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Weeping Angel Barbie

Ken, don’t stop looking at her. Don’t blink! Just slowly back away while maintaining eye contact. Sarah Franz-Wichlacz turned a Barbie doll into a horrifying predator from Doctor Who. Link -via Dude Craft

The Family That Fights Zombies Together, Stays Together

Why have a normal, everyday family portrait made in the great outdoors when you can battle a zombie horde? Evan, Ken, and their three children battled zombies and got a professional set of family pictures that none of them will ever forget! See the entire series, in which zombies sneak up on the group, they [...]

Barbie Power Loader

Barbie and Ken aren’t together anymore, so it’s time to remove Ken’s stuff from the apartment. This power loader by Instructables member Mario Caicedo Langer will expedite the process. As you can see from the video at the link, it’s actually powered and ready for action. Link -via Super Punch

The Many Controversial Faces of Barbie

Barbara Millicent Roberts has weathered her share of bad press — impossible proportions, that nasty split from Ken, and of course, her sometimes questionable choice of clothing. But those little scandals hardly scrape the surface when you consider allegations of racism, abrief foray into cross-dressing (shown above, ‘Drag Queen’ Barbie), and her unwed, pregnant cousin. [...]

11 Amazing Reader-Submitted Air Travel Facts

Last month, while Jason was flying home from Chicago, he asked readers to submit their most amazing facts related to air travel. We’ve combed through the submissions, fact-checked our favorites, and picked 11 winners. The winners will be contacted via e-mail so they can receive the mental_floss T-shirts of their choice. And the winners are… Amy Gardner McNeal: Seventy-five [...]

From King’s Quest to Leisure Suit Larry: A Brief History of Sierra On-Line

If you had a home computer in the 1980s, you probably played at least one adventure game from Sierra On-Line. Here’s a brief history of the company – and the games – that helped define a generation of computer geeks. Hi-Res Adventures In 1979, Roberta Williams’ husband, Ken, a programmer, bought an Apple II. When [...]

Mortal Kombat Meets Street Fighter-In A Dance Off

(YouTube Link) It looks like the Mortal Kombat Flash Mob Dancers have some stiff competition, in the form of Super Street Fighter Dance Squad! (I just made up that Street Fighter name, but it sounds like an appropriate name for a video game themed dance mob so let’s go with it.) Poor little Sub-Zero gets picked on [...]

The True Stories Behind 10 Bad Album Covers

Even though it’s been years since Ransom Riggs posted about bad album art, those “what were they thinking?” covers have stuck with me all this time. After I wiped away the initial tears of laughter, it occurred to me that bargain bin recording artists are people, too. In the interest of balanced reporting, I hereby [...]

The Quick 10: 10 More Trademarked Words

After we published our list of 25 Brand Names People Incorrectly Use as Generic Terms, our wonderful readers responded with a host of other trademarked words and brand names that often get used as nouns and verbs. Here are 10 more! 1. JC wrote that Dumpster is a brand name, which is true, although the [...]

What Class Have You Found Most Useful in Your Adult Life?

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, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. Today’s first question comes from longtime reader and commenter Ken. What high school or college class have you found most [...]