Yeshua And The History Behind The Real Name Of Jesus

Jesus’ real name, Yeshua, evolved over millennia in a case of transliteration. Regardless of religious belief, the name “Jesus” is nearly universally recognizable. However, it may come as a surprise that the name millions of Christians all over the world are implored not to take in vain was not actually “Jesus” at all. Controversial though … Read more

Josef Mengele And His Gruesome Nazi Experiments At Auschwitz

Dr. Josef Mengele’s medical facility at Auschwitz was perhaps the most horrifying place the Holocaust produced. Who was this man behind it all and what made him the notorious “Angel of Death”? Ask a person to name the worst crime in living memory and the Holocaust will probably be what they come up with. Ask … Read more

Meet The Gong Farmers Who Dealt With Medieval Waste

These nocturnal poop collectors of Tudor-era England spent their time knee-deep in cesspits full of human excrement. Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesAn 1849 illustration of two nightmen as published in London’s The Morning Chronicle. On moonlit nights during the Tudor period of Wales and England, darkened silhouettes would toil below the castle. They were the “nightmen,” digging … Read more

Sidney Reilly, The Master Spy Who Inspired James Bond

Adventurer and spy Sidney George Reilly did daring espionage work for Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, earning him the moniker “Ace of Spies” — until Stalin put an end to him. Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Public Archive/Wikimedia CommonsSidney Reilly, once called “the Scarlet Pimpernel of Red Russia.” While the thrilling cloak-and-dagger of classic fictional spies … Read more

Medieval ‘Hipster’ Warrior Found Buried With Rare Ivory Comb

The items found in the 6th-century grave suggest the man was a wealthy warrior who cared about his appearance. Bavarian State Office for Monument ProtectionThe comb includes illustrations of possible gazelles, which are foreign to Europe. When archeologists came across the 1,500-year-old grave of a warrior in Bavaria, Germany, they found that it contained a … Read more

The Jewish Parachutists Who Went Behind Nazi Lines During WWII

From 1943 until the end of the war, these brave men and women risked everything to sneak into German-held territory and aid the resistance. Wikimedia Commons/Yad VaShem ArchiveNearly 40 Jews volunteered to serve with Britain’s Special Operations Executive behind enemy lines in World War II. In 1943, the slaughter of millions of Jews in Nazi-occupied … Read more

Oldest Drawing Of A Ghost Found On 3,500-Year-Old Babylonian Tablet

Discovered in the British Museum in London, the ancient tablet shows a lonely male spirit being taken to the afterlife by a female companion. The British MuseumThe clay tablet is 3,500 years old and was acquired by the British Museum in the 19th century. It’s only appropriate for the Halloween season that researchers have officially … Read more

Hundreds Of Ornate Roman-Era Stone-Cut Tombs Discovered In Turkey

Excavations in the ancient Roman city of Blaundos revealed 400 chamber tombs that had been cut into the side of a nearby canyon about 1,800 years ago. Blaundos Archeological Excavation Project ArchiveThe tombs contain motifs of vines, grapes, flowers, animals, and mythological figures. At first glance, the Uşak canyons in western Turkey look ragged and … 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