Authors' Archives and Bios

Leah Beckmann

Leah Beckmann is a writer living in Brooklyn.

In the Beginning


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Gary Belsky

Columnist, TIME Business; partner, Elland Road Partners; former Editor-in-Chief, ESPN The Magazine

Kathy Benjamin

Kathy is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on various sites including Uproxx and Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket.


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Erika Berlin

Erika Berlin is an editor at She's a disco ball enthusiast, a pop culture addict, and a fan of pretending low-brow TV shows are educational.

Daniel Bettridge

Daniel is a freelance writer, an Englishman abroad, and a pop culture junkie.

Sydney Beveridge


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Monica Beyer

Monica Beyer is the author of two books on baby sign language and has been writing professionally for the better part of a decade. In addition to Mental Floss, her work has appeared at SheKnows.

Michael Blanding

Michael Blanding is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, and the author of

Emmy Blotnick

Blogger for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Comedy-doer.

Meg Boeni

Meg Boeni is currently studying journalism and Spanish at Boston University. Her interests include theatre, archaeology, folk music, kayaking, American history, and hidden puns.

Kaitlyn Boettcher

Katie is a mental_floss intern and senior at Beloit College, where she studies literature and anthropology.

Christian Bond

Christian is a comedy writer and film student at Northwestern University.

Floss books


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Brooke Borel

Brooke Borel is a scientist journalist and the author of Infested: How the Bed Bug Inflitrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World

David W Brown

David Brown is coauthor of The Command (John Wiley & Sons, 2012) and Deep State (Wiley, 2013).


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Alton Brown

Alton Brown is a regular contributor to mental_floss magazine and one of our all-time favorite people.

Martha Brozyna

Martha A. Brozyna earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of Southern California where she specialized in the very popular and cutting edge field of medieval Polish history.

Kelly Bryant

Kelly Bryant is an entertainment and lifestyle writer who covers everything from TV to wine and spirits (but mostly enjoys watching TV while drinking said wine and spirits).

Hillary Buckholtz

Hillary Buckholtz is a publicist, blogger, and comedian based in Washington, D.C. She runs the popular ’80s and early ’90s nostalgia blog “I’m Remembering!”(

Janet Burns

Janet writes in Brooklyn, gathers video tapes everywhere, can be found via warmlyjan


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Patrick Cain

Patrick Cain is a nuclear engineer turned writer. His work appears in a number of magazines including ESPN The Magazine, Fast Company and Oxygen.

M Asher Cantrell

M. Asher Cantrell is the pen name of M. Asher Cantrell because he doesn’t understand how pseudonyms work. Ashe was born in Nashville, TN, and received a B.A.


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Kelly Carroll

Kelly Carroll is an editor, writer, and blogger in New York City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Boston College and a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University.

Ilise S. Carter

As an award-winning writer, Ilise S.