Mangesh co-founded mental_floss in 2001 and previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. He's currently Chief Creative Officer.
For some reason I was curious if there were any famous historical figures who worked as librarians earlier in their careers, and I stumbled onto this. Man, what a sexy, sexy list! I mean, if you're into balding male intellectuals, politicians, poets and, well,... READ ON
The Raw Feed is reporting that the Japanese have outdone us again, this time by computerizing their mattresses! Apparently, Panasonic will be selling this thin slice of heaven for $2200 in October. And while the price tag isn't exactly dreamy, the experience seems to be. But what makes the mattress so great? Well, heaters for one thing. The system is equipped to either warm up your entire body, or just your feet if you like. It's also souped up with "eight programmable airbags, which adjust and change... READ ON
When checking out ThePresurfer this morning I saw this amazing link to an encyclopedia of strange vehicles. In addition to all sorts of concepty cars and histories, there's a whole section of microcars, which I'm thoroughly fascinated by.
Some of my favorites include the Isetta-- which apparently has a steering wheel attached to the front door, the Spatz-- which looks almost as much fun to drive as it is to say, and the Peel P50-- a microcar which, instead of a reverse gear, has a handle that you can use... READ ON
According to ThisisLondon, a new smart plane is under development to serve as a last barrier of defense against terrorists and hijackers. The highly secured airplane is part of a 4-year, 35.8 million Euro ($45.5 million U.S.) effort to create safer skies. The plane's many projected features include:
Fingerprint technology and sophisticated biometric systems to ensure that only certified pilots are in control
The computer system in the plane will override signals if a plane is being veered... READ ON
New Scientist's Invention Blog is reporting that the new Blackberry is going to get a whole lot smarter thanks to some new technology. Apparently, the handheld will vibrate a little every once in a while (a really small vibration that won't be mistaken for a ringtone), and depending on how it shakes, will determine where it is. The amazing part is that it'll be able to figure out whether it's on a table, in a hand or in a pocket, and then behave accordingly. On a table,... READ ON
I found this on Neatorama, and thought it was hilarious. Someone's apparently decided to reorganize their keyboard like the elements on the periodic table, and I'm all for it! If onlyÂ Mendeleev was around to see this, he'd be so proud. Click here for... READ ON
That's right, after 5 years of hard labor at the Floss Factory, the mental_floss cover team is ready for a breather. In fact, for just one cover, we'd love to sit on the bench and watch as our fans lend a hand in the process. That's why mental_floss has teamed up with the folks at Worth1000.com (a.k.a. the Rolls Royce of Photoshopping Contests), to let you design our cover. The theme of the issue is The Future (the future of medicine, the future of the environment, the future of... READ ON
Perhaps you'll have a better chance landing a role in the London-based "The Lord of the Rings" musical. According to Reuters, the producers are hoping to hire 20 diminutive, furry-footed actors with good voices, and extra-hairy limbs. In fact, the article explicitly states that producers are on the look-out for, "male and female actors and singers aged between 16-35 who must be under five feet seven inches. Hairy toes and feet are a distinct advantage." Click here for more... READ ON
Actually I think it's quite funny. This soap is made to help bleary-eyed morning showerers keep track of which part of the soap is being used where. And while $7.49 per bar seems a little steep for the OCD shower experience, it's in the same price range as Shower Shock caffeinated soap. Available from ThinkGeek, the caffeine-enriched shower bar claims that lathering the drug into your skin is just the morning pick-me-up every office-goer could benefit from. In fact, the manufacturer claims... READ ON
I saw this hands-free umbrella at OhGizmo, and since I've become the official go-to umbrella guy here (I've somehow ended up reporting on all things umbrella), I figured this post only made sense. And looking at the photo, I was immediately impressed. The over-the-shoulder umbrella holder makes life simpler when you've got a ton of things to carry, and retails for just $11.99 at Miles Kimball. In fact, it's one of those simplicities that I look at and wonder, "why didn't I think of... READ ON
After a 2011 vote, Toyota announced that the official plural of Prius was Prii.