Lucas Reilly

Lucas proudly worked on mental_floss magazine for four years, where he served as a senior editor. For two years, he worked as a longform feature writer for the web. He's embedded with professional eclipse chasers in Nebraska, interviewed feudal lords in Britain, hunted for buried treasure in Virginia, and once profiled a man who had tried to turn into a goat. Chances are, you can find him at the library.

Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether It Was Intentional
8 Things to Know About Crispus Attucks
What the Descendants of Controversial Historical Figures Are Doing
Facts About William Shakespeare
Historical Baldness Cures
History's Greatest Pranks
Why Isn't Fish Considered Meat During Lent?
Historical Feuds
World’s Oldest Films, Captured by Thomas Edison
Famous Author Nicknames
Why Punxsutawney's Groundhog Is Named Phil
What's the Best Temperature for Soup?
How to Make a Sled Go Faster, According to Science
Monarch Butterfly Migration
Uluru's Cursed Rocks
Old Halloween Fortune-Telling Tricks
5 Hide and Seek Champions of the Natural World
Why Do Students Get Summers Off?
10 Things to Know About the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
14 Things You Might Not Have Known About James K. Polk
Dwight Eisenhower Wrote a Letter Accepting Blame for D-Day's Failure, Just in Case
13 Fascinating Facts About Bees
25 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle
6 Dreaded Tasks That Are Actually Great For Managing Stress
11 Facts About Johann Sebastian Bach
19 Things You Might Not Have Known About Albert Einstein
13 Bizarre Descriptions of the Ancient World According to Herodotus's Histories
13 Facts About the Oxford English Dictionary
12 Things To Do When Your Flight's Canceled or Delayed
The Reasons Why Iceland Is So Expensive
Robert Smalls: The Slave Who Stole a Confederate Ship and Became a Congressman
The Eccentric Entrepreneur Who Put Bhutan on the Map With Talking Postage Stamps
Eadweard Muybridge: The Eccentric Forefather of the Animated GIF
How British Spies Used a Cupcake Recipe to Stop Terrorists
15 Dancing Tips From 1529 Proven to Wow Your Date
How to Exercise Like Franz Kafka
Murder in the Red Barn: The Crime Solved by a Dream
George Pollard Jr., Unlucky Captain of the Ship That Inspired Moby-Dick
9 Facts About Project Blue Book, the Government's Top-Secret UFO Program
Can You Tell an Author’s Identity By Looking at Punctuation Alone? A Study Just Found Out.
The Favourite: 10 Facts About the Real History Behind the Movie
Can Watching the Super Bowl Give You a Heart Attack?
When Queen Victoria Employed an Official Rat-Catcher
The Quest to Find—and Save—the World's Most Famous Shipwreck
10 Discoveries and Inventions That Are More Recent Than You Think
India Is Now Home to the World's Largest Statue
The Time the U.S. Government Banned Sliced Bread
When Pablo Picasso Was Suspected of Stealing the Mona Lisa
10 Strange Items the TSA Found in People's Luggage in 2018
Inside the Coldest City in the World, Where It Snows 270 Days a Year


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