Lucas Reilly

Lucas was the senior editor of mental_floss magazine. Now he dabbles online.

What's the Difference Between an Orchestra, a Symphony, and a Philharmonic?
The Story Behind the World’s Oldest (Pet) Ham
How Are Rooms Cleaned At An Ice Hotel?
The Time the Oxford English Dictionary Forgot a Word
One With the Junk: On the Scene at "The World's Longest Yard Sale"
What is Wassailing, Anyway?
25 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle
The Story Behind John Cage's 4'33"
Find Love With These 18 Old Halloween Fortune-Telling Tricks
An (Almost) Comprehensive History of Rat Kings
Assault, Robbery, and Murder: The Dark History of "Bedsheet Ghosts"
The Murderer Who Helped Make the Oxford English Dictionary
Why Do Ghosts Say ‘Boo’?
By the Numbers: How Americans Spend (More of) Their Money
The Blind Traveler: How James Holman Felt His Way Around the World to Become History's Most Prolific Explorer
The Town Where Wireless Signals Are Illegal
The Polish Doctors Who Used Science to Outwit the Nazis
The Optimal Time to Dunk an Oreo, According to Science
A Forgotten George Gershwin Musical Just Made Its American Debut
Winston Churchill’s Audacious Plan to Build an Aircraft Carrier Out of Ice
How Eclipse Chasers Are Putting a Small Kentucky Town on the Map
Eisenhower Wrote a Letter Accepting Blame for D-Day's Failure, Just in Case
The Most Important Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of
12 Scholarly Takes on Whether or Not the 13th Century Song "Sumer is Icumen in" Is About Deer Farts
Why Do Students Get Summers Off?
The Most Amazing Lie in History
The Unsung Army of Women Who Fed America and Its Allies During World War II
Queen Victoria Employed an Official Rat-Catcher
50 Bizarre Passages from Medieval Europe’s Bestselling Travel Book
Robert Smalls: The Slave Who Stole a Confederate Warship and Became a Congressman
The Apollo Astronaut Who Was Allergic to the Moon
Why Are There Only 28 Days in February?
What’s the Story Behind This Superman Comic?
How Stephen King's Wife Saved 'Carrie' and Launched His Career
The Story of Ethel Smyth: Composer, Suffragette, and Breaker of Operatic Glass Ceilings
Beethoven: How the World's First Rock Star Changed Music Forever
15 Colorful Lyrics from National Anthems Around the World
The 16th-Century Dance Plague
222-0: The Worst Blowout in College Football History
What Happened to Wally Pipp After He Was Benched?
Why Does Music Give You Chills?
Why Does It Feel So Cold When You Step Out of the Shower?
12 Obvious Things Confirmed By Science
The Most Explosive Mail Ever Sent
When College Freshmen Were Forced to Pose Nude During Orientation
Why Do Fraternities and Sororities Have Greek Names?
5 Undelivered Speeches That Would Have Changed the Course of History
New York City’s Most Moving Tradition
Anatomy of a Corn Dog
5 Perfume Scents from Unexpected Places


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