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Ethan Trex

Editorial Director/VP, Strategy at mental_floss.

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

Making Money: Currency in the Confederate States
5 Things You Didn't Know About Jonas Salk
Why Do Fake Phone Numbers Start With 555?
The Time John Fogerty Was Sued for Ripping Off John Fogerty
How Are Q Scores Calculated?
What Made The AK-47 So Popular?
Who Was Walter Reed?
Why Do College Basketball Teams Cut Down the Nets?
5 Things You Didn't Know About Duncan Hines
What Happened to the NIT?
Why Are Michigan's Bottle Deposits So High?
Fordlandia: Henry Ford's Ill-Fated Foray Into the Brazilian Jungle
7 College Cheating Scandals
The Beanie Babies Bubble
How the NCAA Made Robert Parish Disappear
The mental_floss Guide to the NCAAs (The Southeast)
The mental_floss Guide to the NCAAs (The Southwest)
Hands Across America: 25 Years Later
Scab Story: The 1987 NFL Strike
Who Exactly Is J.D. Power?
Pulling You Back In: A Godfather III FAQ
5 Things You Didn't Know About Charles Lindbergh
How Do TV Sweeps Periods Work?
Wearing the Other Team's Colors Can Cost You Your Job
How (and Why) Are Black and White Films Colorized?
A Brief History of Nerf (or Nothin')
They Buy Gold: A Brief History of Pawn Shops
The Real Details of the Hot Coffee Lawsuit
Why Are Coupons Worth 1/100th of a Cent?
5 Things You Didn't Know About Winston Churchill
Bowling For No Dollars: College Bowl Game Economics
5 Unique Road Races
The Road to Street Sign Standardization
White House Celebrity Santas of the 1980s
Fuzzy Math: How College Football's Champs Were Chosen
Know Your Labels: The Stories Behind 5 California Wine Brands
Why Do The Lions & Cowboys Always Play On Thanksgiving?
Why Can't You Start a Rival Post Office?
10 Buildings Shaped Like What They Sell
Party Poopers: Presidents Who Faced Stiff Primary Challenges
5 Things You Didn't Know About Nolan Bushnell
Digest This: 9 Celebrities Who've Written Cookbooks
The Salacious (But Suitable-For-Work) Story of Sex.com
Trick or Treat: Is There Poison in Your Pixy Stix?
7 Scary Monsters Some People Think Exist
A Brief History of Billy Beer
4 Unappetizing Product Launch Disasters
5 Things You Didn't Know About Maya Lin
10 Cocktails Named After Famous People
5 Things You Didn't Know About Henry Kissinger
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