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.
The Classic Novel That Is Most Often Abandoned By Readers
The Reason Why Baking Makes You Feel Good, According to Psychologists
The LEGO Central Perk Set for the 25th Anniversary of Friends
11 Weird Place Names From Around the World
San Francisco International Airport Bans Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles
Watch a 70-Pound Python Queen Lay an Enormous Clutch of Eggs
Nine Lost Proust Stories and Novellas Will Be Published for the First Time This Fall
How to Change an Error in Your Name on an Airline Ticket
Therapy Ponies Are Bringing ‘Comfort and Joy’ to Dementia Patients
Iceland Has Seen a Massive Decline in Tourism Due to the Demise of WOW Air
The Reason You Shouldn’t Kill the Spiders in Your House, According to an Entomologist
The Reason Why Lobsters Turn Bright Red When You Boil Them
Scientists Are Creating a 3D Model of an 18th-Century ‘Vampire Witch’ Who Was Tortured to Death
The Words Pride and Prejudice Had Slightly Different Meanings in Jane Austen’s Time
This Scratch-Off Poster Lets You Keep Track of All the Van Gogh Paintings You’ve Seen
A Rediscovered John Steinbeck Story About a Chef and His Cat Has Been Published in English for the First Time
Siri—and the Humans Behind Her—Might Have Heard Some of Your Most Private Moments
Celebrate Herman Melville’s 200th Birthday With This Marvelous Moby-Dick Pop-Up Book
10 Illuminating Online Courses You Can Take in August
The Reason Why Members of the Royal Family Must Always Travel With One All-Black Outfit
Coolhaus Is Serving French’s Mustard Ice Cream This Week In Honor of National Mustard Day
Bring Harry Potter Home This Holiday Season With a Christmas Tree Topper That Plays “Hedwig’s Theme”
Watch the World’s First Underwater Film Footage, Which Features a Shark and a Dead Horse
The Library of Congress Needs Help Transcribing 16,000 Pages of Suffragist Diaries, Letters, and Documents
This Harry Potter-Themed Airbnb Rental in Atlanta Can Sleep Up to Eight People for Less Than $100 Per Night
Why the McDonald’s Logo Uses the Colors Yellow and Red
Ghost Adventures Host Zak Bagans Just Purchased a Charles Manson Murder House
A Pair of Loons in Wisconsin Have Adopted a Baby Mallard Duck—and the Result Is As Adorable As Expected
Deal Alert: You Can Get 20% Off Harry Potter-Themed Subscription Boxes This Week
Cover Your Ears: Baby Shark Cereal Is Coming
Apollo 11 Astronauts Are Being Honored With Butter Sculptures at the Ohio State Fair
Belgium to Unveil a 250-Ton Steel Sculpture—Europe’s Largest Public Artwork—35 Years After France Rejected It
This Handy Laundry Bag Will Keep Your Sneakers From Clanging Around in the Washer and Dryer
Wednesday Was the Busiest Air Travel Day Ever Tracked
CamelBak’s Ingenious Reign Sport Bottle Lets You Douse Yourself With Water When It Gets Too Hot
Meet the Two Women Who Give Prescription Drugs Their Generic Names
You Can Now Buy Dr. Pimple Popper’s Skincare Products at Target
Tennessee Police Department Comes Clean, Admits That Meth-Gators Are Not Real
Humongous, Chihuahua-Sized Species of Flying Squirrel Has Been Discovered in China
No Plunger, No Problem: How to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger
Here's Why You Should Always Tip Your Delivery Driver With Cash
Want to Reduce Your Stress In 10 Minutes? Pet a Cat or Dog
World War II’s First Telegram Will Be Auctioned Off Later This Month
The 5 Sweetest Ice Cream Makers for National Ice Cream Month
Atlanta’s High Museum Has Launched a ‘Dating App’ to Match Visitors With the Perfect Artwork
England Is Being Invaded By a Swarm of Flying Ants That Can Be Seen From Space
Aluminum Cans vs. Plastic Bottles: Which Is Worse for the Environment?
The Safest Seats on an Airplane Are The Ones That Passengers Really, Really Hate
Chimpanzees Bond by Watching Movies Together, Too
A New Jersey Pizzeria Is Using Its Delivery Boxes to Help Find Missing Pets
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