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The President And The Mole People

January 17, 2019

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) American diplomat and Sixth President of the United States of America 1825-1829. c1848. Source: (Universal History Archive/Getty Images) No doubt U.S. pr...

The Origin of Sherlock Holmes

January 13, 2019

Sherlock Holmes LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: A reproduction of a copy of the book 'A Study in Scarlet' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 8th December 1986. Source: (Photo by Georges De Ke...

Day-O: The Story of “The Banana Boat Song”

January 8, 2019

American actor and singer Harry Belafonte poses next to the ocean circa 1957. Source: (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images) Harry Belafonte, one of the most well-known J...

The Story Behind the Miranda Rights

January 5, 2019

"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney and to have an attorney presen...

How a Scholarly Farm Boy Attempted to Take Down the Bri...

December 31, 2018

Painting depicting the unsuccessful attempt by USS Turtle to attach a 'torpedo' to the bottom of HMS Eagle. Governor's Harbor, New York, USA. 7 September 1776. ...

Alexander Gardner, Civil War Fake News

December 28, 2018

Meadow strewn with Confederate dead, photographed by Alexander Gardner two days after fighting had ceased during bloodiest battle of Civil War. Source: (Photo by Alexander Gardner/...

Who Was the Inspiration For Uncle Sam?

December 27, 2018

A participant dressed as Uncle Sam attends in Albany, New York. Source: (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Uncle Sam…he is a symbol of America and everyone’s most patriotic un...

The Story Behind “The Gipper” Speech, the Greatest Pep ...

December 26, 2018

“Win One For the Gipper”. If you’re a fan of college football, you know that this was the one impassionate plea that rallied the Fighting Irish of the Un...

The Groundbreaking Althea Gibson

December 17, 2018

Althea Gibson at Wimbledon (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images) Although she doesn’t get the recognition that Jackie Robinson did, 1950s athlete Althea Gibson was as...

Thomas Nast Gave Us Santa Claus

December 13, 2018

Ask anyone today to describe Santa Claus and you will pretty much get the same answers…red suit, full white beard, big belly. But our image of the jolly old elf used to be really incon...

The Vile Vortices Of Ivan T. Sanderson

December 9, 2018

Ten of the twelve vortices/image from pinterest In 1972, Ivan T. Sanderson, a Scottish biologist who founded the Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained, published an art...

Why History Should Remember the Name, David Rittenhouse

December 4, 2018

American astronomer David Rittenhouse (circa 1775). (Photo by MPI/Getty Images) A contemporary of the Founding Fathers of the United States, David Rittenhouse was...

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Famous Daughter, Rose Wilder Lan...

December 3, 2018

Baby Rose...Melissa Gilbert as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder, Michelle Steffin as Rose Wilder, Dean Butler as Almanzo James Wilder (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo B...

McCarthyism: The Witch Trials of the Twentieth Century

December 2, 2018

Throughout history, there have been times when mass hysteria has led to the wrongful punishment of the accused, with little to no evidence. It usually starts wit...

What You Didn’t Know About Dolley Madison

November 30, 2018

Dolley Madison, wife of US president James Madison rescues a portrait of George Washington from the White House before the British troops set fire to the building during the W...

Celebrities Who Died In Skiing Accidents

November 28, 2018

Silhouetted skier in action. Gary M. Prior/ALLSPORT/GettyImages Making the most of winter fun, the rich and famous often enjoy skiing. And, why not? It’s great exercise and an e...

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aaron Burr’s Daughter, ...

November 24, 2018

People today may only know her name from the song, “Dear Theodosia,” in the hit musical, Hamilton, but during her time, Theodosia Burr Alston was a socialit...

Crazy Legs Ray Bolger

November 23, 2018

Dancer Ray Bolger doing the splits while performing a soft shoe dance on stage during Edgar Bergen's Gay '90s party. (Photo by Peter Stackpole/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) Ray Bolger ...

Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice…It Strikes Seven Times!

November 19, 2018

Cloud to cloud lightning. (Photo by Education Images/UIG via Getty Images) Your chances of being struck by lightning are roughly 1 in 960,000. Your chances of ...

The Double Survival Miracle of Juliane Koepcke

November 12, 2018

On Christmas Eve, 1971, an airplane departing from Lima, Peru, was struck by lightning and broke apart midair. The accident killed every person on board, with the excepti...

Was Edith Bolling Wilson Our First Female President?

November 9, 2018

When Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, was incapacitated after suffering a stroke in October or 1919, his wife stepped in to protect her husb...

The Strange and Tragic Love Life of Georgia O’Keeffe

November 8, 2018

American artist Georgia O'Keeffe (1887 - 1986) stands at an easel outdoors, adjusting a canvas from her 'Pelvis Series- Red With Yellow,' Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1...

How Much Do You Know About the Mayflower?

November 1, 2018

Visitors of the Mayflower II in Plymouth. (Photo by Essdras M Suarez/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) As kids, we learned about the Mayflower at an early age. It was, in fact...

Debunking the Myth of Houdini’s Death on Halloween, 192...

October 31, 2018

Always amazing and often mystifying, escape artist Harry Houdini’s name is now synonymous with daring, death-defying escape tricks. Houdini dodged death mul...

Celebrity Lifesavers

October 24, 2018

Matthew McConaughey attends the Austin Film Society's premiere screening of 'White Boy Rick' at AFS Cinema on September 13, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images) Many people co...

America’s Sweethearts Through the Decades

October 19, 2018

There is something very wholesome and special about an America’s sweetheart. She is a celebrity that mingles the right formula of girl-next-door, niceness, and a dash of sex...

Danica McKellar: A Math “Wonder”

October 12, 2018

Actress Danica McKellar on July 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/WireImage) As a child actress, Danica McKellar rose to prominence for playing Winnie Co...

The Best Presidential Campaign Slogans

September 27, 2018

A 1952 campaign button supporting Dwight D Eisenhower, the Republican candidate for President in the election. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images) As much as we may dread election time be...

Abigail Adams: The Colonial Feminist

September 6, 2018

Engraved portrait of Abigail Smith Adams (1744 - 1818), late 1700s. She was the wife of the second American president, John Adams, and the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth Amer...

Twelve People in History You Didn’t Know Were Redheads

September 4, 2018

Ed Sheeran embraces his gingerness, but we bet you didn’t know just how many historical redheads there have been. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Apple Mus...

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Aron Ralston’s Difficu...

September 3, 2018

Aron Ralston knows a thing to two about survival. As an avid climber and outdoorsman, he has had his share of close calls, including surviving an avalanche....

The REAL Johnny Appleseed

August 24, 2018

A painting depicting Johnny Appleseed. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) We all remember learning about Johnny Appleseed when we were in elementary school. Acc...

WWII Serial Killer Mom Sacrificed Victims to Keep Her S...

August 16, 2018

Leonarda Cianciulli was a particularly callous and brutal serial killer who killed her victims as a form of human sacrifice to ensure that her favorite son wo...

Marilyn Monroe - A Picture For Every Year of Her Life

June 19, 2018

Come with us on a journey through the life of Marilyn Monroe - In Photos. This series of pictures of the famous actress ans sex symbol give us an up- close look at the...

Don Juan - The Man - The Legend - The Myth

June 11, 2018

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “He’s a typical Don Juan”. For centuries, some men have been labeled as smooth-talking, woman chasing, bad and almost dangerous -for-women-t...

The Birth and History of the Guinness Book of World Rec...

June 4, 2018

The only book in the world that has been held in high esteem and has gained world- wide achievement recognition for recording record breaking over the years, ...

Was Dick Tracey The Character Who Invented The Smart Wa...

May 29, 2018

Apple came out with their invention of the Apple Watch as the first Smart Watch on April 24, 2015, wowing wrists everywhere. However, the idea of wearing a te...

The Modern Beauty Methods of Max Factor

May 23, 2018

circa 1930: Make-up expert Max Factor (1904 - 1996) demonstrates the technique of applying eyeshadow, using actress Josephine Dunn (1906 - 1983) as his subject. (Photo by Clarence...

The Giants of Seville

May 18, 2018

circa 1870: Giant Captain Bates, husband of 8 ft 3 ins giantess Anna Swan. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Seville, Ohio is a little town that sits about 44 miles South of Cleveland, with a...

The Infamous Mug Shot of "Bad Boy" Frank Sinatra

May 14, 2018

Many devoted Frank Sinatra fans are well aware of the infamous “mug shot” of 1938. This scandalous photo was first made public on December 9, 1998, when the FBI release...

People Recreated Their Grandparents Photos, And The Res...

January 8, 2018

To honor our grandparents' journey in this world and to express love, here's a collection of photos of people recreating their grandparents old photographs, and t...

Photos Show the Ingenuity of Those Who Illegally Cross ...

January 7, 2018

Borders are more than just division between countries. Especially when one nation wants for more than its neighbor, the border will always be an invitation to tho...

This Meteorologist Spent The Past 30 Years Living Alone...

December 18, 2017

Vyacheslav Korotki, lives on the barents sea, in a century old wooden house that became a meteorological station in 1933, where he was sent by the Russian state t...

This Is Not A Victorian Lady, It's F. Scott Fitzgerald ...

December 7, 2017

These photos were taken in 1916 to help promote The Evil Eye at Princeton's Triangle Club. Fitzgerald was in his third year at Princeton when the musical-comedy t...

The Curious Case of the Woman with Four Legs

November 27, 2017

Myrtle Corbin, was known as the Four-Legged Woman, however, technically, only one pair actually belonged to her. The other pair belonged to her dipygus twin sister. Born in Lin...

The Curious Story of the Blue-Skinned Family of Eastern...

November 23, 2017

For nearly 200 years, the Fugate family of Kentucky remained largely sealed off from society as they passed their blue skin from one generation to the next. The B...

A Photo of Billy the Kid Bought for $10 at a Flea Marke...

November 21, 2017

Six years ago, North Carolinian lawyer Frank Abrams unknowingly bought a rare photograph that experts believe shows Billy the Kid hanging out with the man who wou...

Caligula: 1400 Days of Terror (A Documentary)

November 20, 2017

A look at the rise and fall of one of history's most notorious figures - Caligula. Credit: Ancient Documentaries

The Story Behind The Iconic Image of an Abandoned Boy C...

November 16, 2017

Below is Toni Frissell's iconic WW2 photo, one of the most heartbreaking photos to come out of the London Blitz. The boy in the photo did in fact survive the war ...

Why Thousands Mourned a Bank Robber

November 15, 2017

He may have been one of America’s best-loved outlaw: tens of thousands of people paid their respects at Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd’s funeral after he was shot down by the FBI on Oct. 22...

John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy in Georgetown, 1954

November 15, 2017

It was one fine day in May of 1954 in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. and future president John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie Kennedy, were walking down the street to ...

C.J. Walker: From The Cotton Fields To America’s First ...

November 8, 2017

Hers was a classic and inspiring rags to riches story. One dotted with too many struggles and hardships, and failings and disappointments. But it's also a story...

Why Do People Always Look So Serious in Old Photos?

October 10, 2017

Most believe it is due to the limited technology at the time to capture a smile - exposure times were long and so it was easier to hold a serious expression over a long ...

Man Bought This Tintype in an Antique Shop for Only $2,...

October 9, 2017

Seven years ago, antiques collector Randy Guijarro laid his eyes upon a dusty old tintype photograph at a junk shop in Fresno, California. He bought the picture f...

The Story of Andre the Giant

October 9, 2017

Andre the Giant was born on May 19, 1946 in Grenoble, France. He suffered from a condition called Acromelagy, also known as Giantism. Giantism is due to an excess of hormones which causes the ...

Abdul, the Young Servant Who Charmed Queen Victoria’s H...

October 3, 2017

During the celebration Queen Victoria's fiftieth anniversary on the throne, 50 kings and queens were invited. Two of the monarchs present were two Indian prince...

Charles C. Ebbets and His Famous 'Lunchtime Atop a Skys...

October 2, 2017

Below is one of the most iconic images of all time, “Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper.” It was taken by Charles C. Ebbets in 1932 – although he wasn’t officially recog...

Soon-To-Be-Released Government Documents May Reveal Who...

October 2, 2017

More than five decades have passes since Pres. John F. Kenneday was assassinated, yet the truth behind his death is still mired in secrecy... and everyone from th...

When Asked for Advice on How to Deal with Grief, This O...

September 22, 2017

Someone on reddit wrote this heartfelt plea: A lot of people responded. Then there’s one old guy who gave a comment that stood out from the rest… H/T Reddit

75 Year-Old Veteran Saved 16 Kids From A Knife-Wielding...

September 17, 2017

Two years ago, 75-year-old James Vernon, a former Army veteran, put himself between 16 terrified kids and a knife-wielding teen determined to kill at an Illinois ...

The Badass Story of a Gallipoli Legend, Albert 'Hard' J...

September 12, 2017

The Gallipoli Campaign went down in history as an unsuccessful attempt by the Allied Forces to control the sea route from Europe to Russia during the First World ...

Everyday Life of Inuit People Captured in 25 Vintage Ph...

August 24, 2017

The Inuit people live in the far northern parts Alaska, Siberia, Canada, and Greenland. Everything about their lives is influenced by the cold climate in which th...

The Inspiring Story of Francesco Lentini, The Man With ...

August 23, 2017

Francesco Lentini was born in 1889 in Sirocusa Italy. He was one of twelve children; technically, 12 and a half children as Frank was born with a parasitic twin a...

The Man Who Survived 133 Days Adrift At Sea on a Wooden...

August 8, 2017

Chinese native Poon Lim was a cabin boy on a British passenger freight, the Ben Lomond, during World War II that was traveling from Cape Town to Surinam. The Germ...

The Life of Oskar Schindler After the End of World War ...

August 3, 2017

Oskar Schindler is the German industrialist, spy, Nazi Party member who saved the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his ammunition and...

Portrait Photos of the Oldest Native American to Have E...

August 3, 2017

White Wolf a.k.a. Chief John Smith lived between 1785-1922 and is considered the oldest Native American to have ever lived. When asked the secret to good health, ...

Friends & Brothers Captured Together During the America...

August 2, 2017

This collection of 19th-century photos were taken during the American Civil War. They are photos of unknown soldiers who had chosen to be captured together with a...

Holocaust Survivor and Soldier Who Rescued Her Celebrat...

August 1, 2017

During the Second World War John's elite unit liberated Jewish female prisoners, among them his wife-to-be Edith, from a work unit just East from the notorious Au...

The Apple Tree That Inspired Isaac Newton to Discover G...

July 29, 2017

Isaac Newton, born in 1664 according to the old calendar, was an English mathematician, astronomer, and physicist. He is considered to be the father of gravity. N...

Most Eccentric Last Will and Testament Requests By Famo...

July 7, 2017

From crazy cremation requests to creepy memorial guidelines, here are some weird and eccentric wills left by famous people in history. Napoleon Bonaparte: We all ...

Newly Uncovered Photo Appears To Show Amelia Earhart Al...

July 6, 2017

A photo found in the National Archives may show Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, alive in the Marshall Islands after their suspected crash landing. ...

The Hole-in-the-Wall: The Perfect Hideout For the Old W...

July 2, 2017

The Old West, or the Wild West, is one of the most romanticized periods in American history. The period occurred when settlers and pioneers attempted to populate ...

A Love Story: J.R.R. Tolkien Proposed to His Wife By Ma...

July 2, 2017

By all accounts, famous writer John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and his wife, Edith, had a close and happy marriage. They were married for 55 years, with Edith following...

98-Yr-Old Man Becomes Multi-Millionaire Thanks To Stock...

July 1, 2017

In 1923, 4-year-old Russ Gremel moved into a new home with his family in the Jefferson Park area of Chicago. The street lamps had to be lit at night and people ro...

French Postman Spent 30 Years Building a Palace Made of...

June 30, 2017

The story of the Ideal Palace began in 1879. One day, while walking his mail route, French mail carrier Ferdinand Cheval was distracted by a strange-shaped stone ...

For 75 Years a Mysterious Man Visited Edgar Allan Poe’s...

June 27, 2017

Edgar Allan Poe, died under mysterious circumstances on October 7th of 1849 when he was only 40 years old. He was a very prolific author; he left behind a legac...

US Air Force Academy Cadets Finally Realized Their Jani...

June 22, 2017

Day after day hundreds cadets of Air Force Academy would pass janitor William Crawford in the hall oblivious to the greatness that was among them. In the mid-197...

J.M. Barrie's Selfless Act and the Tragic Story of the ...

June 21, 2017

The story of Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up, has become a quintessential part of popular culture; it is an enduring element of every childhood. Scottish ...

War Bonnets: A Symbol of Honour and Respect for the Nat...

June 20, 2017

The war bonnets of American Indians were not just a colorful display of culture and traditions; it was also a symbol of great respect given to a certain individu...

Photos Of An Uncontacted Amazon Tribe That Doesn’t Know...

June 19, 2017

Brazilian photographer Ricardo Stuckert had to reroute his helicopter flight because of a storm, but this detour led to a series of incredible photos of a remot...