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.
Fan Video Games Are Much Better Than Fan Fiction
A recent Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") conducted by Dan Harmon, the recently-ousted creator of the show Community, inspired one fan to create a lost scene in video game format.
Chicago Children (And Some of Their Parents) Have Never Experienced School Recess
School recess is as American as a dessert pastry made from the fruit of a deciduous tree. But some schools in Chicago haven’t had it in... READ ON
So, You’re Telling Me Swedish People Don’t Actually Say “Bork” In Every Sentence?
According to real, actual Swedish people, they don’t see a whole lot of resemblance in the famous Muppet chef.
If you aren’t terribly familiar with this culinary genius, here you go.
Through the Eyes of the Color Blind
Take a look at this post to see the world as someone with color blindness sees things - and find out what Vincent Van Gogh has to do with the condition.
These Make the “Best... READ ON
Happy 60th Birthday to Pee-wee Herman
Paul Reubens, the man who plays everyone’s favorite eternal child Pee-wee Herman, is turning 60 years old today. And, according to this photo gallery, it’s serious business.
As a huge fan of Pee-wee, I would encourage everyone to read 10 Facts About Pee-wee Herman and check out more information about his 1988 Christmas special. They’re oldies but goodies.
The Work of Some Really Cool Dads
If Pee-wee’s Playhouse had taken place in a tree, it might... READ ON
Today is the 78th birthday of Kenny Baker, the actor inside R2-D2 in each of the six Star Wars films. So let's learn a bit more about him.1. He Doesn’t Have A Ton of Affection For His Fellow DroidBaker has, on a number of occasions, described his less than warm feelings for Anthony Daniels, the actor inside his fellow Star Wars droid C-3PO. In an interview with Metro he offered the following:"I thought it was just me he didn't get on with but recently I've found out he doesn't get on with... READ ON
Worst. Financial. Decision. Ever.
If you wonder why the US Postal Service is struggling, wonder no more.
Did This Post Take Your Computer 10 Minutes to Open?
If so, your WiFi signal is weak. Here are 10 tips to kick it up a few notches.
Here’s Why You Don’t Get Anything Done At Work
You knew there was a reason.
August 22, 1987: A Dark Day In American Cinema
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie came out 25 years ago yesterday, unfortunately. And, as bad as the film was, the cards that... READ ON
Stickmen May Not Have Organs, But They Do Have Feelings
The plight of the stickman doesn’t get nearly enough attention these days. Please be warned, his inevitable fate does produce a few NSFW phrases.
Dr. Seuss Was An Oil Man
Before he created the beloved books you know him for, Dr. Seuss created ads for the oil industry. And, just so you know, the one fish and the two fish did not turn into a red fish and a blue fish as a result of an oil spill.
How the Great Lakes Are Changing the... READ ON
Please Don’t Swear to God. He May Not Like It.
What do deities think of dirty language?
Internet Powers Activate: To Save This Dog
A wounded dog is rescued, thanks in part to the power of the web.
People Who Love Their Jobs: The Pop Culture Detective
Check out Bob Egan’s PopSpots website where he tracks down the locations of famous album cover art. Make sure to click through to each individual entry so you can see the locations in more detail.
Up Through the Glass... READ ON
The Good, the Bad, and the Jedi
Star Wars posters are given a spaghetti western twist.
Jon Daly = John Daly
The hilarious comedian Jon Daly is slowly morphing into famous golfer/gambler/partier John Daly. And he hopes Google will take note.
Also, years ago I took an improv class from Jon Daly and he’s a helluva nice guy.
Magic Spells & Potions Go Poof
From eBay, that is. I know one website that’s going to start having hexes placed on it rather... READ ON
It’s Casual Dress Friday
It’s Friday, so you may be at your office right now wearing jeans. If so, your office is one of many with a relaxed end-of-week dress code. If you’re lucky enough to be dressed down today, you owe it to yourself to know the history of business casual.
Does Obamacare Cover Robots For Old People?
A new movie has an interesting idea: develop robots to take care of America’s aging baby boomers. The only problem might be that the elderly don't want to be taken care of... READ ON
Invisible Bike Helmet = Mind Blown
The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.
The video starts slow, but wait for the bike helmet reveal. It’s awesome.
We All Get Attacked By A Kangaroo From Time to Time
It’s a fact of life. You know that old saying:
“Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes and getting assaulted by an angry marsupial.”
Well here’s how you deal with that little bit of... READ ON
In the 1980s, a beer-drinking goat was elected mayor of Lajitas, TX.