Mangesh co-founded mental_floss in 2001 and previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. He's currently Chief Creative Officer.
While thumbing through the mental_floss archives, I found this story that I'd completely forgotten about. Check it... READ ON
Just to give you the scoop on the latest in ice cream trends, Neatorama linked to this hilarious idea for Pepto Bismol Ice Cream (I thought it was too brilliant not to post about). Using the old "spoonful of sugar" idea, the intrepid Fraser Lewry over at Blogjam concocted the treat to help get people through their morning hangovers. Amazingly, Lewry claims the stuff goes down pretty smoothly:
The taste? Actually, it's quite nice. The vanilla and sugar temper the metallic bitterness of... READ ON
I've heard people joke about using hamster wheels to harness small amounts of energy, but this is the first time I've seen someone enlist the pets to help in their Ollie-North-by-Northwest schemes. That's right it's the very first Hamster Powered Paper Shredder, for all your secrecy needs! (Note: it's only a prototype as of now). Still, the idea just feels right. Not only does the hamster help line his own cage every time he runs on his wheel, but every bit of exercise gets rewarded with a giant ticker... READ ON
Sure, you know old Walt from Mickey Mouse, Disneyland, Walt Disney World and basically any animated film that didn't go straight to video, but how much do you really know about this American genius? Here's a fact list with just a few of our favorite... READ ON
Having been vegetarian for years, and having suffered through high school, college and Alabama on a meat-free diet, I'm pretty aware of how hard it is to eat well as a vegetarian. There's a lot of dining on fries when your pals want fast food, and a lot of forcing down plates of boiled vegetables when you're pressured to go to a steak house. In any case, of all the places I've heard of where vegetarian food is scarce (Mongolia, Australia, Arby's), I always imagined prison... READ ON
USA Today, my #1 source for all lobster-inspired technology, is reporting that a California company has co-opted "crustaceans' uncanny ability to see through dark, cloudy, deep sea water" as their inspiration for a new X-ray device. The hand-held tool, dubbed the LEXID (Lobster Eye X-ray Imaging Device) can actually see through wood, concrete and even steel, and it's hoped that Homeland Security officials will use it to locate everything from caches of weapons to terrorists on the lam. But don't... READ ON
It is with misty eyes and trembling voice that I'm reporting that Borat and Ali G are now dead. Rumors of their demise had been lingering for a while, but according to G4's TheFeed, Sacha Baron Cohen has officially retired that sweet, sweet mustache and put away his gold chains for good. Apparently, his two most popular characters became simply that- too popular, making working the gag impossible. I'm hoping you'll join me in taking a pull of eggnog, then spilling some on your floors for these two ignorant... READ ON
Looking through the wintery archives at the always-terrific Cellar, I stumbled into this great photo. The shot is of more than 8,900 people setting a snow angel record in North Dakota a little over 10 months ago. What's most stunning about it though isn't that so many folks gathered for the event, but that the people of Bismarck hope this will change public perception of the place. According to a USA Today piece:
Edna Arvidson, 84, of Bismarck, said she participated in the city's [previous] record setting... READ ON
Gingerbread houses are not a Hattikudur-family forte. Every year my mom (a pre-school teacher) insists that my sister and I build a gingerbread house for her classroom. And every year, what should look like a cookie-cutter house ends up looking like a Frank Gehry/Ray Charles collaboration. Perhaps that's why I'm so astounded by the work below. It's all pulled from a Seattle gingerbread show last year, and there's more here. Link via the excellent... READ ON
After reading Chris Higgins' terrific bit this morning on organizing your library (just scroll down a few posts), I realized that I'd been meaning to talk-up these 2 fun bookshelves for a while. The first (dubbed the cave book shelf and designed by Sakura Adachi) reminds me of exactly the sort of nook I'd seek out as a kid before curling up with a book. Of course, I could do with a little less pink. And the second, well, that just soothes this nerd's longing for the days of Algebra I. Ah, math. In any... READ ON
Flamingos are naturally white. Their diet of brine shrimp and algae turns them pink.