Synopses & Reviews
Think of anything bad, from art heists to Genghis Kahn, and it's likely to be included in this wickedly smart and humorous guide to the seedy underbelly of basically everything. The brainiac team at "mental_floss", creators of the hit magazine and last year's Condensed Knowledge
, have scoured the darkest, dirtiest corners of history and the globe to gather this ultimate collection of the bad stuff you're not supposed to know and you certainly never learned in school.
Organized by theme, with chapters for each of the seven deadly sins, the book includes feuds, plagiarists, hoaxes, lies, schemes, scandals, evil dictators, mob bosses, acts of revenge, angry queens, cannibals and much more, all organized into bite-sized—albeit foul-tasting—lists (i.e."The Fascist Style Guide: Five Dictator Grooming Tips", “Four Biblical Girls Gone Wild" and “Three Delicious Animals We Charbroiled Into Extinction."). It's the perfect way to add some spice to a dull conversation and proves that learning can be not only easy, but exquisitely sinful.
“For the discerning intellect, Mental Floss cleans out the cobwebs.” Chicago Tribune
“The titans of trivia.” Newsweek
“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 protégé.” Charlotte Observer
About the Author
(Right to left): Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur met as freshmen at Duke University and in their senior year parlayed their cafeteria conversations into the first issue of mental_floss magazine. Five years later, they're well on their way to creating a knowledge empire. In addition to the magazine, a board game, a weekly CNN Headline News segment, and a daily updated Web site (you can check it out at www.mentalfloss.com), the two have collaborated on seven mental_floss books. In their spare time, Will and Mangesh enjoy touring the country doing magic shows under the stage name Penn and Teller.