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15 Memorable mental_floss Moments of 2011

A lot of exciting things happened in the mental_floss universe in 2011. Here are the 15 we could remember. 1. We Helped Solve a Back to the Future Mystery Back in August, we threw out a question for discussion: “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown? He’s just in Doc’s house to start [...]

How Many Raisins Are in “Two Scoops”?

Note: Mangesh and I have a daily (well, Monday through Thursday) newsletter called Watercooler Ammo. You might like it. Here’s one from last month. Boxes of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran promise to be chock-full of their signature ingredient. Two Scoops worth of raisins. No matter the box size. Wait, how can that be? Lucky for me (and society), Gregory [...]

Look Who’s Back!

It’s been a few years since mental_floss co-founder Mangesh Hattikudur was actively involved in this site. In his official capacity as Vice President, Very Important Things, he was pulled in a dozen different directions every week. Plus he spent all that time bowling. But since we’ve got a few more hands on deck on the magazine [...]

George Washington, Hottie

Quick, what’s the first word that comes to mind when I say “George Washington”? President? Founding Father? How about … hottie? Washington wasn’t always the old, white-haired patriarchal Founding Father we know and love. At six feet three inches, the young Washington had the ladies of pre-Revolutionary Virginia swooning. On closer introduction, they were enchanted by his [...]

Office Hours Extended!

By popular demand—and by “popular demand,” I mean “one guy who asked politely”—we’ll hold Office Hours again on Friday. In a newsletter last month, mental_floss co-founder Mangesh asked readers for suggestions about additions to our site. Good ideas poured in, and one person reminded me of something we used to do from time to time: “Remember when [...]

Office Hours Today!

In a newsletter last month, mental_floss co-founder Mangesh asked readers for suggestions about additions to our site. Good ideas poured in, and one person reminded me of something we used to do from time to time: “Remember when you used to hold Office Hours and chat with readers via Instant Messenger? You should do that again. [...]

A.J. Jacobs – The Ultimate Guinea Pig

If you enjoy my posts on this blog, you have A.J. Jacobs to thank. Yes, Mr. Know-it-All was the guy who recommended me to Will Pearson and Mangesh about a year before we all started blogging here. In fact, A.J. was planning to do some more regular blogging back in the early days, too, and [...]