Yesterday marked the 101st anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, an event that precipitated the First World War. To commemorate the event, a statue of the assassin, Gavrilo Princip, was unveiled in Serbia—which goes to show that one person’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter. »
From the beginning of the 16th century to the 19th, slave merchants transported more than 10 million enslaved Africans to the New World. This eye-opening animation condenses over 20,528 voyages down to three agonizing minutes.
Remember those dark nights from your childhood when you were afraid of the boogeyman? He never did leap out of your closet, but that doesn’t mean all monsters are make-believe. Meet Albert Fish: a real-life nightmare, who preyed upon children as if they were food. »
This is Pasquino, a statue near the famous Piazza Navona in Rome. For the past 500 years, it’s where you go when you want to read something mean, snarky, or scandalous about someone, and you didn’t have the internet to help you. »
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. »
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… »
People don’t die of the Black Plague in the 21st century — except when they do. And the disease won’t be going away any time soon. »
The body of Bishop Peder Winstrup, laid to rest at the cathedral in Lund almost 350 years ago, has revealed more than ever before. Scientists were hoping to use modern science to learn from an unusually well-preserved body, but they found a hidden child under the bishop’s feet. »
In a war that featured Blitzkriegs, V2 rockets, and nuclear weapons, it’s easy to forget about some of the more old-timey weapons and tactics used during the conflict. Here are eight that proved their worth.
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. »
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. »
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… »
Deception was imperative during WWII, and sometimes to the trickery got very surreal. In order to distract the enemy, militaries would create fake vehicles, weaponry, soldiers, and even entire towns. And they were pretty convincing — if you didn’t look too close. »
Contractors doing construction at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City unearthed chalkboards from 1917, showing classroom life from 98 years ago.
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… »
There’s something inherently timeless about watching a very moveable object get smushed by an unstoppable force. »
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. »
It’s difficult to conceptualize excessively large numbers, particularly when they pertain to human tragedies. But this highly-engaging animated data visualization by Neil Halloran makes WWII-related deaths all too comprehensible. »
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. »