17 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Funeral Directors

Mental Floss, June 2016

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I wrote about the behind-the-scenes secrets of morticians for Mental Floss.

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11 Movies Inspired by Ed Gein’s Horrifying Crimes

The Line-Up, June 2016

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A round-up of the films inspired by the crimes of the ghoulish Ed Gein, the Butcher of Plainfield.

It’s Okay to Giggle at the Clown Funeral

Atlas Obscura, February 2016

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On the first Sunday in February, a funeral took place at All Saints Church in Haggerston, North London. At the beginning of the proceedings, clowns entered the church anarchically, causing a ruckus, poking people with puppets, and brandishing balloon animals. This was to be expected, for the occasion was the Grimaldi Service—London’s annual clown funeral.

Searching for 666 Love: A Night of Speed Metal Dating

Noisey/Vice, April 2016

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Love is in the air. But there’s also a fog machine.

Comedian Dave Hill is hosting and DJing the inaugural “Speed Metal Speed Dating” event at Brooklyn’s St. Vitus (tagline: “Meet that special someone who will follow you to the depths of hell while listening to speed metal and other awesome forms of heavy metal”).

10 Top-of-the-Line Brand Museums

Mental Floss, February 2016

Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 12.27.11 AMThe word “museum” has its origin with the ancient Greeks, for whom a mouseion was a place of contemplation and a seat of the Muses. It’s easy to see what the Muses of modern culture are—click to check out our list of the most interesting museums dedicated to brand-name products.