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Nick Greene

Nick Greene is Editor-at-Large for MentalFloss.com. He has written about trying to ride the entire New York Subway system in one day, surviving the apocalypse without a spare set of contact lenses, and whether or not Elvis was actually any good at karate. Originally from Chicago, he currently lives in Oakland, California.
History
When a Congressman Asked the FTC to Fact Check The New York Times' Slogan
Big Question
What Happens When You Pull The Emergency Brake On the Subway?
Technology
1986 College Newspaper Confirms People Have Always Been Jerks Online
Sports
Johan Cruyff's 'Soccer Tips' From 1980 Are Still Elegantly Apt
Big Question
Why Is the Runtime On This Simon and Garfunkel Song Listed as "2:74"?
Big Question
What Was the First-Ever Tweet?
Big Question
If March 15 Is the Ides of March, What Does That Make March 16?
List
15 Things With Better Odds Than Picking a Perfect March Madness Bracket
Big Question
How Much Land in Los Angeles Is Dedicated to Parking Spaces?
Technology
Here's How to Check Your Uber Passenger Rating
Sports
Are You Bold Enough to Play Motorcycle Soccer?
List
15 'Trials of the Century' and the Media Frenzies That Accompanied Them
List
The Meanings Behind These 15 Symbols On Your Car's Dashboard
Technology
Trying On the Teslasuit, the Device Designed to Make You Feel Virtual Reality
History
How Nazi Germany Advertised Itself to American Tourists
List
11 Campaign Slogans For Fictional Politicians
City Secrets
9 Surprising Secrets About Chicago and Its History
Science
BELLA, the Incredible Shrinking Particle Accelerator, Is Ready for Its Close-Up
Big Question
Where Does the Powerball Money Go?
Sports
Why Is Alabama's Mascot an Elephant?
Big Question
Who Exactly Can the President Pardon?
Big Question
Will My Phone's Battery Go On the Fritz in the Freezing Cold?
Big Question
What Are The Twelve Days of Christmas?
List
15 Impressive World Records Set in 2015
News
Who Is Bowe Bergdahl? A Quick Primer On 'Serial's' Latest Subject
Big Question
What Was FDR Doing During the 'Date Which Will Live in Infamy'?
Booze
The Meanings Behind the Weird Symbols on 20 Beer Labels
Videos
Watch a Turkey Fashion Show From 1951
Fun
The Time Ben Franklin Casually Invented a Form of Kitesurfing
Big Question
Why Are Some Dog Foods Labeled as "Dinner"?
Big Question
What Are Those Dark-Green Mailboxes That Don't Accept Mail?
Events
Happy "Odd Day!" (It's the Last One of the Century)
History
The American Dentist Who Drilled a Secret Message on Tojo's Dentures
History
9 Historically Disappointing Time Capsules
Space
NASA's Unpaid $400 Littering Ticket For Skylab Debris in Australia
History
How Chicago's Neighborhoods Got Their Names
History
6 of the Best Topical Halloween Costumes for 1915
History
The Ghost-Obsessed Professor Who Became Haunted By the Living
BRAIN[y]
Welcome to Brain Week on mental_floss! (Yes, There Will Be Live Brain Surgery)
Sports
7 Insane Sports and Games That Were Too Crazy to Last
List
The 10 Scent Trademarks Currently Recognized by the U.S. Patent Office
List
6 Times the World Was Supposed to End in the Past Decade
Movies
Hollywood's Repeated, Inexplicable Attempts at a 'Stretch Armstrong' Movie
Fun
Cops Help Children Settle Debate: Do Sirens Go 'Nee-Nah' or 'Woo-Woo'?
Fun
Will Following Advice From a 1988 Book On Fads Make Me a Millionaire?
Travel
7 Cautions for Chicago Tourists From an 1888 Visitor Guide
List
15 Bugs Named After Politicians
Sports
How the Owners of All 32 NFL Teams Made Their Money
History
The Day Everyone in Sweden Had to Start Driving On the Other Side of the Road
Words
"Bruh" and "Manspreading" Added by Oxford Dictionaries in Latest Update
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