7 Real-Life Mad Scientists Who Make Doctor Frankenstein Look Sane

From a two-headed dog to attempts to raise the dead, these scientists performed some of the most deranged experiments of all time — often with horrific results. The term “mad scientist” conjures up images of dangerous experiments and frenzied surgeries. It also denotes a time period when science was still in its infancy, thereby excusing … Read more

Meet Tad Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s Youngest Son

Growing up in the White House, Tad Lincoln was a “notorious hellion,” a wide-eyed observer of the catastrophe of the Civil War, and the apple of his father’s eye. Library of CongressTad Lincoln was Abraham Lincoln’s youngest son. In the fall of 1860, seven-year-old Tad Lincoln learned that his father had been elected president. He … Read more

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

Titanoboa Was The 50-Foot Prehistoric Snake Of Your Nightmares

Titanoboa simply has no equal among modern snakes — with even the anaconda paling in comparison. Deep in a South American jungle, a huge snake once stalked its prey. After slinking closer and closer to an unsuspecting animal, the silent hunter would strike in a flash and snap its victim’s neck in one swift move. … Read more

Scientists Confirm Vikings Lived In North America 1,000 Years Ago

Wooden artifacts from the Norse settlement L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland show that the Vikings were living in the Americas by at least the year 1021. Dylan Industries/FlickrRecreated Norse buildings at L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland. For years, scholars have only been able to guess when the Vikings first stepped foot in the Americas. But … 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

Hundreds Of Bodies From Rhode Island Institution Buried Under Highway

In the 1960s, Rhode Island built state Route 37 right over nearly 1,000 graves of people who had died at a nearby state institution for the poor, sick, and mentally ill. WPRI/YouTubeThe bodies buried under Rhode Island’s Route 37 were part of a state cemetery for the poor and mentally ill. Tens of thousands of … Read more