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.
New York’s Underground Park Will Have Everything
When Did Sodas Get So Big?
It started with the Great Depression.
A Big Ol' Book Brouhaha
Books do so much for us - like give us really cool, smart insults to hurl at other people.
Get Your War Back On
The once popular social and political commentary strip, which utilizes generic clip art-style images, is back in video form (NSFW language).
Imagine the Blueprints For These Buildings
IKEA will now be... READ ON
The Original Sin City
Las Vegas from way before the Strip. (While these pictures are fine, other parts of this site may be NSFW.)
Parachuting Off the Eiffel Tower Has Always Been A Bad Idea
It is today. And it definitely was in 1912.
The Game of Kings. Slimy, Cheating Kings.
Apparently, cheating at chess is on the... READ ON
Tom Hanks Clearly Loved Michael Clarke Duncan
And this story he told at Duncan's memorial makes them both even more likable.
Mad Science: They’re Growing Soccer Balls From Pig Bladders
I don’t even...
Reason #3,564,587 Not to Become a Counterfeiter
They all boil down pretty much to this: It’s really difficult. And it keeps getting harder. That’s a good thing, but it does mean less of this type of thing. (Warning: Totally Stupid, Pointless YouTube video lies within.)
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Climbing the World Trade Center
Don’t ever say a reporter’s job is easy:
Two years before the official opening of the Twin Towers in 1973, PopSci reporter Robert Gannon visited the 110-story construction site – and nearly chickened out. To reach the top of the world’s tallest building, Gannon had to climb wobbly wooden ladders lashed to metal beams (while the builders teased him for his “hippie mustache.”)
Are All One Year Supplies Created Equally?
You’ve won a contest and a... READ ON
The 1968 Playboy Club Bunny Manual
Be mindful of the rules of Bunny Behavior so you won’t have to have a “Personal Meeting with the Bunny Mother.”
If They Tore A Stitch, Then You Must Snitch
One of O.J. Simpson’s prosecutors offers a new theory on the famous bloody glove (albeit 17 years too late).
Other Headlines I Considered:
- If they try to fudge, you must tell the Judge.
- If they alter the fit, you must mention it.
- If they tamper with evidence, then you shouldn't wait almost... READ ON
A Modern Day Moonlight Graham
Remember the old guy in Field of Dreams that made it to the big leagues as a young man but never got an official at-bat? Well there’s a modern day ballplayer that is drawing comparisons to him. And ever since July 9, 2005, when Adam Greenberg was hit in the back of the head with a 92 MPH fastball on the first major league pitch he ever faced, he’s been working to get back to finish that at-bat.
And You Thought Bratz Were Creepy?
These dolls are much worse.
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I Can’t Believe “Walk the Line” & “Wear Black” Aren’t On Here
It is, after all, a to-do list written by Johnny Cash.
Bringing Down the Big Red Giants
Check out these awe-inspiring shots of lumberjacks chopping down gargantuan California redwoods nearly a century ago.
The Class of 2016 Lives in a Weird World
This year’s new college freshmen don’t see things the way the rest of us do. Here are a few examples.
Here's a Question
How do police rule out foul play?
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Behold the World of 2000
Why do visions of the future always dwell on flying things? Flying cars. Hoverboards. And, in this case, winged humans.
The Greatest Shot in the History of Paralympic Table Tennis
Watch it here.
Become A Filmmaker for Only $15
The amazing screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is looking to produce his first animated film, and he needs your help.
Text Your Significant Other & Tell Them to Read This
And while you’re at it, Tweet your brothers and sisters, tell... READ ON
Life at the DNC
Take a look at the fantastic shots compiled by LIFE at the Democratic National Convention over a handful of decades.
First World Problems: 1920s Edition
And other memes from the roaring decade.
Hackers obtain information about millions of Apple users ... from an FBI... READ ON
The Arm of the Law Really Is Quite Long
It reaches five decades backward in time. And all for a lousy dime.
Squirt Gun Flamethrower Just Sounds Like a Bad Idea
An awesome idea. But a bad idea all the same. Check out that and other deadly DIY items you need to avoid.
Running a Car on Moonshine
Is that really... READ ON
Pentheraphobia is the persistent fear of your mother-in-law.