Author: Alan Bellows • Page 1/34

Alan Bellows is the founder/designer/head writer/managing editor of Damn Interesting.
Long-Form/Podcast:

Devouring the Heart of Portugal

In 1924 a bankrupt businessman in Portugal launched an audacious international scheme to become one of the wealthiest men in the world.
Site News:

To Hell With Facebook

The earliest known version of the idiom "the straw that broke the camel's back" was written by the English philosophe...
Long-Form/Podcast:

The Traveler and His Baggage

In Nazi-occupied Paris, “Dr. Eugène” offered Jews an alternative to deportation, slavery, and death camps. But the escape network was not what it seemed.
Curio/Podcast:

Pushing the Envelope

As is often the case with people in dangerous professions, the Apollo astronauts found that life insurance policies w...
Curio/Podcast:

The Anticipated Future of the Moon

When the Earth was young, shortly after the moon formed, our planet was spinning so fast that a day was approximately...
Curio/Podcast:

It Makes One’s Head Swim

On 17 December 1967, Harold Holt--at that time the Prime Minister of Australia--decided to go for a swim. He and his...
Curio/Podcast:

A Day on Venus

Compared to Earth, our astronomical next-door neighbor Venus is 95 percent as large, 28 percent closer to the sun, an...
Curio/Podcast:

It Belongs in a Museum

In January 2010, two journalists knocked on the door of 84-year-old Frenchman Jacques Bellanger to ask him about the...
Curio/Podcast:

A Wealth of Insight

At the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, social psychologist Paul Piff paired off approximately 200 u...
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The Unknown Father

Alois Schicklgruber was never quite certain who his father was. Born in 1837, Schicklgruber was the child of Maria An...
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