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Our Jan/Feb issue hits newsstands tomorrow (ish), so we're giving you another reason to go out and pick up a copy! One of the things I love is when you hear stories that make heroes a little more human. The new issue's got a little feature on nerdy celebs with anger management problems. Here's the section on Stephen Hawking:
While renowned mathematician and physicist Stephen Hawking can't show his anger through the inflections of his electronic voice, he manages to... READ ON
The Jan/Feb issue of mental_floss hits newsstands soon, so we're continuing with our week-long preview of the magazine's stories. While I have a vague understanding of the Bosnia-Serbia conflict, the truth is, I know very little about the history. But the story of this tunnel, which was dug under the house of middle-class family man Bajro Kolar and led to a garage in the city, was utterly fascinating to me. Here's just a glimpse at the impact:
Saving a City
The Sarajevo Tunnel was... READ ON
One of the stranger stories in the new Jan/Feb issue -- just days away from hitting newsstands! -- is Ethan Trex's question and answer piece on the underground world of exotic animal smuggling. The piece answers all sorts of thorny questions about this illicit billion dollar industry, including who's buying and selling butterflies and baby gorillas. And while the entire story is fascinating, my favorite part is the bit below:
So, what's the best way to smuggle a monkey through an... READ ON
The new Jan/Feb issue hits newsstands this week, and we've got another preview for you. One of my favorite pieces from this issue is on Robert Indiana, the artist behind the LOVE sculptures featured in various cities and the popular postage stamps. Indiana's led a wonderful, and sort of heartbreaking life, and I didn't realize that he made almost no money off the LOVE works -- mainly because of a copyright mistake. Here's just a glimpse at his story:
A LOVE Story
At the helm... READ ON
The countdown continues! The new Jan/Feb issue is just a few days from hitting newsstands, and we're eager to give you a glimpse of some more content. This issue, we've got a spread on animal heroes who served in war. There's a dog that earned a Purple Heart, a pigeon that won the animal version of the Victoria Cross, and then, there's this incredible bear. I'll let the author take it from here:
Bearing a Heavy Load
During World War II, the Polish army was stationed in... READ ON
The new Jan/Feb issue of mental_floss magazine is just about to hit newsstands, and we're eager to give you a glimpse of some of the great content! Today's snippet is from our article on 5 Things Benefiting from Global Warming. A few things are are actually reaping rewards from this hot mess. Here's one of the strangest:
Mountains Reach New Heights
Although climate change is forcing glaciers to recede, mountains are getting taller. As the water stored in glaciers drains away, the... READ ON
Neatorama's got this terrific post today on 5 Modern Technologies that Might Not Be So Modern. My favorite bit is about the first vending machine, used to dispense... that's right, Holy Water! From the... READ ON
Neatorama picked up this wonderful story about Concrete Canvas, and I'm just thoroughly fascinated. Scientists have created a cloth that's lined with concrete. But here's the genius of it: the cloth doesn't function like concrete until you add water to it.
That means you essentially have a building in a bag. You can fold up a concrete cloth tent, carry it to wherever you'd like to set it up, and then water it to make a solid structure! It seems like Concrete Canvasses could be a perfect solution for... READ ON
While I'd long assumed that carrier pigeons had been shelved with other antiquated mail systems (like the pony express and the pneumatic tube), I was stunned to learn that the birds are still being used today! Of course, the process has gotten an upgrade. Instead of sending letters and wartime messages, the birds are being used to carry thumb drives!
According to a Daily Mail article, Rocky Mountain Adventures -- a company that runs white water rafting tours in Fort Collins, CO-- puts their carrier... READ ON
While I'd read that raising chickens had become more and more popular with folks in hip places like Portland, OR and Victor, ID, I was surprised to see this piece from GOOD, where photographer Todd Parsons found evidence of chickens making their way into the big city. From his essay:
"In urban settings all across the country, a growing number of city-dwellers young and old are exploring the wonders of raising and farming backyard chickens. Recently, the photographer Todd Parsons scoured the San Francisco... READ ON
Dogs can experience a runner's high.