Pieter Zilonis

Mad Jack Churchill (far right) leads a training exercise, sword in hand, from a Eureka boat in Inveraray, Scotland. (Photo: Wikimedia/War Office)

Mad Jack Churchill, Sword-Wielding Slayer

Mad Jack Churchill was the only soldier during World War Two credited with dispatching an enemy with a longbow. If his longbow wasn’t handy Mad Jack was just as comfortable with a Scottish broadsword.

Frozen Charlotte Dolls

The Grisly Tale Behind Frozen Charlotte Dolls

What was bath time like for you as a child? Loads of bubble-bath, maybe the obligatory rubber duck or some colorful plastic cups? Did you ever enjoy your soapy adventures with a porcelain doll embodying the spirit of a teenage girl who froze to death on her way to a New Year’s ball? Those Victorians were a dark bunch.

For thousands of years, Europeans had no clue about where birds went during Winter. Until 1822, when a German hunter shot a stork and discovered an 80cm long African spear protruding from its neck. This provided the first evidence of bird migration to Africa.

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