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Plane Carrying Proposal Banner Crashes

Mike Flynn hired a plane to carry a banner sating “Will you marry me?” over the beach in Rhode Island where his girlfriend Michelle would see it. Ten minutes into the flight, pilot Mark Simmons noticed his engine was failing. The plane crashed, but Simmons was unhurt. Meanwhile, Flynn was waiting at the beach, not [...]

Vi Hart Makes a Video About Making a Video About Making a Video

Vi Hart makes videos primarily about math (we’ve written about her before). But how does she make the videos? The typical Vi Hart video involves a lot of drawing, ultra-fast narration, quick cuts, and fast-motion video. Finally, after years of making videos, Vi Hart has made a video about making videos. [...]

Who is Your Favorite mental_floss Commenter?

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply (you really can do that now!), whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. If this were a big old cocktail party, which mental_floss reader or readers would [...]

Photos of Yesterday’s Solar Eclipse That Won’t Damage Your Eyes

© Katsuro Okazawa/AFLO/Nippon News/Corbis Ethan warned you yesterday about staring at a solar eclipse. If you weren’t able to find a pair of welding goggles or don’t live where the eclipse was visible, BuzzFeed’s Matt Stopera rounded up 50 eclipse photos from Asia and the western U.S.

This Little Guy Will Grow Up To Be The New Piano Man

(YouTube Link) Move over Billy Joel, because Ethan W. is coming to take over your position as Rock’s Piano Man, and he’s got a lot of growing up to do yet! Watch as Ethan delivers an Emmy worthy performance, accompanied by his dad on acoustic guitar, all the while proving that he’s the new face of Rock [...]

Axe Cop Is Coming to Television!

Axe Cop, the story of a heroic cop with an axe, was the brainchild of 5-year old Malachai Nicolle and 29-year old Ethan Nicolle. Malachai writes the stories and Ethan, a professional cartoonist, draws them. Now two years after the launch of their landmark comic, Fox announced that it has ordered six fifteen-minute episodes of [...]

The Capitol Building Could Have Had a Giant Chicken On Top

Jason, Stephanie, Ethan and I put out a daily newsletter called Watercooler Ammo. This weekend we’ll be sharing a few recent editions. If you’d like this kind of thing delivered to your inbox each morning, subscribe here! Check out these design proposals for some of Washington D.C.’s most famous landmarks. From a giant chicken weather vane [...]

These Jell-O Salad Ads Are Amazing

Jason, Stephanie, Ethan and I put out a daily newsletter called Watercooler Ammo. This weekend we’ll be sharing a few recent editions. If you’d like this kind of thing delivered to your inbox each morning, subscribe here! I’ve been talking up celery flavored Jell-O for years. To be clear: I’ve never actually tried it; I just [...]

Making George Washington’s Special Eggnog

Yes, it’s Christmas Eve. But it’s also National Eggnog Day! We recently made George Washington’s eggnog in our New York office. If you want to make a patriotic holiday alcoholic treat in your office, follow Ethan’s lead. A few words on Washington’s nog recipe Kitchen records from Mount Vernon indicate that George Washington served an eggnog-like drink [...]

1982: The Year a Kicker Won the MVP

Our own Ethan Trex is doing a little writing on the side for Bill Simmons’ new site, Grantland. Ethan’s debut piece looks back at the 1982 NFL strike-shortened season, when a kicker who was almost cut in training camp went on to win the MVP. If you like Ethan or Simmons or football or labor [...]