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The First Indoor Hockey Game Took Place In Canada In 1875

March 3, 2020

Ice hockey became the official winter sport of Canada in 1994, but really, it was just a formality. People have been making jokes about Canada and hockey for ...

Grave Robbers Exhumed And Held Charlie Chaplin's Body For Ransom In 1978

March 1, 2020

As a performer and director, Charlie Chaplin revolutionized filmmaking. He was one of the few people who successfully transitioned from vaudeville t...

This 1990s LSD Lab Built Inside An Underground Missile Silo Gave Us The World's Acid

February 28, 2020

From the outside, it's just a slate gray, Cold War–era missile silo, but the inside is a different story. No one can agree on exactly wh...

The Impeachment Of Andrew Johnson: Why His Impeachment Was Not That Different

February 24, 2020

No matter what side of the political aisle you fall on, an impeachment is never good news. In the four instances where impeachment has been lev...

1904 Baltimore Fire: 80 Blocks Burned And Lessons Learned

February 7, 2020

Men hurry on the street as they work to demolish buildings during the Baltimore fire, 1904. The leveling of the buildings by dynamite was a desperate attempt to ...

The Origins Of Groundhog Day: Why Do We Celebrate It Again, Exactly?

February 2, 2020

On February 2, all eyes look to a particular rodent in Pennsylvania to see if he can predict the coming weather better than the television meteorol...

The Assassination Of Mahatma Gandhi: Why, How, And Who

January 30, 2020

After a lifetime of advocating for nonviolence, Mahatma Gandhi was gunned down by Nathuram Godse on January 30, 1948. His assassination ripped through the peace commu...

Ancient Mesoamericans Invented Rubber 3,000 Years Before Goodyear

January 23, 2020

Rubber played a big part in the traditional Mesoamerican ballgame, which was played by many civilizations in Mesoamerica. (Photo by Alex Peña/LatinConten...

Brink's Building Robbery: The Heist That Tore A Gang Apart

January 17, 2020

The Brink's building heist of 1950 is one of the most daring robberies of the 20th century. Like something from a movie, the robbery itself went off without a hit...

The Great Molasses Flood Sounds Like A Joke, But It Killed 21 Bostonians

January 15, 2020

On January 15, 1919, the Boston area found itself in a sticky situation. That afternoon, a tank full of molasses exploded while traveling through B...

Beer In Russia Wasn't Considered Alcohol Until 2011

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

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 ...

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

December 23, 2019

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

George Washington Crossing the Delaware: A Brazen Christmas Attack

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

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...

Spice World Premieres, And Everyone Hates It, Making It A Cult Classic

December 15, 2019

December 15, 1997 is a day that will live in infamy forever. Theaters across the country were invaded by Spice World, a film that followed the madcap ...

John Lennon's Death: 10 Minutes Of Global Silence

December 14, 2019

Few events in history can bring thousands upon thousands of people together for a single cause, but in December 1980, one tragedy silenced the world for 10 minutes st...

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