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

8 Accidental Charitable Donations
How Much Would the Twelve Days of Christmas Actually Cost?
New Thanksgiving Tradition: The World's Biggest Disco
"Jingle Bells" Was Originally Written for Thanksgiving
Three White House Security Breaches (and Two Royal Run-Ins)
Tim Burton Perplexed That He Didn't Already Write Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
The World’s Longest Christmas Card Exchange
The Case of the Missing Gordon from Sesame Street
Best Corporate Mascot Ever: Petey P Cup
Snow White: Not Just a Fairy Tale
The "Lyrical Embarrassment" that is the Sesame Street Theme Song
The Field of Dreams and Five Other Movie Pilgrimages You Can Make
How an Empty Dessert Plate Inspired the Frisbee
How a Punctuation Mark Gave Us Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Who is Sadie Hawkins and Why Does She Have Her Own Dance?
A Yodel Worth Millions
Four Cemeteries That Were “Relocated”
How George Washington’s Great-Grandniece Became Royalty
5 Interesting Tributes to Ronald Reagan
Tori Amos' Real-Life Stint as a Cornflake Girl
Happy Boss's Day: 9 of the Worst Bosses Ever
This Guy Holds More than 100 Guinness World Records
Why Do We Call the President's Wife “First Lady”?
The First Cereal Box Prize Ever
21 Things You Didn't Know About the 21st President
Whatever Happened to Lassie (and 8 Other Showbiz Dogs)?
Two Snack Food Veterans Buried With Their Products
From Barbies to Maggots: The Nicknames of 25 Fan Bases
Will the Real Nucky Thompson Please Stand Up?
9 Famous People Who Started as Disney Park Characters
Yes, Virginia, There is a Punky Brewster
How the Titanic Almost Sank Hershey
I Wish I Were an Oscar Mayer Wiener(mobile Driver)
14 Literary Settings Inspired by Real Places
Beyond Schweddy Balls: 10 Discontinued Ben & Jerry's Flavors
A Town of Storybook Houses and How They Came to Be
Mark Twain Invented a Board Game Called Memory-Builder
Today Would Have Been Freddie Mercury's 65th Birthday
18 Famous TV Roles Originally Played by Someone Else
Walt Disney's Secret Tragedy
22 Fascinating and Bizarre Classes Offered This Semester
D23 Day Three: The Force was With Us
D23 Day Two: Disney Studios Steals the Show
D23 Day One: "Rainbow Connection" and Route 66
Coming to You Live from the D23 Expo!
The Hotel that Takes Money Laundering Seriously
The Vice President Who Wrote a Hit Song
That One Time Abraham Lincoln Threw a Wedding Reception for Tom Thumb
What Really Happens if You Wear Red in Front of a Bull
The Stories Behind 6 Famous Slogans


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