Friday, November 18, 2011

mental_floss: The Book...R&G!

I have been pouring over a book that is just so interesting...mental_floss: The Book.  I could hardly put it down it is so interesting.  It is just one of those books you want people around you to read so you can talk about it!  Here is the scoop...

For ten years, the knowledge seekers at mental_floss have been hunting and trapping the world’s rarest facts, locking them into captivating lists for the world to admire. Thanks to their tireless efforts, Mental Floss: The Book is packed with a decade’s worth of the smartest, quirkiest stories around, including: 

Five Presidential Fashion Flubs
Seven
Shameless Abuses of Diplomatic Immunity
Five Units of Measurement
Weirder Than the Metric System
Four Toys That Have
Gone to War for America
Seven
Reasons Mister Rogers Was the Best Neighbor Ever
Five Things Your Body Can Do
After You Die
Six of
Baseball’s Strangest Trades
Four Foods People Actually
Die For
Seven Things
Walmart Has Banned
Four TV Shows That Changed the
Course of History
Ten
“Q” Words That Aren’t “Q-U” Words
Four Horrifying
Parasites to Keep You Awake at Night
Eight
Fake Archaeological Finds
Five Articles of Clothing That Caused
Riots
Four Memorable Moments in
Cross-Dressing History
Five
Doomsdays We’ve Already Survived



Isn't this just so fun??  I loved reading this book and feel like I have a bunch of new, fun (and sometimes odd!!) facts that I can share.  Maybe I will be the star of the cocktail party as I rattle off a list of 8 Foods That Flopped (coffee flavored jello anyone??).  This book is fun, interesting and would make a great gift for that person on your list who has everything.  Now, with mental_floss, they can KNOW everything too!  Pick up your copy today on Amazon...





One lucky RBM reader will win a copy of mental_floss: The Book thanks to the publisher, Harper Collins. Thanks so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter...

28 comments:

Karla said...

The Israeli version of Oscar the Grouch is Moishe Oofnik, whose last name means “grouch” in Hebrew.

Heather said...

Watches are factory set to 10:10 because The hands not overlapping, so they’re fully and clearly visible and their styling can be admired.
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Hifam said...

This looks like a fun book. I learned why bottled water has an expiration date: "A 1987 NJ state law required all food products sold there to display an expiration date of two years or less from the date of manufacture". Jody h

Shannon said...

I learned that the turkey pardon by the president was only formalized in 1989

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degood said...

According to a Wall Street Journal study, there are only 11 minutes of actual football action in an average NFL game.

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Kathy said...

The oldest living child of a former U.S. president is JOHN SHELDON DOUD EISENHOWER, who turned 89 in August.

momma8385 said...

Kentucky had once been a merely gaint county of Virginia(before that it was called Transylvania).

Mandy Kauffman said...

I learned about weird brand extensions, like Cheetos lip balm. Eww! haha

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beth said...

kermit was phased out of seasame street after a year and then brought back a few year slater
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corey1971 said...

I enjoyed the story about why FDR moved the date of Thanksgiving (Corey Olomon)(olomon@hotmail.com)

Gianna said...

There is a Turkey-shaped Jell-O Mold Competition.

Renee G said...

Could You Really Send Chicken Pox Through the Mail on a Lollipop? Probably not.
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Robin said...

Margaret Woodrow Wilson was a very feisty President's daughter
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Megan said...

There are only 11 minutes of actual football action in an average NFL game
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Mercedes said...

I learned there are turkey jello mold competitions. I...had no idea.

KHBride said...

I learned: According to a Wall Street Journal study, there are only 11 minutes of actual football action in an average NFL game.
I also looked at the jello turkey competition which was crazy amazing!

nicholle said...

Oh golly. Every time I go to the Mental Floss website I end up spending hours linking to different articles! I especially love their "10 lists" because you can learn so much!

Lentil said...

I learned tipping is not customary in China

Brittany said...

According to a Wall Street Journal study, there are only 11 minutes of actual football action in an average NFL game.

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Julie Lemke said...

According to a Wall Street Journal study, there are only 11 minutes of actual football action in an average NFL game.

Read the full text here: http://mentalfloss.com/amazingfactgenerator/#ixzz1f77TBj9F
--brought to you by mental_floss!

Janelle said...

One man chose a castoff British military instillation & named it Sealand living on the island with his family. It's far enough off British waters there's nothing they can do about it!

Stephanie said...

According to a Wall Street Journal study, there are only 11 minutes of actual football action in an average NFL game.

Jessica Snook said...

According to a Wall Street Journal study, there are only 11 minutes of actual football action in an average NFL game.

Yona Williams said...

The Bat is the only mammal that can fly. Flying squirrels can only glide (fall slowly).

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Robin Blankenship said...

The Bat is the only mammal that can fly.

katklaw777 said...

How Much Would the Twelve Days of Christmas Actually Cost?

A Partridge in a Pear Tree: $184.99, up 14.2%
Two Turtledoves: $125, up 25%
Three French Hens: $150.96, the same price as last year
Four Calling Birds: $519.00, down 13%
Five Golden Rings: $645, down 0.8%
Six Geese A’Laying, $162, up 8%
Seven Swans A’Swimming: $6,300, up a whopping 12.5%
Eight Maids A’Milking: $58, the same price as last year
Nine Ladies Dancing – $6,294.03, the same price as last year
10 Lords A’Leaping $4,766.70, the same price as last year
11 Pipers Piping – $2,427.60, up 3%
12 Drummers Drumming – $2,629.90, up 3%

cool...lol

Renfie said...

Nearly 30 percent of Dalmatian dogs are born with complete or partial hearing loss.

Read the full text here: http://www.mentalfloss.com/amazingfactgenerator/?p=330#scroll#ixzz1f9PrvDy9
--brought to you by mental_floss!

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Laurie said...

John Quincy Adams loved to swim naked!