Patrick Wensink

RealClear Staff

Patrick Wensink is the bestselling author of "Broken Piano for President" and three other books. His work appears in RealClear, New York Times, Esquire, Salon and many others. 

The New Yorker once wrote one entire sentence about him, after which, he choked on the sandwich he was eating. 

www.patrickwensink.com

movies

Forget John Wick. It's His Dog You Should Be Worried About According to this Ridiculous Video.

"Dog Wick" is the NSFW Super Bowl commercial we all wish was real.

living

They Put 16 Twinkies in a Vacuum Chamber. They Didn't Explode. Instead, They Did Something Entirely Different

Further proof that these tasty treats will survive the apocalypse. 

humor

When This Guy Opened His Locker I Was Blown Away by His Invention. Now, He Is King of the School!

This is like something you'd see in Zack Morris' locker in "Saved by the Bell!"

movies

After Watching This Video I Saw 'Rogue One' In a Totally Different Light

They used footage from the original "Star Wars?" And C3PO called the new droid "a SH*T"!

funny

They Tried to Fake a Ghost Video. But it Goes Horribly Wrong! Now I'm Cracking up

I'm sure they wanted a viral video, but NOT LIKE THIS!

offbeat

Sure, This Seems Like a HORRIBLE Idea. But Then I Watched it Launch and OMG!!!

Oh, and he aims it at a dozen cigarette lighters. 

offbeat

They Lit 200,000 Sparklers. The Results Scared the Hell Out of Me!

The fire is impressive, but check out the before and after of the box. Yikes!

living

He Was Fishing on a Frozen River. Then the Ice Cracked. I Couldn't Believe My Eyes!

Sometimes life turns into a Looney Tunes cartoon. 

living

They Combined Their Life Savings and Put it All on Number 32. And Then it HIT! Insanity Ensues!

How would you react to instantly becoming a millionaire? 

living

He Invented a 150-MPH ROCKET KNIFE. (Seriously!) He Sets Food in its Path and Oh-My-God!

I know, it sounds really dumb. But when he tries a beef roast your eyes will pop.

living

He Froze a Can of Pepsi with Liquid Nitrogen. THEN He Hit it with a Hammer and...WTF?!?!?!

This gives a new meaning to the term "Crystal Pepsi."

inspiration

Two-Year-Old Miraculously Saves Twin Brother. I am STUNNED By This Kid's Quick Thinking!

Wow. This kid is going to be a cool customer when he grows up. 

living

They Set Up a Secret Camera to Capture Santa. What Their Daughter Sees is PRICELESS!

She had lost her faith in Santa, but that all changed...

inspiration

Frank Sinatra Wrote George Michael a Letter in 1990. What He Had to Say is STUNNING!

Makes you appreciate how lucky we all are. 

movies

These Doctors Reviewed 'Home Alone's' Most Famous Injuries. Now, I'll Never Watch it The Same AGAIN!

So THAT's what really happens when you get hit in the face with a paint can?

living

He Fakes an Arrest In Order to Pop The Question to His Girlfriend. ROMANTIC or MORONIC?

He's going to wish he was in jail after she recovers from shock. 

inspiration

They Taught Dogs How to Drive a Car. Their Reason Why Made My Heart Skip a beat.

I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks...like parking!

living

He Built a Batman Grappling Hook Gun. But That's Not Even The Craziest Part...

Looks like it's time to start my crime fighting career.

living

Keep an Eye on This Bus Driver. His Day Goes From Bad to Worse to WTF?!?! Really Fast

I would hate to be their insurance agent right now. 

funny

This Cat Gets His Head Stuck. And Then Another Gets Stuck. And Then...AWESOME!

I'm starting to wonder about all those people who discuss feline intelligence. 

living

She Was Trapped in Her Car During a Flood. She Didn't Panic, She Did THIS!

She was calm and cool and collected. And then the craziest rescue in the world began!

offbeat

Matthew McConaughey Spots Some Drunk College Kids. What Happens Next BLEW MY MIND

Keep your eye open around the University of Texas for this bizarre sight. 

offbeat

They Flush Something VERY Common Down the Toilet. The Results are EXPLOSIVE!

Where was this stuff when I was a high school prankster? 

living

Watch: Lost Video Resurfaced Featuring a Surprise Meeting of Two Musical Geniuses We Lost in 2016

Watch Prince surprise the band and the audience for a wailing solo. 

funny

He Asks Alexa For The Value of Pi. That's When Things Take a Turn for the WEIRD

How badly do you really want to know the answer?

living

They Strapped a GoPro Camera to the End of an ARROW! What Happened Next Was AWESOME!

They're like modern day Robin Hoods...except for the robbing the rich and helping the poor. 

living

These Balding Guys Get Together and Decide to Do Something Brave. The Results are STUNNING.

You might want to say goodbye to your hair, too, after this. 

humor

He Just Wanted His 15-Minutes of Fame. Then He Got MORE Than He Bargained For!

Watch the guy in white. He will stop at NOTHING to get on TV.

humor

He Was Just Trying to Finish His Chores. But This Garbage Can and the Wind Had Other Ideas

I wish I could stop laughing at this kid's bad luck, but that's not gonna happen!

tv

She Has a Hunch About How the Sci-Fi Western Hit 'Westworld' Got on TV. Hilarious!

If you think the fact that an HBO's biggest show is about cyborg cowboys is weird, just wait until you see the sales pitch. 

living

Why Do We TORTURE Ourselves With Daylight Savings? The Answer Stunned me.

No, it has nothing to do with farmers, like I used to think. 

living

Good Luck Not Stressing Out to this Beautifully Made Video.

They made all of life's most annoying moments look, oddly, cool. 

funny

This Irish Weather Report Got Seriously WEIRD. I Had to Watch it Twice!

American news would never get away with this! 

funny

This 3-Year-Old Crashes Big Time. His Reaction? I Was Dying Laughing!

I don't know what Evel Knivel looked like as a kid...but I think I have a hunch. 

politics

Even Democrats Agree, This Texas Republican Has the FUNNIEST Campaign Commercial of the Year!

Suddenly, I care about the County Commissioner race in Travis County, TX.

offbeat

He Carved a Pumpkin in 30-Seconds. When I Saw HOW, I Went Insane!

It's called a Waterjet and is usually used for metal...or Halloween. 

inspiration

He Gets Invited Onstage at a Green Day Concert. What Happens Next Made the Crowd go NUTS!

Everyone was wondering whether the kid could play. They got their answer, BIG TIME. 

animals

She Feeds a Raccoon Through the Floor of Her Porch. What Happens Next Will Keep Me Up ALL NIGHT!

Well, looks like I'm never going onto the back deck ever again. 

funny

He Attempted the MOST EPIC BOTTLE FLIP EVER. (It Did Not Go According to Plan!)

I am watching this on repeat for the next hour.

living

Halloween is CANCELLED! This Kid's Star Wars Costume Just Won Every Contest Ever.

These guys are crushing it at the parenting game!

offbeat

This Simple Video Answers a Question I've Been Holding In For a Long Time.

We don't have to dance around this subject any longer! 

living

He Straps a GoPro Camera on a Hot Wheels Car And Invents Epic Stunts. I Am Now A Kid Again!

I am going up to the attic and getting my cars out RIGHT NOW!

funny

He Wasn't Afraid of Hurricane Matthew. How he Proved it Had Me Rolling on the Floor!

He puts all those reporters braving the storm on the nightly news to shame. 

living

I Was Shocked Which Ranks Higher, the $5 Pizza or $135 Pizza! Can You Guess?

I had a hunch which was which, but I was DEAD WRONG. 

sports

This Heckling Golf Fan Got Called-Out. What Happens Next...I'm STUNNED!

The loud mouth to come down and took a shot. Then he did THIS!

inspiration

(You Might Think It's Impossible, But...) Your Jaw Will DROP After This EPIC Ping-Pong Rally

Watch the guy in red turn table tennis into an extreme sport!

living

This Brave Man Sees a Skunk Stuck in a Soda Can. What He Does Next BLEW MY MIND

What are the odds he will need a tomato juice bath tonight?

inspiration

They Made a Silent Video with Their Mom. The Message Had Me in Tears by the End

No words are spoken, but it says an incredible amount. 

funny

A Tsunami Hit Their Town. I DIED Laughing When I Saw Why They Stayed!

You might want to buy a rain coat, boys. 

living

Tom Hanks Jogged Through Their Wedding Photos. His Apology Proves He's the Coolest Guy in Hollywood!

He seems to be having even more fun than the bride and groom!

living

His Autistic Son Filled Out a Simple School Questionnaire. One Answer Absolutely Broke His Heart

Here is a shocking look at what it is to be an 11-year-old on the spectrum. 

inspiration

Doctors Said He'd Never Walk Again. He Shocked Everyone by Not Only Walking, But Entering THIS Contest!

Steve Alexy's cerebral palsy hasn't slown him down and people are taking notice!

humor

I Couldn't Stop Laughing As This Mom Tries Solving the Mystery: 'Who Got Into My Makeup?'

This 3-year-old suspect seems to think it was his sister! 

inspiration

This Triathlete Collapses with 400 Meters to go. Now Watch What Happens When His Brother Stops to Help!

What happens at the finish line is the stuff of legend. 

funny

When a Streaker Interrupted This NFL Game The Announcer Had the PERFECT Response!

Kevin Harlan, you are officially our favorite announcer ever. 

inspiration

'Stranger Things' Star Reveals the Stunning OTHER Reason She Shaved Her Head for the Role. AWESOME!

Young Millie Bobby Brown has an inspiring message...plus, she's British?!?!?!?

living

He Bought His Pet Snake a Sandbox. What The Little Creature Does Next Bugged My Eyes Out!

Can a snake actually be cute? I'm starting to think "yes!"

living

What She Does With 15,000 Dominoes is Pretty Impressive. But It's the Grand Finale That Has Me Cheering Out Loud!

When eight days of hard work comes crashing down, there's an incredible surprise at the end. 

inspiration

When 'Donuts with Dad Day' Came Around This Single Mom Had a BRILLIANT Solution!

This mom has become a hero with her clever costume change. 

offbeat

This Flight Attendant Picks The PERFECT Moment to Unleash His Spot-On Looney Tunes Impressions

This might just be the most Southwest-y thing Southwest Airlines has ever done. 

living

They Tried Hustling a Seagull at the Shell Game. What the Bird Did Next? Unbelievable!

If they were betting money, I think I know who got rich! 

offbeat

This Family Wanted to Move, But When Their Community Pitched-in in the Weirdest Way Possible I Couldn't Stop SMILING!

 It totally makes me rethink the last time I griped about helping a friend move!

living

7 Years of Bad Luck. These Two Broke a Mirror In Super-Duper Slow Motion and It Looks INSANE

What happens at the 1:30 mark changes the way I see mirrors forever. 

living

I Stared at the Green Dot for 30-Seconds. Next Thing I Knew, I Was Going BLIND!

What else are my eyes not seeing out there!?!!?!

living

He Bravely Filmed a Tornado. I Was Frightened to Watch What Happened Across the Street

One second it is there and the next it's a pile of wreckage. 

humor

This Magician Took An INSANE Hot Wing Challenge. What Happened Next Nearly Gave the Waitress a Heart Attack!

Just like the old saying, where there's smoke...there's a magician. 

humor

This Adorable 'Super Mario' Hamster Accomplishes Something I've Been Trying for Years!

The 80s version of myself is so jealous right now. 

living

They Said 'You Can't Cut Wood with a Sheet of Paper.' He Said: 'Watch Me!'

Beware: Everything you know about physics (and woodworking) is about to be turned upside down! 

offbeat

He Adds Dry Ice to a Vat of Green Slime. The Results Are Creepily MAGNIFICENT!

...and then he stuck his hand in this strange brew!

inspiration

These Divers Are Historically BAD! But Their Reactions Were NOT What I Expected.

Their attitudes are as awesome as their diving is bizarre. Bravo!

offbeat

They Try to Crush DYNAMITE with a Hydraulic Press. Then Something Unexpected Happens!

It doesn't go they way they planned...so they "improvise". 

offbeat

He Strapped a GoPro Camera to a Hot Wheels Car. The Results are EPIC!

Every 5-year-old's dream (And some parents' dream) has officially come true. 

living

Do You Think the Olympic Games Wonderful or Wasteful? These 12 Pictures Totally Changed My Mind

The differences between Atlanta's 1996 venues and Athens' 2004 venues are stunning! 

animals

This Squirrel Steals a GoPro Camera. It Gives Us an AMAZING Look Into Its Life

Not sure how or why a squirrel steals a camera, but I am sure glad he did! 

living

He Failed to Complete His Dead Lift. But His Reaction is Beyond Belief!

David Kotoatau: World's Biggest Optimist. (And a heck of a dancer!)

living

They Tried Illegally Parking in a Handicapped Zone at a NASCAR Race. Their Punishment Totally Fits the Crime!

They defend the parking spaces of those with special needs BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY! 

funny

This Olympic Gymnast Has the Most Nervous Parents In History. Their Reactions Made Me Cheer, Too!

Aly Raisman gave the performance of her life on the uneven bars...her adorable parents did the same in the stands. 

living

When This Man Died His Wife Published an Obituary...and So Did His Girlfriend. Awkward!

The picture is the same, but the obituaries tell two different stories. 

living

He Hadn't Seen His Mother in 10 Years! His Reaction is BEYOND BELIEF!

After you are done crying, you're going to want to go hug your mom. 

inspiration

This Cop Pulled Over Innocent Drivers. What He Pulls on Them is Stunning.

He says they are breaking an obscure law...but are they?

inspiration

He Brought this Hilarious Sign Into a Hospital. The 8-Words Written There Saved His Best Friend's Life

We all need a best friend like this...and we all should BE a best friend like this! 

funny

This Adorable Flower Girl Got a Little Antsy During the Ceremony. Her Next Move is Legendary!

Little Chloe has a solution to these boring grownup weddings. (Much to her mom's disapproval.) 

inspiration

She Tells This 19-Year-Old His People Should LEAVE THE COUNTRY. His Response Left Me Speechless

We could all learn a few things about how civilized people behave from this young guy.

living

He Was Filming a Stormy Chicago Day. Then He Heard Thunder. Then He Saw THIS!

This clip is quick, violent and unpredictable...much like nature itself. 

inspiration

A Flipped Over Convertible Had Someone Trapped Inside. 15 Drivers Stopped and did THIS!

The condition of the driver at the end of the video is the most stunning part.

funny

This Dad's Hilarious 'Taken'-Inspired Note Might Just Get His Teens to Wash the Dishes

We can only hope there is a sequel, just like the movie franchise. 

inspiration

He Hides Waldo at His Construction Site Everyday. The Children's Hospital Across the Street LOVES IT!

This tough-guy construction worker is a genius with a huge heart!

funny

14 Students Who Are Totally, Absolutely, 100% Prepared For School to Start Again

The leaders of tomorrow can't WAIT to get started after a long summer. 

inspiration

Fox Still Rocks! Michael J. Joins Coldplay Onstage and GOES BACK TO THE FUTURE!

You'll be inspired by seeing Back to the Future's star still has some smooth moves. 

offbeat

Conspiracy Theorists are Going Wild Over This Mysterious Picture of Mike Pence

This subtle detail had me doing a double take. 

offbeat

Before Using Salt and Pepper Again, know That These Food Toppers Are Holding a Lot of Secrets!

This dynamic duo has a lot more going on behind the scenes than you ever guessed. 

funny

This Championship Dog Was Doing Great at the Agility Course. Then The Unthinkable Happens!

That is hilarious...but probably not going to win the blue ribbon.