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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.
A Brief History of Brain Surgery
9 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Haunted Houses
Are These "Death Underpants" History's Craziest Get-Rich-Quick Scheme?
Rainy Weather Could Spell Doom for This Year's Pumpkin Pie
10 Graveside Traditions at Famous Tombs
The Mysterious Deaths of 9 Soviet Hikers in 1959
Queen Marie of Romania's Heart Will Find a New Home
The Lightning (Almost) Never Stops at This River in Venezuela
8 Supposedly Cursed Gems
Where Did the Phrase "Goody Two-Shoes" Come From?
“Hellish Nell,” The Last Person Imprisoned for Witchcraft in Britain
3 Dogs With Degrees
Tragic Tunes: Execution Ballads Were the Crime Reports of the Middle Ages
Why Do Airlines Serve Peanuts?
Lily Dale, the Town That Speaks to the Dead
What Are the Oldest Words in English?
Patti Lyle Collins, Super-Sleuth of the Dead Letter Office
10 Famous Authors and Their Unfinished Manuscripts
How Tea Parties Got Their Start—and How to Hold One Like a Victorian
9 Strange Uses for Ancient Egyptian Mummies
10 Amazing Abandoned Airports and Airbases
What Is It Like To Be Invisible?
10 Drowned Towns You Can Visit
The Gentleman Adventurers Who Invented Alternative Sports
Tarrare, the Greatest Glutton of All Time
10 American Ghost Towns You Can Visit
6 Historical Heads Stolen From Their Graves
The World’s Strangest Radio Broadcasts
10 Tales of Legendary Ghost Ships
8 Collections Featuring Hair as Art and Souvenir
How To Tell the Future With Snails, and 14 Other Pieces of Outmoded Advice
The Eccentric British Headmaster Who Never Existed
The Harvard Chemistry Professor Who Was Also a Murderer
The Time a Salvador Dali Painting Was Stolen From Rikers Island
10 Famous People Who Were Afraid They'd Be Buried Alive
8 Types of Imaginary Creatures "Discovered" In Fossils
14 of the Most Depressing Place Names in North America
10 People Whose Hearts Were Buried Separately From the Rest of Them
10 Drowned Towns You Can Visit
10 American Ghost Towns You Can Visit
7 of the World’s Most Fascinating and Beautiful Catacombs
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