mental_floss and bluish hues

Ever since I subscribed to mental_floss magazine last month, I’ve been anxiously awaiting my first copy. But I haven’t received anything, even though my account status indicates that I should have. So this morning, I reported the problem and shortly thereafter, got a response from one of their people saying that the Nov-Dec 2006 issue was just sent out, but that I should have gotten the Sep-Oct issue already. I haven’t and I let her know. She was very helpful and said she’d sent another one out right away. This evening, when I arrived home, the Nov-Dec 2006 issue was here waiting for me. Skimming it’s contents and looking at it’s format, I know it’s going to be a magazine I’m going to enjoy. For one thing, there is a regular column by Ken Jennings. This month also has a feature on Gary Larson, creator of The Far Side. I can’t wait to dig in!


In a classic example of You Should Know Better Than That, I threw in some white sox with my gym shorts and shirt when I washed them last night. I never do this and always wash whites separately, but this time, I figured I’d save some time and kill two birds with one stone. The socks came out of the washing machine with a slight bluish hue to them–the same bluish hue that, I imagine, is supposed to be caused by taking Viagra. Now I’ve got to wash them all over again, by themselves, with bleach in order get things back to normal. This is why I don’t believe in shortcuts.


I wasn’t able to get much reading done today. I’m through 346 pages of Lunar Prospector and I’m totally into it. It’s just that I had a busy day today and I didn’t get home this evening until just before 8 PM (just in time to see Smallville, which was great). But now I’m going to shower and head off to bed, and I should have a few spare minutes to read before dozing off.

The question is what do I read: Lunar Prospector or mental_floss?

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.