From a MediaBistro blog post titled "You Too Can Make Ridiculous Money Writing":
As far as we know, Michael Lewis' rumored $12 per word from Portfolio is the highest rate in the magazine universe.
mental_floss magazine is giving away five $10,000 scholarships to essayists who best answer the question "Why are you the most deserving person on the planet to win a scholarship?" In 750 words. That's more than $13 per word. Suck it, Lewis.
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We've gotten so many requests to bring back the mental_floss t-shirt sale that we're doing just that. Through Sunday, every t-shirt is just $14.90. Head over to our store, fill up your cart, and enter the super secret password "holidayteeparty" during checkout.
Mangesh's new favorite is the Hokey Pokey shirt ("Hokey Pokey Anonymous: A Place to Turn Yourself Around"); I'm a big Veni Vidi Wiki fan ("I came. I saw. I edited collaboratively.") No matter your favorite, the sale ends Sunday at 11:59pm, so... READ ON
Tonight we're excited to announce our first foray into the iPhone Application world. Big Fat Lies! is a trivia challenge that presents you with two statements "“ one is true, the other is blatantly false. Your job is to spot the big fat lie. There are over 1,000 statements across several categories, covering history, science, business, entertainment and more.
So if you've got an iPhone and $2.99, head on over to the iTunes Store and let us know what you think. (That link should open up your iTunes... READ ON
Our Holiday Tee Party ends at midnight tonight. So if your holiday shopping plans include loading up on mental_floss t-shirts, now's the time to place your order.
Head on over to the mental_floss store and cross a few names off your gift list. All t-shirts are $14.90—just use the code "holidayteeparty" during checkout.
Here's a sampling of what's... READ ON
Sick of giving out the same old boring presents? This year, why don't you ditch the fruit cakes and hand-made ashtrays, and give them a gift they really want: a year's worth of mental_floss!
We're making it super easy with our Super Special Holiday Subscription Deal. For just $27.97, you'll receive a copy of the current issue along with a snazzy greeting card (to give to the lucky recipient on the big day). Plus, they'll be getting a full year of mental_floss, delivered right to their doorstep! It's a... READ ON
If you're sitting at your desk anxiously awaiting a company-wide "we're closing early!" email, we've got a productive way to kill some time. Head on over to the mental_floss store and do a little pre-Black Friday holiday shopping. All t-shirts are $14.90—just use the code "holidayteeparty" during checkout.
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While sorting through the economic crisis t-shirt submissions, we've been arguing like members of Congress. So, we've narrowed the field to six candidates and decided to hold a referendum. Leave your vote in the comments—one vote per person. (We've invested heavily in technology to prevent t-shirt contest voter fraud.) The winner gets a $125 bailout.
a. "Bernanke Say Relax"
c. "Go Directly to Bailout: Collect $700 Billion Dollars"... READ ON
In the spirit of all good things coming to an end, today is the last day you'll get six free months of mental_floss magazine when you pre-order The Mental Floss History of the World from Amazon.
If you already subscribe to the magazine, Amazon will just add six free months to your current subscription. Or you can even give the free subscription to a friend. Think of the holiday shopping implications!
So, click here to preorder your copy and get your free subscription today. (But only today!)
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Sunday was mental_floss contributor Brett Savage's 30th birthday. To celebrate, we were going to post 30 of his greatest quizzes. Upon further reflection, that seemed like an excessive amount of fanfare, so we settled on these three. Mark the end of Brett's twenties by clicking on any banner and taking that... READ ON
Ben and Terri sent in this pic of their cat who apparently preordered the book on Amazon (at least that's what the photo and bad grammar led us to believe). Thank you so much for showing your support. Thanks to this cat and all of you, the book has actually climbed to #2 on the world history bestseller list. And while we're ecstatic about the numbers, we're even more happy that we're finally breaking into that elusive cat demographic. If you haven't preordered the new mental_floss book yet, the deal's... READ ON
Barry Manilow did not write his hit "I Write the Songs."