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.
Who Doesn’t Love Baron Von Kiss-A-Lot?
There have been an astounding 508 episodes of The Simpsons. And nuzzled in among the more well-known characters like Homer, Bart and Flanders is an entire universe of really obscure, rarely seen oddballs. The writers of The Simpsons share their favorites.
Genetically Mutated Butterflies Take Flight
It’s been about a year and a half since the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Now scientists have observed mutated butterflies... READ ON
Where in the F-Bomb Did the Term ‘F-Bomb’ Come From?
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary added "f-bomb" to its collection of words that are words. The term may have originated from a Hall of Fame baseball player who had sworn off swearing.
Get Your Metal Detectors Ready
It sounds like something out of a film. This explorer is getting ready to search a deserted island because he believes it may contain the Treasure of Lima, worth more than $200 million.
Convicting a Man in the... READ ON
A Sobering Look At Lotteries
This Powerball lottery simulator allows you to see just how much money you’d stand to lose if you play the lottery on a regular basis. As you can see from the screenshot of my simulation, I spent $2,078 over 10 years and won $148.
I Wonder If They They Served Green Eggs & Ham at the Reception
Check out these pics from a Dr. Seuss themed wedding.
For the Foodies
What did dinosaur meat taste like?
The Cities They Are A-Changin’... READ ON
A few years back we wrote about a hilarious blog called Fake Science, which deals in intentional pseudo-science. Now, the creator of that blog is unleashing Fake Science 101, a 272-page textbook for the fake-fact-loving science nerd in all of us. I had a chance to read the book. It’s really funny and packed with fantastically colorful and exceptionally fake pictures and diagrams. We've teamed up with the man behind Fake Science, Phil Edwards, to share some snippets of the book with you and give one... READ ON
Attack of the Parachuting Activist Teddy Bears
The situation in Belarus just got real. Real cuddly.
RIP: Mel Stuart
The director of the classic film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory passed away yesterday. Here’s a look at 20 things you might not have known about his sweetest creation.
And: Wonka’s factory might not really exist, but these delicious chocolate landmarks do.
Fridays Require A Skateboarding Goat
That’s just the way it... READ ON
Exactly How Big Is Our Solar System?
Ummmm, really big.
And: How big is infinity? Ummmm, also extremely big.
But If You Want to See the Other Kind of Stars
Those of you who love that grandiose pomp that is Inside the Actor’s Studio will love this remix of the show’s closing questionnaire.
If each of these Olympic athletes seems really familiar, it might be because they're leading a double life as a cartoon character, actor, or little kid. Just look at these... READ ON
The Grinch, Voldemort and Michael Jackson’s Zombie
No this isn’t the beginning of a “...walk into a bar...” joke. These are just 3 of the entries in the list of the 16 best special effects makeup creations.
(But if anyone can come up with a really good punchline for a joke about those 3 walking into a bar, I’d love to hear it.)
How America Started to Stink
The cologne/perfume/miscellaneous scented goods industry is massive. In order for it to get that big, advertisers had to... READ ON
A Perfectly Legal $95,000 Bank Heist
Patrick Combs deposited a $95K junk mail bank check as a joke, fully expecting the transaction to be declined. Lucky for him the bank accepted the check - and it was totally legal. Needless to say the bank was none too pleased when they realized their error.
The Bluths Are Back
The new season of Arrested Development starts shooting today.
Women & Children First, Right?
Nope, not... READ ON
Make Your Very Own Ice Cubes: A Step-by-Step Guide
If you own the domain name Food.com, you better make sure you have all food bases covered. That means, you’d better have a really delicious, easy-to-follow recipe for ice cubes. The comments on this one are dripping with hilarious, sarcastic gratitude.
A few examples:
"Oh man, so happy to have this recipe! My grandma died and took the recipe with her. You are a life saver!!"
"This recipe is horrible! Maybe I should have left them in longer than... READ ON
This Thing Is Gonna Be Huge
Well, maybe not, but this PBS exploration of viral videos is interesting nonetheless.
Is This A Full Flight?
The answer to that question can make or break your day. Standup comics have made jokes about talkative strangers on planes for years. We’ve all held our breath and prayed that the person walking down the plane aisle toward us won’t ask if anyone is sitting in that empty middle seat. But why are we all such anti-social travelers? One researcher decided to... READ ON
The word "unfriend" appeared in print all the way back in 1659.