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Lucas Reilly

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

The Most Important Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of
Music
12 Scholarly Takes on Whether or Not the 13th Century Song "Sumer is Icumen in" Is About Deer Farts
Big Question
Why Do Students Get Summers Off?
History
The Most Amazing Lie in History
History
The Unsung Army of Women Who Fed America and Its Allies During World War II
History
Queen Victoria Employed an Official Rat-Catcher
Books
50 Bizarre Passages from Medieval Europe’s Bestselling Travel Book
History
Robert Smalls: The Slave Who Stole a Confederate Warship and Became a Congressman
Space
The Apollo Astronaut Who Was Allergic to the Moon
Big Question
Why Are There Only 28 Days in February?
Comics
What’s the Story Behind This Superman Comic?
Books
How Stephen King's Wife Saved 'Carrie' and Launched His Career
Music
The Story of Ethel Smyth: Composer, Suffragette, and Breaker of Operatic Glass Ceilings
Music
Beethoven: The World's First Rock Star
History
The Only Footage of Mark Twain in Existence
Music
15 Colorful Lyrics from National Anthems Around the World
History
The 16th-Century Dance Plague
Sports
222-0: The Worst Blowout in College Football History
Music
101 Masterpieces: John Cage's 4'33"
Science
The West Virginia Town Where Wireless Signals Are Illegal
Big Question
What Happened to Wally Pipp After He Was Benched?
Big Question
Why Does Music Give Us Chills?
Big Question
Why Does It Feel So Cold When You Step Out of the Shower?
Weird Science
12 Obvious Things Confirmed By Science
History
The Most Explosive Mail Ever Sent
History
When College Freshmen Were Forced to Pose Nude During Orientation
Big Question
Why Do Fraternities and Sororities Have Greek Names?
History
5 Undelivered Speeches That Would Have Changed the Course of History
History
New York City’s Most Moving Tradition
Food
Anatomy of a Corn Dog
List
5 Perfume Scents from Unexpected Places
Animals
6 Barnyard Animals and How They Came to Be
History
How a 19th Century Volcanic Eruption Redefined the American Midwest
History
When Germany Tried to Assassinate Winston Churchill with a Killer Candy-Gram
History
How Kurt Vonnegut’s Brother Settled History’s Most Dubious Chicken-Tornado Debate
Big Question
What Should I Do If I’m About to Get Struck by Lightning?
Fun
A Gorgeous Guide to Musical Notation
Fun
The Secret that Helped an Untrained Runner Win an Ultramarathon
Big Question
Where Does Language Come From?
Fun
The Man Who Wrote an Album in His Sleep
Fun
Watch Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Robinson Dance with Gene Kelly
List
The 5 Weirdest Traffic Laws On, and Off, the Books
History
How a Motley Crew of Counterfeiters Saved George Washington, the Continental Army, and the USA
Sports
The Barnum of Baseball
List
The Summer Homes of 5 Legendary Authors
Sports
The Woman Who Struck Out the Babe
History
Eisenhower Wrote a Letter Accepting Blame for D-Day's Failure, Just in Case
101 Masterpieces
101 Masterpieces: Moby-Dick
Words
The Origins of 12 Horse-Related Idioms
List
5 of the World's Unluckiest People
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