Mangesh co-founded mental_floss in 2001 and previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. He's currently Chief Creative Officer.
Man, I'm completely addicted to the stuff over at ThisNext blog. Today, I saw a picture *and recipe* for a meatloaf "cake", frosted with mashed potatoes and decorated with ketchup, (a delicacy first conceived by the fine folks at the aptly named black widow bakery) and I figured it just needed to be... READ ON
In the wake of what is undoubtedly a difficult time for the Presley family, the press seems to be taking a lot of liberties with the headlines about Elvis' demised teddy bear. For those of you who haven't been paying attention, a guard dog at a teddy bear exhibition in London turned on the stuffed animals he was supposed to be protecting, and ripped one of Elvis' old bears to shreds. The bear, named Mabel, was worth over $75,000 and its owner (who bought it auction) is hopping mad. Of... READ ON
The MIT Tech Review is reporting that the $100 laptop project already has over 4 million orders from around the world! For those of you who haven't been watching closely, the initiative hopes to deliver one laptop per child in an effort to help kids in developing communities learn online, communicate across the globe, and express themselves creatively through computer media. (The computer actually comes all decked out with a Linux system, word processing, multimedia playback, and web browsing).... READ ON
I don't have a good explanation for why I'm writing so much about babies today (this is my last baby post, I promise), but I saw these Zaky pillows on ShinyShiny, and thought they were so creepy/funny that I wanted to post the picture. Same "giving comfort to your cranky kid" idea, only with a far stranger look.... READ ON
Since babies seem to be such a popular accessory this season (everyone's got one!), and since getting those creatures to fall asleep seems to be such a difficult task, I figured I'd post about the award-winning Lullabub automatic rocking system. The "system" is made up of 4 stands you place under each leg of your baby's crib, with each one capable of gently raising and lowering the baby's furniture just a hair. When working in unison, the stands can gently rock the... READ ON
While mental_floss generally likes to leave Hate at the front door (right along side our muddy shoes and wet umbrellas), I stumbled into a hate site this morning that I felt obligated to post about: Ihatecilantro.com. The truth is, I quite like cilantro—whether it's in salsas or daals or Thai food. But I figured, since many of you out there are probably disgusted by the stuff, it could provide for a nice support group. So what goes on at Ihatecilantro.com? As ThisNext blog writes:... READ ON
Engadget has an amazing little blurb on the future of video conferencing, and how it might not be boring?! Believe it or not (and we're saying "believe it"), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization has created a game called Airhockey Over a Distance to "showcase the power of advanced networking." Essentially, you play airhockey on half a table that's propped up against a screen, as does your opponent in Zimbabwe (where air hockey is super... READ ON
Reuters is reporting today that Brazil's armed forces have somehow found themselves in the animal delivery service. The national forces have been enlisted to first fly and then ship over 100 penguins back to Antarctica next month. Apparently, penguins arrive every year on ice floes that melt close to Brazilian shores (this time the lucky birds ended up on the beaches of Rio). And while normally, these Antarctic immigrants are sent off to local zoos, this year's travel accommodations are... READ ON
While I have no desire to tweak a good thing, our partners at HowStuffWorks have an incredible article with links devoted to ways that you can Hack Into Your iPod: from playing video games like Doom on it, to turning your iPod into a universal remote control, to even installing a system for tracking and mapping your jogging routes. Pretty crazy"¦ of course, there's no hack yet for dipping your iPod into water and turning the water drinkable, so the SteriPEN (see below) is still on safe turf.... READ ON
While CBS is busy advertising on their dairy, the geniuses at the British Egg Information Service have a slightly different take on shell design. They've managed to create a better way to boil an egg, through a completely innovative process. In efforts to help the kitchenally challenged (a.k.a. bad cooks), the Service has decided to stamp eggs with a heat sensitive ink that turns black when your hard-boiled meal is ready. Pretty clever, eh? Called "PerfEGGs," the self-timing breakfast... READ ON
The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn.