Meg Van Huygen

A native (and current) Seattleite, Meg van Huygen studied classical piano performance at Cornish College of the Arts with a sort-of minor in cartooning. She daylights as a copy editor, and her work has appeared in The StrangerSeattle Weekly, and Atlas Obscura among many other publications. She hosts a spelling bee in a bar, lectures on geography at various venues, plays the accordion in a few bands, karaokes competitively, and is on a mission to visit every U.S. state capitol. 

10 Facts About Eurovision
Famous Typos in First Editions
The Flogsta Scream: How Swedish Students Scream in Public
Vintage Thanksgiving Sides We Should Forget
The Time the Soviets Gave the U.S. a Hidden Spy Device—And It Took Seven Years to Discover It
The Medieval Woman Who Made a Living Pretending to be Joan of Arc
Mary Frith, 17th-Century London’s Smoking, Thieving, Foul-Mouthed “Roaring Girl”
How 15 Berlin Neighborhoods Got Their Names
9 Legendary Dragons From Around The World
How 8 Phoenix Neighborhoods Got Their Names
How 10 Oakland Neighborhoods Got Their Names
How 9 Honolulu Neighborhoods Got Their Names
How 10 Edinburgh Neighborhoods Got Their Names
Elizebeth Friedman, America's Unsung Wartime Codebreaker
14 Legends About Cats From Around the World
How 8 Baltimore Neighborhoods Got Their Names
Retrobituaries: Queen Christina, Who Ruled as a King
How 9 New Orleans Neighborhoods Got Their Names
How 9 Louisville Neighborhoods Got Their Names
The Elusive Springtime Plant That’s Worth a Trip to Appalachia
How 9 Salt Lake City Neighborhoods Got Their Names
13 of History's Greatest Husbands
See a Massive Flower Garden in the Dubai Desert
This Code Has Stumped the FBI for Over 15 Years
6 Questionable Historical Methods of Controlling Children
Is an Island Off Cuba the Last Surviving Piece of East Germany?
15 Historical Hangover Cures
15 Unexpected Military Operation Codenames
A Brief History of Polari, Gay England’s Once-Secret Lingo
The Phantom Big Cats Stalking the UK
Yetta Bronstein, the Imaginary 1960s Jewish Housewife Who Ran for President
15 Strategic Reserves of Unusual Products
This Explorer's Corpse Has Been Trapped in Ice for More Than a Century
How Conman Jerry Balisok Pulled the Ultimate Disappearing Act
Uncovering Thieves’ Cant, the Elizabethan Slang of the Underworld
Black Mike Winage, the Most Determined Prospector in the Klondike
8 Mythical Canadian Monsters
Tracing the Obscure Trail of the Nanaimo Bar, Canada’s Favorite Confection
See the World's Largest Congregation of Snakes at This Spot in Manitoba
11 of Canada’s Weirdest Demonyms and Local Nicknames
Cold War, Cold Beers: How an Abandoned Iran-Contra Plane Ended up a Bar in Costa Rica
11 Cool Facts About Frozen Yogurt
Zalipie, Poland’s Prettiest Painted Village
10 Famous People Who Inspired Hit Songs
11 Hacks for Grilling Perfect Summer Veggies
7 Mysterious People Without a Past
8 Words You Might Not Know Were Named for Scientists
11 Mostly Forgotten Historical Salads (That We Probably Shouldn’t Bring Back)
25 Things You Should Know About Little Rock
25 Things You Should Know About Salt Lake City


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