You can tell a lot about a person by the things they have on their shelves. Whether it’s a favorite book, an old-fashioned family portrait, a lucky charm, or a memento of a treasured keepsake, the items we display around the world say something. thing about who we are, who we were or who we want to be. Shelves is our way of letting some of our favorite people share a little piece of themselves with the readers of Mental Floss.
It’s no secret that Daniel Radcliffe is the kind of guy from Mental Floss: as he told us in an interview in 2014, he is a fan of obscure slang terms, likes to prepare tough quizzes for his friends and loves to hang out in bookstores… which leads him to it. purchase manner more books than he can read. (Relatable!) So we were obviously eager to see what kind of yummy trinkets the actor – who is currently appearing in an Oregon-Trail-themed season of Simon Rich. Miracle workers– has on its shelves. Read on to find out which board game gets special placement and the pandemic hobby that takes up a ton of shelf space at Radcliffe.
1. A framed Broadway bow tie
Radcliffe has appeared on stage on several occasions; this bow tie is from his first Broadway musical, which was especially important to the actor. “This is the photo shoot bow tie for How to be successful in business without really trying, a musical that I played in New York about 10 years ago, ”said Radcliffe, who played J. Pierrepont Finch on the series. “This show remains one of the most exciting things I have ever done in my career, and some of my best friends today are people I met on this show.” You can watch Radcliffe and the cast perform “Brotherhood of Man” at the Tony Awards here.
2. An epic dog portrait
There are many benefits to fostering an animal, and in Radcliffe’s case, one of them was an awe-inspiring work of art. “It’s a portrait of a dog that we raised and then adopted by our friends. It’s a long story; suffice it to say that we are now godfathers and godmothers of dogs, ”he says. “There is a company that will turn a photo of your pet (or a friend) into a painting like a historical portrait. It’s Lex in some sort of 18th century military outfit. It’s very silly and it brings me a ridiculous amount of joy.
3. One Scrabble Plank
“It’s a super fantasy Scrabble board my parents gave me for Christmas many years ago, ”says Radcliffe. “There isn’t much else to say about it! It’s just cool! No word on how good Radcliffe is at the game, but we imagine you must be good enough to get your parents to give you an epic board like this.
4. Nano: the spectacular science of the very (very) small
“One of my best friends, whom I have known since I was 14 and who is an incredibly intelligent and wonderful human being called Dr. Jess Wade, recently wrote a book on nanoscience for children!” said Radcliffe. “It is brilliantly written and beautifully illustrated [by Melissa Castrillón] and I highly recommend it to anyone who doesn’t want to explain nanoscience to their children themselves!
In addition to writing a book and working as a physicist at Imperial College London, Wade’s mission is to diversify the profiles of the scientists featured on Wikipedia. It is therefore fitting that the book comes with a LEGO by Margaret Hamilton, a key player in NASA’s Apollo Project, as well as a LEGO that refers to astronomer Nancy G. Roman, aka the “Hubble Mother. “. Nano releases September 14.
5. LEGO Yoda minifigure
For some of us it was leaven; to others it was knitting, but for his pandemic hobby, Radcliffe grabbed those beloved plastic bricks. “I felt I had to include LEGOs here as they now take up a lot of shelf space due to a wave of LEGO manufacturing activity, which has admittedly declined since I started working again,” he says. . . “I particularly like LEGO Yoda because the eyes are slightly too real and give it a kind of haunted / anxious look all the time, which I didn’t expect from the photo on the box, but bonded with a lot when the pandemic started. Other LEGO sets that Radcliffe built was a 3,200-piece kit featuring the gates of Jurassic Park.