Mental Floss: Genius Instruction Manual

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Humor - 224 pages
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Remember that time you bumped into Stephen Hawking at the clambake and his monologue on string theory went completely over your head? Man, was that awkward. Or remember the time you were at a party and someone asked, "Who knows how to perform open-heart surgery?" and you were the only one who didn't raise your hand?

Well, put all of that embarrassment behind you. Want to dazzle crowds with your wondrous knowledge of Shakespeare and surgeries? Want to learn to woo just like history's greatest minds? Well, start reading already! The Genius Instruction Manual is a foolproof finishing school for polishing your brain. All you've got to do is dive in.

 

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Contents

HOBBIES AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
4
TELEPORTATION
12
THE GENIUS GUIDE TO ACQUIRING PETS
21
HOW TO DRESS LIKE A RIGHTBRAINED
28
SOME FINANCIAL
30
IMPORTANT GREEKS
73
ARTISTIC GENIUSES AND WHAT THEY DID
80
EXTREMELY SHORT SUMMARIES OF 31 WORKS
86
BINARY NUMERAL SYSTEM
119
ROCKET SCIENCE IN A NUTSHELL
126
HOW TO DRESS LIKE A POLITICAL GENIUS
132
THE MUSICAL
136
SPILLING THE DIRT ON SOME BRILLIANT
150
SOME PITFALLS YOULL REALLY
166
UNCOMMON WORDS
181
WHAT GENIUSES KNOW ABOUT EVOLUTION
185

SOME ECONOMIC LAWS TO KNOW
98
MODERNISM VS POSTMODERNISM
105
HOW TO DRESS LIKE
112
ABOUT THE EDITORS
199
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Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur met as first year students at Duke University. Ignoring the lures of law school and investment banking, the pair co-founded mental_floss and have been grinning ever since. Maggie Koerth-Baker is a freelance journalist and a former assistant editor at mental_floss magazine, where she consistently astounded Will and Mangesh with her amazingness.

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