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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...

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...

In 1905, An 11-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Invented One o...

June 15, 2017

In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson of San Francisco, California,  accidentally invented the Popsicle. It was a chilly evening when Frank decided to make himself ...

This U.S. President Regularly Bought Slaves With His Ow...

June 14, 2017

James Buchanan was the 15th President of the United States, serving from 1857 to 1861. His presidency was considered by many historians a failure since his effort...

The Last Wild Indian: In 1911 Ishi Emerged From the Wil...

June 13, 2017

In August 29, 1911, a weak, starving native American man emerged from the Butte County wilderness into Oroville. He became an instant sensation. UC anthropologist...

Princess Angeline: When the Settlers Arrived, She Refus...

June 12, 2017

In 1895, American photographer Edward S Curtis took his first portrait of a Native American subject - a wrinkled elderly woman with a red handkerchief; he paid he...

Did You Know: One Woman, In Her Lifetime, Gave Birth to...

June 11, 2017

Her name was Valentina Vassilyev and she was a Russian peasant who lived from 1707 to 1782 and gave birth to 69 children during her lifetime, comprising 16 pairs ...

Czesława Kwoka, Age 14, Child Victim of Auschwitz, As s...

June 8, 2017

Czesława Kwoka was born in Wólka Złojecka, a small village in Poland, to a Catholic mother. Along with her mother (prisoner number 26946), Czesława Kwoka (priso...

65,000 Oil Paintings Brought Van Gogh’s Art To Life in ...

June 8, 2017

Vincent Van Gogh fascinated the world not only for his incredible works of art, but for the tortured life he lived beyond the easel. It only makes sense, then, ...

40 Eerie Portraits of Children Taken by Lewis Carroll i...

June 3, 2017

Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles L. Dodgson, author of the children's classics Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Besides wr...

The Story Behind: “Burst of Joy”, 1973

June 1, 2017

On an overcast day in March 1973, photographer Sal Veder of Associated Press captured an image of a POW being happily greeted by his family. The photo was titled “Burst of Joy" a...

Brushy Bill Roberts: The Man Who Claimed to be Billy th...

June 1, 2017

History tells us that outlaw Billy the Kid (aka Henry McCarty, aka William Bonney) was gunned down —when he was just 21 years old— by Sheriff Pat Garrett on July ...

Мan Spends His Sundays Cleaning Forgotten Veterans’ Tom...

May 30, 2017

In today’s fast-paced world many of us would probably spend the weekend relaxing in front of our TV, or in the countryside away from crowded cities. This is no...

The Girl Who Named Pluto (NASA Transcript)

May 29, 2017

Hi, this is Edward Goldstein with NASA Public Affairs. I'm talking to Venetia Phair, the lady who 76 years ago had the distinction of suggesting the name for Pluto, the newly di...

Britain's "Unkillable" Soldier, Adrian Carton de Wiart

May 29, 2017

Lt. General Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart served as a British officer in the Boer War, the First World War, and the Second World War. He survived two plane crashes, was ...

Michael Jackson and His Gravity-defying Shoes...

May 28, 2017

When Michael Jackson did the epic 45-degree lean in the video for “Smooth Criminal” it completely blew everyone’s minds, so he wanted to recreate the dance routine in his l...

Oxana Malaya: The Story of the Girl Raised by Dogs

May 25, 2017

Oxana Malaya's story is a pretty clear indicator that nurture plays a bigger role than nature. At merely 3 years old, her alcoholic parents neglected her and left her out...

The Mysterious Case of Mirin Dajo, The Human Pin Cushio...

May 19, 2017

In the 1940s, Mirin Dajo was known for his stage performances, in which he’d stand barechested while his assistant take fencing foils, and one by one, run him thr...

This Family Was Isolated for Over 40 Years, Completely ...

May 18, 2017

The Siberian taiga is the largest of Earth’s nearly uninhabited wilderness and it is one of the most isolated places in the world. It is also one of the most diff...

Phineas Gage: The Man Who Survived An Iron Rod Which We...

May 14, 2017

Throughout medical history, there have been countless stories of amazing accounts of survival defying logical explanation. One such event, dubbed as the “American...

The Interesting Life of Erik Weisz, Famously Known as t...

May 5, 2017

Erik Weisz, famoulsy known as The Great Harry Houdini is one the most famous illusionists and stunt performers that ever lived. He is celebrated for his sensation...

The Legendary and Heroic Story of Green Beret Sergeant ...

April 26, 2017

It was supposed to be a simple recon mission. A small team of ultra-elite asskicking American Green Berets, infiltrating deep into the thick jungles several mile...

The Most Murderous Regimes in the World

April 26, 2017

The 20th century witnessed death and slaughter on an unprecedented scale. It was the century of the Holocaust and two World Wars; of communists, Nazis, fascists and military dictato...

Recent 'History': The Story of the Man Who Was Trapped ...

April 21, 2017

We humans are fragile creatures. All it takes is a wrong meal or a nasty bump to finish us off. Still, under the right circumstances and with a bit of luck, we ca...

The Thief Who Wore an Army Officer Uniform and Had Sold...

April 19, 2017

Friedrich Wilhelm Voigt lived a troubled life growing up in Tilsit, Prussia. In 1863, at the age of 14, he had been sentenced to two weeks in prison for theft whi...

The Story Behind the Iconic 'Kiss of Life' Photo

April 17, 2017

Taken in 1967 by Rocco Morabito, the photo below called “The Kiss of Life” shows utility worker J.D. Thompson giving mouth-to-mouth to co-worker Randall G. Champion after t...

Hollow of 650-Year-Old Tree Used as a Hideout by Two Je...

April 17, 2017

The hollow trunk of this 650-year-old oak tree was used as a hideout by two Jewish brothers during World War II. In Wisniowa, Poland, there is an English oak tre...

Mr. Bean Hilariously Inserted Into Historical Paintings

April 17, 2017

Artist Rodney Pike manipulated photos and created a series of mash-ups of the iconic Mr. Bean featuring in a number of the most famous portraits in art. The Mr Bean ...

In Some Places in the World, Some Women Experience Viol...

April 17, 2017

Arrange marriages still exist in many countries in the world. Because of this tradition, many individuals are fated to spend their lifetime with a person they don...

Ernest Shackleton and The Endurance: One of The Greates...

April 17, 2017

In the early days of the Age of Exploration, men and women alike sailed across the harsh, unpredictable seas to discover new worlds and map out the undiscovered l...