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The Instant Cat Meme: Grumpy Cat

She’s funny, she channels emotions we all share but tend to hide, and she’s a cat. Is it any wonder that the internet loves Grumpy Cat? It was only two months ago that Bryan Bundesen (Cataliades) posted a picture of a cat to reddit with the words “Meet grumpy cat.” This is the picture that came [...]

The Surprising Last Words of 11 Entertainers

What do actors, musicians, and writers say when they die? I consulted the reference Last Words of Notable People by Bill Brahms to collect eleven examples. Read on, and get a hanky ready. 1. Bob Hope (1903-2003) The words: “Surprise me.” The story: “Bob” Hope’s full name was Leslie Townes Hope. As an actor [...]

5 Pop Culture Apocalypse Scenarios and How They Might Happen

Since the earliest days, humankind has pondered the end of the world. We’ve imagined messianic judgment days, cataclysmic comets, hyperspace bypasses, and Mega Maids. Here are a few apocalyptic scenarios from recent popular culture, how they might happen, and how likely they are to occur. 1. Subterranean Apocalypse Some existential threats are waiting quietly beneath the surface [...]

Four Feet of Hail in Texas

Photo: Potter County Fire Department – via US National Weather Service Facebook Page Everything is bigger in Texas, but this is ridiculous: 4 feet of hail blanketed an area north of Amarillo. "That [...]

Steampunk Ash

Hail to the king, baby! Clifton created and wore this costume of Army of Darkness’s Ash Williams to DragonCon: Being relatively new to cosplay and having almost no experience with sewing, I knew that the most difficult aspect of creating my steampunk costume would not be its design, but its construction. Fortunately, my girlfriend taught me [...]

The Late Movies: Geeky Tributes!

Geeks, nerds and dorks attend! Tonight for The Late Movies are a spattering of geeky tributes for your enjoyment. Know of a few others? Leave them in the comments section. Leading off tonight, is “Hail To The Geek” by Deaf Pedestrians. To the tune of “Hey There Delilah,” here is a tribute to everyone’s favorite former-CIA-turned-Phoenix-Foundation-Uber-Geek, MacGyver. Here’s [...]

Top Quizzes of 2010: Are They Canadian? (#24)

This week we’ll be counting down some of the top mental_floss quizzes of 2010. Enjoy! You probably know that Michael J. Fox, Jim Carrey and Dan Aykroyd all hail from the Great White North. And John Candy, Phil Hartman, Rick Moranis, Mike Myers and Martin Short. Oh, and Celine Dion and all those hockey players, too. [...]

Why The Mountain Goats Are Awesome

The Mountain Goats are a band, one that has a giant rabid following of nerds and hipsters, but who haven’t exactly penetrated mainstream radio — probably because of the two things that make the Mountain Goats great, songwriter John Darnielle’s style of singing, in staccato, sort of shrill little bursts of words, and the subject [...]

Who Invented the Gatorade Shower?

Snow and ice may be dominating the weather report, but January is also a great time for another very specific type of precipitation: the Gatorade shower. With the college bowl season winding down tonight and the NFL playoffs heating up this weekend, get ready to see some coaches covered in sports drink. Here are the [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Defunct Advertising Characters

We all know that Mickey Mouse is the figurehead for the Disney company and Ronald McDonald is the recognized face of his namesake fast food chain. But it wasn’t always that way! Check out these 10 mascots that represented their companies before being replaced by the latest and greatest. 1. Alice, The Walt Disney Company. Before [...]