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Patricia T. O'Conner

Patricia T. O'Conner is the author of Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English.

Rudie Obias

Rudie Obias is a freelance writer interested in cinema, pop culture, and science fiction.

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Tournament of Genius

This spring, we'll be having a little March Madness of our own here at mentalfloss.com.

Arika Okrent

Linguist, author of In the Land of Invented Languages, living in Chicago, doing he

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Molly Oldfield

Molly Oldfield studied at Oxford before becoming a writer and researcher on the BBC television show QI.

Randy Olson

Randy Olson is a Computer Science graduate research assistant at Michigan State University s

Romy Oltuski

Romy Oltuski is a mental_floss contributor who has also written for Flavorwire, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, REDBOOK, and Lifestyles, among others.

Therese Oneill

Therese Oneill is a freelancer whose work has been featured in The Salem Monthly, The Atlantic, and American Library Journal

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Rebecca Onion

Rebecca Onion is a writer and academic living in Philadelphia.

Oné R Pagán

Oné R. Pagán is a husband and a father of three. He is also a university professor, scientist and a writer.

Nicole Pajer

Nicole Pajer is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer.

Erica Palan

Erica Palan is a writer, editor, and social media manager living in Philadelphia.

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Joe Pappalardo

Joe Pappalardo is a science journalist and author of the non-fiction book

Will Pearson

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Curt Peinhardt

Curt is a Graduate Assistant for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the University of Alabama's MBA Program, a small business owner, and the devoted fiancee to a beautiful attorney in Birmingh

Jo Piazza

Jo Piazza is the author of Celebrity Inc.: How Famous People Make Money (http://www.amazon.com/Celebrity-Inc-Famous-P

Garin Pirnia

Garin, a made-up name that according to her mom means "high priestess of the written word," is a freelance arts and culture writer.

Rob Placek

A fresh graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Rob Placek is a farm boy, travel junkie, and trivia fanatic.

Jason Plautz

Jason Plautz started as an intern for mentalfloss.com in 2007 and now does quizzes and posts about politics, sports, movies, and anything else that crosses his radar.

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Amy Preneta

Before having triplets in 2003, Amy went to graduate school, had a career, read voraciously, and traveled through three continents, but she doesn't remember any of it.

Sarah Prial

Sarah Prial fled her degree in Media Studies and Digital Culture to become a writer.

Kristy Puchko

Kristy is a New York-based film critic and entertainment writer whose work has appeared on Cinema Blend, MTV News, Film.com, Screen Crush,

Adam Raymond

A writer, blogger and avid TV watcher, Adam K. Raymond lives in Brooklyn with his wife Josie. He is an editor at Hemispheres and has written for Radar, NYMag.com and GOOD.

Gillian Reagan

Editor at Capital New York. Former New York Observer reporter. Business Insider editor. Books, bits, beets, beats.

Lucas Reilly

Lucas is the Associate Editor at mental_floss. A recent graduate of Lafayette College, he grew up in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, where he played a lot of piano and toiled as a chocolatier.

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Joni Rendon

Joni Rendon and Shannon McKenna Schmidt are the authors of 

Alisa Richter

Alisa works in New York as the Director of Communications for