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

A Town of Storybook Houses and How They Came to Be
Mark Twain Invented a Board Game Called Memory-Builder
Today Would Have Been Freddie Mercury's 65th Birthday
18 Famous TV Roles Originally Played by Someone Else
Walt Disney's Secret Tragedy
22 Fascinating and Bizarre Classes Offered This Semester
D23 Day Three: The Force was With Us
D23 Day Two: Disney Studios Steals the Show
D23 Day One: "Rainbow Connection" and Route 66
Coming to You Live from the D23 Expo!
The Hotel that Takes Money Laundering Seriously
The Vice President Who Wrote a Hit Song
That One Time Abraham Lincoln Threw a Wedding Reception for Tom Thumb
What Really Happens if You Wear Red in Front of a Bull
The Stories Behind 6 Famous Slogans
8 Amazing Garage Sale Finds
George Barris' Five Most Famous Cars
The Quick 10: Your Exclusive Pass to Club 33
10 Reasons Alex Trebek is Awesome
The Truth Behind Eight Units of Measurement
Surprising But True: Crocodiles Can't Chew
How Wildman Whitehouse Destroyed the Transatlantic Cable
10 Non–Rock Stars Who Died at the Tragically Young Age of 27
Jesse James' First Train Robbery
10 Other People Who've Been Pied
How Glenn Close’s Dad Stopped the Ebola Virus
As American as Apple Pie Bombs
Yes, Virginia, There Was a Merlin
The Chilling Tale of James Bedford, Cryonics Pioneer
Bikini Birthdays: Bathing Suits and Bombs
Want to Live to 100? Move to One of These Five Areas
How Jayne Mansfield Changed the Design of Tractor-Trailers
The Mount Everest Graveyard
The Silly Putty Smackdown: Wright vs Warrick
How the Gas Pump Knows When to Shut Off
Real-Life Zombie Emergency Plans (and a giveaway!!)
Now You Know
A Very Tiny Dollhouse with Very Big Treasures
How a Friendly Writing Contest Resulted in Three Literary Classics
Best Directions Ever: "Take the Exit that Goes Through the Office Building"
Why the Red Telephone Box was Almost Silver and Other Facts About the K6
All Roads Lead to D.C.
He Put the "Tupper" in Tupperware
Battle of the Babies: a White House Brawl
From Film to Freedom: The Leica Freedom Train
The [adjective] History of Mad Libs
Who Was the Unknown Rebel?
The Skinny on Your Favorite Cocktail Treats
The Quick 10: The Last 10 Words of the 2011 Scripps Spelling Bee
The Quick 10: 10 Iconic Movie Costumes Owned By Debbie Reynolds


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