Emily Petsko

Emily Petsko is a staff writer at Mental Floss. Her writing has appeared in Lonely Planet, The Guardian, and several lifestyle publications in Asia. She has lived in Pittsburgh, Hanoi, and Hong Kong, and now travels the US in search of weird foods and weirder stories.

Winston Churchill Had a Doctor's Note That Allowed Him to Drink an 'Indefinite' Amount of Alcohol in Prohibition-Era America
Brain-Eating Amoeba Kills Seattle Woman Who Used Tap Water in Her Neti Pot
Ohio State University Has Its Own Bacon Vending Machine
11 Thoughtful Gifts for Secret Santa and White Elephant Exchanges
The 20 Safest Cities in America, Mapped
The Bauble Calculator Will Tell You Exactly How Many Christmas Tree Ornaments to Get This Year
Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year is 'Sociable and Spirited' Living Coral
Interactive Music Map Showcases the Most Sung-About Places in the World
Decorate Your Lawn With an Inflatable Griswold Family Station Wagon from Christmas Vacation
Tom Cruise Wants You to Fight Back Against Your TV's 'Soap Opera Effect'
Survey Finds Microplastics in the Guts of All Seven Sea Turtle Species
The 10 Best Apps of 2018, According to Google
It's National Cookie Day! Here's Where to Score Some Free Treats
Afternoon Map: America's Most Charitable States, Ranked
A Third of All Employees Will Probably Embarrass Themselves at the Office Holiday Party
SpongeBob SquarePants Fans Are Petitioning to Have 'Sweet Victory' Played at the Super Bowl
Litographs T-Shirts Come With Outlander, Hamlet, and Other Popular Novels Printed on Them
How to Use the iPhone's Hidden Magnifying Glass Feature 
Humpback Whales in Canada Get Fish to Swim Right Into Their Mouths
A 17th-Century Noblewoman's Rare Poems About War-Torn England Can Be Read Online
12 Things You Might Not Know About Mark Twain
Freezy Freakies Are Now Available in Both Adult and Child Sizes for the First Time
Want Your Christmas Gifts to Arrive on Time? These Are the Shipping Deadlines to Know
McDonald's Touchscreen Menus Are Covered in Poop, Report Finds
The 10 Most Pet-Friendly Airports in America
Ants Take Sick Days to Protect Their Colonies from Disease
11 Brilliant Gifts for the Teacher in Your Life
Netflix Is Adapting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Other Roald Dahl Tales Into an Animated Series
See How Much J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and Other Top Authors Earn in One Minute
11 Insightful Facts About Eyes
How A Christmas Story's Tongue-on-the-Flagpole Scene Was Filmed
6 Tips for Making the Perfect Snowball
A Piece of the Eiffel Tower's Original Staircase Is Going Up for Auction
Experimental Brain Implant Lets Paralyzed People Communicate by Turning Thoughts Into Text
Waterbeds Are Ready to Make a Comeback
The Top '90s Toy in Each State
Laughter in the Workplace Can Boost Productivity—and Make You Seem More Competent
Some Lip Balms Make Chapped Lips Worse—Here Are the Ingredients You Should Avoid
Beyond Butterball: 7 Holiday Food Hotlines That Can Talk You Out of a Kitchen Disaster
11 Common English Words from Native American Languages
Florida Is Home to 'Skull-Collecting' Ants, Because Florida
Boozy Pecan Pie Milkshakes Are Just What We Need This Thanksgiving
Smoke From California Wildfires Has Reached the East Coast and Caused Haze
A Home Alone-Themed Clothing Line Has Arrived Just in Time for Holiday Party Season
Finally! Scientists Have Figured Out How Wombats Poop Cubes
YouTube Is Now Streaming Free Movies—as Long as You'll Sit Through Some Ads
What 12 Fast Food Advertisements Look Like Compared to the Real Thing
'Obscene' Books From Oxford's Bodleian Libraries Go on Display for the First Time
What Are Your Chances of Dying from Everyday Activities? Chart Shows The Risks
How the Los Angeles Zoo Protects Its Animals During Wildfires and Other Emergencies
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