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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 [...]

Hi from Comic-Con!

Today I’m going to be signing copies of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children at San Diego’s Comic-Con, so if you happen to be one of the happy mutants that managed to snag a ticket, please stop by and say hello! I’ll be at the Quirk Books booth — number 1636 — from 2-3pm. Comic-Con [...]

We Now Have a New York Times Best-Selling Author on Staff

Congrats to Ransom, whose book debuted at #7 on the New York Times Best Seller list! Kid Lawyer Theodore Boone better not get too cozy in the top spot. Thanks to everyone who preordered Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. You helped put him on the list!

Miss Peregrine Book Trailer: Director’s Cut!

I’ve been thinking about and working on various aspects of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for so long that it feels like the book came out a long time ago — but it was only yesterday that it officially hit shelves! It’s been a long, peculiar trip. To celebrate, I’m releasing this longer, more [...]

Count My Change (and Win a Copy of Ransom’s New Book!)

Update (4:02pm): Still no winner! If you’ve already used up your three guesses, you can guess again. I keep my spare change in an old pretzel jug. On at least two occasions, I’ve taken pictures of said jug (see above) and asked you guys to guess how much money is inside. Prizes are dangled. Fun times [...]

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Prologue and Chapter One

I’ve been dropping not-so-subtle hints about my upcoming YA novel for weeks now, but the day is finally here when I can share a little of it! Quirk, my publisher, is serializing the first three or four chapters, with a chapter being released every week until June 7th, the book’s release date. So without further [...]

Strange Geographies: Abandoned Belgium (and Luxembourg), Part II

So last week, I told about half the story of my recent adventure to Belgium and Luxembourg, where I was looking for atmospheric abandoned chateaus to film inside for a book trailer I’m making for a novel I have coming out in June called Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I was, ostensibly, looking for [...]

Strange Geographies: Abandoned Belgium, Part I

I recently spent eight days traveling around the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, though explaining why I went is a bit complicated. The short version is that I was there on business: to film the interiors of abandoned houses. The somewhat longer explanation is that I have a novel coming out in June, and my publisher [...]