Lucas Reilly

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

The Desert of Maine
Hear Helen Keller Speak
7 Offbeat Museums Worth Visiting
The Secret Art Installation Beneath Times Square
11 Messy Jobs for the Bravest Among Us
6 Angry Letters Kids Sent Neil deGrasse Tyson About Pluto
The World’s Longest Yard Sale Is This Week
21 Predictions for 1993 from 1893
The First 10 U.S. Patents
24 Words That Used to Mean Something Negative
22 Odd Ads From National Geographic Magazine in the 1910s
The Summer Jobs of 14 Future U.S. Presidents
7 Experimental Adventures in Classical Music
The Time Napoleon Was Attacked by Rabbits
There are Giant Clouds of Alcohol Floating in Space
11 Products You Might Not Realize Were Made by Prisoners
Billy Possum: President Taft's Answer to the Teddy Bear
The Terrifying Katzenklavier: An Organ Made of Cats
30 Bits of Commencement Wisdom for the Class of 2013
Benjamin Franklin and Jonathan Swift Were Fart Joke Masters
25 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle
50 Collective Nouns to Bolster Your Vocabulary
12 Famous Authors Who Also Wrote for Children
8 Government Conspiracy Theories (And How They Could Be Right)
A Selection of 19-Year-Old Isaac Newton's Secret Sins
12 Historical Speeches Nobody Ever Heard
24 Adorable Photos of Presidents With Little Kids
Rest in Peace, Baby Beluga
11 Monarchs Crowned While They Were in Diapers
9 Intriguing Excerpts From Old FBI Files
11 Muppets Who Made 11 or Fewer Muppet Show Appearances
A Brief History of Olympic Defectors
35 Modern Words Recently Added to the Dictionary
24 Vintage Photographs of Abe Lincoln
Words Redefined: 37 Notable Entries in The Devil's Dictionary
The Time Benjamin Franklin Tried (And Failed) to Electrocute a Turkey
By the Numbers: How Americans Spend Their Money
9 of the World's Most Ridiculously Secure Safes and Vaults
What Happened to Bob Ross' Paintings?
The Time 18th-Century French Aristocrats Fled to Rural Pennsylvania
Why Libraries Matter: Letters to the Children of Troy, Michigan (From 1971)
Why Did People Wear Powdered Wigs?
What Happened To All Those Chargers Destroyed in Dukes of Hazzard?
10 of the World's Most Expensive Beers
Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether It Was Intentional
27 Bits of Wisdom from 2012 Commencement Addresses
10 of the World's Most Expensive Beers
12 Obvious Things Confirmed By Science
12 Famous Authors Who Also Wrote for Children
Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether It Was Intentional


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