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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 

Ransom Riggs

Filmmaker, photo hound, author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Ransom was a daily contributor to mentalfloss.com for many, many years.

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Caisey Robertson

Student at Texas Christian University studying writing. Tea drinker, synesthete, and corgi lover.

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Islington, London

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Dave Roos

Dave Roos splits his time between freelance writing and organic vegetable farming, neither of which pay very well but make excellent use of his Religion major.

Jake Rossen

Jake Rossen is a writer, editor, and curator of fine comic strip art.

Greg Sabin

Depending on the time of day, Greg Sabin is either a financial planner, freelance writer, banjo player, or improvisational comedian.

Maggie Ryan Sandford

Maggie Ryan Sandford is a science journalist, writer, and broadcast media producer.

Erik Sass

Erik Sass is the author of The Mental Floss History of the United States and co-author with Steve Wiegand of The Mental Floss History of the World, both of which you should go buy right now.

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Mandy Savoie

Since her dream of appearing on “Rock & Roll Jeopardy” didn’t pan out, Mandy works as a freelance writer.

Jon Seder

Jon Seder is a writer, artist, graphic designer and recent Brooklyn expatriate who now happily lives in Maine.

Streeter Seidell

Streeter Seidell is the front page editor of CollegeHumor.com and co-author of the site's first book, The CollegeHumor Guide to College.

Jake Seiner

Jake Seiner writes about Minor League Baseball for MiLB.com, and has previously written for the Associated Press and Boston Globe.

Leah Shaffer

Leah Shaffer is a freelance writer covering education and science. She enjoys both good beer and good beards.