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Erin McCarthy

Erin is the Editor-in-Chief of MentalFloss.com. 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.
Animals
6 Animals Portrayed Incorrectly in Early Taxonomic Drawings
TV
The MythBusters Take on Zombie Myths
Animals
16 Fun Facts About Grumpy Cat
Pretty Pictures
10 Beautiful Photos from National Geographic's Your Shot Community
History
Spending Time Among the Bones of Paris's Catacombs
List
12 R.L. Stine Quotes for His Birthday
List
6 Weird Halloween Patents
Movies
10 Things to Know About Gravity
Fun
26 Halloween Costume Ideas from an 1887 Guide to Fancy Dress
Pretty Pictures
20 Adorable Photos of Cats and Dogs from Meet the Breeds 2013
Pretty Pictures
10 Iconic Photos from 125 Years of National Geographic
List
10 Things Kids Shouldn't Do According to an 1819 Book of Cautionary Tales
History
On This Date in 1983, Stanislav Petrov Single-Handedly Prevented Nuclear War
Fun
The Time Lil BUB Edited an Issue of mental_floss
Stub
The Late Movies: Covering the Boss
Fun
All the Original Nintendo Games on One Poster
Movies
Go Behind the Scenes of The Wizard of Oz's 3D Restoration
Books
10 Sweet Spooks from "100 Ghosts"
Animals
11 Things We Know About the Dodo
Big Question
Why Did Pirates Wear Eye Patches?
Design
Chandelier Made from Nintendo Zappers
List
27 Celebrity Patent Holders
Stub
The Late Movies: 9 Iconic VMA Performances
Animals
29 Vintage Photos of Dogs Being Man's Best Friend
Big Question
Who Created Karaoke?
Pretty Pictures
8 Important Daguerreotype Photos
History
11 Historical Photos of the Panama Canal
Videos
37 Odd College Mascots
List
10 Hitchcock Quotes for His Birthday
TV
MythBusters Test Breaking Bad's Science
Movies
7 Things to Know About Elysium
List
8 Patents for Inventions that Purport to Protect You From Sharks
Q&A
Shark Week Q&A: How Scientists Built a Shark-Following Robot for "Return of Jaws"
Stub
The Late Movies: Go Go Power Rangers
Pretty Pictures
11 Vintage Photos from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition
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The Late Movies: Peacock Mantis Shrimpalooza
List
10 Fun Things to Do in Montreal
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The Late Movies: Covers of "Both Sides Now"
Videos
Death! 41 Historic Demises
Pretty Pictures
Incredible Colorized Slides of Africa from 1896
Stub
The Late Movies: All About Lady Liberty
TV
11 Vintage Celebrity PSAs
List
11 Awesome NERF Facts—Plus, a Contest!
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The Late Movies: Saw Song
Books
5 Maurice Sendak Stories You Should Read
List
15 Details from the In Cold Blood Killers’ Case Files
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T-Shirt Tuesday: #SMH
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The Late Movies: Life in Slow Motion
Weird Science
Scientists Find Blood in 10,000 Year Old Mammoth Remains
Videos
49 Hoaxes People Actually Believed
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