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Clockwork Bugs

Remember the jeweler who made that awesome scorpion out of watch parts? His name is Jason Gershenson-Gates, a Chicago-based jeweler, and he is making more awesome bugs.   The son of a “gearhead”, and the grandson of a railroad man, he used to always take apart his toys to see how they worked, but never seemed [...]

This Weekend, We’re Letting College Kids Take Over

Getty Images* You might remember that request Jason posted a couple of weeks ago—the one asking college students to pitch us ideas for a little thing we call College Weekend. Well, that weekend is almost upon us. Starting at 8pm on Friday, we’ll be featuring a bunch of stories from college students—who are attending schools like McGill, [...]

Monstrous, Angelic, Unusual Bridge Sculptures

“QUANTUM SHOT” #801 Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Monstrous, Angelic or Just Plain Weird – Unusual Bridge Sculptures, Part One There are bridges in every country, all over the world, each one serving a very functional purpose, so it’s nice to know that some of the [...]

Space Invader Under The Sea

Remember those really cool statues placed under the sea by artist Jason DeCaires Taylor that we posted a while back? (LINK) Well, they appear to have been visited by an otherworldly force of pixel art known as Space Invader! The crafty tile artist has added his signature to the menagerie of humanoid statues, with Jason’s permission of [...]

Toilet Plunger Monster

Jason Freeny of Moist Production hand sculpted this clever evolution of the toilet plunger. I mean, if you only knew the toxic stuff a toilet plunger is exposed to in the course of doing [...]

Facts About Every Student From the 30th Story of Wayside School

Louis Sachar’s Sideways Stories From Wayside School series is still a favorite of elementary-age kids, 34 years after the first book hit the shelves. Each of the three books features 30 chapters — one for each floor of the Wayside School building — and each chapter (usually) features one student. Here are a few facts [...]

11 Amazing Reader-Submitted Air Travel Facts

Last month, while Jason was flying home from Chicago, he asked readers to submit their most amazing facts related to air travel. We’ve combed through the submissions, fact-checked our favorites, and picked 11 winners. The winners will be contacted via e-mail so they can receive the mental_floss T-shirts of their choice. And the winners are… Amy Gardner McNeal: Seventy-five [...]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Van by Jason Ybarra

Cowabunga, dudes! Jason Ybarra loves Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so much that he made a full-scale street-legal version of the TMNT van. Jason’s Turtles Van is featured in this week’s Star Cars over at Crave [...]

WanderLinks: How Stadiums Enforce Lifetime Bans

Thanks so very much to everyone who contributed name suggestions for our new column. We’re going to test out a few different names this week, starting today with WanderLinks. I think it nicely conveys the fun, loose vibe we’ll try to serve up to help you get to quitting time each day. Cole, whether or [...]

At the Libraries: Little Libraries Abound

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Little libraries abound this month! Here is one in a phone booth in New York. I didn’t even know they still had phone booths! * And USA Today [...]