The tarasque is a famous dragon of medieval French folklore. It burned its victims with fire, but the fire did not come from its mouth. Quite the opposite.
If you want to build a Geiger counter you need to first find a shipwreck from before 1945.
In 1987 the tomb of Argentinian president Juan Perón was broken into and his hands dismembered and stolen. A ransom note was received but never paid, and the hands were never seen again.
The Danakil Depression in the Afar Triangle, Ethiopia, is the point where three tectonic plates diverge; has the highest average annual temperature on the planet; and Lucy, the Australopithecus fossil, was found there.
As part of a secret government project begun in 1967, the Chinese scientist Tu Youyou discovered an ancient herbal remedy that would end up saving millions of lives.
The equestrian events of the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, were held in Sweden.
In 1953 the sci-fi author Hugo Gernsback proposed provisional patents for sci-fi writers’ hypothetical inventions. 42 years earlier, he had predicted radar, television, remote controls, solar power, synthetic cloth, and videophones.
A hundred years ago Soviet filmmakers such as Lev Kuleshov and Sergei Eisenstein demonstrated how you could create meaning purely through film editing.
What do bullet ants and guarana have in common? The Sateré-Mawé people of Brazil.
The French comic publishing house L’Association made a game that plays like Scrabble – except that it uses comic panels instead of letters.
Cats hold a special place in Islam, reaching back as far as Muhammad’s own love of the animals.
How do you work out the function of a specific gene? Knock them out one by one and see what happens.
That band of deep blue in the sky opposite a sunrise or sunset? It’s the shadow of the planet.
Fukuoka, Japan, is home to an iconic ziggurat-like building topped by a dozen roof garden steps.
On a theatre stage in the middle of the night, one light remains lit. It’s there to appease old ghosts… or prevent accidents that would make new ghosts.
In 1909 two suffragettes mailed themselves to the the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.