The editors at mental_floss magazine have produced yet another entertaining volume sure to provoke laughter and discussion. In chapters such as “Ignore the Naysayers,” “Impress your Mother-in-law,” and “Bend the Laws of Science,” our intrepid researchers present the steps required to become a teen idol, stop global warming, brew a lifesaving cuppa joe, get out of jury duty, and much more. What sets this book apart from its imitators is 1) it actually is well-written and has a sense of style, and 2) the amount of research that’s gone into each entry. A great gift for the recent graduate wondering how to make it in this bad ol’ world.
Jennifer 8. Lee discusses and signs The Fortune Cookie Chronicles
03/27/2008 7:00 pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd
On March 30, 2005, 110 winners were announced in the inter-state Powerball lottery, a statistically improbable number. Of those, 104 second-tier winners had chosen an identical sequence of numbers that was discovered to have come from a fortune cookie. What started out as a simple mission to find the manufacturer became a deeper investigation into the fortune cookie itself, which in turn sparked an investigation on the culture and history of Chinese food in America.