Lucas Reilly

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

How a 19th Century Volcanic Eruption Redefined the American Midwest
When Germany Tried to Assassinate Winston Churchill with a Killer Candy-Gram
How Kurt Vonnegut’s Brother Settled History’s Most Dubious Chicken-Tornado Debate
What Should I Do If I’m About to Get Struck by Lightning?
A Gorgeous Guide to Musical Notation
The Secret that Helped an Untrained Runner Win an Ultramarathon
Where Does Language Come From?
The Man Who Wrote an Album in His Sleep
Watch Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Robinson Dance with Gene Kelly
The 5 Weirdest Traffic Laws On, and Off, the Books
How a Motley Crew of Counterfeiters Saved George Washington, the Continental Army, and the USA
The Barnum of Baseball
The Summer Homes of 5 Legendary Authors
The Woman Who Struck Out the Babe
101 Masterpieces: Moby-Dick
The Origins of 12 Horse-Related Idioms
5 of the World's Unluckiest People
Can You Really Be Left Brained or Right Brained?
Why Isn’t Fish Considered Meat During Lent?
Are You Smarter Than an Eighth Grader? 1912 Edition
Scientific Evidence That You Are (and Aren’t) the Center of the Universe
3 Dirty Songs by Mozart
The Beer Fridge That Only Opens for Canadians is Back
Is Your Sense of Direction Innate?
How Does Caffeine Work?
Hear James Joyce Read From <em>Ulysses</em> and <em>Finnegans Wake</em>
The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits
The Woman Buried in a New Jersey Parking Lot
21 Presidential Doodles
3 Interesting Articles from Ernest Hemingway’s Newspaper Career
You Can Ride the Subway for Free if You Just Do Some Squats
14 of History’s Craziest Baldness Cures
17 Ancient Abandoned Websites That Still Work
Why Do I Wake Up Right Before My Alarm Goes Off?
13 Fascinating Facts About Bees
How Do Postal Workers Decipher Really Sloppy Handwriting?
11 Absurdly Awesome Inventions
12 Inappropriate Calls Made to the Scottish Police
1000 Hip Hop Monikers on One Huge Poster
12 Jobs People Decided to Give to Cats
7 Schools That Dropped Their Native American Nicknames
Meet the Beer Fridge That Opens Only for Canadians
What’s the Difference: Orchestra, Symphony, and Philharmonic?
Why Do Our Best Ideas Come to Us in the Shower?
17 of the World’s Oldest Films, Captured by Thomas Edison
7 of the Most Depressing Streaks of Futility in Sports
22 Vintage Popular Science Covers That Outlined the Future
How Math and Lasers Can Make You a Better Golfer
The Desert of Maine
Hear Helen Keller Speak


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