Did you know that you can fly in Titan by flapping your (winged) arms?

Next time you go to Titan—one of Saturn's moons—remember this cool factoid: "The atmosphere is so thick and the gravity so low that humans could fly through it by flapping 'wings' attached to their arms" as pointed out in Robert Zubrin's Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization. How awesome would that be? » 11/23/13 7:20pm 11/23/13 7:20pm

Debunking 30 Life Hacks That Don't Actually Make Your Life Better

Our obsession with hacking life to become more efficient beings of human knows no end. We bookmark links that promise to make picnicking more enjoyable, we scour the internet for kitchen tricks and watch endless videos that promise anywhere from 7 to 101 life changing tips. But how often do these life hacks actually… » 10/09/13 8:00pm 10/09/13 8:00pm

The Hardest Thing to Find in the Universe Is Even Rarer Than You Think

Staring at the periodic table of elements was pretty much all I did in science classes but I learned absolutely nothing from it other than Bromine and Barium (but that's more because of a Google search on Breaking Bad). Anyways! Elements on that periodic table aren't all created equal. Especially Astatine (At). That's… » 7/12/13 10:00pm 7/12/13 10:00pm

50 Debunked Science Misconceptions Will Make You Less Dumb

Being an enlightened individual means understanding basic scientific information about how the world works. Sure, we have teachers and parents there to fill our brains with knowledge, but the sad truth is that there are certain facts that take on a life of their own as they pass from ear to ear, eventually etching… » 7/10/13 3:08pm 7/10/13 3:08pm

How Many Apps Does an App Need to Sell to Be in the Top Apps List?

When the App Store was fresh and new, you'd see different apps pop up in the Top Apps list. Those Top Apps lists were actually usable. But ever since Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja and whatever else decided to squat down, it's the same damn apps over and over. So how popular does an app have to be to crack these lists? » 7/01/13 9:00pm 7/01/13 9:00pm

The Difference Between a Geek and a Nerd in One Graph

It's 2013. We should all know that there are clear differences between calling something a nerd and calling someone a geek. This is a fact! Slackpropagation created this nifty graph that shows the dividing line on what defines a geek and what defines a nerd. The easiest way to tell the difference? Geeks are fans of a… » 6/27/13 8:22pm 6/27/13 8:22pm

How 26 Alcoholic Drinks Got Their Names

You drink martinis and manhattans and mint juleps and pina coladas and tom collins and hell, so much more. Have you ever stepped back and wonder how these cocktails were named? Mental Floss' resident genius John Green shares the origin stories of 26 different cocktails so you can learn some. Warning: he's really good… » 6/27/13 1:00am 6/27/13 1:00am

What M&M, A&W, and Dozens of Other Acronyms and Initialisms Really Mean

As small businesses grow into large corporations that have to deal with mergers and hostile takeovers, their identities and branding similarly grow, evolve, and often end up being a mish-mash of various names which are then shrunk into acronyms and initialisms to make them easier to remember. A similar thing is done… » 4/24/13 4:20pm 4/24/13 4:20pm

The Most Searched Terms in Porn by Country and State

Surprise! Everyone loves to look at porn on the Internet. Okay, that's not exactly a surprise. What is a little bit interesting is just how different our taste for porn can be. PornMD released its search statistics for pornography and broke down the most popular search terms by country and state. For example, the most… » 3/12/13 9:00pm 3/12/13 9:00pm