History

Stories of witch trials throughout history are pretty well-known. During the witch hunts that took place across Europe, but especially in the areas of present-day Germany and France, thousands of innocent people were put on trial for witchcraft. Many...

Robert, the Haunted Doll

We’ve all heard of haunted houses, but have you ever heard of a haunted toy? Visitors to Key West, Florida’s Fort East Martello Museum can see just that: a reputedly haunted doll by the name of Robert. Gene Otto received...
In May of 1846, several groups of settlers decided to set off for what is now California and Oregon to start a new life. Eventually, over 80 of these pioneers would become trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains through...

Mad King Henry

There are a fair number of cases of madness in the European royal houses throughout history. There was a French king who thought he was made of glass, a Spanish queen who was never allowed to rule due to...
You have probably heard of Johannes Kepler, the German mathematician, astrologer, and astronomer who is famous for working out the laws of planetary motion. But his talents extended beyond the fields of math and science. He also worked one...
In the early 1900s, typhoid was one the main killer diseases in the United States. It was also a horrible illness, with its victims often suffering from intestinal bleeding and brain inflammation, along with a dangerously high fever. If...
If you own a nice set of stainless steel silverware, there’s a decent chance that it was made by the Oneida Silverware company. You may think that this is just an ordinary company, but you would be wrong. It...
If you’ve seen Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies, or if you’re a fan of nautical lore, you’ve probably heard the tale of the Flying Dutchman at some point. This story tells of a ghost ship that has been...
Eclipse mania swept the United States this week when a total solar eclipse caused the sun to almost disappear behind the moon for a few minutes. Interest in this fascinating phenomenon is not new, though. These astronomical spectacles have...
The last two presidential elections in the United States have both featured birther controversies. The first such controversy affected President Barack Obama, and the second affected Senator Ted Cruz during the Republican primaries. What many people don’t know, however,...
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