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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.

Hirohito: Japan's Emperor During World War II (Who Almo...

May 6, 2021

Emperor Hirohito in dress uniform, 1935. (Unknown author/Wikimedia Com...

The Easter Rising: Insurrection Within Ireland During W...

April 26, 2021

Irish Citizen Army group lined up outside ITGWU HQ under a banner proc...

Indian People Brought Marijuana to Jamaica And Named It...

April 21, 2021

Bhang eaters before two huts, c. 1790. (San Diego Museum of Art/Wikime...

How Tire Companies Supposedly Sabotaged LA's Early Tran...

April 19, 2021

"Red Car" of the Pacific Electric. (Oleknutlee/Wikimedia Commons) To...

Superman Action Comics 1938 Premieres The World's First...

April 18, 2021

Cover of Action Comics #1, 1938. (Detective Comics) The last son of ...

Bay Of Pigs: An Attempt To Overthrow A Government Finan...

April 17, 2021

Counterattack by Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces supported by T-34 ta...

The Slave Trade Act: British Parliament Finally Abolish...

April 16, 2021

Sugar plantation in the British colony of Antigua, 1823. (British Libr...

How The New York City Subway Came To Be

April 14, 2021

The City Hall station of the I.R.T. Lexington Avenue Line, sometime between 1900 and 1904...

The History Of The Getaway Car And Where It Started

April 10, 2021

1912 Stanley steam car. (Stephen Foskett/Wikimedia Commons) Before the adve...

The First Barrel Ride Down Niagara Falls Happens In 190...

April 9, 2021

Annie Edson Taylor, first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel ...

When Winston Churchill Retired: And The Queen Broke Pro...

April 5, 2021

Winston Churchill beams down upon Princess Anne as she waited with Que...

John Keats: Poet, Father Of Romanticism Who Peaked When...

March 31, 2021

Posthumous portrait of John Keats by William Hilton. (National Portrai...

The Very First Easter Was Today In 31 AD, According To ...

March 25, 2021

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, fresco by Piero della Francesca, 146...

Abortion-Performing Doctor Is Murdered: The First Time ...

March 22, 2021

(Wikimedia Commons) Dr. Barnett Slepian wasn't the first doctor to b...

The Black Death Massacres And Persecutions Against Jews

March 21, 2021

Burning of Jews during the Black Death epidemic, 1349. (Unknown author/Wi...

How Time Travel Works, Theoretically, In Less Than 1000...

March 16, 2021

Simulation of two black holes colliding. (Simulating eXtreme Spacetime...

India Pays 40 Actors To Mimic Large Monkeys To Solve In...

March 13, 2021

Monkeys above Chandni Chowk, Delhi. (Chris Goldberg/Flickr) The peop...

Gilbert Paul Jordan: The 'Boozing Barber' Who Targeted ...

March 12, 2021

Kingsway Avenue, where Jordan's barber shop was located. (Flying Pengu...

The Sausage Duel: When Two Politicians Almost Faced Off...

March 11, 2021

Engraving of Otto von Bismarck, 1873. (Evert Duykinck/Wikimedia Common...

When A Shoemaker Convinced People To Kidnap A German Go...

March 10, 2021

German postage stamp commemorating Voigt released in 2006. (Carsten Wo...

A Full History Of Eyelashes And Their Place In Culture:...

March 6, 2021

Ancient Egyptian women wearing kohl, from a tomb mural in Thebes (1420...

Where Does Our American Fear Of Communism Come From?

March 5, 2021

Fresco at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City showing Leon Trotsky, Fried...

The Culper Ring: George Washington's Real Secret Spy Or...

March 2, 2021

George Washington may be one of the Founding Fathers of America, but he'...

Brassicas That Come From The Same Plant: Broccoli, Caul...

February 26, 2021

Woman holding seed tray of black kale plant seedlings. (Geography Phot...

1828: John Quincy Adams's Son Marries First Cousin At T...

February 25, 2021

Daguerrotype of the south front of the White House, 1846. (Library of ...

1988: U.S. Supreme Court Defends Right To Satirize Publ...

February 24, 2021

(Getty Images) In 1988, the king of filth went head-to-head with the...

Nina Simone: Jazz Singer's Biography & Things You Didn'...

February 21, 2021

Nina Simone on the cover of her debut album. (Bethlehem Records) Cou...

Caligula: All The Most Ridiculous And Horrifying Things...

February 19, 2021

Roman sestertius depicting Caligula. (CNG/WIkimedia Commons) No Roma...

The Phantom: The World's First Superhero Premiered In 1...

February 17, 2021

(King Features Syndicate) The Phantom is a rarity among superheroes....

Black Day: South Korea's Anti-Valentine's Day Where Sin...

February 14, 2021

(Getty Images) Are you single and tired of the empty calories, carto...