Stacy Conradt

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

Cassie Chadwick, Andrew Carnegie's Fake Illegitimate Daughter
George Washington, History's Only Six-Star General ( … Sort Of)
Grave Sightings: James Garfield
10 Times Jesus and Mary Have Appeared in Nature
The Time a King's Head Turned Up in Some Guy's Attic
6 World Leaders and Their Pizza Stories
6 Famous Jingles by Barry Manilow
Why Route 66 Was Decommissioned
Mary Pickford and the First Million-Dollar Film Contract
Grave Sightings: Jack Lemmon
The Island Where Tabasco Peppers Grow
When Did Pink Become a "Girl" Color?
14 Things You Might Not Know About 'Lady and the Tramp'
Who Really Invented the Ice Cream Soda?
15 More Movies Roger Ebert Really Hated
India's Terrifying, Toxic Tree
5 Electrifying Facts About Disney's Main Street Electrical Parade
Never Forget the Time Dan Quayle Misspelled "Potato"
The Real Reason the Hatfields and McCoys Started Feuding
Betsy Ross Probably Didn't Sew the First Flag
A Teenager's Assassination Attempt on Queen Elizabeth II
'The Lord of the Rings'—Starring The Beatles?
How Edgar Allan Poe Inspired Scrabble
Meet "Normal Al" Yankovic
The Time Sotheby's and Christie's Played 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' for a Cézanne
Why It Should Have Been 'Carter and Gray's Anatomy'
Grave Sightings: Erma Bombeck
Surtsey Island's Mysterious Plant Invader
The Time Florida Accidentally Honored James Earl Ray—Instead of Jones—on MLK Day
The Only Place You Can Still See a Dodo
Did Alan Turing Inspire the Apple Logo?
Moe Berg, Major League Baseball Catcher and Spy
The Time Cats Delivered the Mail in Belgium
13 Truly Outrageous Facts About 'Jem'
How Da Vinci's The Last Supper Survived a Bomb During WWII
The Mysterious Life and Death of Kaspar Hauser
What Happened to the Original Batmobile?
Grave Sightings: The Wright Brothers
The Story of the World's First Speeding Ticket
The Truth About 'The Phantom of the Opera'
Curious George's Great Escape
"The Stars and Stripes Forever" Has Lyrics
The Very Particular Details of Emily Dickinson's Funeral
The Major League Baseball Pitcher Who Got Struck By Lightning
The Nazi Plot to Blow Up Hoover Dam
Secret Menu Items from 12 Fast Food Restaurants
Eisenhower's Final Correspondence
Does Anyone Know the Whole Formula for Coke?
Grave Sightings: Eliot Ness, Head of "The Untouchables"
George R.R. Martin's Tale About an Elvis Impersonator


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