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Past articles by Erin:

13 Old and Unusual Ways to Say You’re Burned Out

The term ’burned out’ dates back to the early 19th century—and people have had other names for it for much longer than that. → Read More

Caraway Bakeware Review: Is This Trendy Ovenware Worth the Hype?

How does the loaf pan do with a sourdough? Here's what happened when we tried out Caraway's trendy bakeware. → Read More

26 Terrific Slang Terms for Toilets and Toilet Paper

You've called it the John and the Crapper—now how about the FDR? → Read More

9 Fascinating Facts About Kazuo Ishiguro's 'Never Let Me Go'

'The Guardian 'named Kazuo Ishiguro’s sixth novel, 'Never Let Me Go'—a subtle, heartbreaking sci-fi tale about clones whose lives are barreling toward a sad and mysterious end—one of its 100 best books of the 21st century. Here's what you need to know. → Read More

24 Fascinating Facts About UFOs

From the time the White House had a close run-in with unidentified flying objects (a.k.a. UFOs) to the truth behind what happened at Roswell, New Mexico, these are UFO facts you need to know. → Read More

7 Things You Should Know About Virginia Woolf's 'To the Lighthouse'

Virginia Woolf's fifth novel has thrilled and frustrated readers since it was published in 1927; today, it’s considered a masterpiece. → Read More

9 Fascinating Items That Went Down With the 'Titanic'

Priceless manuscripts, rare art, and jewelry all sank with the ship. → Read More

11 Artifacts Recovered From 'Titanic'

Starting in 1987, two years after the Titanic wreck was discovered, seven trips have been made to the debris field, and more than 5500 artifacts have been salva → Read More

15 Fun Slang Terms to Creatively Say You're Tired

If you’re so exhausted that saying “I’m tired” just doesn’t cut it, don’t worry—we have you covered. → Read More

22 Creepy Cryptids From Around the World

From Bigfoot and Yeti to the Loch Ness Monster and Ogopogo, the world is full of cryptids. Here are just a few of the many cryptids around the world that you should know. → Read More

14 Fascinating Facts About Dateline

This year marks the 30th season of NBC’s 'Dateline.' To celebrate, here’s what you need to know about the show’s early days, how “To Catch a Predator” came to be, the show’s pivot to true crime, and what Keith Morrison really thinks of Bill Hader’s impression of him. → Read More

5 Excellent Items on Daniel Radcliffe's Shelves

Which board game gets special placement on Daniel Radcliffe's shelves, and which pandemic hobby occupies a ton of space? → Read More

20 Weird Old Words for Bodily Ailments

Need a better word to describe what ails you? Look no further than this list of old, unusual ways to describe your aches, pains, and whatever else is happening in your body. → Read More

25 of the Longest-Reigning Monarchs in History

Heavy is the head that wears the crown—and no one wore that headpiece longer than the men and women on this list. → Read More

56 Delightfully Unusual Words for Everyday Things

From 'asportation' to 'nicknackatory' to 'yex,' these old, delightfully unusual words are ones you'll want to use regularly. → Read More

20 Excellent Words Coined in the Last 20 Years

We here at Mental Floss have loved words and word origins since we were founded in 2001. As part of our ongoing 20th anniversary celebration, check out a few excellent words coined in the last 20 years. → Read More

The Homecoat: A Robe So Cozy It's Like Wearing a Weighted Blanket

Wearing the Homecoat—which weighs five pounds—is like being wrapped in a cozy cocoon or a warm hug. → Read More

This Photo Frame Is the Perfect Holiday Gift for New Parents

Save 32 percent on the frame that holds photo and ink prints while it’s 32 percent off for a limited time. → Read More

Best Coffee Table Books for Anyone on Your Christmas List

From history and art to pop culture and adorable cats, these coffee table books are perfect for anyone on your list. → Read More

15 Fascinating Facts About Fatbergs

Lurking in the sewer systems under your feet is a threat so horrifying, so disgusting, that the mere mention of it sends a shiver down the spines of sanitation specialists everywhere. Here’s what you need to know about fatbergs. → Read More