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.
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
Olympics + Math = Great
Love the Olympics? Yes, you do. Love arithmetic? Like I even have to ask. Well, even if you hate them both, you’ll enjoy watching this mashup. (Via Digg)
You Too Can Sound Like A Carny
While doing some research on carnival ride accidents in preparation for my trip to the state fair (Deep Fried Crisco, here I come!) I stumbled upon this awesome Wikipedia page of Carny Slang.
If you don’t start incorporating some of these into your everyday conversations, you have... READ ON
Get Those Boxes & Holiday Decorations & That George Bluth Out of Your Attic
...And turn your top floor into something awesome.
Dennis Rodman Is Writing A Children’s Book
Whether or not you read it to your kid could determine exactly how successful and well-adjusted they are for the rest of their lives.
Riding the NYC Subway Can Hardly Be Described As A Fun Game
...Until... READ ON
For Those That Like Reading on the Beach...
And cannot possibly fathom the thought of your swimwear and book not matching perfectly. (Via Kottke)
Look At the Stupid Life You Could Be Leading
TV ads try to show you the life you could be leading if you used their product. The only downside is that life is sometimes really weird, unrealistic or just plain dumb.
These Colors Don’t Run - Unless They’re On the Moon
The 7 flags left on the lunar surface have changed considerably since they... READ ON
It’s Been 65 Years Since the Events in Roswell Definitely Did or Absolutely Didn't Happen
Time explores the story all these years later:
Killing Aliens 101
Aliens aren’t just a thing of the past. Some people think they saw some just the other day at the Olympics. So you have to be prepared. These ideas for killing aliens will have you... READ ON
Jerk Test: Do You Flick Lit Cigarettes Into An Orangutan Cage?
If you said yes, you are a huge jerk. A tremendously humongous mega jerk. If that sounds crazy, it’s not. It’s been happening so often at one zoo that the chain smoking ape had to be moved.
If the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Games of the XXX Olympiad starts to wear on you, treat yourself to a whole bunch of gold metal satire, courtesy of The Onion.
We Really Like the First One
Today Mashable put... READ ON
A Happy Little Remix
Recently, Lucas Reilly wrote an awesome article explaining what became of all of the wonderful mountains and rivers and pine trees Bob Ross painted over the years.
Now, PBS itself is serving up a bit of happy little entertainment with this Bob Ross remix:
Own the Balloon Boy’s Balloon
Remember Balloon Boy? Now you can own a piece of the balloon he wasn’t in. Topps has inexplicably decided to start producing trading cards with a small portion of the balloon... READ ON
It’s Pay Day. No, It’s Lottery Day.
An Argentinian mayor combats budget problems by paying only the workers whose names get drawn, lottery-style. What could go wrong?
Would You Like Fries With That Gold Medal?
Saul Craviotto, a Spanish Olympian, recently tweeted a picture of the outfit he and his fellow countrymen will be wearing at the Olympics.
There’s Someone For Everyone
These 13 super-specific social networks prove it.
Sir, Yes (Sniff) Sir
Do military personnel get to... READ ON
Fun With Editing: The Matrix Meets Office Space
(Via The Awesomer)
Unleash the Pus-Filled Blisters Within
Tony Robbins, one of America’s most well-known self-help authors/motivational speakers/life coaches/positivity gurus, hit a bit of bump in the road last week when a couple dozen attendees at one of his seminars attempted to walk over hot coals in an attempt to feel their inner power (or something like that). So, why didn't the other 6,000-odd people performing the walk get... READ ON
The actor who was inside R2-D2 hated the guy who played C-3PO.