Ethan Trex

Editorial Director/VP, Strategy at mental_floss.

Likes: doughnuts, spirits (liquor), spirits (supernatural), donuts. Dislikes: injuries.

Who Was Heisman and Why Does He Have a Trophy?
A Brief History of Black Friday
Why Do the Lions and Cowboys Always Play on Thanksgiving?
A Brief History of Zubaz
4 Old Men Who Played College Football
September 11th and the Hospitable People of Gander, Newfoundland
The Dog Who Saved the World Cup for England
5 Things You Might Not Know About Henry Kissinger
5 Things You Didn't Know About Sally Ride
What Makes #2 Pencils So Special?
Sergeant Stubby: The Drool Sergeant of World War I
5 Things You Didn't Know About Pat Sajak
5 Things You Might Not Know About Wallis Simpson
Why is the Drinking Age 21?
Why Do College Basketball Teams Cut Down the Nets?
How Does One Become A Knight?
5 Things You Might Not Know About Ansel Adams
How Do You Steer a Bobsled?
How Do Aerial Skiers Perfect Their Jumps?
How Austrian Soldiers Saved the 1964 Olympics
13 Gold Medal-Worthy Olympic Stories
What Exactly Is Curling?
How Does the Magic Yellow First-Down Line Work?
Remembering Boston's Great Molasses Flood of 1919
12 (Non-Sexual) Uses for 900 Numbers in Decades Past
6 Things You Should Know About Boxing Day
9 Holiday Characters From Around the World
5 Things You Didn't Know About Grace Kelly
Glory Day: Lancaster's Brief Stint as Our Nation's Capital
Why Are There 5,280 Feet in a Mile?
Can You Really Go Blind Staring at a Solar Eclipse?
The Origins of 6 Great American Songs
How to Fly the American Flag
5 Things You Didn't Know About Jacques Cousteau
5 Things You Didn't Know About Josephine Baker
The Time John Wilkes Booth's Brother Saved Abe Lincoln's Son
When Chuck Berry Became a Beach Boy
5 Things You Didn't Know About Edgar Allan Poe
5 Fabulous Facts About Jackie Kennedy
13 Hitchcock Films That Were Never Made
10 Sports Cut From The Olympics
Eric the Eel: The Olympic Swimmer Who'd Never Been in an Olympic-Size Pool
Robert Todd Lincoln: Harbinger of Presidential Death
No Thanks: Why Denver Turned Down the 1976 Olympics
The Stories Behind Graduation Traditions
11 Freshly Baked Facts About Pepperidge Farm
New Math: The Time Indiana Tried to Change Pi to 3.2
11 Dads of Famous Juniors
What Happens to Leftover Campaign Funds When a Candidate Drops Out?
How 8 Famous Cheeses Got Their Names


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