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Jacob Shelton

Jacob Shelton

Writer

Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.

Robert Smalls's Great Escape: How A Slave Stole A Confe...

December 4, 2019

Born into slavery and forced to work as a ship's captain without any of...

Buster Keaton Stunts: GIFs, Videos, And Stories Of His ...

December 3, 2019

Though he's remembered for his death-defying stunts, Buster Keaton was ...

TV Dinners Exist Because They Killed Way Too Many Turke...

November 30, 2019

As ZZ Top once said, "TV dinners, there's nothing else to eat. TV dinne...

The White House Thanksgiving: History Of How Presidents...

November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving has been an American tradition since before the country wa...

The First Thanksgiving: What Happened, When Was It, And...

November 24, 2019

Every kid in America has the bullet points of the first Thanksgiving dr...

D.B. Cooper Hijacked A Plane, Jumped Into A Storm Witho...

November 24, 2019

There are few modern American mysteries that are as arresting as the id...

The Elizabethan Era's Most Horrifying And Disgusting Re...

November 17, 2019

The Elizabethan era began on November 17, 1558, when Queen Elizabeth I ...

Ed Gein: Stories, Trivia, And Facts You Didn't Know Unt...

November 16, 2019

Ed Gein: The Wisconsin cannibal. The hungriest mama's boy of the 20th c...

Rebel Without A Cause: Curse, Trivia, And More

November 13, 2019

Released on October 27, 1955, nearly a month after Dean's fatal car accident on Sep...

The REO Speed Wagon: Ransom E. Olds's Flatbed Truck

November 10, 2019

Before automobiles were an American way of life, automotive daydreamers attemp...

Sex Pistols: Stories, Legends, And Anarchy

November 6, 2019

Their playing may have been questionable, and they may have only recorded one real albu...

Tulsa Race Massacre: What Happened, Why, And The Afterm...

November 3, 2019

Some acts and misdeeds are so horrendous that they're hidden from histo...

Nuremberg Trials: Sentencing, Trivia, Criminals, And Af...

November 1, 2019

The Nuremberg trials of 1946 were some of the most controversial and di...

War of the Worlds: The Original Broadcast, Aftermath, A...

October 30, 2019

As legend has it, Orson Welles's infamous radio adaptation of The War o...

The Jigsaw Halloween Blood Drives Have Saved Over 360,0...

October 29, 2019

Saw, the film series in which piles of unlucky people are killed in iro...

Carl Tanzler's Obsession With Elena de Hoyos Went Way T...

October 27, 2019

True love---or at least, true obsession---conquers all. In this case, i...

This Is How Americans Celebrated Halloween In The Early...

October 25, 2019

While it's always been a little spooky and a lot of fun, Halloween hasn...

Bethlem Hospital: London's Infamous, Horrible, And Terr...

October 22, 2019

Mental institutions and real-life insane asylums of the past were essen...

Devil's Night, Mischief Night, Or Cabbage Night: What D...

October 21, 2019

Mischief Night, Cabbage Night, the pre-Halloween candy fast---depending...

How Telling Ghost Stories Around A Fire Used To Be A Ch...

October 20, 2019

With the nights growing longer and a chill filling the air, is there a ...