Check out this awesome freebie I got yesterday - I love it when this happens! And it wouldn't have made its way to me had it not been for my obsession with magazines! :D
I've written about my love of periodicals before - and now I have another one to add to my subscriptions.
Actually, this is the second time I've subscribed to Mental Floss. The first time was through a fundraiser for my nieces' school and I got it for so cheap that I couldn't resist. My sister had turned me on to this great magazine for "knowledge junkies" (what they call their subscribers) and I just loved it. After the first year, though, I unwisely thought that perhaps I should curtail my subscribing.
Thank goodness I realized the error of my ways! If you like trivia, you'll LOVE Mental Floss. Not only do they have their wonderful magazine (which is one of the three, besides Entertainment Weekly and Professional Artist, that I read cover-to-cover), they also have fantastic Twitter and Facebook pages and a fun-filled Web site. I'm warning you, though - once you're there, you'll be there for a while, especially when you discover their Amazing Fact Generator. Don't say I didn't warn you. :)
Okay, on to the ephemera! Part of my subscription this time around was this free gift - a compact "matchbook" of twenty perforated bookmarks! Each bookmark depicts a different historical figure, complete with a horrible pun. As you can see on the front, "Betsy Ross has FLAGGED your page!" is one of them. There are others that are just as groan-worthy: "Get LOST in books!" (Amelia Earhart), "I VOTE that you keep reading!" (Susan B. Anthony), "There are still more WORDS TO CONQUER!" (Alexander the Great), etc. See what I mean? They're BAD. In the best way possible.
Am I going to use these bookmarks? Heavens NO! I have oodles of them already. No, this whole thing is taking its rightful place in the Perpetual Ephemera Depository. Decades from now, when an actual book will be a rare and wonderful object to be cherished, these babies might be worth something, at least from an ephemera standpoint. In fact, Mental Floss jokes about this on the back of the matchbook, seen here:
Clever, no? :D