Jason Plautz

Writes about: Movies , politics , Pop Culture , Sports
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. Based in Washington D.C., he writes for InsideClimate News and has had work appear on TheAtlantic.com, Pacific Standard, and National Journal. He hopes that someday he'll see a Northwestern bowl win and any Cleveland championship, but is not optimistic about either.
Olympics
Why They Stopped Using Real Pistols to Start Olympic Races
List
11 Classic Nicknames and The People Who Hated Them
Sports
On This Date in 1974, Cleveland's "Ten Cent Beer Night" Went Horribly Wrong
Sports
15 Sets of Athletic Twins
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11 Offbeat Stats That Don't Show Up in the Box Score
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5 Stats That Might Mean Less Than You Think
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11 Unusually Shaped Coins
History
11 People Who Died in the U.S. Capitol
Big Question
Why Don't We Celebrate Washington's Birthday On His Birthday (And What About Lincoln)?
List
11 Original Songs That Were Cut From Their Movies
Article
Why the NFL Can't Play on Friday and Saturday (and Other Times Congress Interfered with Football)
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11 Debuts That Got Booed
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10 Places and the Words They Inspired
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Miss Flame in the Bedroom with the Shoe: 4 Board Games that Changed With The Culture
Article
The New Single-Medal Countries (and Two That Left the List)
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11 Strange Things You Might Put In Your Gas Tank
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The 21 Countries With One Olympic Medal
Article
Lunchtime Quiz: Track Listing (Another Numerical Edition)
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Are Mermaids Real? 11 Myths the U.S. Government Has Addressed
Article
After Elections in Delaware, Politicians Literally Bury Hatchets
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11 Amazing Under-the-Radar Sports Dynasties
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11 Athletes Who Had Their Own Cereals
Article
From Sonic Youth's Guitars to LA Tubas: 4 Famous Stolen Instruments
Article
The Toddlers' Truce: Why You Couldn't Watch British TV at 6pm Until 1957
Article
Why the CIA got in the Animated Film Business (and other D.C.-Hollywood Tales)
Article
Three More Coaches Who Lied About Their History
Article
Why Utah Loves Seagulls (but not crickets)
Article
Is This Really the Busiest Travel Day?
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11 Reasons Athletes Change Their Names
Article
Horror Movies For Holidays Other Than Halloween
Article
The Grand Slam Single and Other Home Runs That Didn't Count
Article
Yelp Reviews For Places You Can't (or shouldn't) Go
Article
Five Potentially Great Power Couples (and why they never made it)
Article
Did Dr. Watson Really Write Sherlock Holmes?
Article
The Changing Definition of "Flash Mob"
Article
The Oregon County That's Not in the U.N.
Article
When Hizzoner Can Be "Your Honor"
Article
Reasons to Feel Good About Having Blue Eyes
Article
Marvin Gaye, Detroit Lions Wide Receiver?
List
10 Director's Cuts That Change The Plot
Article
Lunchtime Quiz: U.S. Representative or Little Rascal?
Article
Whatever Happened to Play?
Article
Lunchtime Quiz: Pittsburgh or Green Bay?
List
10 Quirky Things Politicians Do
Slideshow
11 Original Songs That Were Cut From Their Movies
Article
Let's Make a Deal: 6 of Baseball's Strangest Trades
List
5 Times MC Hammer Changed History
Article
Lunchtime Quiz: The Roland Emmerich Reign of Destruction
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5 Unusual & Convenient Drive-Through Spots
Article
Lunchtime Quiz: Not the NFL
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