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The Rugged Robin

(Video Link) Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear holds the Reliant Robin, a British subcompact car, in contempt. Faithful Robin fans cried out for vengeance. Their call was answered by Bernard Reeves, a car restoration expert. He modified a Robin into a heavily-armed offroading half-track: The result is the ‘Rugged Robin’ – a go-anywhere Reliant complete with tank-like [...]

Music History #8: “New York Mining Disaster 1941″

“New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones)” Written by Barry and Robin Gibb (1967) Performed by Bee Gees Getty Images The Music When the Bee Gees debut US single was released in April 1967, a lot of people thought it was The Beatles masquerading as another band. Even the name Bee Gees was [...]

11 Cakes Inspired by Comic Books

Last month we brought you cakes inspired by famous painters, so this time around, let’s look at cakes based on a more contemporary art style: comic books. 1. Spider-Man Groom One of Cake Central user MissRobin’s clients ordered this groom’s cake for her son, who has always been a Spider-Man fan. The idea of a suit over [...]

Reliant Robin

(YouTube link) Jeremy Clarkson drives a Reliant Robin on the TV show Top Gear. The vehicle looks like a car, but has only three wheels, which means it is liscenced and taxed as a motorcycle. I laughed all the way through the segment, especially the stop at the mechanic shop. -via I Am Bored

10 Cool Things You Didn’t Know About Batman

Did you know Robin was only supposed to appear once and then disappear? Or that Catwoman used to really look like a cat (that’s her above)? 3) Some of Batman’s biggest villains were originally more animalistic. Catwoman originally wore a furry cat mask that covered her whole face. And the Penguin was actually based on the cartoon [...]

Before the Batcave, There was the Bat Barn!

What did Batman’s first Batcave look like? J.J. Gould describes the evolution of Batcave in this neat article over at The Atlantic – you’d be surprised to know that in the beginning, there was no Batcave. Instead, there was [...]

The Late Movies: TV Batman Window Cameos

Jerry Lewis was the first guest star to pay Batman and Robin a quick visit. Sammy Davis Jr. was holding dance rehearsal when the crime fighters scaled his wall. I guess no one told Batman that Edward G. Robinson used to be a pretty big villain himself. The late Dick Clark. It was a crime fighter showdown when Batman [...]

Super Golden Friends

(Video Link) Starring Bea Arthur as Batman, Betty White as Aquaman, Rue McClanahan as Superman and Estelle Getty as Robin. Kevin Bapp proposes that Cartoon Network pick up this show inspired by The Golden Girls. Four elderly superheroes retire to a home in Miami. It’s perfect. Mr. Bapp, you are a genius. I award you two [...]

15 Dad Facts for Father’s Day

A few years ago, we asked some of our favorite mental_floss writers to send us their favorite dad-related facts and stories for our newsletter. Here are 15 you can use around the grill today. 1. Halsey Taylor invented the drinking fountain as a tribute to his father, who succumbed to typhoid fever after drinking from a [...]

The Bat Symbol’s Evolution

Meanwhile, at the Bat Cave, the Bat Symbol has been changing. Since its first appearance in 1941, designers have tweaked the icon emblazoned on Batman’s chest and appearing on various Batphernalia, adapting it for each new iteration of the Batman story. In this video, you can watch the Bat Symbol morph through many [...]