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Picasso Self Portraits

Why Are There Helium Shortages Throughout History? We'r...

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 a shortage of o...

Childermas: In Medieval England, Children Were Beaten O...

December 28, 2019

While the days of knights, peasants, and castles grow in popularity on Netflix, the people of medieval Europe weren't nearly as excited about their living si...

Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571: The 1972 Plane Crash Th...

December 23, 2019

Life sometimes forces extreme solutions to difficult situations. The crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 on October 13, 1972 forced the grizzliest of ans...

Black December: When Sharks Attacks Compelled The Gover...

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 don't have to worry...

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...

The Bottle Of Wine That Killed Osama Bin Laden

December 10, 2019

As Napoleon once said, "In victory, you deserve champagne. In defeat, you need it." That line aptly fits the story of one bottle of 1870 Lafite Rothschild and the demise...

Baron Haussmann: How Architecture Ended The French Revo...

December 7, 2019

Today, the romance of Paris monopolizes all other aspects of the original City of Love. Whether couples intertwine beneath the Eiffel Tower's famed arch or e...

The Presidential Turkey Pardon: A History Of Going Easy...

November 27, 2019

Traditions offer interesting insights into the people and cultures who begat them. For instance, nothing explains George Costanza's father more aptly than hi...

Smoking On Airplanes: Unreal Facts And Stories About Wh...

November 21, 2019

Air travel has seen many changes since the days of Mad Men, getting on a plane meant getting suited and booted for the occasion. Today, we're lucky if people...

PBS: All The Good Things PBS Has Done For This Country

November 7, 2019

With Netflix flipping the traditional TV model on its head and traditional network giants like Disney and HBO creating their own streaming services, how we consu...

Steve Martin's Wedding Was A Surprise To His Guests

November 4, 2019

Weddings are joyous occasions. Two people tying the knot of the love they share, surrounded by friends and family---what's not to like? Nevertheless, there's always...

Wolverine Woman: Jo Cameron Has Healing Powers, Feels N...

October 24, 2019

Not the actual Wolverine woman. Source: (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images) As kids, everyone dreams of gaining superpowers like teleportation or the abi...

Samuel Little: The Most Prolific Serial Killer In U.S. ...

October 23, 2019

Samuel Little, Maybe The Most Prolific Serial Killer In American History (Photo by Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Serial killers hold a st...

The Greatest Fighter Pilot In American History Was Name...

October 15, 2019

Names tend to follow people throughout their lives, especially when they make people giggle. Dick Trickle, Harry Baals, and Tokyo Sexwale were all real peopl...

The "Good Old Days" Fallacy Dates Back To Prehistoric T...

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 t...

Mayan Comics: Thought Bubbles, Crude Jokes, And Even An...

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 to door and sta...

Abraham Lincoln's Jokes: The 16th President's Forgotten...

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 remembered ...

Sober Sue: The Woman No Comedian Could Amuse

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...

"In Vino, Veritas": Ancient Persia's Law To Reconsider ...

September 9, 2019

Humans throughout history have enacted some rather strange laws. For example, in ancient Rome, common citizens were forbidden from wearing purple. One might ...

Cruise Control's Humorous And Unbelievable History 

September 7, 2019

An automobile cruise control system is an outer control loop that "takes over" control of the throttle - normally exercised by the driver through the accelerator peda...

Picasso’s Self-Portraits from Age 15 - 90

December 21, 2016

Pablo Picasso is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. He is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of assem...