Peanuts Parents Secret Revealed • Ann Coulter's Book Sales Slump

Illustration for article titled iPeanuts/i Parents Secret Revealed • Ann Coulters Book Sales Slump

Mental Floss reveals how Peanuts producers made that weird sound that plays when adults are talking on the Charles Schultz cartoons. The secret involves a toilet plunger. •


• A new survey suggests that fathers are better at giving driving lessons than mothers, who tend to panic, while dads just swear. • Brazilian researchers have found that among teenage girls, there are alarmingly high rates of STDs that often go undetected. • The BBC has an amazing video of a monkey teaching its young to floss with human hair. • More monkey news: zoologists have found that monkey tantrums should never go ignored. • From the Institute of No Shit Studies: men in their 60s drive the most powerful cars. • A Miami evangelist claiming to be the anti-Christ has gone into hiding following a court ruling to pay his ex-wife $2.2 million. Wonder if Satan will help him out of this one. • Some asshole put his wife up for sale, describing her as "Nagging Wife. No Tax, Not MOT. Very high maintenance - some rust." He says he was shocked that he received several offers. • The Hijabi Monologues, a little known play about Muslim women who wear the headscarf, is currently showing in LA. • A little over a year ago, Wajeha al-Huwaider made a pledged to get the Saudi ban on women driving lifted by Women's Day 2009. Sadly, the ban is still in place. • The man who threw his shoe at our esteemed former President has been sentenced to three years in prison by an Iraqi court. • This is not exactly news to any American college student, but the American Dietetic Association has found that 58% of "kid cereals" are actually being consumed by adults. • Sad: a survey of Boston teens found that nearly half of them believe Rihanna was responsible for Chris Brown's assault on her. • Could Coulter's reign of terror be coming to a close? Ann Coulter's new book Guilty isn't selling nearly as well as her others did.

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Erin Gloria Ryan

My dad taught me how to drive, on a 1992 Ford Escort Wagon with manual transmission. During the first lesson, I ran over a turtle. When I got my license, my dad attached a squirel tail to the antenna so that he could pick out the car in a large parking log. I got embarrassed of the squirel tail and ripped it off one day and threw it in the woods. The next morning, there was a raccoon tail on the antenna.