Delve into the captivating world of the Mitford Sisters, an aristocratic family whose lives were marked by scandal, political extremes, and literary brilliance. From their privileged upbringing to their controversial associations, discover the enduring legacy of these enigmatic women and their lasting impact on history and culture.
The Rules that Rule the Unruly Few: A Dive Into the Code of Conduct of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club
With their leather jackets, Harley Davidsons, and distinctive winged skull logo, the Hells Angels have long been the symbol of outlaw biker culture. But behind the tough exterior lies a secretive brotherhood, fiercely loyal and protective of their own.
As a vegetarian teetotaler, Hitler boasted of being untainted by corrupt influences, particularly drugs he deemed a Jewish evil. Unbeknownst to him, his personal physician injected him with crystal meth each morning for increased alertness and vigor.
The Nazis detested drugs, as they believed they impaired the senses. However, Pervitin stood as an exception—a drug capable of enhancing a soldier’s acute reflexes and alertness.
On patrol during World War Two, Finnish soldier Aimo Koivunen was given a bottle of amphetamine tablets to energize his platoon. When escaping a Russian assault, he fell behind and frantically ingested around 30 pills at once. The ensuing experience was utterly unforgettable.
Nicola de la Haye, a remarkable woman in a male-dominated era, fearlessly defended Lincoln Castle during two sieges, ultimately changing the course of the First Barons’ War. She showed exceptional military leadership and steadfast defense of her people, securing victory for King Henry III with her loyalty and strategic brilliance.
Carl Tanzler was a man of many hats. He was—or at least claimed to be—a chemist, engineer, physicist, scientist, and roentgenologist with degrees in philosophy, psychology, and medicine. Nevertheless, he’s best remembered today as a delusional necrophiliac who slept next to the corpse of a patient—for nearly a decade!
Although rare in the Middle Ages, some women were conferred the prestigious title of Knight, transcending gender barriers and actively engaging in the traditionally male-dominated realm of warfare.
In the 17th century, the colony of New France in modern day Québec faced a dire population problem that required an inventive solution. Without suitable wives, most men weren’t interested in settling in the colony: until King Lous XIV sent the Filles du Roi, the King’s Daughters.
In the final days of World War II, an extraordinary battle unfolded in the heart of the Austrian Alps. French prisoners, American GIs, and German soldiers fought side by side against the SS in a desperate struggle to defend a medieval castle. This is the story of the Battle of Castle Itter.
To communicate discreetly, marginalized and outcast communities often develop covert or “counter” languages to survive. So, how does this fascinating process of creating secret languages come to be? Let’s explore.
From sweet raspberry-flavored space dust to the gunpowder odor of the Moon, space has all sorts of unique tastes and smells—thanks to complex, mysterious chemicals that scientists are just beginning to understand.
In 1980, oil drillers in Louisiana caused Lake Peigneur to drain underground, transforming the landscape and swallowing up millions of dollars worth of equipment. The disaster was caused by two companies undertaking parallel extraction operations in the vicinity of the lake.
The Byford Dolphin accident was a notorious 1983 disaster in the North Sea that instantly killed four oil rig divers and an attending technician. All five crew members died due to explosive decompression, but the factors that caused the accident are poorly understood, unlike its gruesome aftermath.
Meraki has a rich and diverse history, from ancient Greek medicine to Ottoman Turkish dictionaries, and even in Slavic folk poetry. It is now commonly linked to finding pleasure in one’s work. Interestingly, it originally meant quite the opposite: ‘spleen.’
Long theorized, but never observed, the white hole is a hypothetical counterpart to the black hole that expels matter instead of sucking it in. Could such objects exist far out in space, or in the distant future?
The Little Ice Age, spanning from 1300 AD to the 18th century, triggered global cooling that reshaped Northern Europe and reverberated worldwide. Insight gleaned from this period may hold pivotal lessons for addressing today’s climate change conundrum.