CLOSE
Original image
Allie Brosh

Pre-ordering Alot of Books

Original image
Allie Brosh

Her blog hasn't been updated in two years, but Allie Brosh has been doing alot. Her book Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem and Other Things That Happened will go on sale in October, and is already at #10 at Amazon due to pre-orders.
*
Jason Collins of the NBA became its first player to let the world know he's gay. The public response to his announcement guarantees he won't be the last.   
*
Bunny shaming is now a thing. A cute thing. At least we've learned that bunnies and exposed electronic cables do not mix well.
*
The Weather Channel's stunt for Tornado Week is a Twitter-powered tornado that blows air on their poor interns on camera. Tweets with their hashtag will increase the force of the wind.
*
See what's going on deep beneath Manhattan as the long-awaited Second Avenue Subway line is dug. The $17 billion project is scheduled to be completed in 2016.
*
6 People Who Apologized For Their Own Movie. George Lucas is conspicuously absent from the list, but he is mentioned by others.
*
Watch Jason propose to Christina with a remote-control helicopter. He must've had confidence in the pilot, as the diamond ring was attached to the 'copter.
*
4 bizarre plastic surgery trends that somehow exist. In case you want to go under the knife to fix things no one notices.

Original image
Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
Original image
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

*

10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

*

How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

*

Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

*

How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

*

Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

*

Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

*

A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

Original image
iStock
Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
Original image
iStock

Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

*

Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

*

22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

*

A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

*

Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

*

Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

*

Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

*

Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

SECTIONS

More from mental floss studios