Mangesh co-founded mental_floss in 2001 and previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. He's currently Chief Creative Officer.
According to the ever-fantastic MIT Technology Review, Hewlett-Packard has just created a wireless chip, which is half the size of a grain of rice, that can hold up to 4 megabits of information. If you're anything like me, and numbers mean nothing to you, that's equal to a couple of minutes of audio files, short video clips, or even hundreds of pages of text. Insanity! Even crazier is the fact that the chip, dubbed the Memory Spot, has a tiny antenna to transmit the information wirelessly,... READ ON
I was checking out the Raw Feed today, and saw a pretty fun photo tool for anyone who's ever tried to capture a popular landmark, but got stuck with random people cluttering their shots. The Tourist Remover, a free online service from FutureLAB, removes all the annoying folks who wander into your frame at the last minute. Essentially, what you do is feed the software a couple of images of the same landmark, and the Remover does the rest! It recognizes what/who shouldn't be in there, and creates a... READ ON
When chatting with my 9-year old cousin Ryan this weekend, he told me a disturbing fact. He claimed that the beefy (and infinitely huggable) Chow-Chows were once bred as meat in Asia, and that their name actually came from a Chinese word for food. Being a little hesitant to reprint facts straight from the mouth of a 3rd grader (no matter how much he loves the Discovery Channel), I looked it up, and it seems to be true. Yuck.
Excerpted from Dog and Kennel Magazine:
"As centuries passed and the... READ ON
I had no idea that July was National Ice Cream Month, or else I would have been indulging far more frequently (I hate to let a good national observance go uncelebrated). Anyway, in honor of the great event, I started doing some digging. And while I found standard ice cream facts, like that people in Omaha, NE supposedly eat more ice cream than citizens of any town in Florida or California, or that a dollop of vanilla was offered to immigrant at Ellis Island as part of their "Welcome to America"... READ ON
If you're a freak for desktop graphics and computer symbols (like I am!), then you absolutely need to get your hands on Tim Elverston's new Cursor Kite. That's right, the pics above aren't the work of a Photoshop hack, but instead an actual flyable kite fitted with "invisible fittings, quad-line control and opposed-bow tensioning to allow the asymmetrical shape" to soar with the best of "˜em. And while I have no doubt that the things could come in extremely... READ ON
The keen eyes over at SugartownCreative have spotted a gaffe in the new Frank Gehry-designed InterActiveCorp headquarters, located in Chelsea. I guess Microsoft isn't the only one having a problem with their Windows. (Ba-dum-pum!) Story via Adfreak.
Of course, just the mention of architect Frank Gehry's work (the genius behind the strangely beautiful Bilbao Guggenheim, and Walt Disney Concert Hall) makes me think of the Onion headline: Frank Gehry No Longer Allowed to Make Sandwiches for... READ ON
According to BoingBoing, Amazon.com has been threatened with a lawsuit from the American Humane Society for choosing to hawk subscriptions to two cockfighting magazines on their site: The Gamecock (currently the world's #1 cockfighting magazine) and The Feathered Warrior.
While I'm definitely curious about the content provided in these magazines (supposedly they're about rooster grooming and maintenance), and I'm disgusted by the "sport," I do love the name The Feathered Warrior. The staff used... READ ON
How is it that I've never stumbled across The Tattooed Banana site before? Billed as the only website "dedicated to the emerging appreciation for banana art," the site is chock-full of potassium, vitamin C, and hilarious art involving my favorite of the yellow fruits (sorry lemons!). My favorites from the page include an ultrasound of a pregnant banana (carrying a baby banana in tow), and the fake i-Pod baNano pictured here.
Of course, what I did notice was lacking from the site was a... READ ON
According to the New Scientist Inventions Blog (which scours US patent applications for interesting finds), Hewlett-Packard is attempting to help control prescription drug abuse by creating an inhaler/printer that can be placed on a patient's tongue to deliver medications. The print head is supposedly similar in design to that of an ink jet, and the drugs are also contained in replaceable cartridges, not unlike those that contain ink.
So, aside from the novel dispenser-aspect of it, what makes... READ ON
I'm definitely not trying to turn this page a Flosser Stalker site (c.f. Gawker), but I couldn't resist posting about this: my favorite newspaper in Delaware, The News Journal, is reporting that actress Reese Witherspoon has been sighted(!) in my hometown of Hockessin. Everyone in the community is apparently buzzing over the fact that she visited Tomm's Produce. (Home of some fantastic iced beverages. And produce). Anyway, because everyone's always knocking The First State... READ ON
TASER is an acronym for Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle.