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.
The 20 Catchiest Songs (According to Science)
Why Does My Cat Bring Home Dead Animals?
Would You Eat this Pumpkin Spice Latte Burger?
The History of One World Trade Center in 22 Photos
13 Questions for Cory Michael Smith, Star of 'Gotham'
Explore this Creepy But Awesome "Grave Atlas"
20 Purrfect Products for Cats and Their Humans
Watch Daniel Radcliffe Rap "Alphabet Aerobics"
17 Spooky Photos of Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary
The Dishes 16 Writers Would Bring to a Literary Potluck
12 Weird Vintage Pictures From Séances
9 Questions for John Gallagher Jr., Star of 'The Heart Machine'
IKEA's new 'Shining'-Inspired Ad is Perfect
How is Blood Type Determined?
15 Lesser-Known Halloween Songs to Put You in a Spooky Mood
10 Questions for Adam David Thompson
Somebody Made a Comic Sans Typewriter
Training Mountain Lions to Walk on Treadmills (for Science!)
The Surprising Water Footprints of 15 Common Things
15 Fascinating Facts About Daddy Longlegs
These are the Chemicals Inside Your Smartphone
17 Awesome and Weird Bill Murray-Inspired Products
The Hydra, An Animal that Can (Theoretically) Live Forever
What's the Difference Between Bison and Buffalo?
Stepping Out onto Chicago's 1300-Foot-High Glass Ledge
9 Awesome Videos of Animals Discovering Cameras
Behind-the-Scenes Pics From Our Daniel Radcliffe Photoshoot
Preserving Lonesome George
12 Awesome Vintage Anatomical Illustrations of Animals
15 Items for a Smarter Kitchen
Daniel Radcliffe on Space Travel, Russian Literature, and Napoleon
11 Things You Won't See on Display at the Mütter Museum
Teenagers Just Can't Figure Out the Original NES
Read a Previously Unpublished Chapter of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'
Kids Eat Vegemite, Adorably Freak Out
An Interactive Map of Photos of Earth Tweeted by Astronauts
Stunning Restored Footage of Neptune's Largest Moon
6 Times Creepy Crawlies Ended Up in People's Ears
Math's Top Prize Given to a Woman for the First Time
9 Tips for Avoiding London Pickpockets from a 19th Century Guide
11 Works of Art Featuring Felines
A Brief History of the Ouija Board
9 Poems Penned by Presidents
Watch Excavators Play Giant Jenga
17 Excellent Animal Illustrations from a 16th Century Book
The Magical Origins of Harry Potter Words
14 Future Stars Who Appeared on 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
15 Twitter Accounts for Space Nerds
10 Extremely Magnified Photos of Plants
How Hasbro Created its 6-inch Jabba the Hutt Action Figure


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