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Man Turned His Room Into a VW Beetle

Jalopnik reader Otto banged his head on his room’s slanted ceiling and got an idea: he realized that the angle of the wall looked like the windshield of a car, so he decided to the room into a giant VW Beetle! Take [...]

9 Things You Can Do Underwater

If you can do it on land, someone will find a way to do it underwater. And then they’ll find a way to get others to do it, too! 1. Listen to Music The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce and US-1 Radio 104.1FM presents an annual Underwater Music Festival just off Big Pine Key in Florida. The [...]

11 Monarchs Who Went Insane

With election season in full swing, perhaps it’s time to take a step back and be glad that neither candidate makes out with corpses or thinks they have bones made of glass. Whether they were born with mental illness or slowly descended into lunacy as a result of leading tragic lives, these 11 rulers definitely [...]

The Only Wedding to Take Place at an Undersea Base

(Video Link) Aquarius is an underwater research station, currently 63 feet below the surface of the water off the Florida Keys. It has six bunks, a toilet, a shower and a kitchen. Can you rent it for weddings? Well, no. But there was one among the staff back in 1996. That marriage between Otto and [...]

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 58

It’s Thursday, it’s late, it’s time once again for the game that’s sweeping the mental_floss nation: GUESS THE THEME. All the clips below have something in common. Leave your best guesses in the comments. Alanis Morissette – Ironic Nelly – Ride Wit Me Led Zeppelin – Going To California Eagles – Hotel California James Otto – Since You [...]

19 Amazing Facts About Stuff We Saw at Toys R Us

Over on Instagram, we’ve been taking pictures of things and offering up slightly amusing facts about them. So far we’ve toured a grocery store and public library. Next up: Toys R Us! For our latest field trip, I dragged along my three-year-old daughter Charlotte. She was paid in coloring books and a Bubble Guppies DVD. This [...]

A Day in Palindromia

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader. Our readers seem to love palindromes, words or phrases that are spelled the same forward and backward. So, on a recent trip to the BRI archives, we pulled out some of our favorite palindromes and used them to create this silly story. There are [...]

First Surreal Animation

LinkScroll down for today’s pictures & links. First Surreal Animation This inspired trip is “Fantasmagorie” from 1908, made by Emile Cohl. Some of the old cartoons were very bizarre… for example, Russian scientist Ladislas Starevitch used to create animated films using dead insects with wire limbs. Another very strange cartoon is this one… “You wanna be a [...]

The Quick 10: Pansy O’Hara and the Near-Names of 10 Other Characters

We’ve talked about alternate universe book titles for the past couple of days, but sometimes it’s just the characters who have undergone name changes (and in some cases, sex changes). Here are 10 of them! 1. Scarlett O’Hara was almost named Pansy. In fact, the iconic character didn’t receive her iconic name until just before the [...]

The Silliest Chase of All Time

LinkScroll down for today’s pictures & links. The Silliest Chase of All Time You know we here at DRB love a good chase in a movie, but this… this… is as atrocious as it’s royally silly. It’s also captivating in a weird way and has to be seen to be believed – taken from “Alluda Majaka” (1995), [...]