History

On August 23, 1912, the Dunbars, a wealthy family from Opelousas, Louisiana, went on a fishing trip to Swayze Lake, also in Louisiana. The small family group consisted of Percy and Lessie Dunbar and their two young children, Alonzo...
From late 17th-century Scotland comes one of the strangest stories of witchcraft to emerge out of that period. Most people who were convicted and executed for the crime of witchcraft had to have their confessions tortured or bullied out...
Vending machines are a part of everyday life for most people. They can be found just about everywhere, from offices to schools to rest stops on the side of the highway. With the vending machines of today dispensing everything...
Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is one of the most mysterious places on earth. The tiny, isolated island, with a total area of only 64 square miles and over 1100 miles away from any other inhabited area,...
On the morning of June 30, 1908, a huge ball of fire was observed streaking across the sky in a remote part of Siberia, in Russia. No one knew what it was at the time, but whatever its origins,...
For most of his medical career Robert Liston (born in 1794 in Scotland) was a well-regarded and competent surgeon. His surgical skills were phenomenal, with much lower mortality rates than most of his fellow physicians. The reason for Dr. Liston’s...
Most people may be surprised to find out that many of their beloved soft drinks were originally meant to be used as pharmaceuticals or medicinal tonics. Coca Cola started life as a nerve tonic, and was invented by a...

The Tattooed Pioneer Girl

Olive Oatman was only thirteen when her family decided to join a wagon train of fellow Mormons headed for southern California in 1850. She, her parents, and her six siblings set out from their home in Independence, Missouri with...
If you have young children around, you may not want them to read this. They would likely be devastated to hear the news that the grave of the historical Santa Claus, whose real name was St. Nicholas of Myra,...
Sarah Ann Henley was just a regular, 22-year-old, working class girl from Bristol, England in 1885. She was working as a barmaid at the Rising Sun pub near her home, and was engaged to marry a young man who...
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