This month Mental Floss is releasing our brand new book, The Mental Floss History of the United States. (In fact, if you pre-order the book before October 5th, we’ll give you 3 free issues of the magazine!)
In our hunt for great history, we can’t stop spouting facts, including:
- Growing up, George Washington celebrated his birthdate as February 11, 1733. But when British colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752, his birthdate was recalculated to the 22nd.
- Until coffee gained... READ ON
mental_floss is at it again. We're doing a great big Trivia Show at the Galapagos Arts Space in Brooklyn on October 17th to promote our brand new history book. Oh, and because we want to give away a lot of prizes. If you're in town, book your calendars. Doors open at 6, and the event's free.
More details... READ ON
Got a homesick student or soldier? If the pizza box doesn't bring a smile to their face, the stuff inside surely will!
Each package contains a mental_floss T-shirt of your choice and 2 of the latest issues of the magazine. The rest of the box is crammed full of delicious snacks and treats! And, at just $24.95, these care packages are easy on your wallet.
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Temple Grandin’s Thinking in Pictures was on our 2009 list of The 25 Most Powerful Books of Past 25 Years. Since the HBO movie of her life story cleaned up at the Emmys last night, we thought now was a good time to post this... READ ON
Big day in the mental_floss store! We're unveiling two new tees—"Spork: The Other White Utensil" and "A Friend When You're in Hot Water."
To celebrate, we're holding our big summer t-shirt sale—this week all shirts are $14.90! Just use the coupon code newtees before checkout. Stock up today!
See all 60+ mental_floss... READ ON
The new mental_floss hits newsstands today, and we can't wait for you to check it out. If you're not a subscriber, we're providing a few choice tidbits after the jump to get you excited. (By the way, you can fix that by taking advantage of one of these subscription specials right here.)
Here are a just a few of things you'll learn inside:
1. Walruses are One Man Floating... READ ON
As we mentioned last week, our co-founder Will Pearson will be representing mental_floss at the Idea Festival in Louisville, which runs from September 29th through October 2nd. Our own Colin Perkins may be joining Will for The Mental Floss Trivia Show on Friday morning (October 1st). This week we'll be highlighting some of the other people who'll be there.
Hugh Herr heads the Biomechanics group at MIT and is at the cutting-edge of a fast-paced revolution in Bionics. At the Idea Festival... READ ON
This month's winner of our ongoing "Find Our Oldest Reader" scavenger hunt is John Tullner of Kilmarnock, Virginia. John snapped a photo of his 98-year-old friend, John D. Williams, reading the magazine in his natural habitat. He and his young wife, Eileen (age 90), have a needlepoint in their room that says, "Getting Old Isn't For Sissies."
Do you know a mental_floss fan who's older than 98? Send a photo of your pal with an issue of our magazine to firstname.lastname@example.org. But remember: if we see any... READ ON
As we mentioned the other day, our co-founder Will Pearson will be representing mental_floss at the Idea Festival in Louisville, which runs from September 29th through October 2nd. Our own Colin Perkins may be joining Will for The Mental Floss Trivia Show on Friday morning (October 1st). For the next week, we'll be highlighting some of the other people who'll be there.
Academy Award and two-time Golden Globe-winning producer Jon Landau has repeatedly demonstrated a unique ability to... READ ON
This fall, our co-founder Will Pearson will be representing mental_floss at the Idea Festival in Louisville, which runs from September 29th through October 2nd. And he'll be doing more than shaking hands and kissing babies.
On that Friday morning (October 1st), Will's hosting The Mental Floss Trivia Show. We'll be playing several of our favorite party games, like The Pop Culture Spelling Bee and Spot the Big Fat Lie. He'll also be giving people a sneak peek at Split Decision,... READ ON
Prairie dogs say hello with kisses.