Posts Tagged 'Mental Floss'

At the Libraries

So I told you I would be posting again today to make up for missed posts!  I was going to post something else, but then I checked my email and read the latest Mental Floss newsletter.  If you’re a _floss fan, you might have noticed a couple of posts over there about libraries.  I thought this post would be appropriate to share with you all since the nerdgirls are 80% librarians.  (I say 80 because I count myself as about 5% librarian – I really like telling people what they should read)  

Not only has Mental Floss been discussing libraries, they’ve decided to have a weekly column called “At the Libraries”.  As they put it in the newsletter:

All this talk gave us an idea for a new weekly column. I’m excited to announce “At the Libraries” will be launching later this month. Miss Kathleen, a children’s librarian who moonlights as one of our researchers, will be our curator, rounding up five* fascinating things happening at libraries around the country that week. And we want you guys to leave comments under her posts plugging any cool library happenings in your necks of the woods.

So now you all know!  I expect to hear a lot about libraries in Iowa and Illinois (I’m also looking at you Abby – seriously, I’m looking in what I think is the direction of Illinois), since we all know that that’s where the most amazing librarians are located at this moment.

Just a typical dino librarian. Note the sweet book tattoo and reading glasses.

<3, lindsay

P.S.  Tuesday’s missing blog made up for!  Now Wednesday and Thursday to go!  Be prepared to learn something soon!

Lets get Quizzical

I am sure most of you nerdgirls are already familiar with these, but I’m v tired and need to write an easy short short BEDA post:

Here are my favorite Mental Floss Quizzes! Now I used to be a big fan of the Daily Lunch quizzes, but I quickly realized that they are too black and white: I either suck or am awesome, depending if I come out above or below the average score. So now I tend to parlay in games that always leave room for improvement:

Name All 50 State Capitals (in 10 minutes and they give you Montpelier up front)


The Quarter Backs Quiz (which is soooo much harder than you think! I do far better on the State Capital quiz…)


Map of East Timor and surrounding areas

I never knew that I knew where East Timor was. cool.

THE GEOGRAPHY CHALLENGE!!!!! Do you know where Belarus is? or Tonga? or East Timor (I actually just got that one right so I’m feeling super smart even though I totally guessed…)? I average about 20-30% accuracy on this one. But it inspires me to REALLY REALLY WANT A GLOBAL PUZZLE.

The Global Puzzle

I totally bought one of these for a White Elephant Christmas present and then we had to leave early so I never saw how the person who chose it reacted...but I'll bet they were SUPER excited...and I will I admit that it crossed my mind to pull a Kevin on it.

I think I will try the Presidents quiz tomorrow because I think it has been awhile and I have forgotten my horrible score… I currently have Yo, Millard Fillmore checked out from the library (a check-out fueled by nostalgia, so I will probably post about it later in BEDA) so I might actually do okay.


Oh. My. Gosh. Hilarity Ensues.

Hey readers,

I know that you all are probably way upset still about the whole Half Blood Prince being delayed till 2009 catastrophe like me.  I found this link off of mental floss (check it out, I love that site!), watched it and almost fell off the couch I was laughing so hard.  I know that Hitler is bad and evil and terrible…but…I can’t help but laugh.  Hopefully none of you are offended.

<3, lindsayF

The Googling – when Google gets a little too personal

So I was perusing this morning (great site, you should all go there and/or read the magazine), and I clicked on one of their morning cup o’ links sites.  It led me to a video of 2 guys who see something they shouldn’t using Google Moon.  Then I clicked on over to their youtube site and found that there was a series of videos called The Googling.  I have posted them below for your viewing pleasure.  I found them exceptionally hilarious.  Enjoy!

<3, lindsayF