CLOSE
Original image
amazon

17 Fun and Unusual Calendars to Put Up Next Year

Original image
amazon

The new year is sneaking up once again, and that means it's time for a new calendar. Sure, you could go with a free one you got in the mail, but why not keep track of time in a more interesting way? These calendars will get you pumped for the changing months ahead.

1. I COULD PEE ON THIS; $11

It turns out cats make pretty good poets. Francesco Marciuliano’s book, I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats, is a great collection of poems from the viewpoint of housecats. Now you can get these felines' verses in calendar form. Each month features a different cat and a corresponding poetic masterpiece.

Find it: Amazon

2. UNDERWATER DOGS; $15

Photographer Seth Casteel is known for his shots of dogs jumping into bodies of water to fetch balls and other items. It turns out all those jowls and extra skin look pretty funny when pushed up by the water. This 18-month calendar comes with 12 amazing shots of wide-eyed dogs underwater.

Find it: Amazon

3. LIL BUB; $12

It’s no secret that mental_floss loves Lil Bub. The funny little cat has been named "nature's happiest accident," and sports the most irresistible mug in the animal kingdom. This calendar comes with plenty of cute pictures of the slack-tongued feline, as well as some fun stickers to stick on your books, folders, and friends.

Find it: Amazon

4. THIS IS GUACWARD; $8

Looking for a little honesty from your calendar? New York-based illustrator David Olenick has got you covered. His new calendar is filled with delightful drawings sharing some harsh, albeit true sentiments. The simplistic designs are perfect for the realist in your life.

Find it: Amazon

5. CATS OF 1986; $12

These cats are living the glory days of the mid-'80s in this super radical monthly calendar. Who knew felines could look so good with big hair and shoulder pads? 

Find it: Amazon

6. GOATS IN TREES; $9

This incredibly specific calendar comes with 18 months, so you can start using it immediately. And it’s never too soon to start enjoying athletically skilled goats that made it up into trees.

Find it: Amazon

7. SPACE CATS; $10-$15

Evidence the world is a beautiful place: You have multiple options when shopping for the perfect space cat calendar. Choose between TF Publishing’s hallucinogenic and seasonal calendar, or Rock Point’s more straightforward alternative. Either way, you win with cats flying through space.

Find it: Amazon, Amazon

8. AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS; $12

The novelty blog Awkward Family Photos has been around for a long time and with good reason. These real family portraits are equal parts awkward and hilarious, reminding you that it’s okay to laugh at your own blunder years. Curators Mike Bender and Doug Chernack share some extra cringe-worthy photos for this day-to-day calendar.

Find it: Amazon

9. SUPER MARIO BROTHERS; $10

For nostalgic gamers, this Super Mario Brothers calendar features all the vintage artwork you could want. Each month has a different scene of one of the many iconic levels in the game.

Find it: Amazon

10. NUNS HAVING FUN; $11

As we’ve covered in the past, nuns can totally still have fun. Enjoy pictures of nuns playing sports, taking selfies, and winning prizes at the fair. 

Find it: Amazon

11. CARTOONS FROM THE NEW YORKER; $12

If you find yourself flipping through The New Yorker just looking for the comics, you might as well cut out the middle man and buy this calendar.

Find it: Amazon

12. SLOTHS; $11

Sloths are seriously cute. You can have the cuteness all year round with this second-annual sloth calendar. Zoologist Lucy Cooke shares some of the most adorable sloth pictures out there for your monthly enjoyment.

Find it: Amazon

13. THE OLD FARMER’S ALMANAC; $10

If you’re a fan of mental_floss, then you’re definitely a fan of cool facts. The Old Farmer’s Almanac calendar is filled with just that. Learn the answers to pressing questions like: How fast can an ostrich run? And why are cashews never sold in the shell? On top of important trivia, you also get folklore, tips, quotes, proverbs, and puzzles.

Find it: Amazon

14. HYPERBOLE AND A HALF; $10

Beloved cartoon artist and writer Allie Brosh is back again with a calendar featuring some of her charming illustrations and comics. The calendar features some of the best material and characters from Hyperbole and a Half.

Find it: Amazon

15. FUN PUGS; $11

Pugs are already fun but wait until you see them Photoshopped into seasonal scenes. From a fancy date in February to dressing up in October, the situations these pugs find themselves in are pretty adorable. The 12 month calendar features 12 pugs that you definitely don’t want to miss.

Find it: Amazon

16. A YEAR OF GOOD BEER; $13

Beer connoisseurs can find new selections and celebrate old favorites with this calendar packed with facts, trivia, and beer recommendations.

Find it: Amazon

17. THE LITTLE WORLD OF LIZ CLIMO; $13

Illustrator Liz Climo creates whimsical animal comics that are almost guaranteed to brighten up your day. This calendar gives owners one new cartoon a day, so you know it’s going to be a good year.

Find it: Amazon

This story originally appeared in 2015.

Original image
iStock
arrow
travel
National Geographic Ranks The 25 Happiest Cities in the Country
Original image
iStock

Feeling unhappy? Maybe it's time to move. National Geographic recently released rankings of the 25 happiest cities in the U.S. The results: Eight of the 25 locations are in the Golden State, but the honor of No. 1 happiest city goes to Boulder, Colorado.

The rankings are based on 250,000 interviews conducted in 190 metropolitan areas between 2014 and 2015. The survey—developed by Dan Buettner, author of the new book The Blue Zones of Happiness, and Dan Witters, a senior scientist at Gallup—looked for data points that are correlated with life satisfaction and happiness, like whether or not you exercise, if you feel safe in your community, whether you feel like you live within your means, and whether you feel like you are reaching your goals.

A map of the U.S. showing which cities made the top 25 happiest cities index.
Courtesy National Geographic

Of course, all that isn’t necessarily the result of your geographical location. But you don’t see cities like Los Angeles or New York—where wealth is also clustered—on the list, so presumably San Franciscans are doing something a little differently.

Take a look for yourself. Here are the 25 happiest places in the U.S., according to the results.

1. Boulder, Colorado
2. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
3. Charlottesville, Virginia
4. Fort Collins, Colorado
5. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, California
6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
7. Provo-Orem, Utah
8. Bridgeport-Stamford, Connecticut
9. Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
10. Anchorage, Alaska
11. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida
12. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California
13. Salinas, California
14. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
15. Urban Honolulu, Hawaii
16. Ann Arbor, Michigan
17. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California
18. Colorado Springs, Colorado
19. Manchester-Nashua, New Hampshire
20. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
21. Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Virginia/Maryland/West Virginia
22. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota/Wisconsin
23. San Diego-Carlsbad, California
24. Portland-South Portland, Maine
25. Austin-Round Rock, Texas

You can grab a copy of November’s National Geographic to read more about the world’s happiest places.

The cover of Dan Buettner’s The Blue Zones of Happiness and the cover of November 2017’s National Geographic.
National Geographic
Original image
iStock
arrow
fun
Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
Original image
iStock

Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios