Mangesh co-founded mental_floss in 2001 and previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. He's currently Chief Creative Officer.
As someone who practiced bicycles and rainbows in my backyard daily and never used either in a game (it's hard to do them from the bench), I was totally mesmerized by this ad. Of course, I don't know how much of any of this is real. I don't like it quite as much as the Joga Bonita ads Nike put out a few years ago (the music isn't as good), but it's still pretty stunning. Link via... READ ON
Our amazing fact generator is unstoppable! It just keeps churning out one great fact after another. If you haven't witnessed it for yourself, be sure to click... READ ON
Check out this crazy structure from TheCellar's Image of the Day. Apparently, a Russian man started building a two-story home for himself, and then saw no reason to stop. Currently, the hand-built wooden dwelling stands at a towering 13 stories (or 144 feet).... READ ON
So, like the title implies, 2 things made me really happy this morning:
1) That our onesies are FINALLY on sale in the mental_floss store. I've been waiting for these, and I love the way they turned out. My favorite is the "My first Jackson Pollock" shirt where kids are encouraged to make a mess on their clothing (in the name of art), but I really dig all of them. I never know what to get expecting parents for baby showers, and this is going to be my go-to gift from now on. Click here to buy 'em... READ ON
If you're curious whether or not you should be indulging in the communal cheese dip at this year's Super Bowl party, one scientist has some answers for you.
Whether or not the infamous George Costanza "double-dipping at a funeral scene" had an impact on your snacking habits, according to this terrific NY Times piece, the clip definitely affected Prof. Paul L. Dawson. A food microbiologist at Clemson University, Dawson commissioned a study on double-dipping largely because he was skeptical that redipping... READ ON
Everyone's always talking about taking hip hop to the next level. Who knew that next level was Microsoft Excel? Aclevercookie has compiled a whole bunch of rap songs done up in chart and graph style, and I thought they were too funny not to mention. I've posted a few of my favorites below, but there's plenty more at Aclevercookie.com. Link via Johnny "Barefoot"... READ ON
Boingboing just turned me on to this incredible site called Tesla Down Under. Apparently, the site is devoted to "detailing almost 200 high voltage projects" and the results are jaw-dropping. Take a look at these two pics. I don't really know what they are, and I wouldn't really want to be in the area while anyone was conducting them, but man are those photos wonderful! In any case, if you're at all interested in accidentally electrocuting yourself, this page should give you plenty of... READ ON
The always inspiring Neatorama linked to this great piece by mural artist Lewis Lavoie. According to his site, Lavoie prepares all the panels with an undercoat of paint, and then sends them off to various artist friends. The canvases are broken up into three distinct categories, where he will either instruct the artist to 1) use the color he's given them for inspiration (they have free range of what to draw in this case but have to stick to the pallette), 2) to incorporate a particular shape in their... READ ON
TheCellar revealed this great new photo of a leopard-print mp3 player that doubles as, you guessed it, a Taser! The ingenious invention from Taser International came from the theory that more women would be inclined to take a Taser on a jog with them if it had additional functionality. Seems like a smart move. In any case, the musical taser combo actually packs 1 GB of memory, and 100,000 volts of electricity; so if you're the sort of person who has a rape whistle taped to your Walkman, this is probably... READ ON
Being a product of the Delaware school system, I can't help but love Quakers. My middle and junior high schools were located on a Meeting House Lane. Pacifism, abolitionism and tolerance have always seemed like good ideas to me. And I'm a total sucker for Quaker Oats packaging. But the fact is, aside from William Penn and Betsy Ross, I really don't know that many famous Quakers. So I decided to look "˜em up. Here's what I found"¦
1. Richard... READ ON
In a 1917 letter to Winston Churchill, Admiral John Fisher used the phrase "O.M.G."