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Mental Floss [May. 22nd, 2008|03:20 pm]
terribleturnip
This is one of my favorite magazines. It's like People magazine for intellectuals. There's nothing in here you NEED to know. And the way it's all presented is sort of...as if you were studying for your PhD in Trivial Pursuit, or entertaining cocktail conversation.

But yet, strangely compelling. At least to me. At some point in my childhood, I was wired to collect knowledge the way old ladies collect cats.

And usually, it's just stuff of the "huh" or "Hey, did you know..." variety.

But sometimes, it rocks my world a little. I'm really glad I read the following article. It'll help me keep things in perspective this weekend.

http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/15131
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[User Picture]From: sestree
2008-05-22 08:28 pm (UTC)
GEe thanks.

Now ask me what I"ve been doing for the last ffg 1/2 hour?

Wait - make that 45 minutes.

CRACK - it's CRACK I tell ya.
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From: ex_seventhm
2008-05-22 08:32 pm (UTC)
I hear ya...a half hour here...
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2008-05-22 10:32 pm (UTC)
I was also "wired to collect knowledge" from a very young age.

I loved the pictures and the whole concept... and the story behind the pictures is lovely. I'm not interested in most magazines but if I had the money I'd subscribe to this one.

Not too long ago I was in a thrift/junk/antiques store and came across two huge cardboard boxes. They were full of photos sorted between "family" and "cats." Hundreds and hundreds of pictures of groups of humans and mostly solo cats. Most of them were blank on the back, so no names or dates or places. It was so sad... all these unnamed people and cats gathered together in sudden and arbitrary intimacy with little hope of ever being known again for who they really were.
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