Ethan Trex

Editorial Director/VP, Strategy at mental_floss.

Likes: doughnuts, spirits (liquor), spirits (supernatural), donuts. Dislikes: injuries.

The Time Larry David Saved a Man from the Death Penalty
Janis Joplin's Hard-Partying Wake
September 11th and the People of Gander, Newfoundland
Josephine Baker Facts
Facts About Sally Ride
Bing Crosby Facts
Great Depression Success Stories
What Does 'State of Emergency' Really Mean?
Gracie Allen and the Surprise Party
Unusual College Majors
What Happens to Leftover Campaign Funds When a Candidate Drops Out?
Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford Considered a Co-Presidency in 1980
Edgar Allan Poe Facts
Boston's Great Molasses Flood of 1919
A Brief History of Champagne
Boxing Day Facts
Why the Lions and Cowboys Play on Thanksgiving
Why We Eat Certain Foods on Thanksgiving
Grace Kelly Facts
5 Fabulous Facts About Jackie Kennedy
What Exactly Is the Heat Index?
7 Facts About the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament
5 Surprising Facts About Jacques Cousteau
15 Famous People Who Used to Teach
5 Things You Didn't Know About Shirley Temple
A Brief History of the State of the Union Address
Who Was Heisman and Why Does He Have a Trophy?
A Brief History of Black Friday
A Brief History of Zubaz
4 Old Men Who Played College Football
The Dog Who Saved the World Cup for England
5 Things You Might Not Know About Henry Kissinger
What Makes #2 Pencils So Special?
Sergeant Stubby: The Drool Sergeant of World War I
5 Things You Didn't Know About Pat Sajak
5 Things You Might Not Know About Wallis Simpson
Why is the Drinking Age 21?
Why Do College Basketball Teams Cut Down the Nets?
How Does One Become A Knight?
5 Things You Might Not Know About Ansel Adams
How Do You Steer a Bobsled?
How Do Aerial Skiers Perfect Their Jumps?
How Austrian Soldiers Saved the 1964 Olympics
13 Gold Medal-Worthy Olympic Stories
What Exactly Is Curling?
How Does the Magic Yellow First-Down Line Work?
12 (Non-Sexual) Uses for 900 Numbers in Decades Past
9 Holiday Characters From Around the World
Glory Day: Lancaster's Brief Stint as Our Nation's Capital
Why Are There 5,280 Feet in a Mile?


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