8 Back-to-School Essentials


This week also saw the reprint of one of my classic mental_floss articles, The Stories Behind 8 Back-to-School Essentials

Strange States: Arizona


The latest entry in my Strange States series at mental_floss is up!

This week, we’re in Arizona.

Strange States: Alaska


This week’s Strange States entry is up!  Check it out!

When You Hear This Sound – Episode 5: Star Wars


Check out the latest episode of my new podcast, When You Hear This Sound!  I’m taking a bit of a break after the birth of my son, so this is just a quickie episode with a majority of the show just being the audio from the 1979 record book for Star Wars.  Next week I’ll present The Empire Strikes Back, and the week after that, Return of the Jedi.

Even still, this is a fun record, so I recommend giving it a spin.


Strange States Launched


It’s finally here!  My new, regular series for mental_floss – Strange States – has launched after months of writing behind the scenes.  Every week I’m bringing readers stories about the unusual people, places, and things in each of the 50 states.  So far I’ve written months worth of entries, so I’m well ahead of the game.  But I’ve also had a request to focus on a few special states with multiple entries in the same week, so that should be fun, too.

Anyway, check out the first entry, Strange Alabama.