"Supertide" Creates Dramatic Temporary Island Off The Coast Of France

A rare "supertide" (caused by last night's post-eclipse supermoon) briefly turned France's Mont Saint-Michel into a completely encircled island. The historic site is located just off the coast of Normandy, and is usually linked to land via a bridge. » 3/21/15 1:05pm 3/21/15 1:05pm

How Did An Extinct French Wine Grape End Up In Chile?

A century and a half ago, the Carmenére grape was one of the most common Bordeaux grapes in France. And then a disease essentially wiped it out. So how did it recently reemerge in Chile? » 3/18/15 4:20pm 3/18/15 4:20pm

How Parisians Did "Guillotine Chic"

The Revolution and the Terror devastated French society, and then receded. In their place they left a weird, chaotic society with a very strange form of chic and an even stranger form of fashionable lady. » 3/02/15 8:20am 3/02/15 8:20am

How A French Fashion Helped Beat An 18th-Century Anti-Vaxxer Movement

When the smallpox vaccine was first introduced in the 18th century, not everyone was eager to get inoculated. Many French people were suspicious of the new procedure, which was banned in Paris for five years. But after a celebrated royal inoculation, a new fashion helped advertise vaccination and ease vaccination… » 1/21/15 3:40pm 1/21/15 3:40pm

This World War I Soldier's Bedroom Hasn't Changed Since 1918

Here's one for the history buffs: the Washington Post has some gorgeous, poignant, frozen-in-time photos of a room last occupied in 1918, by a 22-year-old soldier who died in World War I. » 12/30/14 1:55pm 12/30/14 1:55pm

Skeletons Found In Ancient Cemetery Still Have Shackles On Their Necks

Archaeologists working in southwest France have discovered hundreds of Gallo-Roman graves dating to the second half of the 2nd century AD, with some of the skeletons featuring shackles still strapped around their necks and ankles. » 12/04/14 6:40am 12/04/14 6:40am

French TV Promos Show Extreme Animal Athletes

These French TV identifications have some pretty excellent CGI combined with a good, simple idea. It's basically the animal kingdom's version of the X-Games. There are turtles skateboarding on their shells, skydiving elephants, and (a personal favorite) gymnast ostriches. » 7/13/14 9:03pm 7/13/14 9:03pm

Watch Donkey-Headed Catherine Deneuve Bake A Magic Cake in Donkey Skin

Proof that French people are just as weird as the rest of us. Check out this bizarre sequence from Donkey Skin, the 1970 movie based on a fairytale by Charles PerraultCatherine Deneuve is a donkey-headed lady who bakes a magic cake while duetting with her princess alter ego. » 5/27/14 5:00pm 5/27/14 5:00pm

French Archaeologists Discover Beautifully Preserved Deformed Skull

Normally, intentionally elongated or flattened skulls are associated with ancient Mesoamerican cultures. But this exquisite specimen, which dates back some 1,500 years, was recently found at a dig in Alsace, France. » 11/05/13 12:20pm 11/05/13 12:20pm

Some Of The World's Best Cartoons Are Hidden Inside Video Games

Quantic Dream, the studio behind Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, are about as polarising as a developer gets. Some people hate their games. Some people love them! I'd like to think there's one aspect of their output we can all get behind, though: the way they include some of the world's best animation shorts in… » 10/22/13 11:20am 10/22/13 11:20am

Gang of feral cats attacks woman in France

It seems the cats have turned. Feral felines near the French city of Belfort have begun pack-hunting humans. A woman and her poodle were on a walk recently when six of the beasts attacked her, knocking her to the ground. Happy caturday, everyone! » 7/27/13 4:00pm 7/27/13 4:00pm

A Time Capsule from 1930s Paris

This apartment was abandoned just before the start of World War II, and no one gave thought to it until the owner died and her heirs were reconciling her property. » 6/13/13 4:00pm 6/13/13 4:00pm

French chapel traded its gargoyles for Gizmo, Gremlins, Grendizer, and…

When the sculpture and stone mason Jean-Louis Boistel set to renovating the Chapelle de Bethléem (Bethlehem Chapel) in Nantes, France, he decided to add some unorthodox decorations to the 15th century church. While some of the newer stone gargoyles (or, to be more accurate, chimeras) adorning the pinnacles are… » 1/26/13 2:00pm 1/26/13 2:00pm

A rare, near-complete mammoth skeleton has been unearthed near Paris

You know what's rare? Woolly mammoth skeletons. You know what's even rarer? Beautifully preserved, near-complete, French woolly mammoth skeletons. Archaeologists just dug up the latter. » 11/08/12 8:00am 11/08/12 8:00am

This student film feels like a Moebius comic come to life

This is Eclipse, a short film from students at Paris' Gobelins School of Image, which previously brought us that lovely short about a magical, geography-jumping house. » 10/01/12 9:55am 10/01/12 9:55am

Gang of unruly knights robs Renaissance faire

Historical reenactments of the Middle Ages, they sometimes bring out the blackguards, brigands, and bad apples. Early Monday morning in the French town of Bitche, the organizers of the popular festival Medievales Europeennes de Bitche found themselves down 20,000 € (approximately $25,000) when a marauding band of… » 7/31/12 1:40pm 7/31/12 1:40pm

The world's first DJ booth was majestically ridiculous

Decades before hip-hop deejays began mixing records in the South Bronx, French engineer Leon Gaumont was crossfading records using his fantastically flamboyant Chronophone. If you ever needed to rock a party Fantômas-style while pouring a flagon of champagne out for poor dead Jules Verne, this was your rig. But in all… » 6/26/12 12:30pm 6/26/12 12:30pm

When a vampire bootleg Mickey Mouse tried to invade Japan before World…

Continuing right along with our unofficial exploration of all things simultaneously insane, horrific, and Disney-related comes "Toybox Series #3: Picture Book 1936,″ a 1934 Japanese propaganda cartoon by Komatsuzawa Hajime. » 5/22/12 4:00pm 5/22/12 4:00pm

An abandoned French subway station was turned into the set of Prometheus

We now live in an era when gonzo viral marketing runs the risk of being more intriguing than the film it's designed to promote. In Paris, the Saint-Martin stop (which has been unused for 73 years) on the Metro's Line 9 was transformed into the extraterrestrial architecture of Prometheus, giving passengers a glimpse… » 5/18/12 8:05am 5/18/12 8:05am

The awesomely insane Heaven and Hell nightclubs of 1890s Paris

In modern times, you can find a stray cabaret or goth club in most modern metropolitan areas. But back in the late 19th century, your options were limited, albeit merrily deranged. » 5/16/12 6:40pm 5/16/12 6:40pm