Lucas Reilly

Lucas proudly worked on mental_floss magazine for four years, where he served as a senior editor. For two years, he worked as a longform feature writer for the web. He's embedded with professional eclipse chasers in Nebraska, interviewed feudal lords in Britain, hunted for buried treasure in Virginia, and once profiled a man who had tried to turn into a goat. Chances are, you can find him at the library.

Why Does Music Give You Chills?
Why Does It Feel So Cold When You Step Out of the Shower?
12 Obvious Things Confirmed By Science
The Most Explosive Mail Ever Sent
When College Freshmen Were Forced to Pose Nude During Orientation
Why Do Fraternities and Sororities Have Greek Names?
5 Undelivered Speeches That Would Have Changed the Course of History
New York City’s Most Moving Tradition
Robert Frank: The Photographer Who Captured America’s Dark Side
Anatomy of a Corn Dog
5 Perfume Scents from Unexpected Places
6 Barnyard Animals and How They Came to Be
The Only Footage of Mark Twain in Existence
How a 19th Century Volcanic Eruption Redefined the American Midwest
When Germany Tried to Assassinate Winston Churchill with a Killer Candy-Gram
How Kurt Vonnegut’s Brother Settled History’s Most Dubious Chicken-Tornado Debate
What Should I Do If I’m About to Get Struck by Lightning?
A Gorgeous Guide to Musical Notation
The Secret that Helped an Untrained Runner Win an Ultramarathon
Where Does Language Come From?
The Man Who Wrote an Album in His Sleep
Watch Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Robinson Dance with Gene Kelly
The 5 Weirdest Traffic Laws On, and Off, the Books
How a Motley Crew of Counterfeiters Saved George Washington, the Continental Army, and the USA
The Barnum of Baseball
The Summer Homes of 5 Legendary Authors
The Woman Who Struck Out the Babe
101 Masterpieces: Moby-Dick
The Origins of 12 Horse-Related Idioms
5 of the World's Unluckiest People
Can You Really Be Left Brained or Right Brained?
Are You Smarter Than an Eighth Grader? 1912 Edition
Scientific Evidence That You Are (and Aren’t) the Center of the Universe
3 Dirty Songs by Mozart
The Beer Fridge That Only Opens for Canadians is Back
Is Your Sense of Direction Innate?
How Does Caffeine Work?
Hear James Joyce Read From <em>Ulysses</em> and <em>Finnegans Wake</em>
The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits
The Woman Buried in a New Jersey Parking Lot
21 Presidential Doodles
3 Interesting Articles from Ernest Hemingway’s Newspaper Career
You Can Ride the Subway for Free if You Just Do Some Squats
14 of History’s Craziest Baldness Cures
17 Ancient Abandoned Websites That Still Work
Why Do I Wake Up Right Before My Alarm Goes Off?
How Do Postal Workers Decipher Really Sloppy Handwriting?
11 Absurdly Awesome Inventions
12 Inappropriate Calls Made to the Scottish Police
1000 Hip Hop Monikers on One Huge Poster


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