“Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,” Roald Dahl wrote, “because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.” He was a wartime spy–turned author who wrote about a kid who stows away in a piece of fruit, and that’s exactly the kind of person we at mental_floss look to for advice. So in the May issue—on sale now!—we took that mission to heart, seeking out all the facts we didn’t know about things we thought we knew well.
We figured out:
How to increase your odds of becoming a Jeopardy! champion
How (and why!) to always judge a wine by its label
Where to find the world’s most tricked-out missile silo
How many vast secret powers mini-horses are hiding under their fluffy little manes
What makes Post-It notes the creativity weapon of late-night comic Pete Holmes
Where the American Museum of Natural History keeps its epic collection of squid beaks
How Parisians really feel about Britney Spears
Which website you should avoid if you have a fear of falling off a cruise ship
But for me, the most revealing information of all came when all was said and done and the issue was in subscribers’ hands. When she saw our story on the evolution of toy horses, my mother-in-law texted immediately to inform me that the man I’m married to is “a true Brony.” Needless to say, I had no idea!
I hope this issue reveals at least as much to you—and that you’ll let me know right away!
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Note from Jason & Erin: To celebrate the new issue, we'll be sharing secrets here all week. Secrets about Ben & Jerry's. Secrets about cruise ships. Secrets about cats. Let's keep this between us. (OK, you can tell your Facebook friends.)