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.
12 Thoughtful Gifts for Mom
Celebrate the Encyclopedia Britannica's 250th Birthday by Checking Out Its First Edition Online
9 Tips for Preventing Food Poisoning
"Enter and Be Damned!": The Macabre Clubs of Belle Epoque Paris
The Truth Behind Italy's Abandoned 'Ghost Mansion'
11 Allegedly Haunted or Cursed Graves Around the U.S. 
5 Things We Know About Happy Face, a New Podcast About Having a Serial Killer for a Dad
Inside the Great Dismal Swamp, Where Enslaved People Once Roamed Free
Why Iceland Gets Its Ice From Other Countries
8 of the Most Intriguing Disappearances in History
See What It Was Like to Live in a Secret NYC Library Apartment
The Palos Verdes Blue: The Beautiful Butterfly That Wasn't Extinct After All
Meet the Sisters Who Started a Business Selling Artist-Designed Wheelchair Wheel Covers
The Republic of Indian Stream: The Forgotten Country Between the U.S. and Canada
Meet Javier Botet: The Actor Behind Some of Your Favorite Monsters
See the World's Only Edible Bioluminescent Species
This Bright Blue Tarantula Packs a Mean Bite
How Your Sleeping Position Can Help (or Harm) Your Health
See the Secret Paintings Hidden in Gilded Books
Meet Japan's Original (Not-so-Fresh) Form of Sushi, 'Funazushi'
Authorities Have Cracked a Bizarre Cold Case That Could Have Ties to the Zodiac Killer
Meet the Feather Artisans Who Adorn Paris's Cabaret Dancers
Why Does the Sky Look Green Before a Tornado?
13 Fascinating Items From the History of Magic at the Conjuring Arts Library
The Reason There's Over a Hundred Abandoned Giant Arrows Across the U.S.
Meet a New Species of One of the Strangest Birds on the Planet
See the Spot That Inspired Sleeping Beauty's Castle
Watch a 'Bat Volcano' Erupt in Mexico
Unraveling the Legend of Polybius, the Most Dangerous Video Game of the 1980s
How Jeremy Bentham Finally Came to America, Nearly 200 Years After His Death
Watch How a Bioluminescence Expert Catches a Giant Squid
How Dazzle Camouflage Helped Keep British and American Ships Safe in WWI
The Design Tricks That Make Smartphones Addictive—And How to Fight Them
10 People Whose Hearts Were Buried Separately From the Rest of Them
Surprising Sculptures Made From Fallen Feathers
Step Inside the World's Only Museum for Rocks With Faces
The Magical—and Endangered—Whistling Language of Oaxaca
9 False Rumors With Real-Life Consequences
A Very Brief History of Chamber Pots
Tomb Raider: The Story of Saint Nicholas's Stolen Bones
10 Treasures From the New York Academy of Medicine Library
Why Are Glaciers Blue?
11 Smart Gifts $25 and Under
12 Smart Book Ideas for Everyone in Your Life
11 Freshly Baked Gifts For Everyone On Your List
The Secret Procedure for the Queen's Death
Listen to the Eerie Sounds of a Glass Armonica
As Big as a What? How Literary Size Comparisons Change Over Time
12 (Mostly) Spooky Halloween Superstitions
Watch Plastic Skeletons Being Made in a 1960s Factory


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