Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Cover of Vol. 5, Issue 2 (March-April, 2006)
mental_floss is a bi-monthly American magazine, launched in 2001 in Birmingham, Alabama, that presents facts and trivia in a humorous way. It includes columns by A.J. Jacobs and Ken Jennings.
The magazine frequently publishes books, as well as T-shirts with humorous sayings, such as "There's no right way to eat a Rhesus". In addition, there is a licensed trivia board game much like Trivial Pursuit. Most recently, the magazine began the In a Box series with Law School in a Box and Med School in a Box.
Each issue of mental_floss is divided up into the following sections:
scatter_brained. In this section, a number of trivia items (all connected to an encompassing topic through puns) are written about in short paragraphs.
right_brain. Articles about "right brain" topics (e.g. art and literature), such as Six Degrees of Ken Jennings, can be found here.
left_brain. This section deals with topics that would befit the "left brain" areas (math, logic, etc.).
spinning the_globe. A different part of the world is explored each issue. spinning the_globe always begins with a section describing a "50 cent tour" of whatever region that issue is focusing on.
The Quiz. In each issue, there is a quiz in the back of the magazine. There is also a mini quiz consisting of five questions on the mental_floss website every day. Sections
Every year, one issue of mental_floss is known as the "Ten Issue". It will usually feature lists of ten things focusing on one subject such as: "Ten Most Forgettable Presidents", or "Ten Famous Monkeys in Science". mental_floss has currently put out six "ten issues" to date. Recurring Themes
Genius Instruction Manual
Scatterbrained (ISBN 9780060882501 0060882506)
What's the Difference?
Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets
Instant Knowledge In A Box Series
Almost every issue of mental_floss has had an image of Albert Einstein somewhere on the cover.
Before the magazine's first printing, Ralph Nader spoke at Duke University. However, earlier, co-founder Will Pearson had left a note on the podium about mental_floss, causing Nader to begin his speech praising the magazine that did not yet exist.
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