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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 [...]

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 [...]

Raincoat Turns Rain into Drinking Water

Hyeona Yang and Joshua Noble, two students at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, built the “Raincatch.” It’s a suit that collects rainwater and filters it into drinking water. If Joshua Noble’s name seems familiar to you, it may be because he’s one of the people responsible for the playable receipt printer. Link -via DVICE

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Quick 10: R.I.T.: Famous Tombstone Typos

Typos are rarely a good thing, but when they’re literally set in stone – well, those are monumental mistakes. Check out eight famous pieces of garbled granite, along with two that look like errors but aren’t. (Sorry for all of the bad puns. Sometimes I can’t help myself.) 1. James K. Polk, 10th President of the United [...]

4 Famous Hackers Who Got Caught

Just recently we were reminded how delicate our online ecosystem really is when the mysterious group Anonymous took down big websites like Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal because they refused to support WikiLeaks. Anonymous is the latest in the fascinating history of hackers who have had their way with supposedly secure computer systems. The big difference [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Sequels to A Christmas Carol

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the best-known Christmas tales in history. It’s one of my favorites – long before I could read, I repeatedly watched Mickey’s Christmas Carol, the Disney adaptation that featured Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge (of course). Dickens’ original wraps up pretty quickly, though – basically everyone lives happy ever [...]

Card Game World Domination: The Rise of ‘Dominion’

Most of the highly regarded “German-style” board games on the market today are true board games, with physical boards that are either set up at the game’s start or built as the game goes along. Very few card-based games grace the top end of the BoardGameGeek top 100, while most of the games that are [...]