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Bess Lovejoy

Bess Lovejoy is a staff editor at Mental Floss, a former editor at Smithsonian.com and Schott's Almanac, and the author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses.
Explore a Beautiful Victorian Album of Seaweeds
What Do the Numbers on Airport Runways Mean?
Listen to a 1906 Recording of a Phonograph Advertising Itself
The Mild Bunch: 11 Men With Extremely Boring Hobbies
The Alchemist Who Discovered Phosphorus in Pee
New Digitization Project Offers a Peek at Thousands of Historical Beauty Products
New App Lets You Virtually Visit a Famous Anatomy Museum
15 of the World’s Most Famous Trees
6 Abandoned Aquariums
The Deadly Pain Medicine Sold by Skeletons
London Is About to Host the World's Most Boring Conference
Film Chronicles the End of an Era for a New York Matzo Factory
In Honor of Obscura Day, Get Off the Couch and Explore
9 of the World’s Coolest Mazes You Can Visit
7 Famous Human Brains and Brain Collections You Can Visit
This Mexican Cave Is Full of Giant Crystals
6 Things You Can See at the Mütter Museum’s New Skin Exhibit
10 Amazing Moats Around the World
25 Amazing New Books for Spring
A New Video Series Focuses on the Hidden Wonders of the Natural World
15 Glowing Facts About the History of Radiation
This Military Relic Is a Rock Climbers' Paradise
8 Unusual Places People Visit When Hoping to Conceive
The Underwater Ballroom That Belonged to a Victorian Fraudster
How a Stork Solved a Scientific Mystery
9 Colors Named After People
6 Amazing Hotels Constructed From Natural Materials
8 of the Most Intriguing Disappearances in History
7 Unexpected Animal Beauty Pageants
10 Bridge Traditions From Around the World
10 Time Capsule Rooms Left Untouched for Decades
10 Legendary (and Probably Made-Up) Islands
6 Weird Things Embedded in City Streets
See a Rogue Cathedral Built by an Ex-Monk in Spain
The World's Most Accurate Clock Has No Hands
This Might Be the World’s Most Cheerful Cemetery
The Mapparium, a Stained-Glass Globe You Can Stand Inside
Show & Tell: An 18th-Century Cemetery Gun
7 Ways Victorian Fashion Could Kill You
Star City: The Secret Soviet Town Where Cosmonauts Once Trained
How One Colorado Town Honors a Corpse It Keeps on Ice
A Time-Traveler's Guide to Mailing a Letter
The Dark Past of Japan's 'Battleship Island'
The New Age Temple Under the Foothills of the Italian Alps
The Failed $2 Billion Supercollider Project in the Texas Desert
7 of the World’s Most Fascinating and Beautiful Catacombs
Why Do Some People Have Freckles?
The Largest Small-Scale Model Ever Built Once Protected the Nation From Floods
20 Foods You Might Not Know Were Named After Places
The Bizarre 1970 Vampire Panic of Highgate Cemetery
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