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

In the 1930s, a Mono-Named Mannequin Took New York by Storm
Once Upon a Midnight Dreary, the Poe Toaster Failed to Show
Why Do People Say "Holy Mackerel"?
Is Sebastian from The Little Mermaid a Crab or a Lobster?
The Night They (Almost) Bombed Old Dixie Down
23 Bizarre Things Ceremonially Dropped on New Year's Eve
Elvis Presley: World’s Best Car Buyer
The Club with More U.S. Presidents than Skull and Bones
The Quick 10: A Christmas Carol
11 Christmas Songs That Never Really Took Off
The King of Dudes (Hint: It’s Not Jeff Bridges)
Months Before Lincoln Was Shot and Killed, He Was Almost Shot and Killed
9 Questionable Choices for Previous Super Bowl Halftime Shows
Where the Golden Arches Are Actually Turquoise
8 Accidental Charitable Donations
10 Things Mark Twain Didn't Really Say
How Much Would the Twelve Days of Christmas Actually Cost?
New Thanksgiving Tradition: The World's Biggest Disco
"Jingle Bells" Was Originally Written for Thanksgiving
Three White House Security Breaches (and Two Royal Run-Ins)
Tim Burton Perplexed That He Didn't Already Write Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
The World’s Longest Christmas Card Exchange
The Case of the Missing Gordon from Sesame Street
Best Corporate Mascot Ever: Petey P Cup
Snow White: Not Just a Fairy Tale
The "Lyrical Embarrassment" that is the Sesame Street Theme Song
The Field of Dreams and Five Other Movie Pilgrimages You Can Make
How an Empty Dessert Plate Inspired the Frisbee
How a Punctuation Mark Gave Us Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Who is Sadie Hawkins and Why Does She Have Her Own Dance?
A Yodel Worth Millions
Four Cemeteries That Were “Relocated”
How George Washington’s Great-Grandniece Became Royalty
5 Interesting Tributes to Ronald Reagan
Tori Amos' Real-Life Stint as a Cornflake Girl
Happy Boss's Day: 9 of the Worst Bosses Ever
This Guy Holds More than 100 Guinness World Records
Why Do We Call the President's Wife “First Lady”?
The First Cereal Box Prize Ever
21 Things You Didn't Know About the 21st President
Whatever Happened to Lassie (and 8 Other Showbiz Dogs)?
Two Snack Food Veterans Buried With Their Products
From Barbies to Maggots: The Nicknames of 25 Fan Bases
Will the Real Nucky Thompson Please Stand Up?
9 Famous People Who Started as Disney Park Characters
Yes, Virginia, There is a Punky Brewster
How the Titanic Almost Sank Hershey
I Wish I Were an Oscar Mayer Wiener(mobile Driver)
14 Literary Settings Inspired by Real Places
Beyond Schweddy Balls: 10 Discontinued Ben & Jerry's Flavors


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