Lucas Reilly

Lucas was the senior editor of mental_floss magazine. Now he dabbles online.

The Surgeon Who Removed His Own Appendix
The Time 14 Cargo Ships Were Trapped in the Suez Canal ... for Eight Years
21 Things You May Not Know About the U.S. Constitution
The British Codebreaker Who Convinced the U.S. to Join WWI
The Florida Beach Town Where the Amish Go on Vacation
Jazz Icon Charles Mingus Wrote a Manual for Toilet Training Your Cat
How the Performance of a French Opera About a Neapolitan Revolt Sparked a Belgian Revolution
The Katzenklavier: An Organ Made of Cats
The Time Kilts Were Banned In Scotland
222-0: The Worst Blowout in College Football History
The Bodysuit Car Designers Wear to Feel Old
The Bizarre Story of Britain’s Last Great Auk
12 Things to Know About Crazy Horse
14 Facts About Daniel Boone
13 Things You Should Know About Ferdinand Magellan
17 Things to Know About René Descartes
Stolpersteine: One Artist's International Memorial to the Holocaust
The 1925 Cave Rescue That Captivated the Nation
11 Things You Might Not Know About Johann Sebastian Bach
When Superman Fought Xenophobia in a 1949 Comic
The Enduring Mystery of the Ghent Altarpiece, the World's Most-Stolen Painting
The Quest to Break America’s Most Mysterious Code—And Find $60 Million in Buried Treasure
How Do British Royals Get Their Titles?
11 Surprising Facts About Windsor Castle
The Dubious Legend of Virgil's Pet Fly
John W. Jones: The Runaway Slave Who Buried Nearly 3000 Confederate Soldiers
How to Make a Sled Go Faster, According to Science
The Optimal Time to Dunk an Oreo, According to Science
How Scientists Are Using Plant-Based DNA Barcodes to Bust Counterfeiters
13 Secrets From the Guinness Archives
What's the Difference Between an Orchestra, a Symphony, and a Philharmonic?
The Story Behind the World’s Oldest (Pet) Ham
How Are Rooms Cleaned At An Ice Hotel?
The Time the Oxford English Dictionary Forgot a Word
One With the Junk: On the Scene at "The World's Longest Yard Sale"
What is Wassailing, Anyway?
25 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle
The Story Behind John Cage's 4'33"
Find Love With These 18 Old Halloween Fortune-Telling Tricks
An (Almost) Comprehensive History of Rat Kings
Assault, Robbery, and Murder: The Dark History of "Bedsheet Ghosts"
The Murderer Who Helped Make the Oxford English Dictionary
Why Do Ghosts Say ‘Boo’?
By the Numbers: How Americans Spend (More of) Their Money
The Blind Traveler: How James Holman Felt His Way Around the World to Become History's Most Prolific Explorer
The Town Where Wireless Signals Are Illegal
The Polish Doctors Who Used Science to Outwit the Nazis
A Forgotten George Gershwin Musical Just Made Its American Debut
Winston Churchill’s Audacious Plan to Build an Aircraft Carrier Out of Ice
How Eclipse Chasers Are Putting a Small Kentucky Town on the Map
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