George Eyser: Swept the 1904 Olympics And Then Disappeared

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?

Wilkins Coffee Commercials and the Muppets You Never Knew

You've heard of The Muppets. But have you heard of Wilkins and Wontkins? These two early Muppets characters featured in commercials for Wilkins Coffee in the 1950s.

Theraphosa blondi: The Bird Eating Spider

The bird eating spider, also known as the Goliath birdeater, is the largest spider on the planet. Despite its name, however, it rarely preys on birds, preferring small rodents, amphibians, and insects instead.

The Countess of Castiglione: Napoleonic Femme Fatale

The Countess of Castiglione would use her beauty to seduce a monarch and influence the formation of Italy. However, her true legacy was her pioneering work in photography.

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Cotton Candy grapes are a taste sensation but the path to cotton candy enlightenment was an arduous journey. From ten thousand plants, just one was selected.

The Countess of Castiglione: Napoleonic Femme Fatale

The Countess of Castiglione would use her beauty to seduce a monarch and influence the formation of Italy. However, her true legacy was her pioneering work in photography.

Where Does Dust Come From, and Does it Have a Sinister Side?

Dead skin cells, pet hair and carpet fibres are part of the cornucopia of ingredients that make up dust. No surprises there, but could dust have a sinister side?

Dark Lightning: A Cosmic Force on Earth

Mostly invisible to the naked eye, dark lightning produces enormous bursts of gamma rays that create showers of electrons and positrons, the electrons' anti-matter equivalent.

What is Vegan Leather Anyway?

Is vegan leather ethical? It depends, but a new generation of vegan leather products are trying to usurp real leather as a sustainable replacement.

Deep Cave Springtail: The Deepest Land Animal

Discovered at a depth of 1980 metres below the earth's surface; the eyeless Deep Cave Springtail is currently the world's deepest living creature.

The Unbelievable Ridiculousness of the 1904 Olympic Marathon

The 1904 Olympic Marathon had 32 questionable athletes who engaged in ridiculous acts that would've gotten them disqualified today.

The Transformation of Yeon Woo Jhi

From a shy girl who suffered panic attacks to a professional bodybuilder, Yeon Woo Jhi is an inspiration and a force to be reckoned with.

As Dead as a Dodo: Who Actually Did the Deed?

An extinct flightless bird found only on the island of Mauritius, the dodo has been extinct for over 350 years, giving rise to the expression "as dead as a dodo."

The Secret Behind Libyan Desert Glass

Humans have unearthed only a fraction of Libyan Desert Glass, a naturally occurring glass found on a scale unlike anywhere else in the world.

You Need to Know about the Loudest Sound Ever

In 1883, a volcano erupted on a small island in Indonesia with such force that it tore the island in two and resulted in the Loudest Sound Ever.

Was There Really a CIA Heart Attack Gun?

Evidence suggest the CIA's "heart attack gun" was inspired by the KGB's spray gun: both weapons caused heart attacks in their victims.

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