In the mid-20th century, several countries had plans to construct a flying submarine.
If you’re at a circus and you hear the band play “The Stars and Stripes Forever” – you better run.
The escape artist Harry Houdini and the author H. P. Lovecraft collaborated on a “true” Egyptian horror story.
Most crosswords have a single correct solution. A quantum crossword has several.
The USS Triton was the first submarine to circumnavigate the world completely underwater. It was spotted just once, by a Filipino fisherman.
The Church of One Tree in Santa Rosa, California, was built in 1873 out of a single giant redwood tree.
Eugene Debs received more than 900,000 votes in the 1920 American presidential election – while in prison for sedition.
The Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff has a songwriter credit for the power ballad “All by Myself.”
Christian Bök’s 2001 anthology Eunoia contains five chapters that each use just one of the five vowels.
Sarah Josepha Hale published “Mary had a Little Lamb” in 1830. Forty-six years later, Mary Tyler claimed to be the original Mary.
At the same time she was writing the novel Little Women, Louisa May Alcott also wrote one of the first stories to feature an Egyptian mummy’s curse.
Since 1971, US diplomats and State Department workers who disagree with government policy can communicate their opposition through the Dissent Channel.
According to Las Cabañuelas lore, you can predict the weather for the whole year based on the weather of each day in January.
At several points around the world, three time zones meet.
What do the bicycle, Marmite, Mormonism, and Frankenstein have in common? A volcano in Indonesia.
Take a log, paint it black, and make sure your enemy can see it. The “quaker guns” were a key piece of strategic deception in the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars.