The Fiendish Life of Jesse Pomeroy, Teen Serial Killer

Jesse Harding Pomeroy has few, if any, rivals for the title of naughtiest boy in American history. Other lads have wrecked trains, burned buildings, and done away with their friends in all sorts of cruel and imaginative ways. But Jesse makes them all look like dirty-faced angels “hooking” apples from a cranky farmer. » 6/24/15 4:20pm 6/24/15 4:20pm

The Best Stories About Scientists Working Together and Falling in Love

Two weeks ago, Nobel-prize winning cell biologist Tim Hunt created a storm of controversy when he made a comment about how he can’t work with women because he always falls in love with them, or they with him. But why does he think love in the lab is such a problem? Here are four stories of couples who met through… » 6/24/15 3:43pm 6/24/15 3:43pm

Which Place Has The Most Fascinating Historical Stories Behind It?

It’s not just people who sometimes have surprising twists and turns in their backstories. Places—whether just a location, a house, or a building—also can lead complicated lives. We want to know about the locations near you (or even a place not so near that you’ve visited) with the most interesting histories. » 6/16/15 7:00am 6/16/15 7:00am

A Brief History Of Vaginal Cutting During Childbirth

During childbirth, the vagina has to stretch to accommodate a head the size of a grapefruit. This, you may imagine, takes time. So if something goes wrong during labor and delivery has to happen fast, doctors or midwives might speed things along by artificially widening the vaginal opening. With scissors. » 6/12/15 3:03pm 6/12/15 3:03pm

Doctor Who In A 1989 Notebook Ad, And 12 More Wacky Hungarian TV Spots

Do you love old television ads? Preferably from ex-socialist countries? Then this is the right stuff for you! YourTuber Hol van Ato has just uploaded more than one hundred funny, weird and grotesque Hungarian TV advertising spots from the 80s and 90s, and believe me: this collection is one of the most entertaining… » 6/11/15 3:00am 6/11/15 3:00am

Fascinating visualization breaks down how the Roman army was organized

Legionary. Century. Centurions. Cohorts. Legions. These are all terms for a certain group or type of Roman soldier. This rather interesting break down of the Roman Army shows how the army was organized, how Roman citizens were Legionaries and non-Roman citizens were Auxiliaries and how those soldiers were grouped… » 6/10/15 2:00am 6/10/15 2:00am

A Ripper Letter (And More!) From Scotland Yard's Secret Crime Museum

Founded in 1875, Scotland Yard’s Crime Museum (or “Black Museum”) is a trove of objects from notorious cases. It’s used like a reference library, open only to law enforcement and invited guests. But Oct. 9, the Museum of London opens “The Crime Museum Uncovered,” displaying evidence from unforgettable crimes. » 6/04/15 8:00pm 6/04/15 8:00pm

10 Silly Hats That People Used To Take Incredibly Seriously

From the Smurfs to the Wicked Witch of the West, our favorite stories contain an amazing number of silly hats. And these haven’t just sprung into existence thanks to drunk costume designers, but come from history — be it military or millinery. Here are 10 ridiculous hats that were incredibly important in the past. » 6/04/15 10:16am 6/04/15 10:16am