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 Do We Use the Word 'Mug' as a Synonym for 'Face'?
The Louvre Has Put Its Entire Art Collection Online
The Rosebud Motel From ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Is For Sale
Jeni’s New Ice Cream to Benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
When Brendan Fraser Crashed Rob Lowe's 'SNL' Episode in 2000
Why Baking Sheets Clang in the Oven And How to Avoid It
New ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Edition Illustrated by J.R.R. Tolkien
How National Historic Landmarks Can Lose Their NPS Status
Why It’s Spelled ‘Restaurateur’ Instead of ‘Restauranteur’
When the U.S. Government Teamed Up With the Mafia During World War II
IKEA’s Free Cookbook Helps You Cook With Food Scraps
Hearing Nature Sounds Has Health Benefits, According to NPS Study
This Alarm Clock Makes You Chase It Down to Get You Out of Bed
Why You Can Flush a Toilet by Pouring Water Right in the Bowl
ILM Video Shows 'The Mandalorian' Before and After VFX
Solstice vs. Equinox: What’s the Difference?
Make Ted Lasso's Shortbread Cookies With This Copycat Recipe
The 10 Worst Book-to-Movie Adaptations in Recent Years
100 Facts About Queen Elizabeth II and Other Royal Family Members
5 Ways to Support the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community
5 Facts About the Arapaima Fish
The Clever Reason School Buses Have Those Black Stripes
Why You Shouldn’t Post Your COVID-19 Vaccine Card on Social Media
‘LeVar Burton Reads’ and 7 Other Best Podcasts for Book Lovers
What Temperature Is Lukewarm Water?
The 25 Most Popular Shows on Netflix
What Is Endometriosis? 6 Common Misconceptions, Debunked
New Netflix Feature Cracks Down on Password-Sharing
PBS Is Hosting a Virtual Museum Tour of Jane Austen’s House
David Bowie Tried to Turn George Orwell’s ‘1984’ Into a Musical
Common Misconceptions About the American Civil War
Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?
11 Vegetables That Are Actually Fruits
‘Cut to the Chase’ Meaning and Old Hollywood Origins
Why So Many Old Ladies Have Blue Hair
Are Tennis Balls Bad for Dogs?
Sympathy vs. Empathy: Definitions and History
America's 20 Funniest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time
Airbnb in Joshua Tree National Park Looks Like a UFO
Library of Congress Needs Help Transcribing James Garfield’s Diaries
New LEGO Set Features Amelia Earhart and Her Plane
New York Steak House Filled Tables With Madame Tussauds Wax Figures
Jigsaw Puzzle Depicts Female Icons From History
Eleanor Roosevelt Added to ‘Inspiring Women’ Barbie Series
Louis XIV’s Heart, Napoleon’s Penis, and More Infamous Body Parts
Chinese Porcelain Bowl Found at Yard Sale Could Sell for $500,000
You Could Get Paid $1000 to Binge-Watch 'Friends,' Seasons 1-5
Vincent van Gogh Painting to Be Displayed for the First Time
Chumbawamba Released an Album Celebrating Margaret Thatcher’s Death
The Boy Scouts of America Inducted Their First Female Eagle Scouts
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