Who said counting to 10 calms you down? Every time we try to breathe our way to that blessed number, we end up excited by a whole new list of outrageous stories. Knowledge Junkies be warned: There are more than 70 pages of adrenaline-pumping lists in our 8th annual '10 Issue,' from technologies we stole from the animal kingdom to shocking stories about Somali pirates.
If you'd rather not schlep all the way down to the newsstand (or your local Borders, Barnes & Noble, independent bookseller or certain... READ ON
Our new issue *just 1 day away now!* is filled with all sort of great lists. (If you don't subscribe, be sure to do that here!) But one of the strangest we've included is a little set of stories about trains. Here's one of my favorites, about a ridiculously long train that runs along the African coast.
The Mauritania Railway
From end to end, Mauritania Railway's single, 220-car train is an unbelievable 1.5 miles long. It travels up and down the western coast of Mauritania, transporting billions... READ ON
If you've ever wondered where the world's best place to get pelted with oranges is, or how much olive oil you should douse yourself in before entering a Turkish wrestling contest, the new issue of mental_floss has you covered. In fact, we've got a whole article on The World's 10 Messiest and Strangest Food Festivals. Here's a quick peek at two of the stories.
A Well-Oiled Sporting Machine"¨: Turkey's Greasy Wrestling Match
The Turkish sure do love their olive oil. In fact,... READ ON
I don't know about you, but nothing makes us happier than a dumb criminal story. Which is why we commissioned a whole bunch of them for the new mental_floss, hitting stands in just 4 days! (If you don't subscribe already, you really should do that here.) But if you need even more convincing about how great this issue is, why don't you let these two stories whet your appetite.
When God Closes a Window
Never come between a defensive lineman and his chalupa. Employees at a Lawrence, Kansas, Taco Bell... READ ON
It's bad enough that humans have spent centuries using animals to feed and clothe us. But now, we're stealing their ideas, too? In the latest issue of mental_floss, we explore the amazing world of biomimetics to show how whales are solving the energy crisis, sharks are making our hospitals safer, and so much more. Here are just 2 of our favorites:
Sharkskin—The Latest Craze in Catheters
Hospitals are constantly worried about germs. No matter how often doctors and nurses wash their hands, they... READ ON
In the latest mental_floss, we indulged in a little kiss and tell. From a smooch that changed a law, to a kiss that changed a religion, we explored 10 of the most powerful kisses in human history. Here are just 2 of our favorites:
The First Guy-on-Guy Kiss to Hit the Big Screen
Movie experts often credit Sunday Bloody Sunday, a 1971 film about a love triangle among two guys and a girl, as the first mainstream feature film to depict two gay men kissing. That's true, but it wasn't the first... READ ON
Vatican City has fewer than 1,000 citizens and spans only 110 acres. But what actually goes on behind the scenes? From a library full of red tape (it's the original red tape!) to the Pope's Swiss bodyguards, there are all sorts of things we didn't know about the Vatican. Here are 2 of our favorites:
Baudelaire once said that "the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn't exist." But in modern-day Vatican City, the devil isn't fooling... READ ON
Today, mental_floss is excited to be giving back.Â Earlier this year, we teamed up with Borders and Merriam-Webster to run our first ever "College Ain't Cheap!" Tuition Giveaway. Instead of looking at grade point averages and sheets of extra-curricular activities, we simply asked participants one question: "In 750 words or less, explain why you (as the most deserving person on the planet) should win a $10,000 prize for tuition and books."
To our delight, our inbox was... READ ON
We're very excited to announce the addition of five new t-shirts to the mental_floss line. To celebrate their arrival, ALL mental_floss shirts are currently on sale for $14.90!
To take advantage of this great deal, visit our store, fill up your cart, and enter the discount code 2009tees during checkout. The special sale price is good through Tuesday, March 31st. Stock up for spring and support your favorite... READ ON
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