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Alyson Sheppard

Alyson Sheppard is an editor at Popular Mechanics magazine, where she writes about space exploration. She lives in Brooklyn and sometimes Alabama and has no intention of ever leaving this planet.

Karl Smallwood

Karl is a British theoretical media graduate trying to make it in the world as a writer. If you're reading this, he's probably not doing half bad. To see his work, Google him.

Emily Anna Smith

Emily Anna Smith is a southern librarian in the Big Apple. She blogs and tweets about the Oscar red carpet. Follow her @oscarscloset.

Ben Smith

Ben Smith is a Software Engineering major entering his junior year this fall at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Camille Smith Platt

A former editor with Christian Family Publications, Camille Smith Platt is a freelance writer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Erik Sofge

Erik is a technology, science and culture writer based in Massachusetts.

Matt Soniak

Matt is a long-time mental_floss regular and writes about science, history, etymology and Bruce Springsteen for both the website and the print magazine.

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Paul Sorene

Paul Sorene is the Anorak. He survives on donations and the tolerance of Old Mr Anorak, his patron. Paul is hawked out to various media outlets whenever OMA is low on supplies.

Jamie Spatola

Jamie Spatola is a 2004 graduate of Duke University, where she majored in English and minored in Linguistics. She subsequently earned an M.B.A.

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Chris Stokel-Walker

Chris Stokel-Walker inherited a desire to pick up trivia from both his father and maternal grandfather. Where there’s a story, there’s a fact to be stored in memory for unveiling on a rainy day.

Brian Switek

Brian Switek enthuses about fossil finds in his books

Leslie Threlkeld

Leslie Threlkeld is currently working as a mental_floss intern in Birmingham. She recently graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Journalism and Computer Science.

Drew Toal

Drew Toal is a freelance writer and photo booth operator. He currently resides in Brooklyn.

Will Treece

Will Treece grew up in Tokyo, lives in Detroit, and is currently a History major at Swarthmore College.

Ethan Trex

Senior editor at mental_floss. Likes: doughnuts, spirits (liquor), spirits (supernatural), donuts. Dislikes: injuries.

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Angela Tung/Wordnik

Angela Tung is a writer in San Francisco.

Angela Tung

Angela Tung is a writer in San Francisco.

Erik van Rheenen

MentalFloss.com intern. Stage dive enthusiast. Wannabe novelist. Nerdfighter.

Erik Vance

Erik Vance is a former scientist who used to study dolphins as they played.

Caity Weaver

Caity is a freelance writer who spends her nights blogging for Gawker and her days getting sucked into Wikipedia wormholes for mental_floss.