Mangesh co-founded mental_floss in 2001 and previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. He's currently Chief Creative Officer.
I'm the sort of person who would appreciate a butler. Or at least a staff of servants to do everything for me. And since I can't exactly afford that, I tend to buy a lot of electric gadgets to make my life somewhat simpler. I use an electric toothbrush so that I don't have to wiggle my arm during the whole tooth brushing process. I use an electric kettle specifically for tea, because there's no need to bring a microwave into the operation. I even use an electric razor so that I... READ ON
As I was packing up my summer threads this weekend, I realized I didn't want to say goodbye to some of my clothes just yet. I know what the Fashionistas say about white after Labor Day, but sometimes white just feels right. So, I'm saying screw the fashion rules, and siding with 5 geniuses who chose to wear the crisp color all year round: Mark Twain, Gandhi, Tom Wolfe, and Mick Jagger. I also added Sean "Puffy" Combs to the mix, who isn't technically a genius, but I figure Mark Twain's got extra to... READ ON
I saw this superglue ad on ettf and thought it was pretty amusing. Oh, if only the UN could invest in a bit of rubber cement or Scotch tape and patch up the... READ ON
I've always been confused by the "picture says a 1000 words" phrase, mainly because my photography is considerably worse than my writing. I can write 1000 words on, say, swimming in mud and make it sound appealing, but it'd be hard for me to take a picture of it and make anyone want to dive in. I guess that's why I'm so stunned by these insect pics. I'm not particularly interested in looking at insects (Mary's post aside), but I just stumbled across... READ ON
CNN is reporting that Australia might put their kangaroos on the pill to keep numbers down. Apparently, the kanga population around the nation's capital has skyrocketed in recent years. In fact, Canberra finds the creatures especially problematic during dry spells, because they bounce over from the outskirts to snack on the city's manicured lawns and golf courses. And while other means of curbing the population have been explored (particularly vasectomies for male roos, and injections for... READ ON
Yahoo News is reporting that air marshals no longer have to wear suits to work. Apparently, despite the effectiveness of having marshals on board, the agency has been plagued by dwindling morale, at least partially caused by the strict dress code. One air marshal was quoted saying, "They trust us at 35,000 feet to protect passengers, carrying a gun on the plane, but they weren't allowing us to dress [casually]."Of course, more than morale, the concern since 2001 has been that you can... READ ON
It's a sad fact that tall people make more money than their shorter colleagues. For men and women in the US and UK, for instance, Reuters reports that a "height advantage of four inches equated with a 10 percent increase in wages." But two Princeton University researchers are taking that claim one step further: the pair has released a paper theorizing that the reason that tall people make more has nothing to do with image. Instead, they believe that tall people are simply smarter than... READ ON
Today is author Martin Amis' birthday (happy b-day, Martin!). And while I'd love to write something glorifying his life and times, I'm shamefully ignorant on the subject. In fact, there's an old Woody Allen bit where he says, "I'd love to end this show on a positive note... but I don't have one. Would you settle for two negative notes?" So, it's in exactly that spirit that I'm giving you the only gossip I really know about Martin Amis (all... READ ON
Reuters is reporting that five people were arrested in Donghai, China on Wednesday for organizing stripteases at funerals. Police were clued in to the unusual activity after two groups of dancers gave "obscene performances" at a farmer's memorial service. But why strippers? Far from simply putting the "fun" back in funerals, the disrobing actually served a specific purpose—to make sure that the deceased didn't go off to his grave in Willy Loman-style.
As one... READ ON
If you thought the grilled cheese sandwich that bore Mary's profile (and then sold on e-Bay for $28,000) was out of this world, check out the best thing to hit sliced bread since, well, sliced bread: the Snakes on a Plane logo. While the e-Bay auction for the Hollywood emblazoned bread started at just $.05, the bidding is already up to $225?! And while the auctioneer is clearly living up the buzz (check out all the ridiculous seller updates), I particularly appreciated that s/he has cleared PBS... READ ON
Andre Agassi's father represented Iran in boxing in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics.