Colin Patrick is an author and a comedian. In addition to mental_floss, he's written for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Splitsider, McSweeney's, and Cracked.
Diagnosing the Ailments of the Wet Bandits
A real doctor gives their medical opinion on the injuries sustained by Marv and Harry in Home Alone.
Kelsie Frick Is Indeed As She Describes
What are you really going to do to her at that point? The fact that she did that proves it’s true.
There’s Still A Lot of Good in the World
If you’ve spent the last week fearing that our world has gone completely over to the dark side, take a moment and remind yourself that there are still really,... READ ON
The late Frank Zappa would have turned 72 today. Even if you don’t know much about Zappa, you may be aware of his penchant for creative naming. He famously named his four children the following:
- Moon Unit
- Ahmet Emuukha Rodan
- Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen
Zappa also had a habit of giving his musical creations memorable titles. So let’s celebrate his 72nd birthday with a list of his 72 best song titles.
1. "A Nun Suit Painted on Some Old Boxes"
2. "The Return of the Son of Monster... READ ON
This Helped Me TODAY When I Went to Get Lunch
I still got drenched. But, I think less than I would have.
The Worst Thing About Rain Is That It Destroys These
These artistic masterpieces go far beyond "Wash Me."
How Long Do School Attacks Reverberate?
The biggest one in American history still haunts people, and it happened in 1927.
For Those With A Hobbit Habit
Enjoy this really well-written rundown of facts and trivia about the book version of Bilbo’s journey.
Some... READ ON
Debunking the Eagle Baby Grab Video
That crazy video of an eagle grabbing a baby? It's fake.
The year's most beautiful, stunning, breathtaking images of the universe.
You’ll Be Added To A List of Culturally Significant Movies, Kid
A Christmas Story is among a group of movies being added to the National Film Registry. Neo, Dirty Harry, and a crying baseball player are joining Ralphie on the list, too.
Using Beer to Bulk Up Your WiFi
Sound too good to be true? It... READ ON
Indiana Jones Just Received A Very Important Package
At the University of Chicago. And no one knew where it came from. Until the mystery was unraveled.
December 18, 1997: RIP Chris Farley
One of the funniest, most lovable comedians of all time died 15 years ago today. Let’s remember him.
Science Explains Santa
How long would it take him to complete his around-the-world gift-giving... READ ON
Will There Be A Barcode on the Tombstone?
The inventor of the omnipresent barcode recently died and his obituary is sort of odd.
The Future Is Now: Invisibility Cloaks
They’re real, and the Army is interested.
Piano Man on the Street
When a piano is left on the street, people play it.
I wonder what happens if you leave this piano sitting... READ ON
Photo courtesy Snoop's Instagram
Snoop Dogg (AKA Snoop Lion) recently claimed in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) that he smokes a lot of marijuana. And I mean, a lot. As in hundreds and hundreds of joints every week.
This somewhat dubious claim reminds us just how amazing the Reddit AMA can be. If you aren’t familiar, AMAs happen on a subpage of Reddit.com, where people from various walks of life (from major stars to ordinary people with extraordinary experiences) invite the site’s readers to ask... READ ON
I wish I didn’t agree with Ken Robinson’s contention quite so much.
Moms Are the Best
And they’re doing a great job. I think this essay is very important for any mother to read. (Contains a few NSFW phrases).
Badges Aren’t Just For Scouts... READ ON
1. There’s This One
2. This One
3. Of Course There’s Always This... READ ON
My New Favorite Twitter Feed: Modern... READ ON
The plastic pink flamingo is the official city bird of Madison, WI.