Saturday will mark the 51st anniversary of the death of Konstantin Yuon (1875-1958). Though the painter was "destined for greatness in the Russian Art World," he's not very well known outside his homeland. So today, "Feel Art Again" presents the basics on the artist behind "New Planet," shown above.
1. After receiving a traditional art education at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, Yuon travelled through Europe. During stays in Germany,... READ ON
I'm hoping that everyone who TiVoed last Monday's episode of House has already watched it, since the next sentence definitely contains a spoiler. The suicide of Dr. Kutner broadsided viewers, although in retrospect it wasn't so surprising. Actor Kal Penn had been fairly underused during the two years he was on the show, and he recently revealed that he'd accepted the position of "liaison connecting the Obama administration with arts and entertainment groups, as well as with the... READ ON
Linda Rodriguez recently moved to England, and she posts about happenings in her new country a few times each week. Her column needs a name. "A Broad Abroad" sounds demeaning and Sarah Lyall just published a book called "The Anglo Files." Got any other ideas? If Linda picks yours, you win a mental_floss t-shirt. So get... READ ON
Everyone knows that sleeping well, exercise and playing sudoku can keep your brain in shape. But there are lots of ways you can flex your cerebral cortex, and these ten are pretty easy.
1. Chase the rainbow. Eating foods with naturally high color intensity (an indication of high antioxidant content) can inhibit the progression of age-related cognitive disorders in addition to lowering blood sugar, which also improves brain function. Common recommendations include blueberries, cranberries, red wine, and... READ ON
I love new languages. The trouble is, I'm usually really bad at them. I'm certain my attempts to speak Portuguese during my honeymoon in Portugal a few years ago are still the butt of jokes there. So when I heard that Vanuatu, where I spent the last few weeks, is one of the most linguistically dense places on earth -- they speak more than 130 distinct languages across a landmass the size of Connecticut -- I was pretty sure I was screwed, sentenced to weeks of hilarious attempts at sign language and... READ ON
This is your semi-daily reminder that mental_floss is on Twitter. Right now, I'm just posting random facts as I come across them, with the occasional non-scientific poll and periodic updates on the staff's eating habits thrown in. Good times are being had by... READ ON
In this fourth post of the series about local characters, we'll take a look at some colorful citizens who are well known in Peoria, San Marcos, Montreal, New Haven, Wheeling, Ocean City, and Omaha.
1. The Great... READ ON
Calvin's father owned a used car lot, and he promisedÂ the 22-year-oldÂ collegeÂ student that he'dÂ give him one ofÂ the best cars in his lotÂ upon graduation, as long as he could prove that he'd learned something. Knowing that Cal had trouble with logic (and had failed a statistics class the first time around), hisÂ dad decided to give the young man a true challenge. He'dÂ provide some clues to the vehicles he considered, and then give Calvin a choice between two cars. If he chose... READ ON
Who doesn't love that great song "Mahna Mahna" from Sesame Street? As funny as it is earwormy, as adorable as it is cool, the song appeals to each generation anew and never gets tiring.
But guess what? Neither Sesame Street nor The Muppet Show can take credit for discovering the song. Penned by the Italian film composer Piero Umiliani (if you haven't heard of him, it's okay, "Mahna Mahna" is all he's really known for), "Mah NÃ Mah NÃ " as it was originally called in... READ ON
Scientific explanations for the parting of the Red Sea, the 10 plagues, and the burning bush. ..."a natural explanation of the events of the Exodus doesn't to my mind make them any less miraculous. "¦ What made certain events miraculous was their timing."
Bananas will make you smile. At least I think that's the point of this weird Japanese ad.
The Dark Side of Dubai. Never move to a foreign country without checking out the laws, or you may end up in one of these horror stories. (via Cynical-C)... READ ON
Unlike Dungeons and Dragons, this game is simple. We'll give you a name, you choose if it's a skin disease or a character from the realm of Dungeons and Dragons. You shouldn't need a sixteen-sided die or a medical dictionary, though the latter may not hurt. Get all 16 right and you're essentially qualified to be either a dermatologist or a dungeon master, so pretty much all doors are open.
Take the Quiz: Skin Disease or Dungeons and Dragons... READ ON
Every baseball stadium has its characters, including fans, hecklers, and longtime team employees. These people are as much a part of the identity of a team as the players themselves. Here's a not-at-all-exhaustive list of seven baseball stadium icons, beginning with the woman who set the standard upon which future generations of icons would be judged.
1. Hilda Chester: Cowbell... READ ON
I'd like to think I know a thing or two about the Second World War, but there's only so much you can learn from history books and Ken Burns documentaries. To really delve deep, you have to go back to the battle sites -- unfortunately, the places where many of the European Theater's famous battles were fought are now unrecognizably encrusted with development (or were cities and have long since been rebuilt). The Pacific Theater, however, is a different story: many battles were fought on water, making them... READ ON
Benjamin Franklin said that nothing is certain in this world but death and taxes. In our more fast-paced times we might add the certainty of having to replace our iPods at least once every two years, but you get the point. Taxes are a part of the fabric of modern human society, yet they are totally beguiling to most ordinary folk. With laws like this, it's no wonder.
1. The Jock... READ ON
12+1 = 11+2, and "twelve plus one" is an anagram of "eleven plus two."