Who Killed Biggie? Inside The Shooting Death Of The Notorious B.I.G.

The Notorious B.I.G. was at the height of his fame when he was murdered in Los Angeles in 1997. And to this day, no one knows who shot Biggie Smalls. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images Wallace in Chicago in September 1994. Nearly a quarter-century ago, Biggie Smalls’ death in Los Angeles shocked the hip hop world. The … Read more

33 Velvet Underground Pictures That Capture Their Wild Heyday

As the house band at Andy Warhol’s Factory, The Velvet Underground played at some of New York City’s wildest and most debauched parties, all while changing the sound of rock forever. 1 of 34 From left to right, The Velvet Underground in its original lineup: Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, Maureen “Moe” Tucker, Nico, and John … Read more

New Zealand Fires State-Appointed Wizard Ian Brackenbury Channell

After 23 years on the payroll of Christchurch, New Zealand, the city council has closed its books on Ian Brackenbury Channell — ending the unprecedented reign of the world’s only state-appointed wizard. Martin Hunter/Getty ImagesThe Wizard awaits the arrival of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge during their April 2014 visit to Christchurch, New … Read more

Inside ‘Mama’ Cass Elliot’s Death — And What Really Caused It

When “Mama” Cass Elliot died on July 29, 1974, rumors spread that she had choked on a ham sandwich. But it was later revealed that the singer had died in her sleep. Michael Putland/Getty ImagesCass Elliot in 1972. “Mama” Cass Elliot initially dreamed of becoming an actress but soared to hippie-era celebrity with The Mamas … Read more

​​What Is The Blarney Stone And Why Do People Kiss It?

Installed at the top of Blarney Castle in County Cork, Ireland, the Blarney Stone can only be kissed while hanging upside down and suspended over thin air — yet countless people line up to do it each year. Flickr/Pat O’MalleyAbout 400,000 people kiss the Blarney Stone every year. The Blarney Stone would undoubtedly be just … Read more

55 Iconic American History Photos And The Stories Behind Them

From the Civil War to the Space Race, these powerful pictures from American history show the past as it really happened. 1 of 56 In 1969, 400,000 people descended on the tiny town of Bethel, New York for the Woodstock Music Festival. The festival ran from Aug. 15-18, and featured dozens of musical acts including … Read more

Archeologists Uncover 1500-Year-Old Wine Factory In Israel

The sprawling site in Yavne, Israel, once produced half a million gallons of wine a year and exported it around the ancient world. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty ImagesThe wine factory in Yavne was the world’s “largest” at the time. Raise a glass — the largest known Byzantine-era wine factory has been unearthed in Israel. The … Read more

Why The Real Demon Valak Is Even Scarier Than ‘The Nun’

Although Valak is depicted in “The Nun” as a habit-wearing spirit, the real demon appears as a child riding a two-headed dragon — at least according to a 17th-century demon-hunting manual. Skeptics are quick to dismiss the veracity of horror movies that claim to be based on real events, but references to the demon Valak … Read more

The Surprisingly Tolerant Origins Of The Skinhead Movement

Before linking with neo-Nazism, skinhead culture started out as an alliance between young English and Jamaican working-class communities in 1960s London. John Downing/Getty ImagesA police officer detains a skinhead in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. April 7, 1980. They just weren’t having it anymore. Sick of the hippie movement’s empty promises and the austerity that pervaded the British … Read more

Inside John F. Kennedy’s Navy Heroism During World War II

When John F. Kennedy’s torpedo boat was sunk by a Japanese destroyer in 1943, he saved his crew in dramatic fashion, earning both the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and the Purple Heart. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and MuseumFuture president John F. Kennedy in the Navy, where he served in World War II. John … Read more