Ethan Trex

Editorial Director/VP, Strategy at mental_floss.

Likes: doughnuts, spirits (liquor), spirits (supernatural), donuts. Dislikes: injuries.

Why is the Drinking Age 21?
Why Do College Basketball Teams Cut Down the Nets?
How Does One Become A Knight?
5 Things You Might Not Know About Ansel Adams
How Do You Steer a Bobsled?
How Do Aerial Skiers Perfect Their Jumps?
How Austrian Soldiers Saved the 1964 Olympics
13 Gold Medal-Worthy Olympic Stories
What Exactly Is Curling?
How Does the Magic Yellow First-Down Line Work?
Remembering Boston's Great Molasses Flood of 1919
12 (Non-Sexual) Uses for 900 Numbers in Decades Past
6 Things You Should Know About Boxing Day
9 Holiday Characters From Around the World
Who Was Heisman and Why Does He Have a Trophy?
A Brief History of Black Friday
Why Do the Lions and Cowboys Always Play on Thanksgiving?
5 Things You Didn't Know About Grace Kelly
Glory Day: Lancaster's Brief Stint as Our Nation's Capital
September 11th and the Hospitable People of Gander, Newfoundland
Why Are There 5,280 Feet in a Mile?
Can You Really Go Blind Staring at a Solar Eclipse?
5 Things You Didn't Know About Sally Ride
The Origins of 6 Great American Songs
How to Fly the American Flag
5 Things You Didn't Know About Jacques Cousteau
5 Things You Didn't Know About Josephine Baker
The Time John Wilkes Booth's Brother Saved Abe Lincoln's Son
When Chuck Berry Became a Beach Boy
5 Things You Didn't Know About Edgar Allan Poe
5 Fabulous Facts About Jackie Kennedy
5 Things You Might Not Know About Abraham Zapruder
13 Hitchcock Films That Were Never Made
10 Sports Cut From The Olympics
Eric the Eel: The Olympic Swimmer Who'd Never Been in an Olympic-Size Pool
Robert Todd Lincoln: Harbinger of Presidential Death
No Thanks: Why Denver Turned Down the 1976 Olympics
The Stories Behind Graduation Traditions
11 Freshly Baked Facts About Pepperidge Farm
New Math: The Time Indiana Tried to Change Pi to 3.2
11 Dads of Famous Juniors
What Happens to Leftover Campaign Funds When a Candidate Drops Out?
How 8 Famous Cheeses Got Their Names
The Men Behind Your Favorite Liquors
10 People Who Switched Careers After 50 (and Thrived!)
11 Essential Talking Points for Mount Rushmore Enthusiasts
Way More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Eggnog
The Stories Behind 11 Famous Cocktails
11 Handy Facts About Leatherman Tools
7 Wildly Successful People Who Survived Bankruptcy


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