Here in Des Moines, we're enjoying the inaugural season of the Des Moines Derby Dames, an amateur roller derby team. It's been a lot of fun, and I have to say, it's making me wonder how well my skating skills of yesteryear have held up (probably not well. I couldn't even skate backwards at elementary school skating parties). There's something about the campy getups and unabashed violence that just makes a girl want to lace up. The sport has gone in and out of style over... READ ON
Reader Kirk asks: "What's the proper way to submit a question for Matt Soniak? Maybe you have a sufficient backlog to keep you busy and aren't taking any more questions at the moment because I can't find contact info in these posts or on Matt's author page. Are we just supposed to leave them in the comments?"
I talked to Mr. Soniak, and here's how you can talk to him, too: "If you've got a burning question that you'd like to see answered on mentalfloss.com,... READ ON
Most aquariums are your standard box filled with water, but they don't have to be boring like that. WebEcoist has gathered up some fantastically imaginative aquariums. The article has quite a few clever tanks, including one made from a phone booth and one dance floor aquarium filled with sharks.
The fish tanks above are creations by artist Vanessa Mitrani. They are ideal for betas, as they are compartmentalized so more than one of the beautiful fishes can live next to each other without fights. I... READ ON
We're all looking for connections to our communities—and to each other. One way to find that attachment is to join a civic group or charity organization. But not everyone can fit a weekly lodge meeting into their busy schedule, and others find that these institutions simply aren't what they're looking for. Thankfully there's a new generation of philanthropic groups that don't require a lot of your time, allow you to have a lot of fun, and still do a lot of good in your community.
1. Child's... READ ON
In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com last week, here's what you... READ ON
The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in this main grid. Two of these numbers are already provided for you. Place the other digits in the correct spots so that the mathematical equations work both across and down. IMPORTANT: Remember algebraic rules when solving the problems... multiplication and division should be performed in the first step, then addition and subtraction in the second. Good luck!
Here is my... READ ON
Mind in the Water: The dolphin as our beast of burden. The story of the intelligent cetacean and the man who introduced them to both the hippie culture and the military. (via Metafilter)
Jeff Wysaski made pie charts to explain how much time wild animals devote to their daily activities. More charts tell how they spend their money. (via Neatorama)
Meowmania is a simple webpage that meows. Keep clicking and see what happens to the pets in your home. (via b3ta)
5 Cheap Magic Tricks Behind Every... READ ON
Happy Mother's Day! Now is the perfect time to learn about the interesting case of Anna Jarvis - the woman that is credited with creating Mother's Day, but then spent her lifetime campaigning against it.
"You know the song Pink Elephants on Parade? Â Yesterday Londoners could have been forgiven for believing they were suffering from a similar but altogether more technicolor intoxication as the city was stampeded by two hundred and fifty eight sculptures of elephants."
On Friday I swore someone... READ ON
For all of my fellow tiny-apartment dwellers out there, watch as this 330-square-foot apartment is transformed into 24 separate rooms! (Thanks Alex!)
In honor of Betty White's SNL appearance tonight, Nerve.com brings you the best comedians over eighty.
There's a new addicting game out there from the creators of Boomshine. I really like how it lets you play out each level until you get it, but even still I couldn't beat level 14!
It's pretty much established these days that Hollywood has... READ ON
All week, Mike Trinklein has been sharing stories from his fascinating new book Lost States (you can read the excerpts here). Today we're giving you a chance to win a copy. Here's what you need to do:
Pretend your little corner of the world (your current town, college town, the 16 counties north of the interstate, whatever) has decided to form its own state. Address some of the following questions in the comments: What would you call this new state? Who would be your first governor? What would your... READ ON
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Thanks to Joshua Smith of New Jersey (Homonyms) and Chris Jenkins of Edmonton (Rome) for suggesting the... READ ON