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.

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
The Most Important Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of
12 Scholarly Takes on Whether or Not the 13th Century Song "Sumer is Icumen in" Is About Deer Farts
The Most Amazing Lie in History
The Unsung Army of Women Who Fed America and Its Allies During World War II
50 Bizarre Passages from Medieval Europe’s Bestselling Travel Book
The Apollo Astronaut Who Was Allergic to the Moon
Why Are There Only 28 Days in February?
How Stephen King's Wife Saved Carrie  and Launched His Career
The Story of Ethel Smyth: Composer, Suffragette, and Breaker of Operatic Glass Ceilings
Beethoven: How the World's First Rock Star Changed Music Forever
15 Colorful Lyrics from National Anthems Around the World
The 16th-Century Dance Plague
What Happened to Wally Pipp After He Was Benched?
Why Does Music Give You Chills?
Why Does It Feel So Cold When You Step Out of the Shower?
12 Obvious Things Confirmed By Science
The Most Explosive Mail Ever Sent
When College Freshmen Were Forced to Pose Nude During Orientation
Why Do Fraternities and Sororities Have Greek Names?
5 Undelivered Speeches That Would Have Changed the Course of History
New York City’s Most Moving Tradition
Robert Frank: The Photographer Who Captured America’s Dark Side
Anatomy of a Corn Dog
5 Perfume Scents from Unexpected Places
6 Barnyard Animals and How They Came to Be
The Only Footage of Mark Twain in Existence
How a 19th Century Volcanic Eruption Redefined the American Midwest
When Germany Tried to Assassinate Winston Churchill with a Killer Candy-Gram
How Kurt Vonnegut’s Brother Settled History’s Most Dubious Chicken-Tornado Debate
What Should I Do If I’m About to Get Struck by Lightning?
A Gorgeous Guide to Musical Notation
The Secret that Helped an Untrained Runner Win an Ultramarathon
Where Does Language Come From?
The Man Who Wrote an Album in His Sleep
Watch Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Robinson Dance with Gene Kelly
The 5 Weirdest Traffic Laws On, and Off, the Books
How a Motley Crew of Counterfeiters Saved George Washington, the Continental Army, and the USA
The Barnum of Baseball
The Summer Homes of 5 Legendary Authors
The Woman Who Struck Out the Babe
101 Masterpieces: Moby-Dick
The Origins of 12 Horse-Related Idioms
5 of the World's Unluckiest People
Can You Really Be Left Brained or Right Brained?
Are You Smarter Than an Eighth Grader? 1912 Edition
Scientific Evidence That You Are (and Aren’t) the Center of the Universe
3 Dirty Songs by Mozart


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