Mangesh co-founded mental_floss in 2001 and previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. He's currently Chief Creative Officer.
What in the name of Kabballah is going on here? While I've been stunned/fascinated by the sustained growth of the "energy drink market" (and particularly the drinks from these guys), I was completely blindsided by the introduction of the Kabballah Energy Drink. What's particularly confusing to me is that unlike other sacrilicious beverages like HeBrew (The Chosen Beer), this Kabballah liquid seems to come packaged 100% free of irony. According to the ingredient list however, it... READ ON
If you're looking for a ball park treat, you might want to toss the traditional frank in favor of some nachos and popcorn. According to LiveScience, researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center have grown increasingly wary of their hotdogs, suggesting that the meaty treat "may contain DNA-mutating compounds that might boost one's risk for cancer." And while there are definitely a lot of "mays" and "mights" in that last statement, the damage... READ ON
I just saw these pics of the Falkirk Wheel on The Cellar's Image of the Day, and I figured I had to post them immediately. Apparently, two canals were coming at each other, one 24 meters higher than the other, so instead of simply building a bridge, the Scots did one better: they built a gorgeous engineering marvel. The Wheel works by lifting 300 tons of water and ship up on one end while simultaneously carrying 300 tons of water and ship down on the other. And while it does look like traffic jams could... READ ON
I don't really have a reason to post this handmade monster laptop case here (from Boingboing), except that I think it's really, pretty cool. Especially, when you open up the flap, and you see that toothy yawn. Click here for ordering details.
On a slightly different (but equally furry) note, did anyone see that The Muppets are back to doing shows for adults? According to Yahoo News, Brian Henson loved Avenue Q and Team America, and has been pushing his muppeteers to do adult-only Improv... READ ON
Mr. Gary Larson, the genius behind "The Far Side," is turning one year older today. And since I *still* to this day look at the Comics page and long for images of smoking dinosaurs, naughty cows, and bespectacled matrons with beehive haircuts, I figured I'd honor the notorious Mr. L with a few facts culled from Wikipedia and Salon.
Gary Larson is probably the only cartoonist to have a louse named for him (the Strigiphilus garylarsoni). In response, Larson claimed: "I considered this an... READ ON
In my mind, ant farms are sort of pegged to the same era of science toys as chemistry sets and DNA snap-tite models (the kind endorsed by Watson and Crick!). They're all mythical kids' toys I've heard of, but never really got to enjoy. I guess that's why I'm happy to see that the ant farm is making a comeback (this time without Uncle Milton). The modern version from AntWorks uses a gorgeous blue gel created by NASA that glows when you plug in the frame. The substance acts as both habitat and food for your... READ ON
I'm still kind of stunned by this, but check out Andrew Lipson and Daniel Shui's recreation of the famous M. C. Escher drawing, Relativity. They've got some pretty fantastic photos of how they constructed the thing here. Oh, and because I can't resist dropping facts, I read this on Wikipedia about the LegoÂ® company: "The Lego group is the largest tire manufacturer in the world, producing over 300 million minature tires each... READ ON
Some amazing toilet advances from around the world:
1. An amazingly-private public toilet from a street corner in Basle, Switzerland (via... READ ON
If there's ever an excuse to admire the real-life power of a comma, this might be it. Apparently, the misuse of the tiny punctuation mark in a contract is going to cost Rogers Communications in Canada $2,130,000. From The Globe and Mail:
"Based on the rules of punctuation," the comma in question "allows for the termination of the [contract] at any time, without cause, upon one-year's written notice," the regulator said. Rogers was dumbfounded. The company said it never would... READ ON
I always thought Hobo Nickels were a bit of a punch line, but now that I've actually seen some, I'm thoroughly impressed. Apparently, the tradition of taking Buffalo Nickels and carving new designs into them began with hobos, who traded the beautifully altered coins for food, supplies and favors, but also carved them to commemorate the world around them. Interestingly, coin collectors do value modern versions of the folk art, though the older coins, which have been circulating since the... READ ON
There was a third Apple founder. Ronald Wayne sold his 10% stake for $800 in 1976.