Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) knew the value of a faithful friend. Maybe that’s why he acquired a yellow mixed-breed dog in 1855 when he lived in Springfield, Illinois. The future President named the […]
Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) was one of the greatest astronomers to ever live. He was also probably at least a little bit off his gourd if history is to judge. The Danish astronomer […]
Branwell Brontë was the brother of Wuthering Heights author Emily Brontë. He is historically noteworthy in his own right as a painter and writer. He would perhaps be better remembered had he not hastened […]
EDITOR’S NOTE — January 19, 2021: We knew when we published this piece on January 26, 2016, that the story was so fanciful that its veracity might be dubious. We were, however, […]
Dr. Horace Emmett came up with a revolutionary advancement for modern medicine: eternal youth. He determined that regular injections of ground-up squirrel testicles would produce immortality, reverse old age, and preserve youthfulness […]
Eva Duarte Peron, the wife of one-time leader of Argentina Juan Peron, was immensely popular as the nation’s First Lady. Her life inspired the musical play and motion picture Evita. Upon her […]
In the days before anesthesia, speed was at least as important as accuracy when doctors were performing surgery. The longer a patient had to endure the pain of being cut open and […]
Roller coasters are supposed to be scary, but they aren’t supposed to actually be dangerous. In August 2003 Doug McKay was working at the Island County Fair at Whidbey Island, Washington. His […]
How can suicide be the cause of death and not be self-inflicted? How about when the suicide of one person causes the death of another? Such an unfortunate event happened on August […]
They say laughter is the best medicine, but that did not prove to be true for Alex Mitchell.
Attorney Clement Vallandigham (former US Congressman from Ohio and famously deported to the South by President Lincoln during the Civil War) was defending Thomas McGehan, who was accused of shooting a man […]
Thomas Midgley, Jr. held over one hundred patents for his mechanical engineering and chemistry advancements. Certainly not winning any prizes from environmentalists, it was Midgley who developed the lead-based additive for gasoline, […]
Every year the firemen of Gillingham, in Kent, England, would construct a makeshift house out of wood and canvas for the popular fire-fighting demonstration at the fundraiser for St. Bartholomew’s Hospital.
The largest cylindrical gas container in the world in 1927 was in the heart of the industrial center of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On the morning of November 14, 1927, it developed a leak, so […]
On January 15, 1919, the city of Boston suffered a tragedy when a large tank of molasses burst, triggering a major flood of syrup through the city streets. The incident, known as […]