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Jason Plautz

Writes about: Movies , politics , Pop Culture , Sports
Jason Plautz started as an intern for mentalfloss.com in 2007 and now does quizzes and posts about politics, sports, movies, and anything else that crosses his radar. Based in Washington D.C., he writes for InsideClimate News and has had work appear on TheAtlantic.com, Pacific Standard, and National Journal. He hopes that someday he'll see a Northwestern bowl win and any Cleveland championship, but is not optimistic about either.
Why They Stopped Using Real Pistols to Start Olympic Races
11 Classic Nicknames and The People Who Hated Them
On This Date in 1974, Cleveland's "Ten Cent Beer Night" Went Horribly Wrong
15 Sets of Athletic Twins
11 Offbeat Stats That Don't Show Up in the Box Score
5 Stats That Might Mean Less Than You Think
11 Unusually Shaped Coins
11 People Who Died in the U.S. Capitol
Why Don't We Celebrate Washington's Birthday On His Birthday (And What About Lincoln)?
11 Original Songs That Were Cut From Their Movies
Why the NFL Can't Play on Friday and Saturday (and Other Times Congress Interfered with Football)
11 Debuts That Got Booed
10 Places and the Words They Inspired
Miss Flame in the Bedroom with the Shoe: 4 Board Games that Changed With The Culture
The New Single-Medal Countries (and Two That Left the List)
11 Strange Things You Might Put In Your Gas Tank
The 21 Countries With One Olympic Medal
Lunchtime Quiz: Track Listing (Another Numerical Edition)
Are Mermaids Real? 11 Myths the U.S. Government Has Addressed
After Elections in Delaware, Politicians Literally Bury Hatchets
11 Amazing Under-the-Radar Sports Dynasties
11 Athletes Who Had Their Own Cereals
From Sonic Youth's Guitars to LA Tubas: 4 Famous Stolen Instruments
The Toddlers' Truce: Why You Couldn't Watch British TV at 6pm Until 1957
Why the CIA got in the Animated Film Business (and other D.C.-Hollywood Tales)
Three More Coaches Who Lied About Their History
Why Utah Loves Seagulls (but not crickets)
Is This Really the Busiest Travel Day?
11 Reasons Athletes Change Their Names
Horror Movies For Holidays Other Than Halloween
The Grand Slam Single and Other Home Runs That Didn't Count
Yelp Reviews For Places You Can't (or shouldn't) Go
Five Potentially Great Power Couples (and why they never made it)
Did Dr. Watson Really Write Sherlock Holmes?
The Changing Definition of "Flash Mob"
The Oregon County That's Not in the U.N.
When Hizzoner Can Be "Your Honor"
Reasons to Feel Good About Having Blue Eyes
Marvin Gaye, Detroit Lions Wide Receiver?
10 Director's Cuts That Change The Plot
Lunchtime Quiz: U.S. Representative or Little Rascal?
Whatever Happened to Play?
Lunchtime Quiz: Pittsburgh or Green Bay?
10 Quirky Things Politicians Do
11 Original Songs That Were Cut From Their Movies
Let's Make a Deal: 6 of Baseball's Strangest Trades
5 Times MC Hammer Changed History
Lunchtime Quiz: The Roland Emmerich Reign of Destruction
5 Unusual & Convenient Drive-Through Spots
Lunchtime Quiz: Not the NFL
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