These LEGO Instructions from 1974 Are Awesome (And Yes, They're Real)…

This photo of a note to parents, purportedly printed on a pamphlet included in a LEGO set from the 1970s, has been making laps around the Internet. The legitimacy of the note, which is noteworthy for its egalitarian tone, has been called into question – but we can now confirm its authenticity. » 11/22/14 4:00pm 11/22/14 4:00pm

Ebenezer Elliott Was The Most Badass Slam Poet Of The 19th Century

During the early- to mid-1800s, a group of British poets marshaled their talents to inspire a popular movement against the "Corn Laws," a set of government policies to further pad the pockets of land-owning aristocrats. Among the most powerful poems were the Corn Law Rhymes, penned by businessman Ebenezer Elliott. » 11/14/14 6:40am 11/14/14 6:40am

The Curious History Of Haiti's Anti-Zombie Laws

Movie posters for the 1932 horror film White Zombie featured an excerpt from the Haitian Criminal Code as proof that the country "recognizes the existence of Zombies" and punishes practitioners of this "necromancy" with the death penalty. Other films and books have said the same, but the truth is more complicated. » 11/05/14 9:40am 11/05/14 9:40am

The "Mystical" DaVinci Self-Portrait That Was Hidden From Hitler

It sounds like a plot for an Indiana Jones or Captain America film. But, during World War II, the self-portrait of Leonardo DaVinci was secretly moved from Turin to Rome for safekeeping from the Nazis. Legend says the gaze of DaVinci is so intense, that it can imbue onlookers with preternatural strength. » 10/31/14 2:30pm 10/31/14 2:30pm

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Was Inspired By A Yellow Fever Epidemic

A community paralyzed with fear, not knowing when an unseen presence will claim its next victim. Are we describing an epidemic or a supernatural predator? The similarity is not a coincidence in the horror story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, whose author, Washington Irving, fled a yellow fever outbreak in New York. » 10/31/14 12:20pm 10/31/14 12:20pm

100-Year-Old Notebook From The Ross Sea Party Recovered In Antarctica

More than a century after Captain Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition, the photographic notebook of George Murray Levick – a surgeon, zoologist, and photographer on that voyage – has been discovered at Scott's final expedition base at Cape Evans, on Antarctica's Ross Island. » 10/25/14 8:30am 10/25/14 8:30am

10 Bizarre Theories About The Pyramids That DON'T Involve Aliens

The ancient Egyptians built the pyramids to inspire awe, but could they have known that they would also inspire idiocy? For millennia, individuals have gazed upon these edifices, seeing them not as they are, but as projections of their own beliefs. Here are ten of the strangest theories—no aliens required. » 10/22/14 10:11am 10/22/14 10:11am

Wrecks From WWII Convoy Battle Discovered Off North Carolina Coast

Researchers from the NOAA have discovered two sunken vessels from a Second World War convoy battle about 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina. The German U-boat 576 and a merchant ship, Bluefields, were found just a few hundred yards apart. The find shows just how close the war came to American shores. » 10/22/14 9:40am 10/22/14 9:40am

The First Exoplanets Were Discovered In 1917—But Nobody Realized It

When astronomers found two planets orbiting a pulsar in 1992, it was considered the first definitive detection of planets outside our solar system. But new research reveals that, nearly a century ago, a young astronomer discovered evidence of an extrasolar planetary system — he just never realized it at the time. » 10/22/14 7:40am 10/22/14 7:40am