It was a busy Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, and the mental_floss staff was smack in the middle of the action. Not only were we rockin' the mental_floss booth at the Decatur Book Festival, but we were able to sneak away for a little fun at Dragon*Con on Saturday night.
For those unfamiliar with Dragon*Con, it is the largest Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention in the U.S. It takes over a whopping 3 convention-sized hotels in downtown Atlanta, and it is the see-and-be-seen event of the year for fans.... READ ON
So it seems Thursday night was a big night for music among the mental_floss staff. The NYC staff partied at the well-publicized New Amsterdam Records blowout in Brooklyn. For the Birmingham flossers, our event was much less publicized, but no less fun. We got to wine and dine (ok, beer and tacos) one of our favorite magazine contributors *and* meet a famous musician as a bonus. Frequent contributor Bill DeMain was in town to perform an acoustic set with singer-songwriter David Mead at the coffee shop... READ ON
This weekend, the Birmingham crew spent two beautiful afternoons at Alabama's Moss Rock Art Festival, spreading the mental_floss love. We met some hard core fans and answered the question "So what exactly is mental_floss?" more times than we can count. Between the holiday gift guide and our selection of t-shirts, none of our visitors walked away... READ ON
Oh, and how the floodgates of crippling shame opened. It's a good thing that I was in the office alone when I read all the entries. I cringed, sighed, laughed until I cried, and finished feeling like I'd just left a group therapy session. Thank you to everyone who participated in our fabulous geekathon. I feel better knowing that there are so many people out there who had similar childhoods.
There's no question in my mind who the winner is, and from reading the posts, many of you... READ ON
I had—oh let's call it a sheltered childhood. Mine was a PBS-watching, classical music-listening family, which molded me into someone who can recognize Tchaikovsky and Masterpiece Theater at 30 paces, but made me incompetent as far as Pop Culture goes. I dimly remember someone named Madonna being pretty popular in middle school, but I couldn't have told you much about her.
In my first few days of freshman year of high school, I was confronted with the magnitude of my cluelessness.... READ ON
The fax machine was invented more than a quarter-century before the telephone.