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.
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.
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."
The chicken bus experience ticks a lot of boxes if you want a frisson of excitement on your Guatemalan adventure
New research study finds garter snakes are surprisingly social, forming strong friendships with their peers
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.
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.
At 101, Whang-Od is the world's oldest and last living practitioner of Kalinga, a Filipino tribal tattoo practice