Yippee Pi Day! And a Happy B-Day to Our Favorite Genius!

It’s been a mighty fine two weeks for the mental_floss store as we’ve celebrated the Life of Pi with Pi Products of the Day and daily Slice of Pi tidbits from the very exciting and fulfilling life of this mathematical constant.

Here is What We've Learned:

That a talented, pun-loving artist named Kate Gabrielle can turn a Dean Martin croon into a mathemagical Floss-Exclusive tote.

That it’s easy to wear your love of pi in close proximity to your sleeve with handmade pi cuff bracelets.

That folks continue to enjoy a good ole edible pi—in both pizza and actual pie varieties.

That, while we may remember that, like pi, the need to shower is a constant, we may need to be reminded that so is the need to attractively display cheese.

That the aforementioned pun-loving artist also managed to turn “Life of Pi” into a sweet vision of a life filled with infinite happiness—what’s more, you can adorn either your wall (Floss-Exclusive Life of Pi Print) or yourself (Floss-Exclusive Life of Pi Tee) with it!

And Let's Not Forget The Birthday Boy!

We’ve added new Einsteinery to our already-respectable collection of super geniussy stuff in honor of our fave super genius.

You can wear Einstein socks (even though the man himself preferred not to wear socks at all). You can cuddle with Einstein. Or you can sport a presumably-Einstein-approved bow tie and spin under your new DJ pseudonym, MC Squared.

So, with many lessons learned, we bid you Yippee Pi Day, Mental Flossers!

Bone Broth 101

Whether you drink it on its own or use it as stock, bone broth is the perfect recipe to master this winter. Special thanks to the Institute of Culinary Education

Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?

If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).


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