The Dark History Of Debutante Balls Is Leaving Us Deeply Unnerved

By Emma Patterson

When you think “debutante ball,” several images probably spring to mind: fancy ballrooms, princess-like girls wearing gowns, white...

Inside The Revolutionary War-Era Prison Floating In The Middle Of The Ocean

By Ryan Unger

You hear the creaking cell door slam behind you as you hopelessly examine your new living quarters. An old soggy mattress and a filthy...

New York Inmates Battle Harvard Students In A Debate That Leaves The Crowd In Awe

By Olivia O'Hara

Harvard University is the most esteemed of the United States’ Ivy League schools. Over its 200-year history, the institution...

20 Dangerous Toys Parents Still Can't Believe Actually Went On Sale

By Emma Patterson

If you were a 1960s baby, you probably can’t imagine growing up without Chatty Cathy, AKA your best friend in the world. If you grew...

Popular 'Magical' Vacation Spot Of The '60s Suddenly Disappears

By Ryan Unger

Villa Epecuen felt like it would thrive forever. The popular resort town in Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires attracted people...

Woman's Infamous Lawsuit Against Wendy's Backfires In Spectacular Fashion

By Dan Fitzpatrick

When you visit a fast food restaurant, chances are you don’t want to think too much about what’s in the meal. Because...

The Real Story Of The Very Misunderstood Napoleon Bonaparte

By Dan Fitzpatrick

Whether you earned a PhD in history or fell asleep every time your teacher brought up a time before the present, you’re bound to...

Man Ran 874 Miles Entirely Barefoot For The Most Baffling Reason

By Olivia O'Hara

Have you ever felt like your potential as a human being is stifled by sitting, cooped up, in an office all day? Do you look out the...

Eccentric Millionaire's Massive Treasure Hunt Has Sent Dozens Of People To Their Graves

By Cody Mauro

Admit it: You secretly dream of finding buried treasure. The idea of finding that proverbial X denoting that thousands, if...

The Ghastly Story Behind Mary Toft, The Woman Who 'Gave Birth To Rabbits'

By Emma Patterson

Truth be told, history is chock-full of freaks. In fact, the modern-day world we enjoy was built by people with weird ideas and...

81-Year-Old Amateur Scientist Claims To Have A New Planet-Saving Invention

By Dan Fitzpatrick

It’s no secret that our planet is in dire shape. Climate change, resource shortages, and unchecked pollution all threaten the...

19th-Century Man Thought He Took First Photos Of Stars, Scientists Uncovered His 'Trick'

By Olivia O'Hara

During the early days when photography was newly invented, it was anyone’s game. The medium was a fresh frontier, ripe for...

The Aftermath Of The 1918 Pandemic Was Far Stranger Than People Understood

By Emma Patterson

The world had just started to rebuild itself after the horrors of World War I, when the infamous 1918 influenza pandemic struck....

Innocent Man Spends 46 Years In Prison Before Getting Revenge On The Man That Framed Him

By Olivia O'Hara

On a cold winter day in 1979, a friend burst into Richard Phillips’ jail cell with news. The man who had framed Phillips for...

20 Of The Most Foolish Moments In History That Can't Be Undone

By Emma Patterson

Behind every achievement is a stupid mistake…and another stupid mistake…and even one before that. The history books you...

The Titanic Is Posing A Weird Problem That Experts Can't Solve

By Emma Patterson

When you think of “landmark,” images of the Eiffel Tower and Stonehenge probably pop into your mind. We visit these places because...

Dark Details About Life In Colonial America Are Turning People's Stomachs

By Olivia O'Hara

In many circles, people tend to think of the dawn of the United States of America as “the good old days.” Our forefathers, the...

The Story Behind America's 'Lost State' Of Franklin Has Been Buried For Years

By Dan Fitzpatrick

Even the youngest American student knows that the country has exactly 50 states — plus the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the...

Astronomer Carl Sagan Exposes The Logical Mistakes That People Make

By Olivia O'Hara

It’s become harder in recent years to figure out when an important friend, political figure, or news source is telling the truth. In...

Rare Facts About Al Capone That Took Years To Finally Come To Light

By Dan Fitzpatrick

What’s it like to be the most feared man in the world? Most people who find out don’t live to tell the tale, but Al Capone...

Popular '60s Fads That Had Much Stranger Origins Than We Ever Suspected

By Liz Collins

We landed on the moon, grieved the death of a president and a civil rights leader, and rose up in anger. Hippie culture swept through...

20 Historical Figures With Extremely Strange Traits That People Weren't Aware Of

By Emma Patterson

If there’s something every community has without fail, it’s a town eccentric. We all know one: The man who walks down the street...

Man Is Missing In Alaska For Weeks Before Rescuers Spot Clue In The Snow

By Bianca Piazza

Rescue teams don’t hold out a lot of hope when someone goes missing in an icy Alaskan forest. Few outcomes look promising. Did...

Workers Find A Hidden Staircase That May Change The History Books

By Emma Patterson

Just because something is considered history doesn’t mean it isn’t subject to change. Despite the finality of the word,...

Rare Photos Reveal A Different Side Of Mardi Gras

By Matt Castoral

Parades, beignets, and a whole lot of beads — this is Mardi Gras. The French-Catholic holiday has served as the pinnacle of...