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Death of a Nyan Cat

If you surf the internet, then at some point you have probably seen Nyan Cat. The original creator of that infectiously addicting 8-bit rainbow meme, Chris Torres, has informed the internet that his cat Marty (inspiration for Nyan Cat) has passed away. A week ago Marty started acting strange and the responsible owner Torres quickly brought [...]

The Late Movies: Sid and Marty Krofft

Somewhere along the line, Sid and Marty Krofft became synonymous with weird kids’ TV. Let’s take a look at their wondrous imaginary worlds. Banana Splits 1968 Sid and Marty did not produce the Banana Splits Show, but they designed the characters and the sets.* H.R. Pufnstuf 1969 Things got really weird when the Krofft brothers did [...]

25 Fictional Characters Posing With mental_floss

You’ve already seen celebrities posing with Mental Floss at the Motor City Comic Con, but have you ever wondered whether your favorite fictional characters would enjoy the magazine? Thanks to the San Diego Comic Con, we were able to find out that, whether given to real celebrities or fictional icons, Mental Floss is always a [...]

What Legal Authority Does Judge Judy Have?

Judge Judy reportedly makes $45 million a year. What kind of legal power comes with it? JIM RUYMEN/UPI /Landov While Judith Sheindlin was a real, live judge — New York City Mayor Ed Koch appointed her to criminal court in 1982 and then made her Manhattan’s supervising family court judge in 1986 — she’s not acting as one on her [...]

15 Memorable mental_floss Moments of 2011

A lot of exciting things happened in the mental_floss universe in 2011. Here are the 15 we could remember. 1. We Helped Solve a Back to the Future Mystery Back in August, we threw out a question for discussion: “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown? He’s just in Doc’s house to start [...]

This Day in (Fake) History: Doc Brown Invented Time Travel

On this date in 1955, Doc Brown hit his head on the edge of his sink and invented time travel. See Also: Back to the Future Co-Creator Bob Gale Explains How Marty and Doc Became Friends; Dear Slate: Bob Gale Is Locked in Our Basement; The Back to the Future Quiz

Things You Learned the Hard Way

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. Under Colin’s post about items you shouldn’t microwave, regular _flosser Bert left this comment: “My brothers once tried to make a [...]

Dear Slate: Bob Gale Is Locked in Our Basement

As surprised as I was that Back to the Future co-creator Bob Gale actually responded to our question about the origin of Marty and Doc’s friendship, I could not have imagined the splash his explanation would make. This “scoop” was covered by New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, TIME, MTV, and Slate, among others. [...]

How Marty McFly Met Doc Brown

One of the authors at mental_floss asked managing editor Jason English a question he couldn’t answer, so he asked the readers. “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown? He’s just in Doc’s house to start the movie and it’s just implied that they’re good friends.” — Brett Savage Among the many comments at that [...]

Questions Our Writers Send Me Via Text #1 (of Thousands, Probably)

Every now and again, a fellow _flosser texts me a question I just can’t answer—either because I don’t know the answer, or because of the medium’s draconian character limit. So I’m going to start tossing out these questions to the group. “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown? He’s just in [...]