The international light bulb conspiracy, the creative taxes (and tax evaders) of early modern England, how German employees help control their company, and the bond that has been paying 5% interest every year since 1648.
The waterfall of blood, the blood rainbow, humans with green blood, and blood type personalities.
In binary, 010 is equal to 2. But what if it were 3 instead?
From 1939 until 1977, the winner of the annual Trinidad calypso competition was crowned the Calypso King. In 1978 Calypso Rose won the title, so they had to change the name.
When politicians’ historical crimes catch up with them, what happens to their statues?
Glossolalia, or speaking in tongues, occurs sometimes in Pentecostal and Charismatic Christian gatherings. It is supposed to be the language of God – but what does it say?
The 1958 horror film The Blob was inspired by a real event in 1950: a close encounter between four police officers and a star jelly.
The North Korean reality show about haircuts, the impressive moves of the smallest sumo wrestler in Japan, Hong Kong’s backwards-named street, and Mao Zedong’s epic war… against sparrows.
The worst poet in history, the worst tank ever made, the worst performance by a chess master, and the worst smell.
In 1945 an Air Force bomber crashed into the side of the Empire State Building. An elevator cab carrying Betty Lou Oliver fell 75 floors straight down; she, incredibly, survived.
NASA lost contact with the space probe Deep Impact in 2013 because of a single software bug.
In October 1977, Ali Maow Maalin was the last person to contract naturally occurring smallpox. He died thirty six years later while coordinating a polio vaccination drive.
“Don’t mess with Texas” is an iconic expression of state pride, but it began as an anti-littering ad campaign.
The Vikings may not have worn horned helmets, but the ancient Greeks had helmets covered in boar tusks and the Dayak of Borneo had helmets covered in fish or pangolin scales.
Smallpox cultists, the half a billion neurons in your guts, androgen immunity, and the citric acid panic of 1976.
The ancestor of hundreds of languages, including English, Italian, Russian, Farsi, and Punjabi; the last speaker of Yahi; the last speaker of Yaghan; and nests to revive endangered languages.