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 Beautiful Bookmarks Bibliophiles Will Love
5 Awesome (and Occasionally Terrifying) Marine Worms
The Key to Fixing These 4 Human Genetic Diseases Could Lie in Cat DNA
Making Ice Cream That Tastes Like Color
10 Extreme Animal Facts from the American Museum of Natural History's New Exhibition
Now You Can Own Harry Potter's 'Monster Book of Monsters'
The Most Secretive Book in History
Q&A: Roel Reiné, Director of 'Admiral'
17 Cool Old English Bookplates
How One Resort Turned a Helicopter into a Cottage
How Scientists Use Images of the Sky to Time Travel to Stars
How a Brilliant Intelligence Officer Used 'Monopoly' to Free WWII POWs
A Brief History of the Magna Carta
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How Can We Tell When a Volcano is Dormant or Extinct?
Would You Try Schmacon, An All-Beef Bacon?
Watch Emma Watson's HeForShe Q&A
9 Awesome Items from the AMNH-Etsy Collaboration
Q&A: Terri Tatchell, Co-Writer of 'Chappie'
Scientists Have Composed Music For Your Cats
Is It Possible to be Scared to Death?
11 Invasive Species Wreaking Havoc Around the World
One Ticket to 'Cat Island,' Please
This John Oliver Video on Infrastructure is Worth Your Time
Juvenile Woolly Rhino Carcass Found in Siberia
7 Fast Facts About Llamas
16th Century Spanish Ships Took Tropical Fire Ants Around the World
How the Olinguito Became Recognized as a New Species
11 Invasive Species Wreaking Havoc Around the World
What's the Difference Between Frogs and Toads?
17 Oscar Facts That Will Impress Your Party Guests
Incredible Drone Footage of Frozen Niagara Falls
Q&A: Kumail Nanjiani on Comedy, Video Games, and Slaying Dragons
15 Weird and Awesome Werner Herzog Facts
18 Dramatic Ways to Express Yourself with Gestures, According to a 19th Century Book
Video Shows Phases of the Moon from its Dark Side
These Teens Are Not Impressed by the Power Glove
NYC's Subways Are Even Grosser Than You Thought
What the Color of Your Snot Says About Your Health
15 Gene Hackman Quotes for His 85th Birthday
These Are the Potato Chip Flavors Americans Want to Eat
Here's What People Tried to Sneak onto Airplanes in 2014
Researchers Map All of Oetzi the Iceman's Tattoos
10 Fun Facts About the New Breeds Appearing in the 2015 Westminster Dog Show
Freezy Freakies Gloves Are Coming Back!
The Bizarre 19th Century Art of Making Furniture Out of Animals
Portrait of a Crazy Cat Person from an 1872 New York Times Editorial
These Kids Just Don't Appreciate Teddy Ruxpin
How to Prepare a Coelacanth
15 Products that Will Keep You Toasty Warm this Winter


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