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.
10 Things We Learned From the 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Script
Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
14 Things We Learned From Werner Herzog's Reddit AMA
Creating Vigo the Carpathian, and the 'Ghostbusters II' Ending You Never Saw
How the Daniels Made 'Swiss Army Man' (a.k.a. the Daniel Radcliffe Farting Corpse Movie)
5 Magical Facts About Ilvermorny, North America's Wizarding School
5 Awesome and Adorable Products You Can Get at CatCon
7 Myths and Misconceptions About Crocodilians, Debunked
13 Things We Learned at Investigation Discovery's First-Ever IDCon
Take an Up-Close Look at the Daniel Radcliffe Doll from 'Swiss Army Man'
'And Peggy': 7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Peggy Schuyler
Exhibit Devoted to Harry Potter Graphic Art Opens in London
This is the Letter Hamilton Wrote That Got Him Out of the West Indies
Here's Your First Look at Harry, Ginny, and Albus from 'Cursed Child'
10 Things We Learned About Crocs From AMNH's New Exhibition
6 Quick Tips for Buying a New Mattress
Google Employees Propose New Emojis Focusing on Professional Women
How Kitties Helped Create Friskies' New Line of Cat Food
Researchers Spot Deep Sea Jellyfish New to Science
20 Awesome Facts About the Golden Gate Bridge
12 Excellent Lyrical Annotations from 'Hamilton: The Revolution'
12 Facts About Pets and Pet Ownership for National Pet Day
Q&A: Lili Taylor on Creating Characters, Why Horror is Fun, and the Joys of Birding
11 Awesome Stops That Should Be on Every 'Harry Potter' Fan's Vacation List
22 Awesome and Inspiring Bill Murray Quotes
11 Amazing Animal Instagrams You Should Follow Right Now
12 Adorable (and Hilarious) Kid Reviews of the MoMA
The Handbag That Charges Your Phone
9 Vintage Beauty Video Tutorials
8 Amazing Displays from the 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show
Adam Savage Talks the Last Episode of 'MythBusters' and His Favorite Builds
11 Ways Big Cats Are Just Like Domestic Cats
On the Lam: 8 Great Animal Chases
'Hamilton' Just Won a Grammy
8 British Expressions, Explained
18 Fascinating Facts About 'The Crow'
Everything We Know About Harry Potter's 4 New Wizarding Schools
Here's How Engineers Plan to Stop the Flow of Niagara Falls
Using Finger Tutting to Make Magic Happen on 'The Magicians'
Penny Lane on 'Nuts!', Her Documentary About 'Goat Gland Doctor' John Brinkley
20 Excellent IKEA Hacks You Should Try
7 Fascinating Facts About the First American Novel
8 Tips for Beating a Claw Machine
13 Products to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions
10 Brilliant 'Hamilton' Mashups
12 Kooky Facts About Koosh Balls
11 Ways School Was Different in the 1800s
This Video of a Baby Polar Bear Dreaming is the Cutest Thing You'll See Today
Mattress Company Makes "Bunk Beds" for People and Their Pets
25 Spirited Facts About the 'Anne of Green Gables' Miniseries


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