In 1929 Ronald Knox codified the ten rules that all detective fiction should follow.
Vidal Sassoon was an icon of 20th century fashion – and also beat up fascists in post-WWII London.
A prehistoric Scythian tomb in Siberia contained the oldest surviving carpet in the world.
In early Christian tradition, the power of saints’ relics could be transferred from object to object by a simple touch.
The Muhammad Ali vs. Rocky Marciano boxing match was screened in theatres across Europe and North America in 1970. In American theatres, Marciano won. In European theatres, Ali did.
Some gardens grow only the plants mentioned in either the Bible or the works of Shakespeare.
On March 31, 1913, a concert performance in Vienna ended with a riot and a famous slap.
The Asterix comics are notorious for obscure puns, but the most obscure may be the one used in Asterix and Cleopatra.
In 1989 the residents of Sōbetsu, Japan, formalised rules for competitive snowball fighting. Thirty-one world championships have since been played in the town.
Alice Guy-Blaché was the first female film director, the creator of the first film to feature an all-African-American cast, and the co-founder of the largest pre-Hollywood film studio in the United States.
What do the first postage stamps, Fabergé eggs, and watch backs have in common? Rose engine lathes.
The earliest fully recorded game of modern chess – from the 15th century CE – is a poem about love.
The 1956 novelty song “The Flying Saucer” was one of the first mashup records. The words of the first spaceman ever to land on Earth? “A-wop-bop-a-loo-mop-a-lop-bam-boom!”
One of the earliest amusement park dark rides was a trip from Coney Island to the Moon and back.
The 19th century mystery watch was a genuine engineering puzzle: a pocket watch whose face was entirely transparent.