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.
15 Thanksgiving Dinner Disasters (And How to Avoid Them)
History Vs. Podcast: Theodore Roosevelt Vs. Time
Theodore Roosevelt Reading Tips
Slang Terms You Need to Know
The Conspiracy Theory That Has Plagued New York City's William Seward Statue for More Than a Century
The Best Coffee Products to Buy for International Coffee Day
Does the Full Moon Really Make People Act Crazy?
11 Things Lost, Then Rediscovered, At Museums
9 Lost Words We Should Bring Back
10 Facts About the Extinct Passenger Pigeon
14 Latin Words and Phrases for the Modern World
Theodore Roosevelt National Park Facts
13 Things You Might Not Have Known About Dr. Pimple Popper
17 Facts About Deep Blue Sea For Its 20th Anniversary
The Strange Saga of Oliver Cromwell's Head
Ninja’s Hot & Cold Brewed System Is the Only Coffee Maker You’ll Ever Need
11 Facts About Hemingway's Cats
How Is a Sunscreen's SPF Calculated?
Take Your In-Car Concerts to the Next Level With Carpool Karaoke, The Mic
12 Essential Products to Keep in Your Bag at All Times
16 Savage Teddy Roosevelt Insults
8 Tips for Interviewing a Serial Killer, According to Famed FBI Profiler John Douglas
Surprise: A Special Print Issue of Mental Floss Magazine Is On Newsstands Now!
5 Terrifyingly Huge Spiders
This Is the Brain of the Man Who Shot James A. Garfield
What's the Difference Between a Killer's Signature and M.O.?
26 Facts About Syfy's 12 Monkeys
5 Animals That Might Show Up In Your Toilet to Terrify You
30 Fun Facts About The Voyage of the Mimi
15 Facts About Grumpy Cat
Read George R.R. Martin's Original Game of Thrones Outline
The Early Acting Gigs of 20 Game of Thrones Stars
13 Products to Keep You Dry on Rainy Days
Filming Game of Thrones: By the Numbers
10 High Valyrian Phrases All Westerosi Tourists (and Game of Thrones Fans) Should Know
15 Scary Fun Facts About Bunnicula
12 Surprising Facts About Manatees
7 Things We Know About The OA Season 2
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


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