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

The International Distress Signal That Predates 'SOS'
12 Shocking Secrets Spilled to Oprah
11 Facts About Robert Frost
The Actors Who Are Dying to Play Yorick in 'Hamlet'
Nikola Tesla Wi-Fi Statue Pays Tribute to the Great Inventor
The World's First Emergency Phone Number
8 Famous Songs Using Borrowed Tunes
The Mysterious Disappearance and Reappearance of Roger Tichborne
How Do "Skinny" Mirrors Work?
Why Benjamin Franklin Hated the Letter "C"
Grave Sightings: Levi Strauss, The Man Who Changed Fashion
Meet the 10 Honorary Harlem Globetrotters
What’s the Difference Between Club Soda, Seltzer, and Sparkling Water?
12 Facts About 'Fun and Fancy Free'
The Mysterious Motivational Rocks of Dogtown, Massachusetts
Grave Sightings: William Randolph Hearst
Is White Chocolate Really Chocolate?
What Happens When You Send a Letter to Santa Claus?
10 Sweet Facts About Candy Canes
The Time Every Patent in the U.S. Went Up in Smoke
7 Times Dick Van Dyke Was a Delight
When Political Signs Become Art: Monument to the Unelected
The Mystery Behind the World's Most Famous Christmas Poem
What Flavor Is Juicy Fruit Gum?
The Publicity Stunt That Convinced People Elevators Were Safe
All the Presidents' Pardoned Turkeys
The Winner of the 2016 World's Biggest Liar Competition
The Women Who Chained Themselves to D.C.'s Cherry Trees
15 Books Every Young Reader Will Love
15 Sandwiches Everyone Should Try Once
10 Places Where Humans and Wild Animals Live in Harmony
Watch the Lost Soup Sequence From 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'
10 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Facts About Song of the South
10 Natural Landmarks That No Longer Exist
Is This the Most Mysterious Grave in Virginia?
13 Freaky Facts About Disney's Tower of Terror Ride
Why Do We Get a Lump in Our Throats Before We Cry?
The Strange Custom of Setting Pianos on Fire
Why Do Politicians Kiss Babies?
The Time Andrew Jackson Won the Vote but Lost the Presidency
The 'Splash'-Themed Disney Bar That Almost Was
10 Musicians Who Recorded Their Hits in Simlish
The Time Chuck Norris Taught Eva Gabor Karate
8 Famous Séances
12 People Who Have Supposedly Seen or Felt Lincoln's Ghost
The "Real" Legend of the Pig Man from 'American Horror Story: Roanoke'
11 Hair-Raising Facts About Disney's 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'
How Harry Truman's Daughter Inspired a Wesley Snipes Movie
11 Little Things You Can Do to Make A Difference
How the Man Who Bombed Oregon Became an Honorary Citizen


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