Please welcome our new guest blogger, Maggie Koerth-Baker! She says:
I write about health and science for magazines and Web sites like MSN.com, LiveScience.com, Discover and Prevention. I used to be an assistant editor for mental_floss magazine. Now I just write for them a lot. In the line of journalistic duty, I have made 3:00 am international phone calls to talk about heavy metal; spent countless hours at my local public library; and bitten the head off a live fish.
I recently wrote a book with mental_floss called Be Amazing: Glow in the Dark, Control the Weather, Perform Your Own Surgery, Get Out of Jury Duty, Identify a Witch, Colonize a Nation, Impress a Girl, Make a Zombie, Start Your Own Religion
. It's a handy little guide to creating a more awesome version of yourself, via lessons from the great successes (and failures) of history, politics, science and art. I'm looking forward to sharing some of my favorite snippets from the book here on Boing Boing. Hell, I'm just excited to say, "here on Boing Boing." It won't all be book promotion, though. Promise. I research cool stuff for a living, have a big mouth and lack coworkers. There is plenty to share.
I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sadly, I have never taken a purifying dip in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. Or seen Prince. Direct all other questions/observations/over-sharing to my email (email@example.com).
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