Ethan Trex

Editorial Director/VP, Strategy at mental_floss.

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

6 Perfectly Arranged Facts About Martha Stewart
Why Engagement Rings Are Made With Diamonds
What 20 Famous Characters Look Like Without Masks
How 13 Dog Breeds Got Their Names
10 Things Walmart Has Yanked Off the Shelf
4 Cases of All-Star Voter Fraud
7 Burning Belmont Questions
Why Is the NBA Shot Clock 24 Seconds?
7 Things You Should Know About the Kentucky Derby
How Does One Become A Knight?
A Brief History of Gin—and 12 Kinds You Should Try
Why Do College Basketball Teams Cut Down the Nets?
Syrian Golden Hamsters: The Drunken Uncles of the Rodent World
Explaining the Magic Yellow First-Down Line
A Brief History of the State of the Union
A Brief History of Champagne
How Is Wind Chill Calculated?
A Brief History of Sick People Tampering With Halloween Candy
15 Things You Might Not Know About Kentucky
The Flying Flivver: Henry Ford's Attempt to Make Us All Pilots
How Your Favorite Sneakers Got Their Names
7 Barons Behind Famous Beers
How Do You Decaffeinate Coffee Beans?
It Curves! A Brief History of Wiffle Ball
How Teddy Roosevelt Turned Piranhas Into Ferocious Maneaters
A Brief History of Presidential Vacations
Who Is Larry O'Brien?
The Dog Who Saved the World Cup for England
Sir Barton: How the First Triple Crown Winner Wound Up in the Army
17 Essential Talking Points on the Kentucky Derby
A Brief History of Zubaz
The Unauthorized Biography of the Easter Bunny
11 Body Parts Named After People
How Do You Steer a Bobsled? An Olympic Equipment FAQ
Tug of War Used to Be an Olympic Sport
What Exactly Is Curling?
How Austrian Soldiers Saved the 1964 Olympics
Andrew Jackson's Big Block of Cheese
5 Things You Might Not Know About John DeLorean
Why Are Flags Flown at Half-Staff in Times of Mourning?
The Accidental Birth of Wrapping Paper
Why We Eat What We Eat On Thanksgiving
11 Defunct Franchise Names Washington’s Football Team Can Use
Why Are Puppies Born With Their Eyes Closed?
A Closer Look at the World Series Trophy
The Genius Who Invented Brunch
The Most Popular Halloween Costumes (1985-1993)
19 Sports Injuries Weirder Than Nate Burleson's
Who Is Dalton Trumbo? 5 Facts About Bryan Cranston's Next Role
A Brief History of Cocktail Bitters - And 10 Kinds You Should Try


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