Learn Which Famous Authors Coined "Nerd" And "Quark" In This Fun Video

This week's episode of Mental Floss' List Show on YouTube, hosted by John Green, breaks down 43 words invented by authors (spoiler alert: they're not all by Shakespeare ... and a lot of them are from scifi books!) » 3/01/15 9:45am 3/01/15 9:45am

Do Those Household Life Hacks Really Work? See 30 Of Them In Action

We love seeing those little life hacks that are supposed to make everyday tasks — from painting your walls to scooping ice cream — just a little bit easier. But how many of them really work as well as their proponents claim? This video puts 30 supposed life hacks to the test. » 2/07/15 12:45pm 2/07/15 12:45pm

The Most Common Misconceptions About Getting Sick, Debunked

In the latest installment of Mental Floss' debunk-tastic series Misconceptions, Elliott Morgan serves up factual counterpoints to ten of the most common misconceptions about getting sick. It's all in here – from food poisoning myths to false notions about the common cold. » 1/16/15 1:40pm 1/16/15 1:40pm

Twenty Common Sex Myths, Debunked

Dr. Aaron Carroll – author of the fantastic guide to sex-debunkery, Don't Put That in Therestopped by Mental Floss to guest-host an episode dedicated to deflating common myths and misconceptions about sex. » 7/10/14 1:45pm 7/10/14 1:45pm

40 Weird Words (and their Weirder Origins)

Why do we call dunces dunces? John Green gives us the etymological low down on this and 39 other unusual words in the latest episode of Mental Floss. » 2/15/14 11:30am 2/15/14 11:30am

29 Common Myths About Booze, Debunked

The one and only Hannah Hart (of My Drunk Kitchen) recently stopped in at Mental Floss to guest host an episode devoted to deflating some common misconceptions and rumors about alcohol. » 2/05/14 11:45am 2/05/14 11:45am

Great Unintended Scientific Discoveries

In the latest episode of Mental Floss, Derek Muller is on loan from Veritasium to dish out two dozen unintended scientific discoveries, including a few you've probably heard of (like penicillin*) and a bunch you probably haven't (like Viagra). » 11/13/13 1:20pm 11/13/13 1:20pm

48 Names for Things You Didn't Know Had Names

Loving this roundup of little-known words from Mental Floss's John Green. Tons of strange terms and designations in this collection, from the scientific to the anatomical to the socio-cultural. » 9/12/13 6:45am 9/12/13 6:45am

31 Bizarre Medical Conditions in under 420 seconds

Here's some rapid-fire medical strangeness, courtesy of John Green and the rest of those lovely, lovely weirdos over at Mental Floss. Ready? Go! » 6/06/13 6:40am 6/06/13 6:40am