Ethan Trex

Editorial Director/VP, Strategy at mental_floss.

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

The Road to Street Sign Standardization
White House Celebrity Santas of the 1980s
Fuzzy Math: How College Football's Champs Were Chosen
Know Your Labels: The Stories Behind 5 California Wine Brands
Why Do The Lions & Cowboys Always Play On Thanksgiving?
Why Can't You Start a Rival Post Office?
10 Buildings Shaped Like What They Sell
Party Poopers: Presidents Who Faced Stiff Primary Challenges
5 Things You Didn't Know About Nolan Bushnell
Digest This: 9 Celebrities Who've Written Cookbooks
The Salacious (But Suitable-For-Work) Story of
Trick or Treat: Is There Poison in Your Pixy Stix?
7 Scary Monsters Some People Think Exist
A Brief History of Billy Beer
4 Unappetizing Product Launch Disasters
5 Things You Didn't Know About Maya Lin
10 Cocktails Named After Famous People
In the Beginning: The Origins of 9 Cat Breeds
11 High School Dropouts Who Found Success Anyway
The Men Behind the Tools
Lunchtime Quiz: Restaurants of Celebrity Chefs
5 Things You Didn't Know About Dave Brubeck
What's in a Name?
Lunchtime Quiz: Home Sweet Home Market
The Surprising Voices Behind Cartoon Characters
5 Things You Didn't Know About Cher
How 13 More Great American Cities Got Their Names
From Hippo Vaughn to Shoeless Joe Jackson: The Origins of 17 Classic Baseball Nicknames
A Brief History of Presidential Memoirs
7 Famous People Teaching Courses This Year
8 Alternative Fantasy Leagues
11 Freshly Baked Facts About Pepperidge Farm
12 Celebrity Professors
The Surprisingly Interesting History of Margarine
4 Famous People Convicted of Perjury
How 17 Great American Cities Got Their Names
By the Handbook: 9 Unusual College Policies
Initials That Meant More Than They Realized
5 Things You Didn't Know About Glenn "Pop" Warner
Why Are So Many Asteroids Named For Celebrities?
Medicine Cabinet Etymology: 12 Product Names Explained
Spell It Out: 16 Abbreviated Company Names Explained
5 Things You Didn't Know About Ian Fleming
Where Did 'Pringles' Come From? The Stories Behind 7 Salty Snacks
5 Things You Didn't Know About Katharine Graham
Oh, the Places Your Ashes Will Go!
Beyond Kickball: 10 Specialized Summer Camps
How 10 Sugary Treats Got Their Names
Ghost Writers: The Surprising Names Behind 10 Famous Works
5 Things You Didn't Know About Bill W.


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