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

10 Famous Literary Characters Based on Real People
Grave Sightings: John Ringling
11 Disney Character Cameos in Other Disney Movies
44 Fictional Characters Whose Names You Don't Know
11 Treasure Hunting Tales
Grave Sightings: The Flying Wallendas
Real Oscar Stories: Philomena
Real Oscar Stories: American Hustle
Ronald Reagan and His Six-Year-Old Pen Pal
13 Sleeping Beauty Facts That Are Anything But a Snooze
16 Things You Can Watch Instead of the Super Bowl
Grave Sightings: Oscar Wilde
10 Versions of Poe's "The Raven"
11 of the Professor's Best Inventions on Gilligan's Island
Grave Sightings: Jack Daniel
11 Desserts That Changed the World
10 Things We Learned from a Q&A with Charles Schulz's Wife
Grave Sightings: Jimmy Stewart
16 People Who Tweeted Themselves Into Unemployment
25 More Holiday Movie Facts
Livingston v Moore: The Trial to Decide Who Wrote "A Visit From St. Nicholas"
Disney on Ice: The Truth About Walt Disney and Cryogenics
The Historical Gift Guide: 15 of the Greatest Gifts in the History of Presents
11 Times the Holidays Resulted in a Fa-La-La-La-Lawsuit
Grave Sightings: Boot Hill
15 Classic Children's Books That Started as Bedtime Stories
Grave Sightings: Larry Fine
Was the Ghostbusters Theme Stolen from Huey Lewis?
The 13 Top Haunted Houses in the U.S.
The Faces Behind Disney's 11 Princesses
The Real-Life Murderess Behind the American Horror Story: Coven Character
Grave Sightings: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Ooshma Garg's Peer-to-Peer Lasagna Company
How Carly Gloge is Changing the Face of Toys
Grave Sightings: Lizzie Borden
Why Walt Disney Built a Theme Park on Swampland
How Pittsburgh Got Its "H" Back (and 7 Other Geographic Naming Oddities)
The Real Names of 10 Operation Ailments
Meet the Real Heisenberg
9 Sequels Written Decades After the Original Book
Grave Sightings: Herman "Ed" Hollis, Gangster Hunter
8 Times Fans Mailed Items to Studios to Save Their Shows
Grave Sightings: Tennessee Williams
Grave Sightings: Herbert Hoover
13 Quintessential '90s Moments from The Arsenio Hall Show
Where Did Tennis Get Its Scoring System?
Trailer Thursday: Peeples, Aftershock and Gatsby, Old Sport!
Grave Sightings: Andrew Carnegie
Breaking Bad as a 1995 Dramedy and 14 Other Recut Trailers
The Story Behind Stockholm Syndrome


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