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.
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
Watch this Guy Serve as an Incubator for Bot Flies
10 Facts About Guinea Worm Disease
President Jimmy Carter
5 Machines that Simulate Natural Disasters
The Top-Viewed Wikipedia Pages for Every Day of 2014
The Time Paris Had a Baby Lottery
10 Awesome MS-DOS Games You Can Play in Your Browser
Hubble Snaps Another Gorgeous Pic of "Pillars of Creation"
Why Are Manhole Covers Round?
Meet the Flashing, Toxic Disco Clam
Consumer Electronics Shows of Yesteryear
Watch a Documentary About Preserving Lonesome George
The Jim Henson Company and the 'Into the Woods' Movie that Could've Been
Here's Dateline's Keith Morrison Reading 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'
Missing Disney Christmas Short from 1927 Discovered in Norway
'Saturday Night Live' Creates Christmas Version of 'Serial'
12 Interesting Documents from the Digital Einstein Papers
7 Cool Facts About the Greenland Shark
Get Nerdily Festive With These Scientist Paper Snowflakes
Watch the Second Episode of AMNH's Series 'Shelf Life'
Watch Penguins Play an iPad Game
17 Fun Facts About 'From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler'
Christmas Sweater-Clad Sheep Reunited with Family
Today's Kids Aren't Into Vintage 'Power Rangers'
NYC Insects Eat a Lot of Food Waste
You Can Own This (Potentially Haunted) Antique Sword
27 Things You Probably Didn't Know About 'Clarissa Explains It All'
Eerie Drone Footage Shows Chernobyl From Above
Rare First Folio of Shakespeare's Plays Discovered
Creating a Foldable, Origami-Inspired Kayak
8 Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Seadevil Anglerfish
6 Fun Finds from a Digitized Archive of Darwin Documents
5 Things You'll Learn from Public Domain Review's New Book
5 Weird Looking (But Fascinating!) Frogs
Ride Along on the Future Tallest Roller Coaster in the World
How Many Germs Are in a Kiss?
12 Inedible Goodies that Foodies Will Still Love
You'll Be Mesmerized by This Stunning Timelapse of the Sun
11 Things We Learned from the American Museum of Natural History's New Exhibition on Natural Disasters
Rosetta's Comet Compared to Los Angeles
Go Behind the Scenes at AMNH in the New Series 'Shelf Life'
7 Questions for Doron Weber, VP at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
8 Videos of Platypodes in the Wild
Who Invented the Brownie?
Why Did We Land on a Comet?
15 Hilarious Newspaper Corrections


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