list of things we learned in 2023.
Once again, Mental Floss readers proved to be curious about all sorts of niche topics—and our editors and writers were happy to oblige their interests.
You know Ralphie Parker’s plight by heart, but can you spot the many flubs in Bob Clark’s ‘A Christmas Story’?
The toy giant best known for assembling G.I. Joe once owned Death Row Records.
YouTube has countless cozy fireplace videos. But how many of them boast 100 fun facts?
Peek behind the curtains of ‘The Nutcracker,’ Tchaikovsky’s famous Yuletide ballet.
Since the 1920s, Macy's has sent more than 90 versions of its famed Thanksgiving Day Parade down the streets of Manhattan.
In this edition of The List Show, we’re covering some surprising—and occasionally horrifying—facts about pregnancy.
Britney Spears’s songs, music videos, and live performances defined an era and inspired an entire generation of future pop stars.
There are a few reasons—including a little something to do with the horse and buggy. Find out more about the history of Election Day.
Louis Wain sketched, painted, and even animated cats throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Whether you like bundling up in your coziest gear or are counting the days until spring, you’ll enjoy these facts about winter weather.