Every English student knows The Rape of the Lock, Alexander Pope’s mock-heroic satire of the social mores of 18th-century British gentry. What fewer people know is the model Pope used: Alessandro Tassoni’s 1622 masterpiece, La secchia rapita. Its subject is quite an unusual historical event—a 14th-century war fought over a stolen bucket!
Read the amazing story of Wojtek, the bear. There are memorials to this bear in two major cities in Europe. He left an impression on all who met him.
German-American athlete George Eyser won six Olympic medals in one day, and did it all with a wooden leg. So whatever happened to him?
The satanic leaf tailed gecko, found only on the island of Madagascar, is the only flat-tailed gecko who camouflages itself by looking like a dead leaf.
The 1904 Olympic Marathon had 32 questionable athletes who engaged in ridiculous acts that would’ve gotten them disqualified today.
More than twice as hot as the ghost pepper, the Dragon’s Breath pepper is so lethal that it must be carried in a sealed container.
Fried food connoisseur and culinary chef Jonathan Marcus found a way to make deep fried water but admits that it’s “the blandest deep-fried thing” he’s ever tasted.
Count Eugen Wilhelm Theodor von Keyserling discovered the wrap-around spider, including it in his oeuvre considered to be “one of the finest iconographies of arachnids ever published.”
New research study finds garter snakes are surprisingly social, forming strong friendships with their peers
Formerly known as Dr. Brown’s Celery Tonic, Cel Ray soda was marketed as a healthy beverage to calm the nerves. These days you can find it in New York delis.