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The NC French Teacher Who Was Maybe Also Napoleon's Military Strategist

The story of Peter Stewart Ney isn’t necessarily tied to a crime, but it’s so fascinating that it begs a spot among the other mysteries here. In the 18th century, Ney was a well-liked teacher in the Carolinas; at one point, he designed the seal still used by Davidson College. But was he hiding a secret military past? » 6/16/15 5:30pm 6/16/15 5:30pm

This Hybrid "Knork" Utensil Was Also An Important Medical Invention

Knife, fork, spoon: This is the holy trinity of silverware and (while the occasional spork may jostle for inclusion), in general, these are all you’re likely to see. There is, however, another hybrid utensil you may not know: The Knork. And its creation owes as much to modern medicine as to dining habits. » 4/27/15 3:20pm 4/27/15 3:20pm

The insane plan to rescue Napoleon from St. Helena by submarine


Back in the early 19th Century, an Irish adventurer and smuggler named Tom Johnson hatched a plot to rescue the exiled Napoleon from his island prison on St. Helena. But to do so he would need to approach the heavily guarded island with extreme caution. That’s when he decided to design his very own submarine — decades… » 3/12/13 11:10am 3/12/13 11:10am