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Isaac Newton Said The World Is Ending In 2060: Was He Right?

Events | October 14, 2019

English mathematician and physicist Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727) contemplates the force of gravity, as the famous story goes, on seeing an apple fall in his...

The Final Resting Place Of Jesus Unveiled 

Ancient History | October 13, 2019

Israel. Jerusalem. The Tomb of Christ at The Holy Sepulchre. Aedicula. Old city. (Photo by: PHAS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Israel. Jerusalem. The Tomb of Christ...

David Bowie Shared His Invisible Mask

1980s | October 12, 2019

You may remember David Bowie as the innovative and influential English singer, songwriter, and actor who elevated rock concerts to a theatrical level and tragically died in 2016 ...

What Happened To Elvis's Hearse? Was It Haunted?

People | October 11, 2019

Police officers on motorcycles escort a white hearse containing the body of American rock and roll singer Elvis Presley as it heads towards the funeral, Memphis, Tennesse...

A Brief History of Europe's Werewolf Trials

Events | October 11, 2019

Werewolves, or lycanthropes if you're feeling fancy, have been around in myth form since time immemorial, but there was a period in Europe when they were taken entirely too...

Onesimus: The Slave Who Brought Inoculation To America And Saved The Country

Medical History | October 10, 2019

Smallpox was a singularly devastating disease in the 18th century, killing up to 30% of those infected within mere days or weeks of contami...

7 Insane Things You Didn't Know About the Black Dahlia Murder

1940s | October 9, 2019

Whether you're a hardcore crime fanatic or just your average Jane with a penchant for the macabre (hey, no judgement), you've surely heard of Elizabeth Sh...

Charles Henry Dow: The Man Who Created Modern Economics

1800s | October 8, 2019

The day's numbers for the Dow Jones Industrial Average are displayed on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square. Source: (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Ima...

Honneur et Fidélité: The French Foreign Legion

Military History | October 7, 2019

The French Foreign Legion at Bastille Day rehearsals in 2015. Source: (LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images) Coming in the wake of a revolution, France created its Foreign Leg...

The Edelweiss Pirates Fought Back Against The Hitler Youth Of WWII Germany

1900s | October 6, 2019

Edelweiss Pirates youth group in Nazi Germany. They emerged in western Germany out of the German Youth Movement of the late 1930s. Source: (Univ...

Fairy Tales Are Over 6,000 Years Old

1800s | October 5, 2019

The Brothers Grimm are often credited with writing some of the earliest and best-loved fairy tales, but the truth is, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were cultural researchers and lexicog...

Rick Rescorla Rescued Over 2,000 Employees On 9/11

Events | October 4, 2019

One of the World Trade Center's twin towers collapses after it was struck by a commercial airliner in a terrorist attack September 11, 2001 in New York City. Source: (P...

The "Good Old Days" Fallacy Dates Back To Prehistoric Times

Ancient History | October 3, 2019

"The good old days" are something to which we've all referred at one time or another. Typically, we're remembering a simpler time, whether it's a call back ...

Olive Oatman: The Girl With The Blue Tattoo

1800s | October 2, 2019

The frontier story of Olive Oatman enthralled the country when it happened in the mid-1800s, and it's still a source of fascination today. It's not the kidnapping of the te...

Mayan Comics: Thought Bubbles, Crude Jokes, And Even An Ancient Bugs Bunny

Ancient History | October 1, 2019

You might think that the earliest comic strips started in the 1920s. Those daily black and white newspaper panels that were delivered to door...

The Color Pink Doesn't Exist, According To Science

Weird History | September 30, 2019

Next time you are at a gender reveal party or walking down the Barbie aisle at the toy store or buying Pepto Bismol, ask yourself if you are really seeing all the pi...

Montparnasse Derailment: When A Train Went Through A Station's Walls

1800s | September 29, 2019

A dramatic snapshot photograph of a derailed steam locomotive at Montparnasse Station, Paris, taken by an unknown photographer. Source: (Photo by SSPL...

Steinert Hall: The Secret Antique Symphonic Theater Hidden Under A Piano Shop

1800s | September 28, 2019

Cue The Phantom of the Opera: This is the story of a real-life hidden concert hall, tucked deep underground and forgotten beneath the bust...

A Brief History Of Cereal Monsters: Count Chocula Has A First Name

Recent History | September 27, 2019

Count Chocula and Franken Berry and Boo Berry are treats of old, and there is only one time of the year to get them. Source: (Rene Johnston/Toronto Star...

Who Was The Real Betty Crocker?

People | September 26, 2019

Today, we know her as the premier purveyor of boxed cake mixes, but a generation or two ago, Betty Crocker was the go-to expert for all things baking. It may surprise you to know that ...

Audie Murphy: From The Most Decorated WWII Soldier To Movie Star

Military History | September 25, 2019

Audie Murphy with Marshall Thompson in "To Hell and Back" 1955. Source: (Photo by RDB/ullstein bild via Getty Images) It is not often that someone comes...

Rock, Paper, Scissors Goes Back To Ancient China

1930s | September 24, 2019

Can't decide where to have dinner? Need to determine who will take out the trash? Battling over who gets the front seat? All of these disputes can be easily solved by ...

The Surprisingly Ongoing Global Women's Suffrage Movement

1800s | September 23, 2019

Three women vote at a polling station in New York City, New York, USA. Source: (Photo by National Photo Company/Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images) ...

Abraham Lincoln's Jokes: The 16th President's Forgotten Sense Of Humor

Historical Facts | September 22, 2019

Abraham Lincoln stands as one of the most revered and respected Presidents in U.S history. Though the 16th president of the United States is most...

Popeye Ate Spinach Because of a Misplaced Decimal Point

Funny History | September 21, 2019

Who didn't love the Popeye comics? One of the best-remembered traits about the lovable Popeye, who debuted in 1929, is his love of spinach. The green leafy vege...

Yves Saint Laurent's Knit Bridal Gown: A Famously Bizarre Fuzzy Cocoon

People | September 20, 2019

Model Audrey Marnay wears the wedding dress Cocoon. (Photo by Pool SIMON/STEVENS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) French fashion designer Yves Saint ...

Things You Didn’t Know About Pirates (And Their Social Lives)

People | September 19, 2019

When you think of the pirate life, you're probably picturing a bunch of burly, jolly men drinking rum and burying treasure, but the Disney version of pirate...

Griffith J. Griffith: The Man Behind LA's Griffith Observatory Was An Absolute Monster

People | September 18, 2019

Constructing the central dome at Griffith Observatory. Source: (truthdig.com/articles/rare-photos-reveal-griffith-observatory-under-...

Morton's Toe: The History Of Humanity's Weirdest Symbol Of Beauty

Ancient History | September 17, 2019

Toes of The Statue Of Liberty. Source: (newera.news/roman-goddess-libertas-americas-lady-liberty) Is your second toe longer than your first? Well, so i...

Sober Sue: The Woman No Comedian Could Amuse

People | September 15, 2019

As actress and comedian Phyllis Diller once said, "A smile is a curve that sets everything straight." What would life be like if you were unable to laugh or even smile? We...

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