Stacy Conradt

Stacy Conradt is a staff writer who's been contributing to mental_floss since 2008. As an avid board game lover, she is especially fond of her work on Split Decision and Mixed Nuts. In her spare time (ha) she likes to run badly and visit roadside attractions that make most people cringe. She never met an Abe Lincoln tribute she didn't love. If you have one to suggest, let her know at

11 Monarchs Who Went Insane
12 College Courses We Wish Our Schools Had Offered
10 Things Created Over a Couple of Beers
11 Songs Inspired by Literature
The Stories Behind 15 Albums Named After Numbers, Featuring a Lot of Van Halen
The Time They Used a Cigarette Lighter to Light the Olympic Torch
The Best-Selling Greeting Card of All Time
The Full Names of 26 One-Name Celebrities
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Sad Readers
4 Olympians Who Sold Their Gold Medals (And One Who Tried)
11 TV Theme Songs That Secretly Have Lyrics
17 Famous Literary Characters Almost Named Something Else
Andy Griffith Sings the Lyrics to The Andy Griffith Show Theme Song
Armchair Field Trip: Iowa's Stonehenge
8 Clips of Morgan Freeman Being Awesome on The Electric Company
10 James Joyce Facts in Honor of Bloomsday
11 Game Show Hosts and Their Musical Aspirations
How Photos of Tank Man Were Smuggled Out of China
30 Famous People With Law Degrees
Does the Key to the City Actually Open Anything?
If You Can’t Smell, Can You Taste?
The Time Groucho Marx Did the Charleston on Hitler's Grave
8 Celebrities Arrested for Obscenity (and What It Was They Said or Did)
12 Attempts to Bribe Celebrities for Worthy Causes
From Petey P. Cup to Prosty the Spokesgland: 11 Unbelievable Healthcare Industry Mascots
6 Interns Who Ended Up Running the Company
9 Controversial Magazine Issues Too Inflammatory for Newsstands
Interesting College Courses at Sweet 16 Schools
11 of the Most Beloved Sherman Brothers Songs
7 Children's Books Written in Response to Other Books
Mikhail Gorbachev: Pizza Hut Spokesman
Edgar Allan Poe's Eerie Richard Parker Coincidence
14 Movie Cameos by the Authors of the Original Books
There Really Is a Little Debbie
10 Ways the CIA Tried to Kill Castro
From Curing Dandruff to Finding You a Husband: 11 Amazing Benefits of Listerine
"Tweet Me," "Mommy Issues" and More Offbeat Valentine's Day Candy Hearts
In the 1930s, a Mono-Named Mannequin Took New York by Storm
Once Upon a Midnight Dreary, the Poe Toaster Failed to Show
Why Do People Say "Holy Mackerel"?
Is Sebastian from The Little Mermaid a Crab or a Lobster?
The Night They (Almost) Bombed Old Dixie Down
23 Bizarre Things Ceremonially Dropped on New Year's Eve
Elvis Presley: World’s Best Car Buyer
The Club with More U.S. Presidents than Skull and Bones
The Quick 10: A Christmas Carol
11 Christmas Songs That Never Really Took Off
The King of Dudes (Hint: It’s Not Jeff Bridges)
Months Before Lincoln Was Shot and Killed, He Was Almost Shot and Killed
9 Questionable Choices for Previous Super Bowl Halftime Shows


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