Ellen Gutoskey

Ellen Gutoskey is a Mental Floss staff writer who especially loves covering pop culture, not-so-popular culture, literature, really tiny things, really giant things, and anything that was previously thought to be lost. She used to work in publishing, she's usually laughing, and you can follow her on Twitter @ellengutoskey.
How to Find a Lost iPhone or iPad
‘FDA Cleared’ vs. ‘FDA Approved’: What’s the Difference?
How to Prevent Snow From Sticking to Your Shovel
Frosting vs. Icing: What’s the Difference?
The Top 20 Private Colleges and Universities, Ranked by Tuition
Why You Should Always Trim Candle Wicks
Misconceptions About the French Revolution
The 20 Most Accident-Prone Names in America
Is Catnip Bad for Dogs?
Why Do Cheap Rings Turn Your Fingers Green?
Ida B. Wells Is Mattel’s Latest ‘Inspiring Women’ Barbie Doll
Common Misconceptions About Cats
How Long Do N95 Respirator Masks Last?
New Museum Exhibition on Gen X Is Asking for Submissions
Prince Charles’s Watercolor Paintings Are on Display in London
Maya Angelou Is the First Black Woman on a U.S. Quarter
11 Commonly Misheard Phrases That Make Sense
Why Is It Called a Box Office?
Guessing Turkey Hill’s Mystery Flavor Could Earn You Free Ice Cream
Leonardo DiCaprio Is the Namesake for a New Tree Species
Online U.S. Passport Renewals Are Finally Coming
The Origin Stories of Vaseline, Kleenex, and More Household Items
What Is Black Ice and Why Is It So Dangerous?
American Girl Releases First Chinese American "Girl of the Year"
Memoir vs. Autobiography: What’s the Difference?
Weird Invention Alert: Lickable TV Screens
Classic BlackBerry Phones Will Stop Working on January 4
The 100 Most Popular Baby Names From 100 Years Ago
10 Most Annoying Work-From-Home Behaviors
Carrie Fisher Could Have Played Sandy in ‘Grease’
Do Camels Really Store Water in Their Humps?
Why Do We Say ‘Ring In the New Year’?
Why Kate Middleton Isn’t “Princess Kate”
Disinformation vs. Misinformation: What’s the Difference?
The 25 Best TV Shows of the 21st Century, According to BBC Culture
Flapjack vs. Pancake: What’s the Difference?
21 Facts About Vaccines and Vaccine History
Why Is a Tractor-Trailer Sometimes Called a 'Semi Truck'?
Why Dolly Parton Declined the Presidential Medal of Freedom
What Does “Bah, Humbug!” Actually Mean?
How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint by Eating Your Christmas Tree
How to Help Kentucky Tornado Victims
11 Facts About Chipmunks
Large California School Districts Plan to Phase Out D’s and F’s
First-Ever ’90s Con to Feature Stars From Your Favorite ’90s Shows
The 50 Best Screenplays of the 21st Century, According to the WGA
HSA vs. FSA: What’s the Difference?
Common Misconceptions About the Stone Age
Why Is Eggnog Called Eggnog?
Apple TV+ to Premiere New 'Peanuts' Holiday Special
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