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.

You Probably Have a Favorite Burner, But You Might Be Using It Wrong
7 Facts About the Feast of the Seven Fishes
What is Wassailing, Anyway?
Tom Molineaux: The Ex-Slave Who Became America’s First International Boxing Superstar
13 Things to Know About The World’s Oldest Santa School
The Time Abraham Lincoln Stopped a Murder Trial in its Tracks
Why Alaska is Home to America's Easternmost Point
10 Holiday-Related Phobias and How to Avoid Them
The Time German and Russian WWI Soldiers Banded Together to Fight Wolves
20 Attempts to Describe the Taste of Durian, the World’s Smelliest Fruit
11 Facts About Robert the Bruce, King of Scots
A Brief History of Presidential Funeral Trains
11 Thoughtful Gifts for Dad
The Story of Siwash, the Beer-Drinking Duck Who Joined the Marines
How to Make a Homemade Pie Crust, According to Science
Birdemic: The Great American Parrot Fever Panic of 1930
The Scottish Islands Where Electricity Is Being Made From the Ocean’s Tides
The Time Germany Kidnapped Hundreds of Stallions in an Attempt to Breed a Super-Horse
The Time Johnny Cash’s Estate Went to War Over Hemorrhoid Cream
Corpses in the Pig Pen: The Tale of Indiana's Most Notorious Serial Killer
6 Explosive Fart Controversies
Los Angeles Philharmonic to Perform a Piece of Music that Involves Dropping Melons on the Ground
No Joe: The Time Coffee Was Banned in Prussia
Why 1 Million People Live in Cold War-Era Bunkers Under the Streets of Beijing
Why Are Marathons 26.2 Miles Long?
The Origins of 12 Silly-Sounding Compound Words
Is It Illegal to Die in Longyearbyen, Norway?
How the World’s Only Feudal Lord Outclassed the Nazis to Save Her People
The Switching Hour: 14 Times People Advocated For or Rejected Daylight Saving Time
A Brief History of Animals (and Inanimate Objects) Going to Court
Why the Letters Q, W, and X Were Once Illegal in Turkey
Behold! The World’s Largest Beaver Dam
The Most Dangerous Job: The Murder of America's First Bird Warden
The Politician Who Sued God
The Ultimate Mudslinger: The Story Behind Denmark’s Protest Pigs
How Hitler's Watercolor Paintings Ended Up at a Military Base in Virginia
The Question that Baffled Britain's High Court: Are Pringles Potato Chips?
The Mongolian Princess Who Challenged Her Suitors to a Wrestling Match—and Always Won
The Science of Tearjerkers: Why We Love It When Movies Make Us Cry
How the Hubble Space Telescope Helped the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Tennis: The Sport that Loves to Kill Royalty
Signalman Jack: The Baboon Who Worked for the Railroad—and Never Made a Mistake
The Science Behind the U.S. Military's Super Sandwich
Pipe Dream: The Wacky Plan to Pump Antarctic Ice into Australia
A 16th-Century Guide to Pooping at King Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace
Why a New Jersey Mudhole Contains Baseball’s Dirtiest Secret
Revisiting the Mystery of the Great New England Sea Serpent of 1817
Benjamin Franklin and History's Most Dangerous Musical Instrument
One Engineer's Crazy Plan to Drain the Mediterranean
The Phony Disease That Helped Researchers Identify Bach's (Purported) Body


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