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Michele Debczak

Michele Debczak is a staff writer for mentalfloss.com. In the past she’s written about cheese and movies, two of her favorite things in life. In her free time she enjoys dogspotting, eating breakfast foods, and reading about alien conspiracy theories on Wikipedia.
How Al Capone Gave Us the Term ‘Money Laundering’
Charles Dickens, Part-Time Mesmerist
Welcome to the Dull Men’s Club, a Group Dedicated to the Blander Things in Life
Why Certain Airplane Seats Have a Triangle Above Them
How a Squishy Worm Robot Could Improve Colonoscopies
This Sand-Resistant Towel Is Essential for Your Next Beach Trip
Look Back at 50 Years of New York Cinema Packed Into 4 Minutes
Madrid is Now Home to Spain’s First Nap Cafe
It’s Illegal to Own Only One Guinea Pig in Switzerland
Interactive Silicone Bowls Encourage You to Play With Your Food
Rental Furniture Company Offers Hip Design With Low Commitment
You Can Buy Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s Childhood Home for $50 Million
Can You Solve This Fish Riddle?
What the New 'Star Wars Trailer' Looks Like Remade With 1984 Technology
There’s a $1 Million Bounty on Bigfoot in Pennsylvania
Host a Barbecue Wherever You Go With This Portable Grill
This $300 Hoodie Is Designed to Outlive You
These Magical Keywords Unlock Harry Potter Easter Eggs on Facebook
Digital Harry Potter Library Highlights the Magic in Historical Texts
Mary Poppins Crosswalk Lights Installed in the Hometown of P.L. Travers
Here's How to Change Your Name on Facebook
This Startup Wants to Take the Hassle out of Canceling Compromised Credit Cards
Sequoia Sent to Idaho by John Muir Will Be Uprooted and Moved Two Blocks
Welcome to America’s Northernmost Town: Barrow, Alaska
Big Question
Why Does Humid Weather Make Hair Frizzy?
Italian Airport Makes Pesto Sauce an Exception to the Liquids Ban
London Skyscraper to Feature a Glass Climbing Wall With Dizzying Views
11 Patriotic Products for the Fourth of July
How Scientists Use the Nuclear Test Monitoring System for All Kinds of Research
Millennials Are More Likely Than Baby Boomers to Have Emergency Savings
The World's Most Exclusive University Accepts Less Than 1.5 Percent of Applicants
What Those Chimes You Hear on Airplanes Really Mean
A Record Heatwave in the Southwest Grounds Planes
This Song Has Been Playing Since 1999 and Will Keep Going for 1000 Years
You Can Buy a Whole Village on Scotland's Isle of Skye
How Many Giant Squids Are There? Whale Stomachs May Hold the Answer
Explore the Animal Kingdom With This Colorful Poster Series
Here's Why You Should Skip the Cheap Flip-Flops This Summer
There’s an Invisible Tracking Code Embedded in the Documents You Print
Try Solving This Riddle From a High School Math Competition
IKEA Channels Their Furniture Assembly Instructions in Recipe Posters
Microsoft AI Achieves Highest Ms. Pac-Man Score Possible
Retired Engineer Builds a Giant Model Train in His Backyard
How Limitations Can Kick-Start Creativity
Holocaust Memorial Museum Launches Kickstarter to Digitize 200 Diaries
This Comprehensive Color Guide Predates Pantone by Centuries
This Is the Oldest Continuously Family-Run Restaurant in the U.S.
Two B-25 Bombers That Went Missing in World War II Have Been Found
25 Can't-Miss Father's Day Gift Ideas
Video Recreates the Moon Landing Using Photos From NASA’s Archives
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