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.
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The MythBusters/Alton Brown Experiment You Didn't See
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11 Facts from the American Museum of Natural History's New Food-Themed Exhibit
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11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Taxidermy
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14 Weird Old Photos Of People Wearing Masks
How Will We Vote If There's A Disaster On Election Day?
13 Vintage Photos of Hurricanes and Their Aftermath
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Repairing the Washington Monument, 124 Years After It Opened
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22 Fantastic Vintage Photos of People Taking Naps
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