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Join Us at Pat Kiernan’s NYC Halloween Trivia Night!

If you’re in the New York area and free on Monday, October 29th, we’ve got something fun for you. We’re teaming up with TrivWorks and NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan for The Ultimate Halloween Pop Culture Trivia Night! Here’s the scoop, via TrivWorks: “Hosted by NY1 morning news anchor Pat Kiernan, come test your knowledge of the [...]

18 Bizarre Self-Proclaimed Capitals of the World

Lots of places claim to be the world capital of something — animals, fruits, vegetables, consumer goods, other odds and ends. But sometimes, that something is really, really strange. 1. Pearsonville, California: Hubcap Capital of the World Image credit: Center for Land Use Interpretation While Pearsonville, California, only has a population of 17, it’s still the Hubcap Capital [...]

15 Memorable mental_floss Moments of 2011

A lot of exciting things happened in the mental_floss universe in 2011. Here are the 15 we could remember. 1. We Helped Solve a Back to the Future Mystery Back in August, we threw out a question for discussion: “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown? He’s just in Doc’s house to start [...]

Save the Tree Octopus!

Did you know that: Tree octopuses have eyesight comparable to humans. Besides allowing them to see their prey and environment, it helps them in inter-octopus relations. Although they are not social animals like us, they display to one-another their emotions through their ability to change the color of their skin: red indicates anger, white fear, while [...]

Our Trivia Show in Birmingham is Tomorrow!

Hey Birmingham Flossers! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 12th at 7pm. The mental_floss Trivia Show is coming to Cantina on 29th Street in Birmingham. (Check out the map to get directions.) Join mental_floss president Will Pearson and Reg from Reg’s Coffee House for an hilarious night of trivia. Dozens of prizes will be tossed out [...]

Meet the Birmingham Office

Founding _flosser Will Pearson recently sat down with the good people at Birmingham Weekly to discuss the past, present and future of mental_floss. Posing with Will are Hazel (security), Winslow (senior art director), Neely (editor-in-chief) and Josh (art director). Not Pictured: Emmitt. Ah, there’s Emmitt. Here’s how Winslow explained why the pup wasn’t in the group [...]

George Washington, Hottie

Quick, what’s the first word that comes to mind when I say “George Washington”? President? Founding Father? How about … hottie? Washington wasn’t always the old, white-haired patriarchal Founding Father we know and love. At six feet three inches, the young Washington had the ladies of pre-Revolutionary Virginia swooning. On closer introduction, they were enchanted by his [...]

The Trivia Show Birmingham: Oct. 12

Hey Birmingham Flossers! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 12th at 7pm. The mental_floss Trivia Show is coming to Cantina on 29th Street in Birmingham. (Check out the map to get directions.) Join mental_floss president Will Pearson and Reg from Reg’s Coffee House for an hilarious night of trivia. Dozens of prizes will be tossed out [...]

Meanwhile, at the mental_floss Store…

The _flossers who run our retail store/distribution center/business office in Chesterland, Ohio, have been extra busy this holiday season, so mental_floss co-founder/president/publisher Will Pearson flew up from Birmingham last week to lend a hand (and pose for pictures while doing it). Here he is behind the register. He also got a “not bad” in box [...]

A.J. Jacobs – The Ultimate Guinea Pig

If you enjoy my posts on this blog, you have A.J. Jacobs to thank. Yes, Mr. Know-it-All was the guy who recommended me to Will Pearson and Mangesh about a year before we all started blogging here. In fact, A.J. was planning to do some more regular blogging back in the early days, too, and [...]