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 Wrap Around Spider and the Man Who Discovered It

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."

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The chicken bus experience ticks a lot of boxes if you want a frisson of excitement on your Guatemalan adventure

Marie Antoinette Syndrome: Overnight Highlights!

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Ulrich von Liechtenstein: Was he Real?

Ulrich von Liechtenstein was made famous by Heath Ledger in the film A Knight's Tale. Did you know he was a real person? His real life exploits were arguably more outrageous than those portrayed by Hollywood.

Snakes Have Friends and Can Be Choosy about Whom They Hangout with

New research study finds garter snakes are surprisingly social, forming strong friendships with their peers

The Proto-Indo-Europeans: The Lost Culture Connecting Europe to India

In Indian mythology, the god Indra rescues the world by killing an evil serpent with a thunderbolt. In Norse mythology, Thor famously slays the serpent Jörmungandr with thunder. This similarity is one tantalizing clue to the fact that the mythologies and languages of Europe and India share a common source—a lost culture about which we know little, but owe much.

Cel Ray Soda: Someone Made Celery Soda in 1868 and It’s Still Popular Today!

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.

Whang-od and the Art of the Filipino Tribal Tattoo

At 101, Whang-Od is the world's oldest and last living practitioner of Kalinga, a Filipino tribal tattoo practice

The Secret Treasure Hunt of Byron Preiss

Byron Preiss’s novel The Secret set in motion a 30-year treasure hunt for 12 treasures scattered across Canada and the U.S.—only three of which have been found

Antilia: The Biggest House in the World

Two-billion-dollar monstrosity houses family of five in Mumbai, where 41.3% of the population live in slums

Warsaw Radio Mast Led the World until 2009

World's tallest structure collapsed in 1991 after years of neglect

Star Nosed Mole: The Fastest Forager in the World

The Condylura cristata can locate, assess, and consume its food in 230 milliseconds—1/6th faster than it takes for you to stop at a red light