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16 Old-Timey Slang Terms to Describe Being Drunk

As I continue flipping through my copy of the Dictionary of American Slang (1967), it seems like every page has a new term for “drunk.” We’ve discussed “on a toot” (a drunken spree) and “the zings” (a hangover), but here are some new old words to try out on your boozy friends. 1. Pigeon-eyed * 2. [...]

How Many Jelly Beans Are in This Cup?

First person to guess correctly wins a copy of Split Decision. Or the jelly beans. Your call.

Last Chance to Get 15% Off Our 10th Anniversary Book!

We’ve managed to stick around for ten years! Here’s a book to celebrate. Pre-order your copy of mental_floss: The Book (Only the Greatest Lists in the History of Listory) by tonight and get 15% off with the coupon code WISHLIST. The book includes 320 pages of the best lists from the magazine and website, plus [...]

Eight Amazing Garage Sale Finds

I made $8 at my mom’s garage sale last weekend. That wasn’t a typo – I only made eight dollars, which put me in the hole about $79 when you factor in the speeding ticket I got on the way to her house. Suffice it to say, I wish my luck ran more like that [...]

All Your Base Are Belong To Us – Giveaway!

Who wants to win a copy of Harold Goldberg’s awesome book, All Your Base Are Belong To Us – How 50 Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture ?!! It’s an amazing look at some of the greatest games of all-time and how they have affected us. I’ve started reading it this past weekend and can’t put [...]

The $24 Million Book on Amazon

Sellers usually try to price their wares cheaper than their competitors, to make them more attractive to buyers. That’s how you get price wars. But the strategy can be very different for rare goods, where price is usually not the limiting factor. Here’s the strange tale of how The Making of a Fly, a scientific textbook [...]

A $23 Million Book About Flies

The Making of a Fly by Peter Lawrence is a well-regarded reference book on fruit flies used by those who study genetics. You can get a used copy for about $35. But recently a new copy was spotted on Amazon for the price of $1,730,045.91! Michael Eisen was intrigued, and looked into why it was [...]

Ken Jennings Illustrates his Battle with Watson

Reddit member guantes ordered a signed copy of Ken Jennings’ book and requested he draw a picture of his Jeopardy battle with the computer named Watson. The result was so cool that the autographed title page had to be shared with everyone. Link

Gene Roddenberry’s Original Pitch for Star Trek

Lee Thomson has a copy of Gene Roddenberry’s March 1964 pitch for Star Trek. There were many changes made before the first and second pilot episodes were filmed. The ship’s doctor, for example, went by a different name, but was still known as “Bones”. Sex kitten Yeoman Rand was called “Colt”, and Roddenberry clearly had [...]

Lillian La France

In the Roaring Twenties, Lillian La France made a living as a stunt rider in the Motordrome circuit, performing in cars and on motorcycles for crowds around the U.S. In 1894, Agnes was the second of nine girls born into honest-livin’, hard-workin’ Catholic family standards. She christened herself Lillian LaFrance and quickly shook the dust of [...]