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.
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Whatever Happened to Predictability?
Allow two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks to fill you in. And, after you’ve seen the video, ponder what exactly this means.
Soda Pop You Right In the Mouth
A new study has linked soda to “aggressive or violent behavior” in young consumers.
Speaking of Soda That Hits You In the Face...
There existed the great possibility that you were finally going to be able to look up Soda Popinski and all his fellow ring warriors in Mike Tyson’s... READ ON
The Man That Cues the Laughter
Wally Feresten has been holding up cue cards for cast members and nervous guest hosts on Saturday Night Live for 22 years.
Bullfighting: In Pictures
No matter if you’re of the opinion that bullfighting is barbaric or a beautiful art form, these startling pictures will probably solidify that opinion. Be warned that some of them are rather graphic.
Fake Photography As Art
"After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age” is an exhibit at the... READ ON
10,000 Days Ago Yesterday: Ferris Snagged A Foul Ball
According to this article, the events of the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off took place exactly 10,000 days ago yesterday.
This reminds me of how a person put in the work to find out the exact date Ice Cube was referring to in his song ‘It Was A Good Day’. What other ambiguously-dated pop culture days should be tracked down next?
Well That About Covers It
Though it goes back a few years, this list of the Top 40 Magazine Covers of the... READ ON
LIFE at the Fair
Check out these shots from their photo gallery of shots taken at a 1930s fair, a collection that includes this baffling shot of chimps in little cars.
Will Ferrell. In Sweden. Drinking Old Milwaukee.
Makes perfect sense, right?
You Just Never Know: Do We Actually Live In A Giant Computer Simulation?
You wouldn't think so. But maybe we were just programmed to think that. Whoa. I just blew your mind.
I Know Michael Jordan Memorabilia Is Valuable, But C'mon.
Who... READ ON
In the days before the Internet, writing a letter to a celebrity and sending it out via snail mail was almost a rite of passage. Nearly everyone did it. As a kid, I wrote letters to my favorite athletes requesting autographs, and was always thrilled—and a little shocked—when I received a response back.
But now, celebrities typically connect with their fans via their own websites or on Twitter—so the magical quality of a written letter sent to a fan has largely been forgotten. Luckily, sites like... READ ON
TED + The Onion = Onion Talks
This skewering of TED's TED Talks is hilarious and perfectly executed.
The Five-Second Rule: Debunked
But not before countless generations have taken a chance on a recently dropped piece of candy.
I know three things about Olly Moss:
1. He is an artist
2. He has the coolest name of all time.
3. He makes really awesome pop culture silhouettes that are now compiled in a book.
(Via The Awesomer)
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Star In Your Very Own Political Ad
PBS has put together this nifty site that allows you to craft an ad for your very own campaign. You can even put together an attack ad that will add in pictures from your Facebook account and take your status messages out of context. It’s really quite fun.
Humans Weren’t Always At the Top of the Food Chain
And we’re still terrified we’ll be food again.
And Here I Thought Michael Bay's Armageddon Was A Documentary
Science has fact-checked some... READ ON
How the Blues & the Reds Run Your... READ ON
TASER is an acronym for Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle.