Joined: Jun 24, 2019
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.
Sure, the Victorians had some odd life hacks for cleaning and cooking that actually worked. But should you pour borax in your milk? No.
Icelandic horses have a reputation for being extra intelligent and independent—qualities that make for great office assistants.
Shirley Jackson recorded her classic horror story for vinyl back in 1959—and it’s on YouTube for free.
Major William Martin was a Roman Catholic Welshman who enjoyed the theater and loved his fiancée, Pam. He also didn’t exist—but the Nazis didn’t know that.
From ‘titty’ to ‘boner,’ these rude words aren’t actually always rude.
Huntsville, Alabama, has more to offer than a very important NASA space flight center.
The previous rounds of free at-home COVID test kits maxed out at four. This time, the USPS will ship eight to each household.
Games like Wordle continue to proliferate—and thanks to the National Gallery of Art, art lovers now have an ‘-le’ of their own.
How On Earth
Thanks in large part to seismic waves transmitted during earthquakes, scientists have been able to size out the layers of the Earth.
‘Fleabag’ and ‘The Wire’ are objectively great. These TV shows are the opposite of that.
Your iPhone keyboard settings can give you more than emojis and multiple alphabets.
Anne Boleyn’s execution freed Henry VIII up to marry his mistress and try again for a male heir. But he might’ve felt bad about it later.