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.
The Russian Countess Who Wanted Company in Her Tomb
8 Cursed Gems
12 (Mostly) Spooky Halloween Superstitions
10 Famous People Who Were Afraid They'd Be Buried Alive
5 Weird American Cemetery Legends
7 of the World’s Most Fascinating and Beautiful Catacombs
The Mysterious Deaths of 6 Historical Figures
9 of the World’s Coolest Mazes You Can Visit
6 Weird Things Embedded in City Streets
9 False Rumors With Real-Life Consequences
15 of the World’s Most Famous Trees
10 Shipwrecks You Can Visit
Monster Presents: Insomniac: Listen to a New Podcast That Explores How Serial Killers Affected One Man's Mind
10 Historical Divination Methods for Predicting the Future
10 Famous Authors and Their Unfinished Manuscripts
7 Ways Victorian Fashion Could Kill You
The Tower of London Welcomes New Baby Ravens for the First Time in 30 Years
10 American Ghost Towns You Can Visit
10 Legendary (and Probably Made-Up) Islands
30 Astonishing Facts About Death
See What It Was Like to Live in a Secret NYC Library Apartment
10 Graveside Traditions at Famous Tombs
9 Colors Named After People
7 Amazing Facts About the Sedlec Ossuary
How Harry Houdini Might Have Pulled Off His Most Daring Trick
Belgium Is Home to the World’s Only Sourdough Library
The Time the Church Put a Pope's Corpse on Trial
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
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
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