Monica Beyer | Phactual - Part 3

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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7 Psychiatric Hospitals That Are No Longer Open
December 29, 2014

Psychiatric hospitals proliferated in the U.S. in the 1800s, and many soon became overcrowded, with many terrible methods employed for controlling patients. Once ...

10 Beautiful Cemeteries From Around the World
December 29, 2014

Cemeteries may not be popular tourist destinations, but some find the environments to be serene, beautiful and at times, educational. Here are some of the lovelier ...

27 Slang Terms From the Wild West
December 28, 2014

The American frontier was a colorful, exciting and at times dangerous place to be as the U.S. expanded westward, and the late 19th century is now known as the Old ...

5 Medications You Do Not Want to Take While Pregnant
December 28, 2014

Taking medication during pregnancy brings more concerns than it does when you don’t have a little person on board, but these drugs you definitely, definitely ...

21 Different Words for Stupid
December 22, 2014

Calling someone or something stupid is effective, sure, but there are tons of other more clever words you can use. These words can be used to brighten your ...

9 Not-So-Fun Facts About the Black Death – Bubonic Plague
December 22, 2014

The Black Death arrived in Europe in the 14th century, and the landscape of that continent was changed forever (as well as much of the rest of the world), as nearly ...

29 Colorful Slang Terms From the 1920s
December 22, 2014

The Roaring Twenties were an amazing time in American history. Prohibition led to the proliferation of organized crime, Babe Ruth was knocking them out of the park ...

17 Spells and Charms from Harry Potter
December 18, 2014

The seven books and eight films that make up the story of Harry Potter opened our eyes to a world with wonderful creatures, places, potions, spells and charms, and ...

5 of the Worst Crowd Event Tragedies in History
December 18, 2014

Sometimes, masses of spectators or participants to an event wind up in a terrible situation, when panic ensues and exits are hard to come by. Many victims of crowd ...

17 Vintage Insults to Add to Your Vocabulary Right Now
December 17, 2014

Calling someone a jerk is quite the modern thing to do, but while it’s effective, it’s not very original. These vintage insults will make a fine addition ...

33 Amazing Old-Fashioned Words You Should Start Using
December 15, 2014

Languages evolve and change over time, and words fall out of favor or gain new meanings as the years pass. These words are peppered throughout history and in ...

7 Cryptids You Might Not Be Familiar With
December 12, 2014

A cryptid is a creature (or a plant) whose existence is suggested, and sightings and evidence are claimed, but has never been any scientifically documented proof. In ...

5 Ways People Have Died in Yellowstone National Park
December 12, 2014

Yellowstone National Park is an amazing, wild expanse of nature at its finest. The enormous national park sits on over 28,000 square miles and while it’s ...

6 of the Most Infamous American Serial Killers in History
December 10, 2014

A serial killer is defined as someone who murders at least two or three people in at least two separate events over a period of time, which includes a “cooling ...

7 Odd Facts About the Smith Mansion
December 9, 2014

As you travel east from Yellowstone National Park along the Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway in Wyoming, you might catch a glimpse of an unusual structure jutting up along ...

8 Vintage Medications You Might Not Want to Give to Your Kids
December 8, 2014

The medication advertised and used decades ago is not always the same that we use today. Here are some of our favorite vintage medications that you probably ...

6 Geological Features With Names Inspired by the Devil
December 5, 2014

Geological formations get their names from many sources, and devils or spirits are a popular source of inspiration, particularly when an area is mystical, dangerous ...

9 Other Names Bigfoot Might Go By
December 5, 2014

Bigfoot is the name given to a large, hairy non-human beast said to roam certain parts of North America. The legend of enormous, ape-like creatures is not unique to ...

8 People Buried in Westminster Abbey
December 4, 2014

Westminster Abbey is an iconic, Gothic-style church located in the City Westminster in London, near the Palace of Westminster. It also is the final resting place of ...

7 Unusual Missing Persons Cases From History
December 3, 2014

Missing persons cases are troublesome because they don’t give friends and family members any closure. You’ve probably heard of Amelia Earhart’s ...

8 Awesome Old-Fashioned Curse Words
December 3, 2014

Many curse words from long ago were different, creative ways to swear in polite company. You’re likely familiar with the modern-day “gosh,” which ...

The 9 Doctor Who Christmas Specials
December 3, 2014

Every year since the 2005 revival of BBC’s Doctor Who, the network produces a Christmas special every holiday season. These specials are super popular and ...

Top 7 Deadliest Earthquakes
December 3, 2014

Many people go their whole lives without experiencing an earthquake. Others experience them on the regular. Massive earthquakes with high death tolls are fortunately ...

7 of the Most Puzzling Unsolved Murders from History
December 2, 2014

Murder mysteries make great novels, but some real-life crime can be stranger than fiction. These murder cases remain unsolved to this day despite extensive ...

7 Somber Facts About the Chernobyl Disaster
December 1, 2014

The Chernobyl catastrophic nuclear disaster that occurred in 1986 remains the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. Pripyat, Ukraine The town of Pripyat, ...