A veteran of writing about culture for a decade, Scott Beggs's writing appears at Vanity Fair, Nerdist, IndieWire and more. His fiction appears at Mulholland Books' Popcorn Fiction and He wants to be Buster Keaton's best friend.

Miss Cellania has written for mental_floss since 2007. She is also the managing editor at Neatorama and keeps a small humor blog called Miss Cellania. In her spare time, she is raising a frightening number of children in a small Kentucky town.

Chris Chafin writes about design, technology, the media, and other assorted strange groupings of people. He would be very flattered if you would follow him on Twitter.

Erica Cirino is a freelance science writer based in New York. She covers wildlife and the environment, and specializes in biology, conservation, and policy.
Stacy Conradt is a staff writer who's been contributing to mental_floss since 2008. As an avid board game lover, she is especially fond of her work on Split Decision and Mixed Nuts. In her spare time (ha) she likes to run badly and visit roadside attractions that make most people cringe. She never met an Abe Lincoln tribute she didn't love. If you have one to suggest, let her know at
Roger lives in Brooklyn, but don't hold that against him.

Corinne Cummings is a freelance writer and editor and former associate editor at Rolling Stone. She is currently based in Atlanta.

Jillian D'Onfro is a freelance writer currently wandering her way through Southeast Asia. When not out exploring, she enjoys watching the trailers of movies she knows she'll never see, journaling, and spreading the gospel of hair tinsel. She was previously a senior technology reporter at Business Insider.

Michele Debczak is a staff writer for In the past she’s written about cheese and movies, two of her favorite things in life. In her free time she enjoys dogspotting, eating breakfast foods, and reading about alien conspiracy theories on Wikipedia.
Valerie DeBenedette is a freelance writer who lives in New York State with a small tan dog and a big red cat. She most often writes about health and medicine and knits quite frequently.

Stephanie Faris is a professional freelance writer and novelist. Her work has appeared on, The Week,, SheKnows, and Ecommerce Insiders, among many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 30 Days of No Gossip, 25 Roses, and the Piper Morgan series.

Shaunacy Ferro is a senior staff writer for Her work has previously appeared in Fast Company, Popular Science, and Architect magazine, among others. She lives in Brooklyn and spends most of her free time taking photos of her cat.

Karen Gardiner is a travel and culture writer from Scotland, currently based in New York City. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, BBC, Condé Nast Traveler, and more. Find more at her website.

Claire Gillespie writes for as well as Vice, Headspace, Redbook, SheKnows, and Buzzfeed UK. After graduating with an English degree, she started her writing career with a weekly column about nightclub restrooms. She's since moved on to far more exciting subjects. She lives in Scotland.

Michelle Goodman is a writer, editor, and beachcomber. Her articles and essays have appeared in Narratively, Salon, Bust, Vice, and a host of business publications. Visit her at

Nick Greene is Editor-at-Large for He has written about trying to ride the entire New York Subway system in one day, surviving the apocalypse without a spare set of contact lenses, and whether or not Elvis was actually any good at karate. Originally from Chicago, he currently lives in Oakland, California.
Ruz Gulko is a passionate teacher of all things Jewish. Though born and raised in Canada, Ruz has resided in Seattle for 32 years, and is a Cantor as well as a Rabbi. She loves to work with people of all ages, and truly believes that learning and eating chocolate together could save the world.
Kristance Harlow is a writer with degrees in anthropology and archaeology, and she's a compulsive traveler and chocolate consumer. She hangs out on the internet where she looks up weird facts and makes awkward YouTube videos. Originally from no-town USA.

­Chris Higgins is the author of The Blogger Abides, and has written for This American Life, The Atlantic, Breakfast on Mars, and The Magazine. You can follow him at

Kate Horowitz is a science writer for mental_floss. She writes about pretty much everything, but especially likes to bring readers' attention to squishy, underrated organisms; chronic illness and disability; science art; bodily functions; animal cognition; parasites; and the Moon. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she takes lots of walks and ogles other people's dogs.

Kristin Hunt is a writer and professional movie geek. She's previously worked on the digital teams at Thrillist and Maxim, but you can also find her byline on GQ, Nerve, and Paste.

Sean Hutchinson lives in the wilds of Brooklyn, NY. He’s got a couple of them fancy schmancy academic degrees in English literature, is a big World War II buff, counts Carl Sagan and Harry Nilsson among his personal heroes, and he’s also a huge movie fan. When he's not coming up with strange and interesting things to write about on Mental Floss, he's writing movie reviews and news at CriterionCast.

Paul Anthony Jones is a writer and musician from Newcastle upon Tyne. He is the author of word origins guide Haggard Hawks and Paltry Poltroons, and he runs @HaggardHawks.

A graduate of Williams College, Christine has written for The Huffington Post, Inverse, Salon, Bustle, PopSci, VICE, Elle, Dazed & Confused, i-D, and Harper's Bazaar. She has also worked for The Stockholm Film Festival and appeared as a guest speaker on Monocle's live podcast.

Nick Keppler is a Pittsburgh-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Village VoiceNerveVice, and Slate. When he’s not on his laptop, he’s probably kayaking on one of the city’s rivers with a Led Zeppelin track blaring through his earbuds.

Andrew is a staff writer for His name can also be found on sites like and Thrillist, while the rest of him can be found wherever there are sneakers, movies, and picture books.

Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, PhD is a journalist and author in Chicago. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. She is the author of Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence that Scandalized Jazz-Age Chicago (Chicago Review Press, May 2017). Her women's history website,, tells women's history as narrative nonfiction.

Sarah Lohman is a culinary historian and author of the book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine as well as the blog Four Pounds Flour.

Bess Lovejoy is a staff editor at mental_floss, a former editor at and Schott's Almanac, and the author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses.

Beth Anne Macaluso is an editor for In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, and figuring out which wines pair best with her favorite cereals. She lives in Hoboken with her dog Ruthie, who is named after Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
A native of fabulous Rochester, NY, Mark loves freelance writing, community theater, & anything dinosaur-related. He’s also obsessed with Denver Broncos football.
Clair is a freelance writer and bartender-at-large in Birmingham, Ala. When she's not writing, Clair is usually nerding out on trashy science-fiction or researching cocktail history. Her other writing and rambling is usually posted on Twitter @see_clair_write and at
Allison C. Meier is a writer and editor focused on visual culture and overlooked history. She is currently a staff writer at Hyperallergic, and has contributed to Atlas Obscura, the New York Times, Slate, ArtNews,, and other illustrious publications. She moonlights as a cemetery tour guide in New York City.
Jeff Merron is a journalist who writes about pop culture, history, sports, and technology.
Tom Metcalfe is a journalist and writer based in London in the UK. 

Sulagna Misra is a freelance writer and illustrator living in the New York area. She writes about the weird things that pop into her head when she's not paying attention. She's on Twitter so she can not pay attention more effectively.

Eeva Moore is a writer and politico living in Berlin. She has extreme geographic commitment issues, and so has never lived anywhere for longer than six years and is eyeing her next move. She speaks in Buffy references and will talk your ear off about gerrymandering and judicial elections. And if you’re an American abroad, she can totally help you register to vote.
Nolan Moore was once bitten on the foot by an alligator, but unfortunately, he didn’t get any superpowers. So instead of fighting crime, he spends his days writing stories, watching movies, and avoiding future alligator encounters

Celeste Noche is a photographer, writer, and secondhand book enthusiast based in Portland, Oregon but is more likely to be found on the road. In addition to, she has collaborated with publications such as Condé Nast Traveler, Apartment Therapy, and The Huffington Post. She writes about her adventures on her blog, Wanderlogue.

Rudie Obias lives in Brooklyn, New York. He's a freelance writer interested in cinema, pop culture, science fiction, and web culture. His work can be found at,, UPROXX, io9,,, and, of course, Mental Floss. He is also a Co-Working Evangelist for Bat Haus Co-Working in Brooklyn.

Rebecca O'Connell is an assistant editor for She spends her free time prowling flea markets, making increasingly elaborate grilled cheeses, and watching 90s cult television. She lives in Brooklyn with two roommates and a dog with more sass than fur.

Linguist, author of In the Land of Invented Languages, living in Chicago, doing her part to fight off the cot-caught merger and keep "gym shoes" alive.

Rebecca Onion is a writer and academic living in Philadelphia. She runs Slate's history blog, The Vault.

Kenneth Partridge is a music and pop-culture writer based in Brooklyn. He's written for such publications as Billboard, The AV Club, Pitchfork, and Refinery29. His hobbies include reading, running, shopping for records, and attempting to justify his love of ska.
Colin Patrick is an author and a comedian. In addition to mental_floss, he's written for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Splitsider, McSweeney's, and Cracked.
Nina Pearlman is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and chasing her 1-year-old son around the apartment.

Mark Peters writes about euphemisms for Visual Thesaurus, comedy for McSweeney's, and comic books for Bark. He is the author of the forthcoming book Bullshit: A Lexicon from Three Rivers Press.

Crystal Ponti is a freelance writer and an award-winning blogger from Downeast Maine. Her lifelong quest has been to figure out why the cheese stands alone. When she's not up to her elastic waistband in freelance projects, you'll find her digitally devouring the latest indie novel, drinking maple syrup from the bottle, and playing slap jack with her kids. She lets them win.

Nicola Prentis has taught English all over the world and now writes materials for English Language Teaching, including award winning fiction for learners. She writes about English and the industry at

Suzanne Raga loves writing about everything from history, business, music, and literature to personal finance, life hacks, food trends, and health. A graduate of Princeton University, she is the author of You Rock! How To Be A Star Student & Still Have Fun, curator of the indie music blog After The Show, and a whiz at Latin Scrabble.

Bryan Reesman loves music, movies, theater, comic books, books ... he can never keep up with everything, but he has fun trying.

Loren Rhoads is the author of Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel. She’s the cemetery columnist at Gothic Beauty and blogs at

Rebecca Romney is an antiquarian book dealer perhaps best known for her appearances as the rare book expert on the History Channel's TV show Pawn Stars. She plies her trade at Honey & Wax Booksellers, and co-hosts a podcast on books called Biblioclast. Her book with JP Romney, Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History, was published in March from HarperCollins.

Jake Rossen is a writer, editor, and curator of fine comic strip art. (Except Garfield.) His byline can be found within the pages of The New York Times,, and a slew of health and fitness-related publications.

Erik Sass is the author of The Mental Floss History of the United States and co-author with Steve Wiegand of The Mental Floss History of the World, both of which you should go buy right now. When he’s not writing about historical curiosities for mental_floss, he covers online and traditional media for MediaPost. His interests include water gardens, games of strategy, geography, and cats.
Brette Sember is an author, freelancer, indexer, and content writer. She is an avid traveler who has mastered the art of stuffing a suitcase full of bookmarks, magnets, pottery, baskets, and sheep during her jaunts. She answers to her two golden retrievers who become outraged if she is not cooking dinner by 5:15 p.m. each day. She lives in Buffalo and will become violent if you ask her about the snow (which is not as much as you think!).

Rebekah Shoemake is a summer intern for She enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, re-watching Bob’s Burgers on Netflix, and looking at dogs on Petfinder. She splits her time between Boone, NC, where she is a big sister and free babysitter, and Princeton, NJ, where she’s a rising senior in the English department at Princeton and a theater nerd.

Chuck Tryon’s day job is working as an English professor at Fayetteville State University, but he has also written for Alternet, Filmmaker Magazine, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is also the author of three books, including his most recent book, Political TV.

Angela Tung is a writer in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in The Bellingham Review, CNN Living, Dark Sky Magazine, The Frisky, Matador Life, The Nervous Breakdown, The New York Press, Carve Magazine, and elsewhere. She also blogs about words and language for Wordnik.
Sonya Vatomsky is a Russian American non-binary artist with too many feelings on the inside and too much cat hair on the outside. They are a staff writer at Haute Macabre, where they've covered everything from literature to music to dinnerware made out of human ashes, as well as the author of Salt Is For Curing (Sator Press, 2015). Get in touch by saying their name five times in front of a bathroom mirror or at Headshot credit: Nima Forghani
Stephanie Vermillion is an NYC-based media professional, travel writer and photographer. Her travel blog, The Wanderlost Way, offers tips, guides, and stories to help people of all experience levels embrace their spontaneity and curiosity for one-of-a-kind adventures. Connect with Stephanie on Instagram @TheWanderlostWay.

Claire Voon is a writer who focuses on art and visual culture. She is currently a staff writer and reporter at Hyperallergic and has also contributed to New York Magazine, VICE, Gothamist, and Artnews.

Jeff Wells is a freelance writer and English teacher living in New York City. He’s a warrior of the casual sports league circuit, with titles in soccer and volleyball and a host of nagging injuries to boot. He also has a softer side that includes writing poetry and walking his French bulldog, Ruby. His current fascinations include the Civil War, German beer, and making the perfect omelet.
Susan Welsh is a freelance writer and pastry afficionado. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where she is inspired by the historical villages and pristine countryside along the Delaware River.
Garrett Williams is a musician, writer, and lawn-game enthusiast. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their volatile cat/corgi duo. When not picnicking in Prospect Park or cheering on his beloved Pittsburgh Pirates, he can be found kicking out the jams with his soul band, The Irresponsibles.
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