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.
Why Does a Wooden Spoon Stop Water From Boiling Over?
11 Memorable ‘Arthur’ Guest Stars
Sunscreen vs. Sunblock: What’s the Difference?
An Echidna’s Penis Has Four Heads, New Study Reveals How It Works
Common Misconceptions About the Italian Renaissance
Each State’s Most Distinctive Business Jargon, Mapped
A Collection of Franz Kafka’s Personal Documents Is Now Online
New Sauropod Species Is Australia’s Largest Dinosaur to Date
What Does Your iPhone’s Low Power Mode Really Do?
5 Things to Know Before Eating Brood X Cicadas
San Francisco Good Vibrations Store Has an Antique Vibrator Museum
When the Captain of the 'Mary Russell' Murdered His Crew
Why ‘The Blair Witch Project’ Terrified Stephen King
Why Do We Say Things Are 'Made From Scratch'?
Fascinating Stories Behind Famous Con Artists, Scammers, and Grifters
Man Returns Bob Dylan Album to Ohio Library 48 Years Late
New ‘Chocolate Frog’ Species Found in New Guinea
Do Firefighters Really Rescue Cats Stuck in Trees?
The 10 Most Photographed Gardens Around the World
How Cows Helped Halt a Police Car Chase in Wisconsin
Watch Hummingbirds Feed With ‘The Hummingbird Whisperer’
How to Open a Can Without a Can Opener
11 Curious Facts About Classic Books and Famous Authors
Drug Dealer Arrested After Sharing Photo of Stilton Cheese
This A Cappella Group Mimics iPhone Ringtones and Other Tech Sounds
Which Is the Most Hated ‘Friends’ Episode of All Time?
Rosary of Mary, Queen of Scots Stolen During Arundel Castle Heist
Why Are Lengthy Bureaucratic Processes Known As 'Red Tape'?
11 Celebrities Who Sang End-Credit Songs for ’90s Disney Movies
Emily Brontë's Long-Lost Handwritten Poetry Is Headed to Auction
CheapTickets Will Cover Your Student Loans While You Travel the World
Barbie’s ‘Inspiring Women’ Series Adds Helen Keller Doll
5 COVID-19 Vaccine Myths, Debunked
Why Is Memorial Day Always on a Monday?
The 15 Most Expensive Oddities Ever Sold
The 10 Best ‘Friends’ Episodes
Mouse Rat, Chris Pratt’s ‘Parks and Rec’ Band, to Release Album
What Actually Happens If You Drink Saltwater?
Do You Qualify for the FCC’s Internet Bill Discount Program?
Peacock to Air 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in the U.S.
Uber’s 30 Weirdest Lost-and-Found Items 2021
Foods and Beverages That Fight Bad Breath
The ‘Friends’ Apartment Is Available for Overnight Stays
Which Animals Could Humans Beat in a Fight?
10 Secrets of MLB Umpires
Help the Library of Congress Transcribe Clara Barton’s Papers
The 20 Most Unforgettable TV Kisses
Southern Italian Beach House Being Raffled Off for $35
HBO Max’s 2021 ‘Friends’ Cast Reunion Has a Release Date
Help Track Down Stolen Art With Interpol’s New App
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