Joined: Nov 21, 2012
Lucas proudly worked on mental_floss magazine for four years, where he served as a senior editor. For two years, he worked as a longform feature writer for the web. He's embedded with professional eclipse chasers in Nebraska, interviewed feudal lords in Britain, hunted for buried treasure in Virginia, and once profiled a man who had tried to turn into a goat. Chances are, you can find him at the library.
The story of Jack Black, the eccentric “rat and mole destroyer to her majesty.”
For nearly two centuries, powdered wigs—called perukes—were all the rage. The chic hairpiece would have never become popular, however, if it hadn't been for a venereal disease, a pair of self-conscious kings, and poor hair hygiene.
Biting into a durian can be an utterly confusing and contradictory experience. Here are some outsider opinions from the past 400 years.
History tells us that Napoleon’s most upsetting defeat came at Waterloo. But it may have actually occurred eight years earlier, after the French emperor was attacked by a relentless horde of rabbits.
Once a simple patent clerk, Albert Einstein changed the world with his theories of special and general relativity.
The next time you're stranded at an airport because of a flight delay or cancellation, follow these expert tips—and have a better chance at maintaining your sanity.
The story of the OED’s most prolific contributor, a sex-addicted murderer who lived in an insane asylum.
In 1860, a tragic head injury helped turn a quiet bookseller into one of the world's most consequential photographers.
Horses own the winner’s circle in English idioms. But where did these popular phrases originate?
Music may be North Korea’s most powerful, and pervasive, political gimmick.
Turns out, doing the dishes isn’t such a chore after all. According to a 2014 study, a “mindful” approach to dishwashing could actually reduce stress.
One common early prank was to send potential “fools” on impossible tasks—literally, on a fool’s errand. Here are a few more great pranks from history.