Mental Floss

Unwinnable Video Game Challenges You to Keep a Shopping Mall in Business

Turning a profit in "American Mall" is harder than it looks.

11 Haunting Facts About Beloved

For one, Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was based on a true story.

The POW Olympics of World War II

The 1944 Summer Olympics may have never actually happened, but one Polish Prisoner of War camp was determined to keep the tradition alive.

How Do You Steer a Bobsled?

Spoiler alert: It's not easy.

10 Facts About The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

A look back at one of the most loved—and most banned—books in American history, which was published on this day in 1885.

Two-Word Oscar Winners

Can you name the two-word Oscar winners for Best Picture?

President John Tyler's Grandsons Are Still Alive

John Tyler was born in 1790. He took office in 1841, after William Henry Harrison died. And he has two living grandchildren.

Begins and Ends: European Cities

Can you name the European cities (pop. 600,000+) given only the first and last letter of each word?

New Program Trains Dogs to Sniff Out Art Smugglers

Every year, billions of dollars in ancient artifacts and other cultural objects are looted and sold around the world. A new project is training dogs to sniff them out.

15 Confusing Plant and Animal Misnomers

As biology has developed, some of our common plant and animal names have turned out to be pretty far off the mark.

18 Tea Infusers to Make Teatime More Exciting

Make steeping tea more fun with these quirky tea infusers.

10 People Who Have Misplaced Their Oscars

Winning an Oscar is, for most, a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. You’d think their owners would be a little more careful with them.

Do They Bite or Sting?

Can you correctly select whether the given bug is known more for their bite (B) or for their sting (S)?