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.
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?
Stargazer Fish Looks Like the Babadook, Will Haunt Your Nightmares
14 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Broadway Understudies
5 Facts About Blackheads from Dr. Pimple Popper
The Race to Save Benjamin Franklin's Cracked Gravestone
7 Investigation Discovery Personalities on Why People Love True Crime
12 Things We Learned About 12 Monkeys Season 3 From a Visit to the Set
16 Amazing Facts About Sea-Monkeys
Q&A: James Monroe Iglehart on 'Hamilton,' Karaoke, and His Favorite Books
Dr. Sandra Lee, a.k.a. Dr. Pimple Popper
'Hamilton' Star Jordan Fisher Gives a Tour of Alexander Hamilton's NYC Home
14 Shrewd 'Scrabble' Facts
20 Magical Facts About My Little Pony
12 Things We Learned About Unsolved Mysteries from the Creators' Reddit AMA
12 of the Sweet Valley High Books' Most Ridiculous Plotlines
29 Fun Facts About My Cousin Vinny
10 Smart and Fun Accessories That Help You Make the Most of Your Phone
Eat Like a Commander-in-Chief: 15 President-Approved Recipes
8 Products to Keep You Cozy This Winter
20 Hilarious Facts About 'Waiting for Guffman'
Bringing 'The Magicians' White Lady to Life
30 Presidential Nicknames, Explained
The Near-Death Experience That Inspired the First Patented Down Jacket
8 Must-Have Products for Dog and Cat Owners
13 Tips for Wrapping the Perfect Present
Meet Eero, the System That Will Change Your Wi-Fi Experience
12 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets From the Cast and Crew of 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'
10 Facts About Cuban Animals From AMNH's New Exhibition, '¡Cuba!'
How Scientists Are Using Poop to Study New York City's Coyote Population
38 Sweet Facts About Candy
Erin Darke on Her New Amazon Show, Good Girls Revolt
7 Visions of the Future Sculpted in Play-Doh
Now You Can Buy Adorable Wigs For Your Pets
13 Vintage Photos of Big Cats for International Cat Day
11 Female Gymnasts With Skills Named After Them
These Kids Cannot Wrap Their Minds Around Blockbuster Video
'The Little Prince' Movie You Probably Never Saw
Can You Find the Cat in This Photo?


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