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Portraits Of America By Jamie Trueblood

Perusing through Jamie Trueblood’s photographs is like taking a long, strange trip across America, watching the kitsch and color fly by the window of your Cadillac car. These are moments frozen in time, subjects captured in sometimes awkward situations, seemingly unaware of being photographed on life’s grand old stage. They’re voyeuristic, but not in a creepy sex [...]

Our Readers’ Best Halloween Costumes

At the beginning of the month, we asked for photos of your best Halloween costumes — the geeky ones, the nerdy ones, the ones of which you’re particularly proud. After sifting through all the e-mails, we’re proud to present our readers’ best Halloween costumes. Enjoy! (40 photos is a lot for one post, so we’ve paginated [...]

Surfing with Flares

(Video Link) This viral video ad for Red Bull features pro surfers Bruce Irons, Kolohe Andino and Jamie O’Brien riding the waves with flares attached to the backs of their boards. The nighttime shots are really beautiful. I want some of this action! Tomorrow, Alex and I will attach flares to the back of Miss C’s [...]

Where Children Sleep

9-year-old Jamie shares a top-floor apartment on New York’s Fifth Avenue with his parents and three siblings. The family’s two other homes are in Spain and the Hamptons. 14-year-old Prena is a domestic worker in Nepal and lives in a cell-like room in the attic of the house where she works in Katmandu. Kenyan-born, English-raised, Venice-based documentary [...]

Beefing up the Kids Aisle of the mental_floss Store

We’re expanding the mental_floss online store and we need your help! Specifically, let’s talk about the Kids section. We’re developing some new educational products for the littlest Flossers. (My side project du jour is a set of placemats that strive to make your kids smarter and, for a brief period, internet famous.) On top of new mental_floss [...]

10 Ridiculous, True Job Termination Stories

I’ve been doing some research on how/why people lose their jobs. I think there’s a funny/sad book in it. Anyway, here are 10 real (short) anecdotes from real people who’ve given me permission to post. I’ve changed their names to protect their identities. If you’ve got a good/sad/funny/ridiculous story, please leave it in the comments below [...]

Man Tries to Build Telegraph from Scratch

Jamie O’Shea is a conceptual artist. We’ve previously featured his bed, which is designed to be used standing up. More recently, he became interested in the role of knowledge in developing our technological civilization. Is knowledge alone enough, or are we dependent upon tools made by others? To find out, O’Shea decided to build a [...]

The Mythbusters Answer Your Questions!

It’s here — the mental_floss interview with the Mythbusters, featuring your questions! (Also here: a new season of the show, starting tonight: Wednesday, October 6! Set your DVRs — the new season premieres at 9pm. Also check out Kari Byron’s new show Head Rush, a commercial-free hour of experiments on the Science Channel every weekday [...]

What Should I Ask the Mythbusters?

mental_floss has been offered an interview with three of the Mythbusters: Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, and Kari Byron. There’s a new season of Mythbusters starting in two weeks, and Kari Byron is also hosting the new science show Head Rush, a commercial-free hour of experiments on the Science Channel every weekday at 4pm. Anyway, for this [...]

Can A Car’s Gas Mileage Be Improved By Adding Golf Ball Dimples?

It has been argued that dirty cars are more fuel efficient than clean ones for the same reason that dimples on a golf ball improve its aerodynamics during flight. The team at Mythbusters tested these hypotheses and found that a dirty car did NOT achieve improved gas mileage, BUT… For a full-scale test, Adam and Jamie [...]