Behind-the-Scenes Pics From Our Daniel Radcliffe Photoshoot

Hopefully, you've already read our interview with Daniel Radcliffe, in which he reveals which historical figure he'd like to play, what he really thinks of celery, and the British slang he believes Americans should adopt, among many other things. We had tons of photos we loved and couldn't fit in the print edition, so here are a few outtakes from our August 5 photoshoot, a couple of behind the scenes shots, and some more quotes from Radcliffe.


Lucy Quintanilla

If you've ever wondered what a photoshoot looks like, check out this panorama snapped by our associate art director, Lucy Quintanilla.

When it comes to picking his projects, Radcliffe told us that he doesn't have a checklist or a list of requirements. "Basically, I just want to do original things that feel new and challenging, and obviously I’m looking for something that shows a different side of what I can do," he said. "It’s really what you respond to, what excites you, because there's no possibility of predicting correctly whether or not a film will be successful or not. So the only thing you can do is be guided by your own taste and hope that some of them come off."

During the shoot, Radcliffe jammed to Harvey Danger and The Kinks.


Erin McCarthy

"The best British accent ever on screen that I’ve seen—although again it was playing upper class—was Edward Norton in The Painted Veil," Radcliffe told us. "Apart from one moment when he got angry, it was flawless. His accent in that was amazing."

In Horns, out at the end of the month, Radcliffe's character, Ig, is accused of murdering his girlfriend—and grows horns that compel the people around him to blurt out what they really think. It's an ability Radcliffe does not covet. "What Ig learns very quickly is that it’s not a power that he wants or benefits from; I think you see too much of what's going on in people's heads," he said. "He's just been accused of murder, and in that situation you always hope that your parents at least would know the real you, but then the horns draw out of them the fact that they think he's a murderer like everyone else. So I think no."

If you were to call Radcliffe a workaholic, you wouldn't be far from the truth. "I think a lot of people think I work out some sense of desperately wanting to prove myself and move past Harry Potter, but I actually just like what I do and I'm lucky to be in a position where I like my job. I guess I'm very relaxed on film sets—it's a real place of comfort for me because I've always been there, and I miss it when I'm not there." And it's not because he doesn't like to take vacation, either. "I can have a vacation but then if I really want to do a film and that film starts during that vacation, then I'm not in a position to say 'Wait two weeks,' because if I wait two weeks then they lose the financing—so you kind of have to take it as it comes," he said.

Radcliffe loves American football—his favorite team is the New York Giants—and during our photoshoot, he tossed around a football with May's assistant.

Radcliffe got major height on his jumps, and he always pointed his toes—a skill he honed while preparing for his time in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway. 

Radcliffe told us that he's "obsessed" with the English TV show QI—and then gave us quite the compliment: "I feel like mental_floss is the closest thing America has to QI." Thanks Dan!

The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It

ChopBox
ChopBox

When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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How the Trapper Keeper Trapped the Hearts of '80s and '90s Kids

Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello
Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello

No matter when or where you grew up, back-to-school shopping typically revolved around two things: clothing and school supplies. And if you’re an adult of a certain age, you probably had a Trapper Keeper on that latter list of must-buy items.

Like the stickers, skins, and cases that adorn your smartphones and laptops today, Trapper Keepers were a way for kids to express their individual personalities. The three-ring binders dominated classrooms in the '80s and '90s, and featured a vast array of designs—from colorful Lisa Frank illustrations to photos of cool cars and popular celebrities—that allowed kids to customize their organizational tools. 

In this episode of "Throwback," we're ripping open the Velcro cover and digging into the history of the Trapper Keeper. You can watch the full episode below.

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