Writer, @mental_floss contributing editor. My first book, Save the Date, is out now from Penguin/Riverhead. Photo by Sarah Shatz. jen(at)mentalfloss(dot)com

Mary Pilon's The Monopolists: Review

newrepublic.com — In March of 1903, a single woman in her late thirties walked into the U.S. Patent Office to secure her claim to a board game she had been diligently designing in the hours she stole from her day job as a stenographer.

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Watch Mike Bloomberg Call Staten Island Chuck a "Son of a Bitch"

blogs.villagevoice.com — The groundhog fun continues! On Wednesday, Mayor Mike Bloomberg buddied it up with our predictor of winter's end, Staten Island Chuck, calling him "the best groundhog in the world," making nice, being properly groundhog-revelatory -- until Chuck was safely back in his cage.

A Dictionary of Despicable Words

The Semantics of Voting: You Say 'On Line,' I Say 'In Line'

thewire.com — We know you're waiting to vote, among other bits and pieces of waiting. But as you're waiting in reportedly long lines, what exactly are you muttering in your mind, or tweeting to your followers, or posting on your Facebook page, or texting to your friends? On or in?

Work Study: Emily Spivack, Artist

mentalfloss.com — Clothing is a conduit for telling stories. Every day, we put something on and walk through life while experiences get mapped onto the clothing we wear. Talk to anyone and they'll tell you, "I have this T-shirt [or] this jacket that I can't get rid of because this happened while I was wearing it, or I wore it to this event."

Kate Carraway: What I Read

thewire.com — How do people deal with the torrent of information pouring down on us all? What sources can't they live without? We regularly reach out to prominent figures in media, entertainment, politics, the arts, and the literary world to hear their answers.

The Definitive Guide to Eating Lunch at Your Desk

thewire.com — Gather round, friends, and listen to a lunchtime story. Once upon a time, there was a person who wrote things on the computer by day, and she rarely left her desk for food. Once, while working on a very important (to that writer at that time) story, she found herself ravenous, having not eaten solid food in days.

What We Can Learn From Pre-Internet Personals -- The Cut

15 Books to Fill Your Every Breakup Need

elle.com — I don't have to tell you that breakups suck. But good books can be, if not a cure, at least a remedy of sorts to get you through the rough times. And sometimes they're instructional, too!
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Mar 04, 2015

i really need to learn to be one of those people who work from bed.

Mar 03, 2015

New York City is absolutely the best place for catching accidental glimpses of naked men in windows.

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