Mark Mancini

Contributing Writer

Mark Mancini is a freelance writer currently based in Texas. Over the years, he’s covered every subject from classic horror movies to Abe Lincoln’s favorite jokes. He is particularly fond of paleontology and has been reporting on new developments in this field since 2013. When Mark’s not at his writing desk, you can usually find him on stage somewhere because he loves to get involved with community theatre. And if you ever feel like trading puns for a few hours, he’s your guy.

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These modern rat snakes have an affinity for barns (and the rodents that live in them). But the myriad of colors makes them a reptile hobbyist's dream.

They may have been hard-bitten crooks, but when John Dillinger, Arthur Barker and "Pretty Boy" Floyd were at large, ordinary citizens loved to follow their exploits. Find out what you know about these and other gangsters with our quiz.

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Help us celebrate 50-plus years of capers, masks, Scooby Snax and extra-large sandwiches by taking our spook-tacular quiz.

Wouldn't it be nice if we could pull CO2 out of thin air and transform it into a fuel that's better for the environment?Now we can.

Many scientists believe that humans influence Earth at a rate so massive that a change to the geologic time scale is in order.

Global warming and climate change are terms often treated like synonyms, but they have different meanings. We'll explain the difference and why both are so important to know.

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Although the disease is associated with sailors of yore, it can affect anyone lacking vitamin C. And it still impacts some people today.

You know Apollo 11. But what did the other Apollo missions accomplish after Neil Armstrong made his giant leap for mankind?

Although many studios have done crossovers between favorite franchises, no one has pushed it as much as Marvel, with 23 films and counting. See how much you know about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with our quiz.

Not all spiders spin webs, but the eight-legged arachnids that do, spin all kinds of different webs, some big, some small.

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'Parks and Recreation' aired its final episode in 2015, but if you're still fantasizing about the waffles at JJ's Diner or quoting the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness, this quiz is for you.

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Let's see how much you know about Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and the adventure that immortalized them.

The U.S. is full of exceptional geological formations. But these five set the bar high as far as landmarks go.