And apparently this is a controversial statement.
A Worcester Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke ruled that an exclusivity clause in Panera's lease restricting the White City Shopping Center from renting to another sandwich shop doesn't prohibit the mall from adding a Qdoba Mexican Grill. ...
Locke cited Webster's Dictionary as well as testimony from a chef and a former high-ranking federal agriculture official in ruling that Qdoba's burritos and other offerings shouldn't be considered sandwiches, The... READ ON
I never thought that in the course of this blog I'd post (a) a come-on from Craigs' List, (b) a long paragraph about Golgi bodies, ribosomes, and amphipathic phospholipids, or (c) a passage so racy it almost offends me, and I'm the one drawing attention to it.
Nonetheless, after the jump and here, you'll find a passage that is all three of these things. I guess you can't have an "organism" without an... READ ON
In the course of some reporting for a freelance article, I stumbled across this list of pesticides that farmers can use and still be considered for the coveted "organic" label. Along with such common materials as "sodium fluoaluminate," which is apparently something mined in Greenland, organic farmers can keep the bugs away with:
"Codling moth granulosis virus"
Pyrethrums (I believe these are based on a chemical found in chrysanthemums)... READ ON
You know that scene in License to Kill where Timothy Dalton's Bond-floozy orders a Budweiser with lime and he says he'll have the same? We've always thought at that point he deserves to have his License revoked. It seems The Book of Bond agrees with us on this point:
You must never drink beer, at least in England. A Lowenbrau in Geneva, a Miller's Highlife in New York State, a couple of Red Stripes in Jamaica, as many as four steins of the local brew in Munich with an ex-Luftwaffe pilot -- these are... READ ON
While doing research for an upcoming article on string theory (a "big idea" if we ever saw one), I ran across this interview with Lisa Randall. It contains the following wonderfully wacky three questions, in which Randall applies her brain to "branes," higher dimensions, and alternate universes. Gotta love physics:
If there are more than three dimensions out there, how does that change our picture of the universe?
What I'm studying is branes, membranelike objects in higher-dimensional space. Particles... READ ON
Y'know, now that the election season is over and we're recovering from the caustic effects of all those horrid political ads, we're feeling kinda touchy-feely. We want a break from competition. We want to live in a world where everyone's a winner!
So, taking Indecision 2006 to a whole new level, we're pleased to announce that the mental_floss Tribune will actually be the mental_floss Triumvirate. Mike Landau, Tucker Steele, and Lyssa are your new watchdogs, your reverse-ombudsmen, your fearless leaders.... READ ON
Assuming "Casino Royale" doesn't flop a la "The Adventures of Pluto Nash" this weekend (and we think that's a pretty safe assumption), the next Bond movie is slated for Nov. 7, 2009. Sure, it's a long way off, but we think if we're going to have any input, we'd better get started now. So for this week's contest, send us your proposals for the next Bond movie -- where is James going? What's his best throwaway line? Who is he after (villains and love interests)? And, if you're not a Daniel Craig fan, who... READ ON
The YouTube Hunter is as pleased as any pampered coastal elite to see the Borat movie perform as well as it has. What the YouTube Hunter isn't so pleased about -- what's actually got him scarfing the Xanax again -- is the viral proliferation of Borat imitations across the country. I never thought I'd say this, much less for posterity, but all these hapless Borat imitators are making me wistful for all the hapless Christopher Walken imitators they seem to have replaced. With the exception of a very talented... READ ON
Here's the first in our four installments teaching you what to eat, what to drink, how to look, and how to travel if you want to be James Bond -- or, at least, if you wanted in 1965 to be James Bond, according to The Book thereof. (By the way, the author, who we asked you about yesterday, is none other than Kingsley Amis!) First, some meaty excerpts from the chapter on food:
In general: "Show no knowledge whatever of how food is actually prepared. You have never cooked a meal in your life. What you eat... READ ON
This month's Scientific American has a hilarious piece on perfumes inspired by great minds, including:
J. Robert Oppenheimer's Cataclysm
Ingredients: Desert sand, enriched geranium.
Slogan: Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds, but with a delicate floral hint.
Anton van Leeuwenhoek's Hidden
Ingredients: Pond water.
Slogan: Reveal... the little things.
Stephen Hawking's Universe
Slogan: You don't have to understand it.
There are lots more where those... READ ON
The Rhodes Scholar program is named for De Beers founder Cecil Rhodes.