Unseen Photos Of The Titanic's Launch Will Give You Chills

There's a new exhibition at an Irish museum showcasing previously unpublished sepia-tinged photos of the ill-fated Titanic as it's being launched to sea. The goose-bump inducing images show the luxury liner as it's going down the Belfast shipyard's slipway, along with excited spectators cheering on. If only they… » 10/17/14 7:20am Friday 7:20am

A Rare Look At Historical Spy Gadgets Inside The CIA's Private Museum

The CIA's museum, located at its headquarters in Langley, VA, is home to more than 28,000 items, including gadgets, weapons and espionage memorabilia. Usually, it's off limits to most non-CIA personnel—but a special arrangement allowed Smithsonian magazine to take a tour and photograph select exhibits. » 10/08/14 10:40am 10/08/14 10:40am

Newly-Declassified CIA Document Says Ben Franklin Was A Security Risk

Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents—but safeguarding state secrets was not among them. According to a recently released article by a CIA analyst, when Franklin was on a diplomatic mission in France, he allowed his offices to be penetrated by British spies during a crucial period in the American Revolution. » 10/01/14 11:10am 10/01/14 11:10am

The Real-Life Letter Of Apology Written By The Salem Witch Trial Jury

It's almost October, which means Halloween is just around the corner — the witching hour to end all witching hours is almost upon us. But about the real-life stories of witches who were burned and celebrated? A new book, The Penguin Book of Witches, provides actual documents. And we've got a doozy of an excerpt. » 9/30/14 10:50am 9/30/14 10:50am

'Pirate Speak' Is A Myth Perpetuated By Disney

Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, but before you get carried away with your ahoys, and your mateys and your timber-shivering, there's something you should know: Pirate-speak, as most of us know it, was invented by Disney; and pirates – real pirates, that is – probably sounded nothing like they do in the… » 9/19/14 10:55am 9/19/14 10:55am