Ethan Trex

Editorial Director/VP, Strategy at mental_floss.

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

What Was the Jersey Devil?
Whatever Happened to the Hole in the Ozone Layer?
Cheat Sheet: 17 Essential Talking Points on the Kentucky Derby
The Birth of the Phillie Phanatic
What Happened to the NIT?
John Cazale's Amazing Best Picture Streak
When Do Leap Day Babies Celebrate Birthdays in Non-Leap Years?
How Does Duty Free Work?
If the Cops Mistakenly Kick Down Your Door, Who Pays for the Damage?
Is Flipping a Coin Really a 50-50 Proposition?
Why Does New Hampshire Get to Hold the First Primary?
25 One-Word Answers to Very Important Questions
This Is a Food
Sweet Action: 8 Big Bets Made by Famous People
How to Hire a Hitman: 11 Fascinating Search Suggestions From Google
Eye for an Eye: The Punishments of 8 Political Assassins
Why Is a $100,000 Bill on a Billboard in New York?
5 Fast Facts About Abraham Zapruder
8 Creative Ways People Went Over the Berlin Wall
11 Antiquated "P" Words From the American Slang Dictionary
10 Emily Post Tips on Things Like Dressing to Meet the Pope and Shooing Away Drunks
Are Teenage Trick-or-Treaters Breaking the Law?
The Time Notre Dame Played the New York Giants (for the Unemployed!)
9 Presidential Candidates Who Weren't Great Students
The Food Pyramid's Circular Ancestor
Why Are Textbooks So Expensive?
5 Things You Didn't Know About Orson Welles
Debt Free Zone: How Liechtenstein Manages to Live Within Its Means
4 Regular People Who Negotiated High-Profile Surrenders
Two Rules Named After Deion Sanders
The Disastrous North Pole Balloon Mission of 1897
What Does '100% Juice' Mean?
That Time in 1979 When the U.S. Government Defaulted
The Fontastic Stories Behind 5 Common Typefaces
Johnny Cash and a Delightful New Child Star in Door-to-Door Maniac
5 Things You Didn't Know About Bryan Cranston
Muzak History: The Background Story on Background Music
20 Obscure Words to Describe Collectors
What Is the Iowa Straw Poll?
How 8 Famous Acquitted Defendants Spent The Rest of Their Lives
Those Aren't Your Father's Fireworks
Our Favorite Opening Paragraph in the History of Journalism
3 People Who Talked Down Potential Jumpers
The Worst First Pick in Basketball History
It's a Steal! How Columbia House Made Money Giving Away Music
Mo Willems and The State
Stanley Cup Shenanigans: XXXXX Marks the Spot
Would a Dingo Really Eat Your Baby?
They Shouldn't Have Put a Ring on It: The NCAA and Ring Repossession
Going Out With a Bang: Janis Joplin's Hard-Partying Wake


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