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Featured Anthologies:  Books by Mental Floss

Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur met as first year students at Duke University. Ignoring the lures of law school and investment banking, the pair co-founded mental_floss and have been grinning ever since.

These are fun books! Knowledge junkies with ADD will get a hit of fun and information.

The Mental Floss History of the World...

In the hands of Mental Floss, history's most interesting bits have been handpicked and roasted to perfection. Packed with little-known stories and outrageous—but accurate—facts, you'll laugh yourself smarter on this joyride through 60,000 years of human civilization. Remember: just because it's true, doesn't mean it's boring!

 

   

Mental Floss Genius Instruction Manual

Remember that time you bumped into Stephen Hawking at the clambake and his monologue on string theory went completely over your head? Man, was that awkward. Or remember the time you were at a party and someone asked, "Who knows how to perform open-heart surgery?" and you were the only one who didn't raise your hand?

Well, put all of that embarrassment behind you. Want to dazzle crowds with your wondrous knowledge of Shakespeare and surgeries? Want to learn to woo just like history's greatest minds? Well, start reading already! The Genius Instruction Manual is a foolproof finishing school for polishing your brain. All you've got to do is dive in.

"A lot like that professor of yours who peppered his tests with raunchy jokes: it makes learning fun." (Newsweek )

"A delightfully eccentric and eclectic new magazine." (Washington Post )

"Part scholarly journal, part Spy magazine protg." (Charlotte Observer )

"For the discerning intellect, mental_floss cleans out the cobwebs." (Chicago Tribune )

"The titans of trivia." (Newsweek )

"An ideal reference to settle arguments or jog your memory." (Calgary Herald )

 

 

 

Be Amazing

Mental Floss Presents Be Amazing: Glow in the Dark, Control the Weather, Perform Your Own Surgery, Get Out of Jury Duty, Identify a Witch, Colonize a Nation, ... Girl, Make a Zombie, Start Your Own Religion (Paperback)

 

Who says you can't? It's time to get off the couch and take your life to the next level.

Step one: stand on the shoulders of geniuses

What good are the world's greatest geniuses if you can't muddy their shoulder pads and use their accomplishments as a step stool? mental_floss has combed through every success story in history to deliver this ultimate how-to guide for climbing your way to greatness.

Step two: bask in the glow of admiring fans

Whether you want to glow in the dark, swallow a sword, quit smoking, find Atlantis, live forever, get out of jury duty, buy the Moon, sink a battleship, stop global warming, become a ninja, or simply be the center of the universe, Be Amazing covers all the essential life skills. Just absorb a few pages, then let the hero worship begin!

You will need:

bulletA hunger for greatness
bulletSome duct tape
bulletThis book

You may want:

bulletSidekicks and/or minions
bulletAn impressive nickname
bulletAn amazing outfit