Bess Lovejoy

Bess Lovejoy is a staff editor at Mental Floss, a former editor at and Schott's Almanac, and the author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses.
The Legend (and Truth) of the Voodoo Priestess Who Haunts a Louisiana Swamp
These Connected Graves in the Netherlands Prove Love Conquers All
Philosopher Jeremy Bentham's Mummified Head Is Back on Display
Peer Into NYC's Commercial Past With This Scrapbook of Trade Cards
Take a Peek Inside One of Berlin's Strangest Museums
How to Rescue a Wet Book
10 Shipwrecks You Can Visit
Why Do We Say 'Mom' and 'Dad' Instead of Our Parents' Names?
Why the Berlin Wall Rose and Fell
7 Famous People Researchers Want to Exhume
Brain of One of Italy's Most Revered Saints Found in a Teapot
See the World's Largest Collection of Whale Bones in This Video
Inside Showtime’s ‘Twin Peaks’-Themed Pop Up
10 Things We Learned About the Dictionary From Kory Stamper’s AMA
Watching Two Google Home Devices Chat Is Oddly Compelling
“Mirrors With Memories”: Why Did Victorians Take Pictures of Dead People?
Century-Old Photos From Some of the Nation's Prettiest Cemeteries
The Czech Church Saved by Spirits
Alien ‘Dragon Boogers’ Are Clogging Californian Waters
2016 Ig Nobel Prizes Honor Studies on Rats Wearing Tiny Pants
Here's Your Chance to Own a Piece of Reagan-Era History
Beautiful and Historic Glass Models of Sea Creatures Are on Display in New Exhibit
New Video Gets Up-Close With a Giant Black Sea Slug
For the First Time in a Century, A Dodo Skeleton Is Coming Up for Auction
See How the Best Human Athletes Stack Up Against Average Animals
How Much Do the Olympic Gymnastics Uniforms Cost?
Travel Back in Time With Vintage U.S. Vacation Destination Photographs
What's the 'Most Metal' Word?
The Delightful Toys of an 80-Year-Old Japanese Craftsman
Watch a Timelapse of Some of the Darkest Skies on the East Coast
Gaze at Hand-Colored Photos of 19th Century Japan
Welcome to Canada Day (and a Half) 2016
Surrealist Jan Svankmajer Is Crowdfunding His Final Film
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


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