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Emmett Till: The Memorial That Was Vandalized Until They Made It Bulletproof

People | January 14, 2020

The legacy of Emmett Till is one of anger and brutality. His death at the hands of two white men in the Mississippi Delta was one of the major s...

Rebecca The Raccoon, President Calvin Coolidge's Pet Raccoon

People | January 13, 2020

Raccoons are the grimy trash pandas of the west. They roam the streets at night searching for a meal, and as cute as they are, it's obvious that they've got som...

The Pyramid Of The Sun Is Still Revealing Its Ancient Secrets

Archaeological FInds | January 12, 2020

The Pyramid of the Sun, located in the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan, is thousands of years old, yet it is still giving up some of its secrets. Arch...

The Oscars And Unions: The Awards Were Invented To Stop Labor Organization In Hollywood

1920s | January 11, 2020

Presented every year to shine a light on the filmmakers who have created something truly special, the Academy Awards have morphed int...

When George Washington Ordered A Ceasefire To Return A Dog

Animals in History | January 10, 2020

Cherry tree chopper, general in the colonial army, first President of the United States: George Washington has a pedigree unlike any other figure in American hist...

The Origins Of Mermaids: Greek Mythology, Ghosts, And Christopher Columbus

Literature | January 9, 2020

Actress Glynis Johns as the title-role in the film Miranda, 1948. (Photo by Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) Mermaids...

The Invention Of The Humble Straw: Reeds, Cigars, And Milkshakes

Artifacts | January 8, 2020

Colorful plastic straws: One of our oldest eating utensils. (Photo by JOKER / Walter G. Allgöwer/ullstein bild via Getty Images) Until a year or so ago,...

Action Park: America's First Deadly, Infamous Theme Park

1980s | January 6, 2020

Children romp around at the water park on a hot summer's day. (Photo by Richard Koll/picture alliance via Getty Images) You expect a fun day at your local amuse...

Joan Of Arc: 13 Insane Things You Didn't Know

People | January 6, 2020

If you remember your European history, you probably remember Joan of Arc as the determined teenage girl who led the French to victory over the English in a key battle of ...

Mao Zedong Killed 45 Million People In Four Years, The Most In History

People | January 5, 2020

The morbidity of the question "Who is the worst mass murderer to ever live?" is hard to comprehend. How do you calculate the sheer numbers that some w...

The Boston Strangler: Why Did He Matter So Much, Historically?

1960s | January 4, 2020

Between June 14, 1962 and January 4, 1964, women in the Boston, Massachusetts area were on edge with reports that a serial killer was stalking the streets of ...

Les Miserables, Hitler, And The Nobel Peace Prize: 14 Things You Didn't Know About Benito Mussolini

People | January 3, 2020

When you hear the name Benito Mussolini, you probably think "fascist dictator" and "ruthless leader of World War II ...

Where Does The Phrase "Pie In The Sky" Come From? A Song By The Wobblies

Literature | January 2, 2020

Even if you haven't ever referred to an idea as being a "pie in the sky," you've definitely heard the phrase. On its face, it's unclear why an airbo...

Beer In Russia Wasn't Considered Alcohol Until 2011

Events | January 1, 2020

We know you're hungover, barely alive, just hanging in there like a kitten on a motivational poster. That's why, today, we're bringing you a story about what is no doubt...

Why Does The Times Square Ball Drop On New Year's Eve?

Artifacts | December 31, 2019

Americans have a lot of different ways of celebrating the new year. In some regions, people eat black eyed peas for good luck; those of us lucky enough to have a part...

Why Are There Helium Shortages Throughout History? We're In One Right Now

Events | December 30, 2019

Hearing the sentence "There's a shortage of X" can invoke real fear, depending on what the X stands for. If you're on an airplane and there's ...

Times Square's Confetti Is Made Of People's Actual Dreams

Artifacts | December 29, 2019

Confetti rains down on New Year's Eve partygoers. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images) When the clock strikes midnight and the ball drops on New Year's Eve, be...

Childermas: In Medieval England, Children Were Beaten On December 28

Medieval History | December 28, 2019

While the days of knights, peasants, and castles grow in popularity on Netflix, the people of medieval Europe weren't nearly as excited about their...

Auld Lang Syne: Song Meaning, History, And Why We Sing It On New Year's Eve

Literature | December 27, 2019

An onlooker holds a glass of champagne at a New Year's Eve celebration on Sydney Harbour in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse\City of Sy...

New Year's Trees: They're Like Christmas Trees But Russian

1900s | December 26, 2019

Toys. Lights. Family and friends gathered around a stunningly decorated evergreen tree. This might sound like a familiar Christmas scene---after all, that's ...

Santa Claus And Father Christmas Used To Be Two Completely Different Characters

Literature | December 25, 2019

Today, we tend to think of Santa Claus and Father Christmas as one and the same, along with Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, and every other na...

Père Fouettard: Santa's Sidekick Who Beats Up Kids

Medieval History | December 24, 2019

Move over, Krampus! Meet the Whipping Father, Père Fouettard if you’re nasty (or French). As one of Santa's many creepy friends, Père Fouettard travels alongside the man...

Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571: The 1972 Plane Crash That Turned Survivors Into Cannibals

1970s | December 23, 2019

Life sometimes forces extreme solutions to difficult situations. The crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 on October 13, 19...

All I Want For Christmas Is You: History, How Much Mariah Carey Makes Every Year, And More

1990s | December 22, 2019

There aren't many artists who had a better year in 1994 than Mariah Carey. After the success of the previous year's Music Box, she...

Zwarte Piet, The Controversial Black Servant Of The Dutch Santa Claus

1800s | December 21, 2019

A Sinterklaas celebration, which takes place on December 5. (Photo by John van Hasselt/Corbis via Getty Images) Every winter, the people of the Net...

The First Christmas Cards: Dead Animals And Kidnapped Children

Artifacts | December 20, 2019

Whether you like them or not, Christmas cards are a part of the season. They may feel like they've been around forever, but the first Christmas cards only dat...

George Washington Crossing the Delaware: A Brazen Christmas Attack

Events | December 19, 2019

Copy of 'Washington Crossing the Delaware' by Emanuel Leutze, Abbot Hall, Marblehead, Massachusetts. (Photo by: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Im...

Black December: When Sharks Attacks Compelled The Government To Bomb The Ocean

Events | December 18, 2019

Even the gnarliest, saltiest surfers in the world admit that sharks give them the willies. Thankfully, sharks attacks are so rare that we...

Kim Jong Il Myths: A Prodigy With Superhuman Powers

People | December 17, 2019

From 1994 until his death on December 17, 2011, Kim Jong Il was the supreme leader of North Korea. Throughout his time as the hermit country's leader, he exhibited stran...

Colonel Sanders: The Unexpected Life Of The Fast Food Pioneer

People | December 16, 2019

On December 16, 1980, the world lost a business icon and fried chicken guru when Harland David Sanders, better known as Colonel Sanders, died of leukemia....

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