Ethan Trex

Editorial Director/VP, Strategy at mental_floss.

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

How to Fly the American Flag
The Time John Wilkes Booth's Brother Saved Abe Lincoln's Son
When Chuck Berry Became a Beach Boy
13 Hitchcock Films That Were Never Made
10 Sports Cut From The Olympics
Eric the Eel: The Olympic Swimmer Who'd Never Been in an Olympic-Size Pool
Robert Todd Lincoln: Harbinger of Presidential Death
No Thanks: Why Denver Turned Down the 1976 Olympics
The Stories Behind Graduation Traditions
11 Freshly Baked Facts About Pepperidge Farm
New Math: The Time Indiana Tried to Change Pi to 3.2
11 Dads of Famous Juniors
How 8 Famous Cheeses Got Their Names
The Men Behind Your Favorite Liquors
10 People Who Switched Careers After 50 (and Thrived!)
11 Essential Talking Points for Mount Rushmore Enthusiasts
Way More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Eggnog
The Stories Behind 11 Famous Cocktails
11 Handy Facts About Leatherman Tools
7 Wildly Successful People Who Survived Bankruptcy
9 Strange Courtship Rituals From Around the World
How Seeing Eye Dogs Found Their Way to America
6 Constitutional Amendments That Just Missed the Cut
The Stories Behind 15 Celebrity Stage Names
14 Bizarre College Donations and the Strings Attached
7 Historical Bans on Smoking
5 Things You Should Know About Robert Todd Lincoln
A Brief History of Rum—and 11 Kinds You Should be Drinking
6 Perfectly Arranged Facts About Martha Stewart
Why Engagement Rings Are Made With Diamonds
What 20 Famous Characters Look Like Without Masks
How 13 Dog Breeds Got Their Names
10 Things Walmart Has Yanked Off the Shelf
4 Cases of All-Star Voter Fraud
7 Burning Belmont Questions
Why Is the NBA Shot Clock 24 Seconds?
7 Things You Should Know About the Kentucky Derby
A Brief History of Gin—and 12 Kinds You Should Try
Syrian Golden Hamsters: The Drunken Uncles of the Rodent World
How Do You Calculate the Wind Chill?
A Brief History of Sick People Tampering With Halloween Candy
15 Things You Might Not Know About Kentucky
The Flying Flivver: Henry Ford's Attempt to Make Us All Pilots
How Your Favorite Sneakers Got Their Names
7 Barons Behind Famous Beers
How Do You Decaffeinate Coffee Beans?
It Curves! A Brief History of Wiffle Ball
How Teddy Roosevelt Turned Piranhas Into Ferocious Maneaters
A Brief History of Presidential Vacations
Who Is Larry O'Brien?


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