Ethan Trex

Editorial Director/VP, Strategy at mental_floss.

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

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?
Sir Barton: How the First Triple Crown Winner Wound Up in the Army
17 Essential Talking Points on the Kentucky Derby
The Unauthorized Biography of the Easter Bunny
11 Body Parts Named After People
Andrew Jackson's Big Block of Cheese
5 Things You Might Not Know About John DeLorean
Why Are Flags Flown at Half-Staff in Times of Mourning?
The Accidental Birth of Wrapping Paper
11 Defunct Franchise Names Washington’s Football Team Can Use
Why Are Puppies Born With Their Eyes Closed?
A Closer Look at the World Series Trophy
The Genius Who Invented Brunch
The Most Popular Halloween Costumes (1985-1993)
19 Sports Injuries Weirder Than Nate Burleson's
Who Is Dalton Trumbo? 5 Facts About Bryan Cranston's Next Role
A Brief History of Cocktail Bitters - And 10 Kinds You Should Try
27 Patent-Holding Celebrity Inventors
Where Are These Thousand Islands?
The Bizarre History of White House Pets
15 Famous Companies That Originally Sold Something Else
Make this Drink to Celebrate National Rum Day
How the Temperance Movement Almost Killed Root Beer
9 Other Times Museum Patrons Mangled Works of Art
Boxers, Briefs or Loincloth? A Brief History of Men's Underwear
13 Medical Conditions Named After People
8 People Who Were Banned from Baseball
The Fish That Ate Japan
We've Joined Forces With IFC on a Three Stooges Project
7 Other Crafty Zoo Escapes
The Not-So-Glamorous Early Jobs of 23 Famous People
5 Whiskeys That Make Good Father's Day Gifts
Margaret Thatcher Did Not Require Any Karate Ladies for Protection
Why Is a Baker's Dozen 13?
Places That Could Use a Little mental_floss
12 of Wikipedia's Greatest Sentences
RIP Dave Brubeck: 5 Things You Might Not Know About the Jazz Legend
What Do Grandfathers Have to Do With Clocks?


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