Joined: Apr 24, 2015
Bess Lovejoy is a former 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.
9 Strange Uses for Ancient Egyptian Mummies
When Theodore Roosevelt Refused Geronimo's Plea
The Russian Countess Who Supposedly Wanted Company in Her Tomb
5 Weird American Cemetery Legends
These strange, spooky cemetery tales of vampires, ghosts, and bloody headstones will keep you up at night.
Monster Presents: Insomniac: Listen to a New Podcast That Explores How Serial Killers Affected One Man's Mind
The new iHeartRadio original podcast is the story of one writer's descent from podcast researcher to its surprising subject.
10 Historical Divination Methods for Predicting the Future
These divination methods—using chickens, entrails, and even cheese—show our ancestors were pretty inventive when it came to trying to predict the future.
The Tower of London Welcomes New Baby Ravens for the First Time in 30 Years
The new chicks aren't just cute—they're helping protect the Tower of London, and the monarchy, from a prophesied doom.
30 Astonishing Facts About Death
Did you know that you can be declared dead in one state and not another? Here are 29 other amazing facts about making your final exit.
10 Graveside Traditions at Famous Tombs
Whether it's leaving playing cards or bullets, or drinking a cognac toast, there are a variety of traditional ways to pay tribute at famous tombs.
9 Colors Named After People
From Titian Red to Alice Blue to Scheele’s Green, this is where the history books meet the artist’s palette.
7 Amazing Facts About the Sedlec Ossuary
At the "Bone Church" (a.k.a. the Sedlec Ossuary), you can see a chandelier made from almost every bone in the human body.
How Harry Houdini Might Have Pulled Off His Most Daring Trick
Being buried under 3000 pounds of dirt isn't easy.
Belgium Is Home to the World’s Only Sourdough Library
And it's overseen by a Sourdough Librarian.
The Time the Church Put a Pope's Corpse on Trial
It's been called "one of the grisliest events in papal history"—for good reason.
12 Thoughtful Gifts for Mom
Now that you're old enough to have graduated from macaroni and glitter.