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.

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
Sequoyah: The Man Who Saved the Cherokee Language
When the French Village of Pont-Saint-Esprit Went Temporarily Mad
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
13 Things You Should Know About Ferdinand Magellan
17 Things to Know About René Descartes
The 1925 Cave Rescue That Captivated the Nation
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
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"
The Story Behind John Cage's 4'33"
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
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


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