Meg Van Huygen
Joined: Sep 22, 2015
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 Stranger, Seattle 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.
The German capital's eight centuries of history show up in the names of its districts.
Beware the Snallygaster!
From water companies to Spanish fortresses to made-up Native American words.
"The Twomps" arose from a slang word for "20."
Most of its neighborhood names aren’t in English—and they all have colorful stories.
The fantastically-shaped radish sculptures of La Noche de los Rabanos are the centerpiece of a major cultural event.
Some of these ancient etymologies might not be quite what you expect.
She cracked some of the biggest espionage cases of the 20th century, but the press preferred to write about her husband.
Are they in league with the devil? Will they steal your baby's breath? People have thought so before.
With so much history to go around in Charm City, there are some interesting stories behind the names of its districts.
This learned, opinionated Renaissance monarch caused a sensation throughout Europe.
You can thank some patron saints—and the local telephone company.