Michael Strock

RealClear Staff

RealClear Staff

Content Creator/Editor

University of Notre Dame Class of 2014

BA in Political Science

michaelstrock@realclear.com

living

This Father Trying To Explain His Teenage Daughter's Makeup Process Is Nothing Short Of Perfect

"Now I'm putting on my war paint. Gotta blend it in to camouflage myself from the enemies."

offbeat

The Inventor Of Comic Sans Is Here To Explain The Creation Of The World's Most Hated Font

Vincent Connare, creator of Comic Sans, had no idea of the horrors he was about to unleash upon the world.

politics

Which Do Americans Prefer - Obamacare Or The Affordable Care Act? Jimmy Kimmel Finds Out

Just don't tell these folks tthat hey're the exact same thing. They might have a breakdown!

living

From 400 Pounds To Fitness - How A Car Crash Motivated This Man's Incredible Weight Loss

Jordan Grahm's astounding transformation in nothing short of inspiring. 

animals

He Heard Cries Coming From Under The Sidewalk - What He Found Left ME Crying!

How this crying creature got there in the first place remains a mystery.

funny

This Brilliant Dad FINALLY Figured Out How To Get Your Kids To Help You Wash Your Car

Have a filthy car? Have a child? This dad knows exactly what you need to do!

offbeat

Only True Spelling Bee Champions Can Pass This 'Common Misspellings' Quiz

I can barely use some of these words in a sentence, let alone spell them. How will you measure up?

living

Twin Sisters Adopted From China By Two Different Families Just Met For The First Time On 'Good Morning America'

Watch these girls' emotional reactions as they reunite for the first time since their adoption!

animals

Portland Got So Much Snow They Had To Shut Down The Zoo - The Animals Don't Seem To Mind!

Everyone needs a snow day every now and then, even animals!

offbeat

Only A True Master Of Logic Can Solve All 14 Of These Visual Riddles

Well, my brain is officially fried. How many of these brain teasers can you guess correctly?

science

NASA Released Their Best 26 Photos Of 2016 - Now Rank These Stunning Shots!

It's been a busy year for NASA! Now it's up to you to determine which is the best of the best.

offbeat

Do You Know The Definitions Of These 21 Totally Real, But Obscure English Words

Mumpsimus? Crapulent? Momism? These can't be real, can they?

offbeat

Want To Learn A New Language? Have 5 Minutes? This Video Is For You!

I didn't expect to become bilingual today, yet here I am!

offbeat

Can You Spot The Hidden (And VERY Angry) Wife Hiding Out In This Drawing?

The most awkward optical illusion you'll ever see in your life. You just have to, you know, find it first!

funny

These Parents Talking To Their Kids About Periods Is Awkward, Educational, And HILARIOUS

"So do you light this like a stick of dynamite or...?"

living

This Mother Perfectly Sums Up Parenting In just 34 Seconds

Because sometimes you just have to lock yourself in a room to escape from your kids.

animals

We Bet You Can't Get Through This Local Shelter's Amazingly Hilarious Ad Without Adopting A Pet

Our cats are self-cleaning! And cleaning, and cleaning, and cleaning, and cleaning....

offbeat

People Have Been Calling This Memory Test Impossible - Can You Nail It?

Can't remember what you had for breakfast this morning? This may not be the best quiz for you!

living

This Boy Has Been Growing His Hair Out For 2 Years. They Reason Why Made Me Tear Up.

I know some adults who good learn a lesson from this preteen.

living

Want A Happy 2017? Watch This Video That Teaches You How To Not Always Be Angry

Are perpetually angry people just miserable? Or are they victims of something greater?

funny

Someone Actually Created A GoFuncMe Page To Protect Betty White From 2016 Because Of Course

I've never felt more compelled to donate to a cause in my entire life.

offbeat

Can You Identify The Brand Knowing Nothing But It's Slogan?

This quiz is more difficult than you probably think is. Can you figure it out?

living

82-Year-Old Widower Was Looking For A Reason To Live, Then He Met This 4-Year-Old. Now They're BFFs!

Eight decades aren't going to get in the way of this dynamic duo's friendship!

world

These Before And After Photos of Aleppo Will Shake You To Your Core

One of the Ottoman Empire's great cities now lies in ruin.

relationships

What's The Deal With Mistletoe And Why Do We Kiss Under It?

It turns out that ancient civilizations REALLY had a thing for this plant!

politics

The 2016 Election Has Resulted In These Two Bizarre Maps - What's The Deal?

Are you living in TrumpLand, or is the Clinton Archipelego your home?

offbeat

This Teen Got a Perfect 4.0 During His First Semester At Kansas State - So Why Is He Dropping Out?

"Now that I've finished my first semester I think it's safe to say...F*** COLLEGE"

offbeat

How Much Do You Really Know About The History Of Christmas?

Why do we celebrate on the 25th of December, anyway?

offbeat

Guy On 'Mongolia's Got Talent' Goes Full Country - BLOWS The Crowd Away!

Who says that country music is only for the U.S.?

movies & tv

Disney Characters Mashed Up With You Favorite Christmas Movies Is Guaranteed To Bring Holiday Joy

Beauty and the Beast + A Christmas Story = Perfection

funny

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence (Hilariously!) Answer The internet's Most Burning Questions

Is there anything that these two lovable stars CAN'T make funny?

offbeat

Can You Pass This Test Filled With False Memories You Probably Have?

Your memory is a LOT more fickel than you ever could have imagined!

offbeat

Ever Wondered Why Cars Stopped Being Boxy, And Started Being Curvy? Well We Finally Have Answers!

As is the case with most things, it's all France's fault.

offbeat

Google's 'Year In Search 2016' Reminds Us That At Least A Couple Good Things Happened This Year

2016 may have been a dumpster fire of a year, but at least the Cubs won, right?

sports

This Compilation Of Mascots Tackling Kids Is The Only Thing You Need To See Today

Because who doesn't enjoy watching preteens getting pummeled?

funny

Can You Correctly Identify What These 20 Amazing Puns Are?

So many puns, so little time. Can you master this pun-derful quiz?

offbeat

This Guy Filmed Himself Getting Hit In The Face With A Soccer Ball - In SUPER Slow Mo!

Pretty sure your face isn't supposed to look like that, buddy.

living

How Many Of These Iconic Christmas Quotes Can You Complete?

"You're a mean one, Mr....Mr....what was his name again?"

DIY

The Only 11 Holiday Cookie Recipes You Need To Blow Away Your Christmas Guests

Time to make some cookies that ACTUALLY taste better than store-bought.

science

The Trump Administration Is Now Feuding With The Weather Channel Because it's 2016 And Nothing Makes Sense Anymore

Nobody knew that Weather Channel was capable of a verbal smackdown quite like this.

offbeat

First 'Real' Snow Of The Year Is Causing Back-To-Back Accidents. Literally.

It's the most wonderful time of the year - unless you're on the road!

offbeat

Is Chewing Gum Really The New Flossing?

The secret to a clean mouth isn't flossing between teeth - it's unwrapping a piece of gum!

animals

Dude Goes Full Australian - Punches Kangaroo In The Face To Save His Dog

Dogs are a man's best friend. Kangaroos? Not so much.

living

What Color Is Your True Christmas Spirit?

Are you red, green, or maybe something in-between?

funny

Guy Combines A Shotgun And A Guitar Into One Bizarre Instrument - Instantly Reaches Peak 'Murican

And to top it all off, the guy who created it is a reverend.

offbeat

Only 5% Of People Can Recognize These States And Their Mottos - How Many Can You Name?

"Wait, states have mottos?" - someone in response to this quiz, probably.

offbeat

People On The Internet Are Losing Their Minds Over This Airplane Riddle - Can You Figure It Out?

Three airplanes, one trip, and a whole lot of confusion.

relationships

In Emotional Video, Blind People Describe Their Loved Ones To A Professional Sculptor

It's amazing how accurate some of these sculptures are! 

animals

Give Up, Men Of The World - This Guy Just Had The Best Proposal Of All Time!

Fact: Every proposal that involves an adopted animal always results in a yes.

science

What Actually Happens When Your Body Is Exposed To Space Travel?

Do you enjoy using your bones, eyes, and/or heart? You should probably stay on Earth.

living

The Black Friday Chaos Collection Is Officially Here And It's Just...Insane

No shopping mall food court will ever be the same again.

tech

World's Strongest Acid Takes On An iPhone 7 - Is The Phone Really THAT Durable?

Your phone won't survive a 6-inch fall onto the ground, but it handles acid like a champ!

funny

This Dad Tries (And Hilariously Fails) To Copy His Daughter's Gymnastics Routine

This is the most "dad" thing that's ever happened.

funny

Brilliant Parents Strap A GoPro To Their Toddler Before Playing Hide And Seek

So THIS is what it's like to be inside the mind of a 2-year-old.

living

16 Savory Comfort Recipes That We're Very Thankful For This Year

Pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, and stuffing? What's not to love about Thanksgiving!?

funny

She Got 'Proposed To' At Kindergarten - The Ring She Got Had Me Rolling!

Some little boy is about to have a VERY long talk with his mom.

offbeat

Do You Know The 19 Most Confusing Words In The English Language?

Only 4% of people can get them all right on their first try. How will YOU do?

living

Can We Guess Which Iconic Holiday Drink You Really Are?

*Anything but eggnog, anything but eggnog*

living

They Were Ready To Reveal The Sex Of Their Baby, But The Balloon Company Made One Slight Error

I know what to do with blue or pink, but what does rainbow mean!?

living

This 3-Year-Old's Adorable Cover Of The National Anthem Is What America Needs Right Now

Live every day with the pride that this little girl has for her country.

offbeat

How Unique Are You Really? These 5 Quick Tests Will Figure It Out For You!

Is your body different from others? Do you have special skills? Find out here!

offbeat

This Is What The Shape Of Your Hand Says About Your Personality

Who knew you could know so much about a person just by looking at their hands?

animals

This Baby Iguana Running For It's Life From A Group Of Snakes Is Better Than ANY Action Movie

If this doesn't leave you screaming at your screen, then nothing will.

world

This Is How People All Over The World Are Reacting To President-Elect Trump

Mexico City, devastated. Moscow, not so much.

animals

14 Absolutely Precious Puppy Smiles That Will Cure Your Election Anxiety

You may be unhappy with this election, but at least these dogs are staying optimistic!

offbeat

Don't Blink! You'll Miss This 20-Year-Old Solving A Rubik's Cube In World Record Time!

I can't even get out of bed in 4.74 seconds, let alone solve a Rubik's Cube.

living

This Movie Trailer About Daylight Saving Time Perfectly Captures How We All Feel

"They said it would help the farmers. They didn't know it'd destroy everything else."  

offbeat

Can We Correctly Identify Which Type Of Beer Fits Your Personality?

Are you a stout? An IPA? A can of lukewarm Keystone Light that's been sitting in the back of a 19-year-old's car for 4 months? Find out here!

offbeat

The Internet Is Flipping Out Trying To Find The Polar Bear In This Picture Of Ghosts

Why is a polar bear hanging out with ghosts, anyway?

politics

Can We Determine Who You're Voting For Based On This Simple Personality Quiz?

We bet we can! Just don't overthink your answers!

animals

They Brought Their Dog's Favorite Toy To Life - Now Watch Her AMAZING Reaction!

You;ve never seen a dog lose it quite like this!

offbeat

How Sensitive Is Your OCD Radar Actually?

I know that something is off....but what is it!?

living

Can You Guess What The Most Popular Halloween Costume Was The Year You Were Born?

Were you born in the year of Michael Jackson? Catwoman? The Bionic Woman? Find out now!

offbeat

We Know Your Favorite Fall Holiday Based On Your Favorite Colors!

It's almost spooky how accurate this quiz is!

offbeat

He Was Singing In His Car When It FLIPS OVER And His Camera Captured The Whole Thing

And his glasses managed to stay on the entire time!

offbeat

Can You ACTUALLY See All The Colors Of Autumn?

 of these squares is not like the others - can YOU see it?

animals

People Can't Get Enough Of This German Shepherd Howling With The Wolves From 'Zootopia'

Humans aren't the only ones obsessed with this movie!

living

Stop What You're Doing And Make This MASSIVE 4-Pound Twix Bar Right Now!

Most delicious DIY of all time! And just in time for Halloween!

funny

13 People Whose Lives Are Way Worse Than Yours Will Ever Be

The best way to feel better about your bad day? Laugh at someone else's!

funny

What If Political Discussions With Your Family Were Moderated Like Presidential Debates?

We have a special guest joining us this Thanksgiving - a moderator!

animals

Watch This Before You Go Swimming With Sharks - A Great White Gets INTO The Protective Cage!

What's the point of the cage if the shark can just swim in anyway?

politics

Donald Trump May Not Actually Know What Day The Election Is

Everyone get out and vote! Just...not on the day The Donald told you to.

politics

Everything You Need To Know About America's Sweetheart - Ken Bone

"I don't know why they care what I have to say, but I'm glad they're engaged in the political process."

offbeat

Not Sure What The Deal With These Creepy Clowns Is? Watch This Video!

Why are clowns stalking teens, and is it actually sinister?

funny

Someone Set The Last Presidential Debate To "Time Of My Life" And It. Is. AMAZING!

Why isn't a lip sync battle a mandatory part of the debate again?

offbeat

Woman Pretends To Get Hit By Car - IMMEDIATELY Gets What She Deserves!

The police in China do NOT mess around!

news

Fox News Anchor Delivers Some Incredibly Blunt Info About Hurricane Matthew - I Can't Believe He Said This!

"This thing moves 20 miles west and you're dead. And your kids are dead too."

offbeat

Can You Tell What Everyday Objects Look Like Under A Microscope?

Spit end? Broken pencil? A toothpick, maybe? This is impossible!

living

You Have To Watch This Adorable Little Girl Epically Fail At Understanding 'Stranger Danger'

Always say no to strangers! Yes, even if they have cookies and a pool!

politics

This One Picture Shows Everything That's Wrong With The American Healthcare System

These parents were CHARGED MONEY to hold their newborn!

animals

Flip-Flop Wielding Dog Owner Vs. A Massive, Hungry Crocodile - This Woman Is BRAVE!

People will do some crazy things to protect their pets.

animals

Little Girl Can Do An Impressive Cartwheel - Now Watch Her Rescue Pit Bull Hilariously Try Copy Her!

"Hmmmmm. I wonder if they'll give me human food if I do that."

living

This Guy Has Been Filming Himself Every Year For 35 Years - His Transformation Is INCREDIBLE!

The 80's were an awkward time for everyone, apparently.

inspiration

Everyone Is Stuck In Traffic During A Rainstorm - What This Guy Does Made Me Believe In Humanity Again!

Even though we live in turbulent times, we can still treat each other with kindness!

inspiration

Amazing Teacher Has Been His Student's Biggest Supporter - Now The Student Is Paying Him Back

"You told me your shoe size, and I bet you don't even remember!"

offbeat

The 'Hamdog' Is Officially Here And It's The Single Most American Food Of All Time

And it (surprisingly) wasn't even invented by Americans!

offbeat

So This Is Why It Isn't A Good Idea To Play Pokemon Go At Night

Time to Pokemon Go back home where it's safe.

funny

She Asked Him One Simple Question, Now He's In Tears And I Can't Stop Laughing!

Apparently singing the ABC's is just TOO MUCH PRESSURE for some kids.

inspiration

He Tips Drive-Thru Workers As A Social Experiment - Their Reactions Will Bring Joy To Your Heart!

It's a good day to be a fast food worker in this town!

offbeat

This Video Is Going Viral For All The WRONG Reasons! How Can A Mattress Ad Be SO Offensive!?

Apparently poking fun at a national tragedy isn't the best way to sell a mattress - who knew?

funny

Thinking About Getting The New iPhone 7? Watch This Video Before You Do Anything!

$160 for headphones I'll lose in 2 hours? I think not.

funny

Taco Shop Gets Robbed - So They Turned The Crime Footage Into The BEST Commercial Ever!

They're going to be upset when they find out there are no tacos in the register.

funny

Dad Keeps Leaving The Toilet Seat Up - His Daughter Has HAD IT! LOL!

"Daddy. Listen to me. When you're done with the putty, you gotta put down the seat for the girls."

animals

Everyone Is Losing Their Minds Over This Shelter's 'Puppy Pajama Parties"

Can you die from a cuteness overload? Because we may have an emergency...

funny

14 SUPER Embarrassing Posts That Will Make You Cringe Right Into Outer Space

Hope you like Pluto, because you're about to be neighbors.

entertainment

So THIS Is What Thor Was Doing During The Last Captain America Movie

Apparently living a normal life is harder than fighting evil. Who knew?

funny

He Tries The Spiciest Noodles In The Entire World - How Do People Eat This Stuff!?

"Of all the feelings I've ever felt, this is the worst"

offbeat

He Was Tired Of His Long, Boring Commute - So He Built His Own Airplane! OMG!

Here's someone who I won't be carpooling with any time soon.

funny

People Can't Stop Watching This Ecstatic 4th Grader's Absolutely Amazing News Interview

I wish I was half as excited about ANYTHING as Kevin is for school.

sports

A Random Guy Is Picked From A Crowd To Dunk On NBA Athletes - NOBODY Was Expecting His Skill!

"He ain't gonna do it. He ain't gonna do it. Oh...he did it!"

animals

This Angry Little Frog Has The Most Threatening Scream I've Ever Heard

Just maybe don't let your dog near one...

funny

13 Absolutely Hilarious Parents Who Are VERY Ready For School To Be Back In Session

It's every stay-at-home parent's favorite time of the year!

funny

This Kid Swallowed A Dog Toy - Now Every Breath He Takes Has The Doctor In Tears!

I didn't even know that this could actually happen!

funny

This Interview Of A 15-Year-Old Michael Phelps Is Actually Hilarious In Retrospect

"I'd like to win a gold medal one day. I need to get my learner's permit first though."

news

The Kid Who Climbed Trump Tower Uploaded An Explanation Video And It's Disturbing

"I am an independent researcher seeking a private audience with you to discuss an important matter."

funny

14 Times That Whole Foods Really Needed To Be Stopped

TOO FAR! YOU'VE ALL GONE TOO FAR!

funny

Michael Phelps' Mean-Mugging Is The Most You've Ever Related To An Olympian

Someone making your life difficult? Hit 'em with a #PhelpsFace.

funny

A Dunkin' Donuts In Small Town Pennsylvania Shut Down And The Residents Are DEVASTATED

"Where else am I supposed to go when I'm dehydrated!?"

funny

15 Funny Parents Who Mastered The Art Of Writing Notes - I NEED To Start Using These!

Absolutely hilarious notes you can use for any situation!

funny

17 LOL-Worthy Kids Who Are Too Damn Smart For Their Own Good

Children should NOT be allowed to be this brilliant!

inspiration

20 Years, 25,000 Traffic Stops, ZERO Complaints! What's This Cop's Secret?

"I don't like being looked down on, so I don't look down on others."

funny

Grandma Told Her Not To Pull The Trigger, But She Did Anyway! OMG I Can't Stop Laughing!

"That's not gonna be a good idea. Oh I really should stop you..."

animals

13 Truly Funny Dogs Who Failed So Hard That They Actually Won

I don't think they really understand the whole "dog" thing.

sports

Girl In Blue Thought She Had The Race In The Bag. Now Watch The Girl In Red Closely.

I've never run this fast for anything that didn't involve food.

funny

14 People Who Might Actually Be 100% Pure Evil

So much evil. So little time.

animals

These Neglected Ducks Had Never Seen Water Before - Their Attempts At Swimming Are EVERYTHING

These ducks have never been outside of a tiny cardboard box. Now they must conquer their fears.

living

This Poor Kid Thought His Dad Forgot His Birthday - But The Truth Is SO Much Better!

Bust out the tissues, because you WILL be crying by the end of this.

travel

Want To Visit Germany? Just Watch This One, Super Weird Video.

Who knew that a bit of sound could take you on such a journey?

offbeat

This Man Was Innocently Riding Down A Water Slide, Then Disaster Strikes!

This is exactly why I stick to roller coasters.

offbeat

It Finally Happened - Someone Crashed Their Car While Playing PokemonGO!

And they crashed into a POLICE CAR, no less!

funny

14 Hilarious Photos That Perfectly Capture The Look Of Pure, Utter Defeat

You may be having a rough day, but at least you're not one of these people!

offbeat

A $250,000 Car Nearly Ran A Skateboarding Kid Over...So The Kid FOUGHT BACK

Extreme car. Extreme skateboarder. Extreme(ly) terrible decisions!

politics

Did Melania Trump ACTUALLY Copy Michelle Obama's 2008 DNC Speech? Let's Check.

And more importantly, did she really just Rickroll the entire audience?