Mangesh co-founded mental_floss in 2001 and previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. He's currently Chief Creative Officer.
At first, I just assumed that these giant dinner mints were man-made. They're actually a rare, natural phenomenon known as "snow rollers." According to The Cellar, snow rollers can only form when the ground is covered in a layer of ice (so that the snow won't stick to it), and when the wind blows gently enough to nudge the rolls forward without breaking them. Also, the snow itself has to be "wet and loose, with a temperature near the melting point of ice." Having all three conditions occur at the same time... READ ON
As a 3rd grader, I was obsessed with Sherlock Holmes. I walked around the neighborhood trying to solve cases. I took all of the mystery books out of my elementary school library. I even dressed up as the legendary detective for Halloween 2 years in a row. So, I was thrilled when Ransom Riggs suggested doing a spread on author Arthur Conan Doyle in the magazine. What I didn't realize was what sort of amazing stories Ransom would come up with. Here are two of my favorites, plucked from our latest issue: one... READ ON
I love stop-motion stuff, and this is one of the most clever videos I've seen in a while. According to AdFreak, this 2-minute short by Bang-yao Liu took three months (three months!) of planning, four days of shooting and more than 6,000 Post-Its. Pretty incredible. I'm posting the "making of" video after the jump as well, in case you're interested in seeing just how much not procrastinating went into the production.
Link via the always entertaining... READ ON
I'm pretty sure, pet doors weren't created for this purpose.
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Alex at Neatorama found this hilarious photo and tipped us off about National Geographic's Daily Dozen. Here's the story from photographer James Snyder:
This is a Cuban tree frog on a tree in my backyard in southern Florida. How and why he ate this light is a mystery. It should be noted that at the time I was taking this photo, I thought this frog was dead having cooked himself from the inside. I'm happy to say I was wrong. After a few shots he adjusted his position. So after I was finished... READ ON
A couple days back, The Cellar featured this wonderful old pic of cows being transported by boat in Giethoorn, Netherlands. Apparently, in the older parts of the village, there aren't many roads. So farmers still use boats to take the cows from their winter barns to summer fields for grazing. It seems like it should be a tricky operation, but the cows look pretty calm about it... READ ON
My very famous friend (City Councilman, Moose Cross Winner, Ski-Archery champ) Dave Bergart keeps one-upping me in cool dorkery. Today, he sent me this link of him and his pals setting a Guinness World Book Record for most people riding a really long snowboard. Apparently, they bill themselves as "10 Jews, 1 Snowboard," and can be seen on ski slopes all over Jackson. I am both in awe of Dave's achievement and of how much time he has on his hands. On a separate note, I am now hunting for 11 Hindus with... READ ON
Our friend Mu is always sending us travel tips. I'm going to guess this offer is fake,... READ ON
Neatorama published these gorgeous art pieces last week, and I couldn't help but republish them here. The artist, Erika Iris Simmons, specializes in using "old books, cassettes, playing cards, magazines, credit cards... Things that have a mind of their own." I fell in love with the Bob Dylan portrait, but she has some other great stuff on her site (a cassette that turns into the Beatles walking across a road, a film reel that drips out Marilyn Monroe with its excess film). Be sure to check out her flicker... READ ON
I don't know about you, but I've never been sure how an army would dress if it was trying to take over an IKEA. Luckily, the folks at UrbanCamouflage have come up with a couple of (hilarious)... READ ON
After a 2011 vote, Toyota announced that the official plural of Prius was Prii.