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.
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
8 Amazing Dollhouses From Around the World
15 People Who Started Their Own Micronations
10 Things We Learned from the Public Domain Review’s New Book of Essays
Italy's Mysterious 'Park of Monsters'
9 Transparently Amazing Facts About X-Rays
This Czech Church Holds a Chandelier Made With Every Bone in the Human Body
Afraid of Clowns? Don't Visit This Nevada Motel
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


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