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Beautiful Carved Wooden Toilet Seat Cover

Steven’s design is ingenious. The problem with paper toilet seat covers is that they’re too flimsy to stay in place and keep you clean. But his design, made of solid wood, won’t fall apart. Any why is it so elaborately decorated? So that when you carry it around in public–and you will, of course–no one will [...]

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 [...]

Dr. Ruth’s Game of Good Sex and Other Absurd Celebrity Video Games

Making a good video game is incredibly difficult. It requires loads of talent, creativity, hard work and time. In contrast, making a bad video game is rather easy. Hand the task off to an intern or, barring that, a hyper 6-year-old, then kick back, drink a half rack of Hamm’s and watch Gossip Girl. Selling that [...]

Toothpick Portraits

It’s not a joke, it’s a toothpick, Tuco. Now I want you to get up there and make art out of them toothpicks. Well, toothpick artist Steven J. Backman has turned The Good, the Bad and the Ugly into something quite beautiful with only 55 toothpicks and some glue. See more over at Steven’s official [...]

Bike Vest

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Cartoon Voiceover Contest Winners!

On Monday, we asked you to tell us about a cartoon voiceover role you find surprising. After sorting through more than 100 entries, we’ve picked our two favorites. Both winners will receive mental_floss T-shirts of their choice for their winning entries. Brian’s winning submission: Jaleel White, voice of Sonic The Hedgehog in the 1993 animated series based [...]

Movie Trivia: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a staple in our household, which is funny, because I remember being quite scared of the steamroller scene near the end when I was a kid. Now that I’m older, I appreciate it more from standpoint of how much work it took to get such a groundbreaking movie made – [...]

Tourist killed by "dinosaur sized" shark

A tourist has been killed at Fish Hoek beach in Cape Town after being eaten by a “dinosaur sized” great white shark. In a scene reminiscent of Steven …

1 New Product & 5 Fun Facts

If the problem with your hot beverage transportation device is that it lacks our logo, you’re in luck! This holiday season, we’ve added the mental_floss travel mug to our store. And if you order between now and 11:59pm ET Monday and use the code EARLYBIRD,* you get free shipping. Whether you’re looking to replace your [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Times Critters Have Delayed Sporting Events

You’ve probably heard about the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili snatching a bat out of the midair with his bare hands at a game a couple of days ago – and if you haven’t, don’t worry, there’s video below. It’s certainly not the first time there’s been a creature distraction at a sporting event, although it might [...]