We're proud to announce four new additions to the mental_floss line:
Scuba Diving: Keep Your Friends Close and Anemones Closer
Ambiguity: What Happens in Vagueness Stays in Vagueness
I Avoid ClichÃ©s Like the Plague
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
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Whether you're looking to get a head start on your holiday shopping or you'd like to stick one of these in your own t-shirt drawer, now's the time to buy. Until Monday at 11:59pm, all shirts are... READ ON
The new issue is finally (FINALLY!) on newsstands, and we're so excited to talk about it. This month, mental_floss is covering all sorts of things, including exciting new cures for blindness, Crohn's disease and MS; America's next top energy source (icy methane bricks mined from the bottom of the ocean); and why Kashmiri men carry pumpkins on their bellies. We've even got great stories on the incredibly bizarre life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and a little peek at all the skeletons hiding inside IKEA's well... READ ON
One of our favorite things in the latest issue of mental_floss is Chris Higgins' wonderful MacGyver Fact Check. We had him analyze a whole bunch of episodes and determine just how plausible the escapes were. Here's just one of the stories that surprised us.
JUMPING OUT OF A PLANE (IN A CAR!)
EPISODE: "The Heist," Season 1, Episode 5
Sticky Situation: A diamond-mogul villain has captured Mac and his most recent love interest in the cargo hold of an airplane. The villain cackles, "Take... READ ON
The caged rodents in today's labs aren't the guinea pigs of yesteryear. They're specifically bred and highly standardized.Â Need a mouse that's resistant to anthrax but will get drunk easily? There's a lab mouse designed for that. Need a mouse that can get Parkinson's disease but will never catch polio? There's a mouse for that, too. Writer Maggie Koerth-Baker did some serious digging to reveal the strange story ofÂ Clarence Cook Little, the visionary... READ ON
Our new cover story on leaders is filled with the bold ideas and strange measures that politicians have taken to try and better their countries. But part of what makes the piece so fascinating is that all of these men and women have had unbelievable lives. Their stories sound so unlikely-- from a hippie, folk-singing doctor who escaped torture to become president, to an East German scientist and daughter of a pastor who walked over the Berlin wall and was so moved that she felt compelled to go into... READ ON
As the economy sputters, everyone's looking for new ways to save on food. That's why, we askedÂ David Clark to collect a whole bunch of no-budget meal ideas for the new issue. Here are his tips for chowing down on tree bark.
A Nice Slice of Tree Bark
A classic meal of human desperation, tree bark has become a must-have during periods of scarcity. But you don't have to eat it al dente the way termites and beavers do. Inhabitants of the Lapland in Finland, for example, are known to make... READ ON
Finally! We're so excited because we've been waiting and waiting to talk about the new issue, and it's finally out! This month, we're covering the world's 5 gutsiest world leaders—visionaries with great stories who faced down their nation's most difficult problems. But if people who've single-handedly united Europe, saved a South American country from the current economic meltdown, or curbed the spread of AIDS in an African nation don't interest you (why doesn't that interest you?), we've also... READ ON
Make room in your t-shirt drawer, because today we've added three new shirts to the mental_floss store: "I'd Give My Right Arm To Be Ambidextrous," "Thomas Aquinas: The Original Deep Fat Friar" and "The Comma Sutra: Making Grammar Sexy since 1875."
To celebrate their arrival, all our shirts are currently 15% off. Just enter the coupon code "moretees" before checkout. (Discount doesn't apply to package deals or Outlet Store items.) If you're pondering a shirt purchase, consider adding a subscription to... READ ON
There's a lot of horrible, terrible, no good, very bad news out there. And it's definitely dominating the headlines (just take a look at the pic that Terri took at the local Books-a-Million).Â But that's exactly why mental_floss decided to print up a new issue, 100% full of stories guaranteed to make you smile!Â
Our Good News issue is filled with weird and funny and incredible tales that are bound to put you in a better mood. In fact, if you asked us to tell you our favorite story from the issue,... READ ON
We asked some of our favorite mental_floss writers and researchers to send us their favorite dad-related facts and stories. Here are 15 you can use around the grill this... READ ON
Yawning is so contagious that it can spread to dogs and monkeys.