Monica Beyer | Phactual

Monica Beyer has been a professional scribe since 2006, when her first book was published. She thoroughly enjoys emptying her brain out here at Phactual, and she also writes for SheKnows.

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27 Doctor Who Quotes Full of Feels

Doctor Who, the long-running British science fiction show, has spanned not only decades but generations. While the Doctor and his companions change over the years, ...

24 New Words Added to Dictionary.com and What They Mean

Dictionary.com has added hundreds of new words to its online, searchable dictionary. Many of these words reflect our tech-focused society as well as a greater ...

15 Unforgettable Quotes from The Princess Bride

The 1987 film, The Princess Bride, has become a legendary masterpiece of sorts, with tons of quotable material. Keep these phrases on hand for an instant dose of ...

6 Huge Brawls from MLB Baseball Games
May 4, 2015

Major League Baseball isn’t a contact sport, but brawls can and do break out. Here are a few massive bench-clearing clashes that have taken place during MLB ...

14 Facts About America’s Sole Marsupial, the Opossum
April 29, 2015

When you think of opossums, what do you think of? Pests, roadkill, giant rats? These interesting creatures are actually pretty cool. 1. There are many species of ...

29 Phobias You’ve Never Heard Of
April 27, 2015

A phobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by the persistent fear of an object or situation that the sufferer will take great steps to avoid. In many cases, the ...

5 Animals People Used to Think Were Something Else
April 27, 2015

Over time, animals (and animal remains) have been known to have been mistaken for something else, and often, this is where the stories for certain legendary or ...

9 Facts About Baseball Players Being Hit by Pitches
April 23, 2015

Baseball is not considered a contact sport, but that doesn’t mean that contact is never made — players slide into one another, catchers are knocked on the ...

7 Famous Landmarks Taken Out For Amusement
March 4, 2015

Famous landmarks are often destroyed on camera as part of a television series or film for pure entertainment value. Here are a few world landmarks that have been ...

27 Sassy Slang Words From the 1800s
March 3, 2015

Slang words from the 1800s, namely during the Victorian Era, are amazingly interesting to the modern ear. Many of these refer to crime, or those who participate in ...

9 Nocturnal Animal Facts That Will Make You Squee
February 25, 2015

Animals that snooze during the day and move around when the sun goes down are called nocturnal, and some of their characteristics make them actually quite ...

5 Leaders Who Were Assassinated
February 25, 2015

The deliberate murder of a prominent person is termed assassination, and often those killed are leaders of movements, communities or entire countries. Here are a few ...

6 Ancient Civilizations You Might Have Forgotten About
February 25, 2015

We’re familiar with the Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. We know the contributions they made to the onset of civilization – the timeless stories, ...

Famous Last Words: Final Sentiments of 8 Death Row Inmates
February 24, 2015

When a prisoner is executed, he or she is allowed to give a final statement. Some express sorrow and regret, some speak to the families of their victims, some invoke ...

11 Actors Who Have Appeared in both Harry Potter and Doctor Who
February 20, 2015

As with many British-based productions, there is overlap between some of the more popular franchises (and those that are not quite so popular). To be sure, both ...

6 Actors Who Died on Set

It’s not terribly unusual for an actor or actress to pass away during the filming of a movie or television show, but it’s far more rare for someone to ...

4 Olympic Venues We Forgot About
February 16, 2015

When a country is chosen to host the Olympic games, construction begins (or current venues are expanded) on arenas, stadiums, tracks, housing and the infrastructure ...

4 Other Nuclear Disasters Besides Chernobyl
February 12, 2015

The catastrophic Chernobyl nuclear disaster happened in 1986 and remains the worst nuclear accident in the world in terms of casualties and cost. It is also one of ...

28 Trending Words on Valentine’s Day
February 11, 2015

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and love is definitely in the air, right? Well, the folks at Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com say that may not totally be ...

25 Famous People Born on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate the day of love than by having a baby? That’s what the parents of these famous ...

21 Boy Baby Names That Were Originally Used For Girls
February 9, 2015

When a name changes gender over time, it tends to be a boy name that gradually works its way over to the female side. However, it can and does go the other way. ...

13 Former Nations the World Has Forgotten About

Kids who grew up in the 80s are familiar with a few of these countries that are no longer, but for many, we never knew that these countries ever existed. Whether the ...

South America’s Sima Humboldt and 5 More Amazing Sinkholes
February 5, 2015

Sinkholes are amazing when you think about it — such a massive force of nature (whether they are natural in origin or artificial) should always be respected. ...

8 Awful Ways People Have Died at the Grand Canyon
February 4, 2015

Grand Canyon National Park, located in Arizona, is an amazing national treasure. Most of the millions of visitors to the area leave happy and healthy, but as the ...

How the Kansas City Chiefs and 5 Other NFL Teams Got Their Names

The NFL is comprised of 32 professional football teams, each of which is designated by their location and a team name. Here are a few selected NFL teams and the ...