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Halloween Photos of the mental_floss Staff

I asked my co-workers to send me photos from Halloweens past. Here's how various members of the mental_floss team (or their kids and dogs) dressed up. Happy Halloween, everybody!

Mangesh Hattikudur, co-founder/chief creative officer

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Rebecca O'Connell, staff writer

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Hannah Keyser, staff writer

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Erin McCarthy, managing editor

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Lucy Quintanilla, associate art director

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Abbey Stone, staff editor

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Stacy Conradt, writer

(That's her daughter at left.)

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Mark Mancini, writer

(Life imitates old Halloween photos. Mark's written dozens of articles on dinosaurs.

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Caitlin Schneider, editorial fellow

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Chris Higgins, writer/cat

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Arika Okrent, contributing editor

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Rudie Obias, writer

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Kara Kovalchik, research editor

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Jen Wood, writer

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Whitney Matheson, Pod City columnist

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Austin Thompson, researcher

(He's the cute terrified baby.)

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Chloe Effron, designer

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Sean Hutchinson, writer

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Rachel Feddersen, Digital GM

(That's not her. That's her son.)

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Amanda Green, writer

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Jen Doll, contributing editor, mental_floss magazine

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Rob Lammle, writer

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Therese Oneill, writer

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Jason English, editor-in-chief, digital


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The Richest Person of All Time From Each State


Looking for inspiration in your quest to become a billionaire? This map from cost information website HowMuch.net, spotted by Digg, highlights the richest person in history who hails from each of the 50 states.

More billionaires live in the U.S. than in any other country, but not every state has produced a member of the Three Comma Club (seven states can only lay claim to millionaires). The map spans U.S. history, with numbers adjusted for inflation. One key finding: The group is overwhelmingly male, with only three women represented.

The richest American by far was John D. Rockefeller, repping New York with $257.25 billion to his name. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates clock in at the third and fifth richest, respectively. While today they both make their homes in the exclusive waterfront city of Medina, Washington, this map is all about birthplace. Since Gates, who is worth $90.54 billion, was born in Seattle, he wins top billing in the Evergreen State, while Albuquerque-born Bezos's $116.57 billion fortune puts New Mexico on the map.

The richest woman is South Carolina's Anita Zucker ($3.83 billion), the CEO of InterTech Group, a private, family-owned chemicals manufacturer based in Charleston. Clocking in at number 50 is the late, great socialite Brooke Astor—who, though a legend of the New York City social scene, was a native of New Hampshire—with $150 million.

[h/t Digg]

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There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.

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