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19 Fun Facts About Children’s Books Spotted at the Library

This past week I spent some quality time in the children’s section of my local library. Over on Instagram (we’re @mental_floss), I’ve been sharing photos of books with facts related to them. Since only 1,030 people have joined us over there — way more than the 42 who’d joined us before last weekend, but still [...]

23 Fun Facts About Things We Saw at the Grocery Store

The other day we set up a mental_floss Instagram account, then went to the grocery store and took some pictures. (We also needed food.) Here are some fun facts about the products we encountered. To appease the dairy lobby and keep butter sales strong, several states used to require margarine to be dyed pink. The USDA [...]

Image of Jesus sighted on cliff face

A woman in Ireland has taken a photograph of what she believes to be the face of Jesus on a cliff. Sandra Clifford and her friend spotted the likeness…

10 Mind-Blowing Art Quilts

The art of quilting grew out of the very practical activity of making warm bed covers, often out of recycled fabrics. Even hundreds of years ago, creative quilters took the opportunity to make something beautiful as well as useful. Clever patterns were passed around and became traditional, but the art is not limited to those [...]

What’s Your Grammar Pet Peeve?

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. In Clifford the Big Red Dog, the Howard family picked up and moved to Birdwell Island when Clifford outgrew their [...]

A Strange Turn of Events on a Slow News Day

On Monday, I posted a clip of my two-year-old playing with her U.S. Presidents placemat alongside our “can you guess the president by his placemat portrait?” quiz. Gawker re-posted the video last night, and by this morning — and this is a sentence I hope I never type again — my daughter’s video had gone [...]