Erin McCarthy

Erin is the Editor-in-Chief of, host of The List Show on YouTube, and the creator, executive producer, and host of Mental Floss's History Vs. podcast. She joined Mental Floss in 2012. Previously, she covered everything from natural disasters to bridge engineering to the science behind sci-fi movies for Popular Mechanics magazine. When she's not editing or writing, you can find her karaoking, reading non-fiction, watching Investigation Discovery and hockey (go NYR!), or hanging out with her cats, Oliver and Pearl.
11 Dothraki Words and Phrases Every Game of Thrones Fan Should Know
11 Photos From the Opportunity Rover's Mission on Mars
10 Behind-the-Scenes Facts About Daniel Radcliffe's New Show Miracle Workers
Frost Bite: When Sub-Zero Temperatures Shattered an Antarctic Explorer's Teeth
27 Fascinating Facts About Unsolved Mysteries
What is a Polar Vortex?
12 Dermatology Terms Defined By Dr. Pimple Popper
17 Bizarre Natural Remedies From the 1700s
10 Awesome Gifts for Very Specific People On Your List
11 Awesome Gifts for Skincare Obsessives
56 Delightful Victorian Slang Terms You Should Be Using
12 Facts About the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
12 Reasons We Love True Crime, According to the Experts
12 R.L. Stine Quotes for His 75th Birthday
13 Facts About Caboodles Makeup Organizers
25 Delicious Facts About Lobsters
The Most Influential Parasite in History
10 Facts About Rosacea
6 Terrifying Bedtime Stories That Kept Kids in Line
16 Magical New Harry Potter Products
New Game of Thrones Theory Targets Cersei and Her Baby
21 Fun and Practical Uses for Old Straws
16 Facts About Christopher Pike's Books
10 Memorable Alfred Hitchcock Quotes
11 Gross Things That Could Be On Your Toothbrush
10 Facts About Keratosis Pilaris From Dr. Pimple Popper
Sleep More Soundly with These Sweat-Busting Sheets
14 Freaky Facts About R.L. Stine's Fear Street Books
The Time Carl Akeley Killed a Leopard With His Bare Hands
Why Do Optometrists Blow Puffs of Air Into Your Eye?
13 Great Jack Nicholson Quotes
13 Fun Facts About Wawa
How Does Jelly Belly Create Its Weird Flavors?
11 Incredible Stephen Hawking Quotes
33 Fun Facts About Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Plant Problems? The Sill's Resident Botanist Will Give You a Diagnosis (and a Solution!) via Email or Text
Head Case: What the Only Soft Tissue Dodo Head in Existence Is Teaching Scientists About These Extinct Birds
How Do Tsunamis Work?
Audubon's 'Birds of America': The Book So Big It Needed Its Own Furniture
13 Tips for Wrapping the Perfect Present From An Expert
11 Fascinating Facts About the Frilled Shark
5 of the Worst Parasites You Can Get—And How to Avoid Them
13 Stylish Facts About dELiA*s
The History of the Trapper Keeper
25 Future Stars Who Appeared on 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?'
12 Vintage School Supplies You Can Still Buy
18 Vintage Photos of People Celebrating Independence Day
Beyond the Cone: 10 Fun Ways to Eat Ice Cream
8 Acne Myths, Busted by Experts
How Did the Tony Awards Get Their Name?


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