Maria Rasputin: The Fascinating Life of the “Mad Monk’s” Daughter

Born in 1899 to a family of peasants, Maria Rasputin was raised by royal governesses only to end up living a fugitive life after her father was brutally murdered.

Spring heeled Jack: The Leaping Devil Who Spread Hysteria in Victorian Britain

In 19th-century London, a fire-breathing demon known as "spring heeled Jack" reportedly leapt from walls and terrorized citizens—often women walking alone at night.

Götz von Berlichingen and His Famous Iron Fist

Götz von Berlichingen's iron hand is one of the most renowned examples of innovative prosthetics in the 16th century.

Trobriand Islanders of Melanesia

The Trobiand Islands off the east coast of New Guinea offer a fascinating look into a culture unaffected by Western civilization.

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The Dragon’s Breath Pepper – The Devil’s Red Raisins!

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.

Upside Down Tree Is the Perfect Backdrop to a Sundowner

Found in Central and Southern Africa, the baobab, also known as the upside-down tree, can become so massive that people can even live in it.

Trobriand Islanders of Melanesia

The Trobiand Islands off the east coast of New Guinea offer a fascinating look into a culture unaffected by Western civilization.

The Ten Gallon Hat: A Tall Tale Still Told

Though the ten-gallon hat doesn't actually hold 10 gallons, this Stetson classic has become an indisputable part of cowboy culture.

Skeleton Flower Turns Translucent When It Rains

The Diphylleia grayi is known as the "skeleton flower" because its petals become translucent when wet, exposing its "skeleton."

A Short History of “Flipping the Bird”

Otherwise known as "giving the finger" or the "one-finger salute," flipping the bird has its origins in ancient Greece, becoming the obscene hand gesture it's known for today.

The Origins of the Phrase “Shiver Me Timbers!”

The phrase "shiver my timbers" first appeared in a book by Captain Frederick Marryat published in 1834. Since then, it's appeared in numerous books and films.

This Weird Scaleless Fish Also Has Transparent Blood

The ocellated icefish, found in the icy waters of Antarctica, lacks hemoglobin in its blood, which is what makes its blood transparent.

Crown Shyness: Even Trees Need Their Own Space

Scientists still don't fully know why some trees avoid touching another tree's crowns, but the resulting rupture-like patterns in the canopy are a sight to behold.

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth celebrates the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it is the oldest such commemoration.

Only in America: Evil Scientist Chef Creates Deep Fried Water

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.

The Australian Emu War: Army Bamboozled by Birds

In 1932, the Australian army started an offensive against a horde of itinerant emus. The Australian Emu War would be chalked down as a victory for the emus.