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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.
Big Question
Where Did the Phrase "Goody Two-Shoes" Come From?
History
“Hellish Nell,” The Last Person Imprisoned for Witchcraft in Britain
Animals
3 Dogs With Degrees
History
Tragic Tunes: Execution Ballads Were the Crime Reports of the Middle Ages
Big Question
Why Do Airlines Serve Peanuts?
Travel
Lily Dale, the Town That Speaks to the Dead
Big Question
What Are the Oldest Words in English?
History
Patti Lyle Collins, Super-Sleuth of the Dead Letter Office
Books
10 Famous Authors and Their Unfinished Manuscripts
History
How Tea Parties Got Their Start—and How to Hold One Like a Victorian
Weird
9 Strange Uses for Ancient Egyptian Mummies
Travel
10 Amazing Abandoned Airports and Airbases
Big Question
What Is It Like To Be Invisible?
History
10 Drowned Towns You Can Visit
Sports
The Gentleman Adventurers Who Invented Alternative Sports
History
Tarrare, the Greatest Glutton of All Time
List
10 American Ghost Towns You Can Visit
List
6 Historical Heads Stolen From Their Graves
History
The World’s Strangest Radio Broadcasts
List
10 Tales of Legendary Ghost Ships
List
8 Collections Featuring Hair as Art and Souvenir
Odds/Ends
How To Tell the Future With Snails, and 14 Other Pieces of Outmoded Advice
History
The Eccentric British Headmaster Who Never Existed
History
The Harvard Chemistry Professor Who Was Also a Murderer
Art
The Time a Salvador Dali Painting Was Stolen From Rikers Island
History
10 Famous People Who Were Afraid They'd Be Buried Alive
Animals
8 Types of Imaginary Creatures "Discovered" In Fossils
Geography
14 of the Most Depressing Place Names in North America
History
10 People Whose Hearts Were Buried Separately From the Rest of Them
Slideshow
10 Drowned Towns You Can Visit
Slideshow
10 American Ghost Towns You Can Visit
Slideshow
7 of the World’s Most Fascinating and Beautiful Catacombs
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