mental_floss has a talent for producing spectacularly successful writers. And no, I'm not just talking about my own immense wealth and power*. No, dear readers, I'm referring to Ransom Riggs and John Green, two mental_floss writers who currently hold the #2 and #1 spots respectively on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Because they're both writing for a Young Adult audience, their particular list is "Children's Chapter Books" (how quaint), and Ransom's haunting book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is now in its 36th week (!) on the list. John's heartbreaking The Fault in Our Stars is in its fifth week on the list.
Seeing the two books snuggling at the top of the charts is an especially happy thing because Ransom and John go way back -- they went to college together, and they've worked together quite a bit: they collaborated on our Scatterbrained book, for instance; they were also in a sketch comedy group together (called "1033" -- I only saw them perform once, but it was spectacular).
John has put together a video about how he met Ransom, and how this dual Best Sellers success came about. This is an inspiring example of what happens when young nerds meet, work hard, and write awesome books. Congratulations, guys! Keep it up.
* = Blogger statements regarding personal wealth and power may be extremely misleading.