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Alton Brown Is Our New Food Columnist!

Big news! Food Network legend Alton Brown has joined the mental_floss gang as our new food columnist! Considering we’ve described mental_floss as “Good Eats, but, you know, about everything,” this feels like a perfect fit. His big debut is in the new issue, which should be on newsstands and in mailboxes any day now. Like everything [...]

11 Celebrities Posing with mental_floss

Dateline: Novi, Michigan – Motor City Comic Con 2012. Your intrepid reporter and her ever-patient husband/photographer brave the hordes of Darth Vaders, Dudley Do-Rights, and Daryl Dixons to bring you 11 celebrities posing with mental_floss: 1. Sean Patrick Flanery With a name like Sean Patrick Flanery, one would presume that that Irish brogue used by The Boondock Saints’ [...]

Werner Herzog’s “On Death Row” Premieres Tonight

Werner Herzog premieres a four-part miniseries tonight (Friday, March 9) on Investigation Discovery at 10pm ET/PT. It’s dark, and smart, and worth worth your time — as long as there are no kids in the room. A Question of Retribution On Death Row is the story of five death row inmates, as told through in-person interviews [...]

The Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World

This ain’t your neighborhood Barnes & Noble, that’s for sure! Flavorwire has the gallery of 20 most beautiful bookstores in the world. (The one above is the El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Take a look, before Amazon puts [...]

11 Ironic and Puzzling E-Books

There are lots of valid reasons why electronic books have been soaring in popularity over the last few years: they’re easier to transport than conventional books, often less expensive, and offer a variety of ways to heighten the reading experience (the ability to record notes, look up words, and so on). However, there are some [...]

11 NaNoWriMo Books That Have Been Published

It’s November, of course, and while that means turkey, football and marathon shopping for some, it’s a month of being hunched over at a laptop slurping cup after cup of caffeine for others. Yep – it’s NaNoWriMo, AKA National Novel Writing Month. People who are crazy ambitious enough to accept the challenge aim to write 50,000 [...]

What the Heck Is Sea Foam?

Last night, meteorologist Tucker Barnes, from Washington D.C.’s WTTG-TV, was reporting live on Hurricane Irene from Ocean City, Maryland. As the night wore on, Barnes found himself buried in more and more sea foam blowing in from the beach. And Barnes admitted that he had no idea just what he was standing knee-deep in. (“It’s [...]

Harry Potter Diorama by Lori Nix

Diorama artist Lori Nix created this fantastic artwork for Wired about Harry Potter’s last movie. She detailed the process in her blog My 8×10 Life: After we got the green light we headed off to Barnes and Noble in search of hardback Harry Potter books. We then took a ruler and eyed how large the [...]

How Area 51 Hid Secret Craft

Twenty years after the Cold War ended, more and more classified documents from that era are being released, which means we are gradually learning about what really went on at the infamous Area 51. It was a serious game of concealing experimental aircraft (code named OXCART) from Soviet spy satellites. The military knew when the [...]

Classic Book Covers Re-Imagined

Photo link Gallery 1988 in L.A. is currently exhibiting covers to classic books… but not the covers you’ve seen lining shelves at Barnes & Noble. Forty-five artists have re-imagined the art with amazing results. I love Anne Benjamin’s Pride and Prejudice, above, but The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Dirk Fowler is also awesome and James [...]