Author: Alan Bellows • Page 1/34

Alan Bellows is the founder/designer/head writer/managing editor of Damn Interesting.
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Breaking a Bit

After a rough August, we're taking a much needed break. In the meantime here is a word game we made.
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Giving the Bird the Bird

A Brief Note From an Ex-X User

Journey to the Invisible Planet

The tangled history of humanity’s search for the solar system’s uncharted planets.
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This is Dang Interesting

To whom it may concern, we now have a (mostly) profanity-free mirror site.

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.
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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...

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.

Pushing the Envelope

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

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...

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...
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