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Today, 53 years and a day after Laika the Russian space mutt became the first dog to launch into orbit, mental_floss hopes to help dogkind take a giant leap backwards: with a new column we're calling Puppies Wearing Hats Eating Bacon Sharing Facts. Today's topic is ranch dressing, and we've consulted some of the wisest dogs around about the topic.
The dogs are real. The facts are real. The bacon is photoshopped.... READ ON
A few months ago, Jason and I started a new Monday-Thursday newsletter called Watercooler Ammo. Here's some of the stuff that was left on the cutting room floor.
The Same Mold Story
If you're sick of people stealing your lunch from the company fridge, these innovative Anti-Theft Lunch Bags should do the trick. The bags are stained with green splotches to look like the food inside is moldy. If you want to get your hands on some bags, you'll have to move fast. At $8 for 25 bags, who... READ ON
Perhaps, it's from having watched so much Transformers growing up, but I love things that double as other things. I love Ben Franklin's rocking chair that simultaneously churned butter as you rocked, the ice cooler on wheels that you can drive around, and even that new-fangled hot tub that doubles as a time machine (kidding). So, it's no wonder I like this motorcycle side car, featured in an old issue of Modern... READ ON
While I've blogged about StoryCorps (and my total admiration for the project) several times before, I've been hesitant to post this video because my wife is one of its producers. (She's also one of the editors on their new bestseller Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps being promoted at the end.) But as an animation fan, this is one of the most beautiful pieces I've seen in a while. The Rauch brothers have done a gorgeous job using audio from a real-life StoryCorps interview between a mother and... READ ON
Last month, Jason and I started a side project called Watercooler Ammo. It's a fun newsletter that comes out every Monday-Thursday, and it features one bit of perfectly curated, smile-inducing trivia. If you're not a subscriber, you can sign up here to try it out (you'll like it!). But if you need more convincing, these are just a few of the great stories you've been missing out on:
Long Live the (Part-Time) King!
Up until a few months ago,Â Peggielene Bartels was a secretary living alone in a... READ ON
Our good friend Alex at Neatorama just spent a year building the Neatoshop-- an online outlet filled with strange and hilarious gifts. It looks beautiful, and it's already become my go-to store for personalized bobble head dolls, condiment guns (how else am I going to shoot mustard onto my veggie dog?), and my personal favorite, Handerpants. Check it out here when you get a... READ ON
This week Jason and I started a new, Monday-Thursday newsletter called Watercooler Ammo. The idea is to send readers one super fun bit of trivia, a photo that makes us laugh, or a nerdy, whimsical link, that you can pass on to friends. This week's series included all sorts of fun topics: How an embarrassing Hello Kitty patch helped keep Thai cops in line, the time the Army Corps of Engineers stopped the Niagara falls from flowing, why cell phones might help cure Alzheimer's, and much more.... READ ON
That's right! The Ninth Annual 10 Issue is out on newsstands today. And not only is it filled with incredible 10 Lists (10 Provocative Questions About Raising Chickens... Answered!, 10 Prostitutes Who Changed the World, 10 Things You Don't Know about Afghanistan), but the magazine has a whole new look thanks to our incredible designers Winslow and Terri. If you want to scope out the full contents, we've posted the TOCÂ here.Â Or, to see the magazine in its full glory, go ahead andÂ subscribe. Don't... READ ON
Ready for another sneak peek from the all-new 10 Issue? This one comes straight from our piece 10 Amazing Ways Video Games Can Change Your Life. The stories in the piece are pretty incredible-- from doctors who play video games and why they make better surgeons to people who've used video games to fall in love. But perhaps the strangest story to me was the one below, about how video games can help line your wallet.
They Can Make You Crazy Rich
There's money to be made playing video games. In the late... READ ON
If you're looking for some great facts on foods, the new 10 Issue (which hits bookstores this Tuesday!) has you covered. From a hilarious food fight between San Francisco and Los Angeles over the origin of the Fortune Cookie, to why Ray Kroc had no faith in the Egg McMuffin, we've got all sorts of great stories. But perhaps one of my favorites was this little known gem about Rice-A-Roni's origins:
The Not-So Frisco Treat?
If you watched daytime television in the 1980s, you know that Rice-a-Roni is... READ ON
In the 1980s, a beer-drinking goat was elected mayor of Lajitas, TX.