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  • Culture

Why We Need to Stop Telling Women to Smile

Interesting Shit's Amber Healy discusses the fine line women are forced to walk between smiling…

  • History

The First Woman to Run For President Was Called an “Impudent Witch”

Victoria Woodhull's ideas might make a lot of sense today, but during her 1872 presidential…

  • History

The Unkown Original Master Distiller Behind Jack Daniel’s Whiskey

Jack Daniel's Whiskey has over 150 years of history behind its name, but its only…

  • Geography

10 Disturbing Facts You Never Wanted To Know About Animals

Nature can be beautiful, but sometimes if you take a moment to scratch just below…

  • Geography

10 Extreme Places Where Life Can Be Found

It's astounding what life will do to adapt and survive, no matter the environmental extremes…

  • Culture

10 Bizarre Food Phobias People Are Actually Suffering From

Food is something most of us enjoy—sometimes, a little too much. So it may be…

  • Technology

China Floats to the Top of the Solar Energy Pool

China is literally floating its solar energy fututre atop of its coal-burning past.

  • Culture

Pablo Escobar’s Sex-Crazed Cocaine Hippos

Cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar’s legacy as a narcoterrorist has a bizarre side note to it…

  • Technology

10 Inventors Who Lived to Regret Their Inventions

You know their creations, but these inventors aren't proud of their handiwork.

  • Geography

The U.S. and Mexico Billion-Dollar Border Wall

Regardless of your political beliefs or your thoughts on the current U.S. administration's plans for…

  • Technology

The Seven Secret Keys That Control the Internet

It sounds like a crazy conspiracy theory, but while crazy, it is also the truth.…

  • History

The Hitler Who Joined the US Navy

No one likes a family feud, but when your relative happens to be Adolf Hitler…

  • Geography

China’s Economic Masterplan That Could Lead to a New World Order

China has its eyes on a very big economic prize and it's dangling the proverbial…

  • Science

Mustard Gas’ Unbelievable Role in the War on Cancer

Mustard gas destroyed thousands of lives during World War I, so why is it being…

  • Culture

10 Human Emotions You Didn’t Know Had Names

The general consensus is humans have six basic emotions, but within those recognized emotive states…

  • Science

CRISPR: The Gene Editing Tool of Tomorrow, Right Now

CRISPR. Sounds delicious. The word itself looks impressive. But there’s good reason why the scientific…

  • History

When The Queen Of Cities Burned To The Ground

At the height of its glory, Merv was the city all other cities in the…

  • Technology

The Quietest Town in America

There is a place in America where a massive satellite dish that could fit a…

  • History

Pier 21: Canada’s Ellis Island

In the scope of Canada’s history, air travel has been a relatively new occurrence—most travellers…

  • Culture

Cuba’s Culture of Recycled Inventiveness

Necessity is the mother of invention, a saying the nation of Cuba has embraced and…

  • History

Henrietta Lacks: The Unknown Woman Who Helped Save Modern Medicine

For some, brave works and contributions are done anonymously because the person would rather their…

  • History

Castle Itter: The Strangest Battle of World War Two

It was the final days of World War Two in Europe. Hitler had committed suicide,…

  • History

The Great British Train Robbery: A Heist Made For Hollywood

As kids we are taught that crime doesn’t pay. Unsurprisingly, like many lessons we learn…

  • Technology

Albert Einstein’s Unknown Practical Inventions

Albert Einstein is known for his groundbreaking scientific principles and of course his theory of…

  • History

The History of Income Taxes in the United States

If we asked you to come up with the one thing that Americans collectively hate…

  • History

Why the Japanese Couldn’t Leave Their Country for Two Centuries

If we told you this was a story about a nation trying to close its…

  • Science

The Best Feud That Never Really Existed: Edison and Tesla

Before there were bicoastal battles over rap styles or international incidents about comma use, there…

  • History

The 8 Worst Jobs Kids Used to Do

Most adults today have a story about a horrible job they held as a kid,…

  • Culture

The Origins of Idioms: Where Your Favorite Phrases Were Hatched

So you’ve found yourself enjoying a morning bowl of your favourite bran-based breakfast cereal and…

  • History

5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Martin Luther King Jr.

While the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. is recognized as a holiday in January,…

  • Culture

Sadako Sasaki: Tragedy, Hope and 1,000 Paper Cranes

Sadako Sasaki — you might not know the name, but if you know anything about…

  • History

The Other Side of Einstein’s Genius

Best known for his theory of relativity, Albert Einstein has become a pop culture icon…

  • Culture

Life Beyond a Gender Label: Is Male or Female Our Only Choice?

Some people might shrug it off as a fad; others take the path of self-righteousness…

  • Culture

From the Top of the Cash Pile to the Depths of the Earth: Iceberg Houses

Proving there’s more to some houses than meets the eye, London’s upper crust are digging…

  • History

The Sad Tale Behind Central Park’s Destruction of Seneca Village

This is the story of the African-American Community that died so Central Park could live.

  • Geography

The Great Flooding of the Black Sea

This story starts with a tale of global warming. In times of antiquity—specifically during the…

  • Geography
  • Nature

1816: The Year Without Summer

In 1815, Indonesia’s Mount Tambora blew its top and threw shade at the people of…

  • History

The Great Wall of China and Its Amazing List of Wonders

The Great Wall of China is an impressive sounding name, but it still doesn’t really…

  • Geography
  • Nature

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Antarctica

Antarctica has mystified adventurers, wreaked havoc on sailers, been the subject of many territorial disputes…

  • Nature
  • Technology

Carrier Pigeons: Mother Nature’s Express Delivery Service

We live in an age where even having to use a phone that is plugged…

  • Geography
  • Places

Port Royal: The Sunken Pirate City in Jamaica

The greatest pirate story ever told won’t be launching later this year with the next…

  • Culture
  • People

The True Story of Pocahontas Was No Disney Fairytale

Pocahontas wasn’t even her real name. Most kids who go to school in North America…

  • History
  • Places

Finding America’s Lost Medieval City

It’s a puzzle that might have enticed Indiana Jones. Let’s say there was a metropolis…

  • Technology

Moon Junk: The Stuff We Left Behind

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz (Edwin to his mother) Aldrin made history…

  • History

The Secret Wartime Factory in London’s Underground

This is the story of a secret underground wartime factory in a very unusual place…

  • History

Los Angeles’ Forgotten Hollywood Subway

Los Angeles is a city known for its ongoing love affair with movie star glitz…

  • Technology

London’s Mail Rail Made Snail Mail Delivery Faster

Buried almost 75 feet below the ever bustling streets of London lies the graveyard of…

  • Places
  • Technology

Danger: The Ship Breakers of Bangladesh

There're not many tasks these days that folks in the western world would do for…

  • History

The United States of Europe

In 1947 Churchill spoke about creating a ‘United States of Europe’. His goal was to…

  • History
  • People

Christopher Columbus – Was He Really the First?

Marystown, Newfoundland. Terry swings his long legs off of the wrong side of the bed…

  • Culture
  • People

Luddites: 200 Years of Technology Innovation

Luddites. Everyone knows one. It might be your friend who is stubbornly and embarrassingly using…

  • History
  • Places

Egyptian King Ramses I: From Pharaoh to a Niagara Falls Freak Show Oddity

Grave robber is a harsh term. It conjures up images of slimy, dishevelled old men…

  • History

How Germany Almost Bankrupted Britain in WW2 by Creating 5 Pound Notes

Destroying an economy with forged bills sounds like the plot of an Austen Powers movie,…

  • Culture

New York City and the Oyster. It’s Complicated.

Chef’s choice of twelve succulent bivalves paired with an Absinthe Drip at Williamsburg’s Maison Premiere...…

  • History

Operation Fish – How the Largest Transfer of Wealth in History Took Place

This is an amazing piece of history that has somehow avoided the world’s attention. It…

  • Culture
  • Places

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Empire State Building

There aren’t many buildings more famous than the Empire State Building. It’s been featured in…