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Going Under

Among other things, former president Lyndon Baines Johnson was known for his collection of unique automobiles, which he referred to as his "presidential ...

Internationally Adored

Merriam-Webster may be one of the most respected names in the dictionary business, but the giant isn't always perfect. In 1934, the company released an e...

The King’s Letters

The 15th-century scholar who upset the Korean aristocracy by creating a native script for the Korean language, and thus wean it off Chinese characters.

Victory in Death

Frank Hayes must have been excited as he climbed into the saddle on 04 June 1923. While the 35-year-old horse trainer and stableman had plenty of experie...

Mind-warping Knowledge

Before London taxi drivers are allowed to convey paying customers in their renowned black cabs, they must be ‘of good character’, in a reasonable state o...

The Cantaloupe Peril

Serving your melon with a layer of prosciutto around it may simply seem like one of the many lovely contributions of Italian cuisine to the summer menu, ...

Unpresidented Situation

The framers of the United States Constitution explicitly forbade the United States from granting titles of nobility in Article I, Section 9, Clause 8, al...

The (Very Brief) Republic of Rose Island

In the late 1960s, an Italian engineer named Giorgio Rosa oversaw the construction of an artificial platform in the Adriatic Sea about 4,500 square-feet ...

Mobilis In Mobili

A 1930s effort to reach the Earth's northernmost point via antiquated submarine.

Law Suit

In 1993, in an effort to avoid bad press, a zoo in Toluca, Mexico sought to quickly and quietly replace a gorilla that had died under their care. A group...

All Together Now

In 1964, The Beatles traveled across the pond for a series of tour dates that would be their first in North America. Among those dates was a show on 11 S...


Market researcher James Vicary became well-known for a 1957 study attesting to the efficacy of subliminal advertising. His description of his experiment ...

The Prince of Icebergs

In October 1977, the city of Ames, Iowa hosted the International Conference on Iceberg Utilization. The conference was sponsored by the Saudi prince Moha...

Cut It Out

Inés Ramírez Pérez of Rio Talea, Mexico, is known for being one of the only confirmed people to have successfully completed a Caesarian section on herself.

Poster Child

In 1935, Sonne ins Haus (The Sun in the Home) was one of the few magazines allowed to circulate in Nazi Germany. The illustrated magazine was largely dev...

Into the Bewilderness

Charles Waterton was a pioneer of conservation. He was also extremely nutty, in ways that suggest he may have over-identified with his animal subjects.

Colonels of Truth

The tumultuous true story of the life of a fast food icon.

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A set of three encrypted notes from the nineteenth century purportedly describe the location of hidden treasure in Virginia.

The Japanese Art of Self-Preservation

On the ancient Japanese Buddhist practice of self-mummification.

Faxes From the Far Side

The 1950s-era Soviet mission to first photograph the far side of the moon.
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