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The Top 5 mental_floss Quizzes of 2011

This weekend, we’ve been counting down the year’s top quizzes (see #6-#10 and #11-#15). Pay attention to what’s been working, because tomorrow we’ll start accepting suggestions for another installment of Reader-Submitted Quiz Week. What resume wouldn’t look better with “I wrote a quiz for mental_floss” down in the MISCELLANEOUS section? (Plus you can win [...]

Counting Down Our Most Popular Quizzes of 2011 (#11-#15)

This weekend, we’ll be counting down the year’s top quizzes. Pay attention to what’s been working, because on Monday we’ll start accepting suggestions for another installment of Reader-Submitted Quiz Week. What resume wouldn’t look better with “I wrote a quiz for mental_floss” down in the MISCELLANEOUS section? (Plus you can win a t-shirt, which is [...]

mental_floss on NPR!

Research editor and mentalfloss.com regular Kara Kovalchik will be on Talk of the Nation this afternoon to discuss her recent story 11 Sounds Your Kids Have Probably Never Heard. Tune in! We’ll get a link up to the interview if such a link is made available.

Great Moments in Infomercial History

The Pocket Fisherman Makes it Big The history of pitching unusual gadgets on television begins with S.J. Popeil. Born into a family of roadside salesmen, S.J. had the vision to break into a much larger audience via TV. The first gizmo he hawked on the small screen was the Pocket Fisherman -a fishing rod small enough [...]

The Quick 10: Why Betty White is Awesome

Between her Snickers Super Bowl ad, the petition to have her host Saturday Night Live and just because she’s awesome in general, Betty White has been getting a lot of press lately. She’s been in the business since the 1940s, so you can bet Betty has a few interesting stories up her sleeve. Wouldn’t you [...]

January’s 10 Most Popular Quizzes

1. The Cable Connector Quiz by David K. Israel * 2. Lifetime Movie or Megadeth Song? by Craig Dorfman * 3. Trading Places, Coming to America or Beverly Hills Cop? by Brett Savage * 4. World Leader or NFL Placekicker? by Jason English * 5. Longsnapper or VP Candidate? by Jason English * 6. Mac or PC? by David K. Israel * 7. The Brady Bunch Theme Quiz by Sandy Wood & Kara Kovalchik * 8. [...]

Not-So-Famous Firsts: Who Was the First Stewardess?

Editor’s Note: Last fall, Kara Kovalchik wrote a story titled ‘8 Not-So-Famous Firsts,’ which covered such topics as the first auto insurance policy and the first wet t-shirt contest. This year, in our newest semi-regular feature, she’ll be teaching us about all sorts of underappreciated firsts. This week’s topic: aviation. Enjoy! Stewardess The term seems hopelessly outdated [...]

The Most Popular Stories of 2009: #13 to #6

We’re counting down the year’s most-read mentalfloss.com stories. On Sunday, we rattled off #20 to #14. Here’s the next batch. 13. 8 Unusual College Scholarships by Kara Kovalchik Today’s students can parlay a hobby, goofy talent or even a genetic luck of the draw into scholarship money. Take a gander at some of the more unusual opportunities that [...]

Month in Review: September’s Most Popular Stories

If you’re keeping score at home, September was the second-best month we’ve ever had. (The halcyon days of August ‘09 will be tough to top.) Thanks to everyone who has made mental_floss part of your routine, especially the folks who’ve been here for years and have aggressively spread the word about our site and magazine. [...]

Month in Review: August’s Most Popular Stories

Numbers-wise, August was our best month ever. Remember when Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris’ home run record? Our August stats were like that, except if instead of hitting 70 home runs, McGwire had started a website and racked up 22,000,000 pageviews. Thanks to all 7-million-plus of you who stopped by. Here’s a look back at [...]