Erin McCarthy

Erin is the Editor-in-Chief of Previously, she covered everything from natural disasters to bridge engineering to the science behind sci-fi movies for Popular Mechanics magazine. When she's not editing or writing, you can find her karaoking, reading non-fiction, watching Investigation Discovery and hockey (go NYR!), or hanging out with her cats, Oliver and Pearl.
Why Does Bacon Smell So Good?
Will Wild Mice Use Running Wheels?
These Kids Have No Idea What to Make of Old Computer Tech
12 Vintage Photos of People Learning to Swim
16 Weird Forgotten English Words We Should Bring Back
The Weird Patent for a "Better" Mousetrap
Gorgeous Timelapse Video of Colorful Alaskan Nights
We're Looking for a Few Good Interns!
E.B. White's Advice for Aspiring Authors
12 Stephen Colbert Quotes for His 50th Birthday
11 Facts About the Megamouth Shark
The Day the Royal Navy Ended its Daily Rum Ration
13 Bold Fashion Predictions from 1893
Pyura chilensis: The "Living Rock"
Meet the Nightmare-Inducing Goblin Shark
Q&A: Pun-Off Champion Benjamin Ziek
11 Things We Learned About 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'
Watch People Paint Ads on NYC Buildings
These Videos of Paris in Motion are Mesmerizing
11 Images from the American Museum of Natural History's Archives
Does Moss Really Only Grow on the North Side of Trees?
18 Awesome Facts About Giant Isopods
13 Awful Hockey Injuries
It Took 6 Cameras to Make this Awesome Video
Walt Disney Made a Cartoon About Menstruation
There Once Was a Game Show Called Think Like a Cat
These Adorably Confused Kids Have No Idea What A Walkman Is
11 Old Timey Criminal Slang Terms for the Police
Wonderful Nicknames for Natives of 40 U.S. Cities
mental_floss on YouTube: Bloopers Part 3!
We Got Nominated for Some Webbys—and We Need Your Help!
See Rare Video of a Giant Oarfish Swimming
Watch These Big Cats Unravel Toilet Paper
Q&A: Troy Miller, Director of the Hulu Series Deadbeat
Q&A: Michael Habib, Pterosaur Flight Expert
10 Pterosaur Facts from the New Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History
17 Things We Learned from Nick Offerman's Latest AMA
Grumpy Cat Came to Mental Floss Today!
7 Secrets of a Game of Thrones Weapons Artist
Why the Inside of a Camel's Mouth Looks Like a Sarlacc Pit
Powder + Subwoofer = Awesome
10 Classic Bill Murray Song Covers
Watch Liquid Boiling and Freezing at the Same Time
15 Secrets of Space Suit Design
Vincent Price was a Gourmet Cook
9 Things You Won't See on Display at the American Museum of Natural History
This Video Elegantly Explains How Big the Universe Is
From Caterpillar to Chrysalis—and What Happens in There
All Three Seasons of Game of Thrones Recapped in Nine Minutes
Early Instructional Videos for Using a Rotary Phone


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