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New Trampled Snow Art from Simon Beck

Simon Beck makes art by stepping in snow. Even with sturdy snowshoes, it’s hard work, and takes a special talent to get it right. Beck (previously on Neatorama) has been busy the past few weeks tramping out new designs in the snow at Les Arcs ski resort in France. You can see some of the [...]

Beck + Pyramid Attack = Sound Shapes

(YouTube Link) Sound Shapes is a fun and timely project that brings artists and musicians together in the form of a multilevel video game. Still interested? Then you’re gonna like this- Beck teamed up with Pyramid Attack production studio to make a game that reveals three of his songs as you traverse the cool video game level [...]

Shall I Dance?

This Twaggie was illustrated by Anna Beck from a Tweet by @yoyoha. And you know alcohol will lie to you every time. See a new funny Tweet illustrated every day at Twaggies. Link

How Kraftwerk’s ‘Computer World’ Predicted the Soundtrack of Modern Life

Maybe Kraftwerk had a time machine. How else could they have known thirty years ago what the ambient symphony of everyday life would sound like? The mechanical chirp of the cell phone. The alert chime of an incoming text or email. The assortment of bleeps, buzzes and bloops that emanate from the microchip-based brains of [...]

The Top 5 mental_floss Quizzes of 2011

This weekend, we’ve been counting down the year’s top quizzes (see #6-#10 and #11-#15). Pay attention to what’s been working, because tomorrow we’ll start accepting suggestions for another installment of Reader-Submitted Quiz Week. What resume wouldn’t look better with “I wrote a quiz for mental_floss” down in the MISCELLANEOUS section? (Plus you can win [...]

The Late Movies: Daniel Johnston, Covered

I wrote about Daniel Johnston in a Late Movies post two weeks ago, pointing to some of my favorite performances by him. One of the tricky things about Johnston is that his voice isn’t the best, and it can be hard to get past that for many listeners. So in this post, let’s [...]

Tea Party to Save the Incandescent Light Bulb

I don’t usually agree with Tea Partyers, but they’ve got my support on this issue: House Republicans are bringing up legislation to save the incandescent light bulb, which is slated to be phased out by 2020. The law has been dubbed “the light bulb ban” by activists on the right and has struck a Tea Party [...]

The Late Movies: Covers of the Pixies

The Pixies have had a special place in my heart since I discovered Doolittle in 1996 — three years after the band had broken up and seven years after the album was released. I used to listen to that tape on repeat as I walked to class, from class, even sometimes in class. I was [...]

FCC Complaints: Glenn Beck vs. Jon Stewart

How well do you keep up with political television? Anna Merlan of mental_floss looked through the public records of FCC complaints and found plenty that concerned Glenn Beck and The Daily Show. In today’s Lunchtime Quiz, you are challenged to figure out which TV show each of ten complaints is about. I got 70% right, [...]

Glenn Beck vs. Jon Stewart: The FCC Complaint Quiz

Every year, the Federal Communications Commission receives hundreds of thousands of complaints about alleged violations of their rules against “obscene, indecent, or profane programming.” Through the Freedom of Information Act, it’s possible to get copies of these complaints, with the names and address of the complainants redacted. We’ve put together a few complaints the FCC has [...]