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History Of The County Fair

August 1, 2021

(Alex Camara/Europa Press via Getty Images) As late summer rolls around, county fair season is in full swing. It's a tradition as popular in rural America as the country music concerts and e...

Has Chernobyl, Nuclear Disaster Site, Become A Haven Fo...

May 31, 2021

On April 26, 1986, a nuclear meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant led to the worst nuclear disaster in world history, expelling 400 times more radio...

Why Do Cats Sit In Boxes? The Origin Of "If I Fits, I S...

May 20, 2021

Cat inside a cardboard box. (Felipe Rodriguez/VWPics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) "If I fits, I sits" is a true adage of the internet age, but whe...

Jane Goodall: The Famous Anthropologist/Primatologist’s...

April 3, 2021

British primatologist Jane Goodall visits a chimpanzee rescue center in Entebbe, Uganda. (SUMY SADURNI/AFP via Getty Images) Renowned primatologist Jane Goo...

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

March 13, 2021

Monkeys above Chandni Chowk, Delhi. (Chris Goldberg/Flickr) The people of New Delhi, India are dealing one of the most mind-boggling infestations of the 20th ...

The U.S.'s Most Destructive Zoos

January 6, 2021

Every year, millions of people around the world visit zoos and animal-themed amusement parks, yet the practice of collecting and displaying wild animals has long been a controversial ...

History Of Cats: How Did We Domesticate Felines?

December 11, 2020

An Egyptian archaeologist cleans the bronze ancient Egyptian sitting cat statue. (Khaled Desouki/AFP via Getty Images) House cats today are not much different from thei...

History Of Dogs: Do Pugs Really Come From Wolves?

December 10, 2020

Female pug dog painting, 1802. (Bonhams London/Wikimedia Commons) Aside from being canine, pugs and wolves don't seem to have much in common. Really, pugs don't even h...

Poachers Killed By The Animals They Were Hunting: A Lis...

December 3, 2020

(Claude Kleynhans/Instagram) It never feels good to celebrate the death of another human, but when a poacher is killed by an animal they're hunting, the irony...

These Escaped Mutant Crayfish Clones Have Overtaken A B...

October 30, 2020

(David Gerke/Wikimedia Commons) This may sound like a B-movie from the 1950s, but no, right here in 2020, mutant crayfish are wreaking havoc on a Belgian ceme...

Pablo Escobar's Escaped Hippos Formed The Largest Hippo...

August 12, 2020

Playful hippos in the water in January 2015, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. PHOTOGRAPH BY Stacey Farrell / Barcroft Media. Getty Images. When it comes to the in...

Disturbing Things People Did At Carnivals In The Early ...

July 11, 2020

At the onset of the 20th century, traveling carnivals grew out of the World's Fair and became a beloved pastime for families seeking a fun night out that wou...

Dewey Readmore Books: The Celebrity Library Cat Of The ...

May 26, 2020

In the 1980s, America fell in love with Dewey Readmore Books, a convolutedly named cat who lived in the Spencer Public Library in Spencer, Iowa. Throughout D...

Havasupai Quiz

February 20, 2020

Way down at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is a small community of indigenous people known as the Havasupai. They've been living in the area since before it was a national park, and like every place in Amer...

Havasupai: The Post Office At The Bottom Of The Grand C...

February 20, 2020

Sure, everyone is emailing now and Amazon is mostly running the shipping game, but people in the United States still need the USPS to live their day-to-day lives....

The Origins Of Groundhog Day: Why Do We Celebrate It Ag...

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 meteorologists. It...

Jack The Baboon Operated A Railway, Earned A Salary, An...

January 25, 2020

Anyone passing through Cape Town, South Africa on the Port Elizabeth Mainline Railroad in the late 1800s saw something curious along the railway: a baboon operati...

Winnie Was A Real Bear: A. A. Milne's Inspirations

January 18, 2020

Winnie the Pooh is one of the most beloved children’s literary characters in history. Along with his pals Piglet, Tigger, Owl, Eeyore, and Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh ha...

When George Washington Ordered A Ceasefire To Return A ...

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 C...

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 have been dazzl...

Baby Fae, A Baboon Heart, And Bioethics

November 11, 2019

On October 14, 1984, a tiny, premature, and the very sick baby was born in California. Although her birth certificate listed her name as Stephanie Fae Beauclair, she became kno...