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Australian Lottery Winner Bill Morgan May Be the Luckiest Man Alive

You hear people say all the time that the chances of winning the lottery are so small that people who buy tickets regularly are just throwing their money away. We know at this point that’s not entirely true – the proceeds from lottery tickets benefit all kinds of good stuff, like schools and environmental protection...

The Irishman: The (Literally) Explosive Life and Death of Gangster Danny Greene

In the 1970s, Cleveland, Ohio was at war – rival factions fought for control of the city’s organized crime rackets, with deadly results. In 1976, Cleveland was the bombing capital of the United States. High-profile crime figures were wiped out left and right with car bombs, leaving Cleveland residents shaken. In the center of all...

The Unseen Dutch Resistance: This 90-Year-Old Woman Seduced Nazis as a Teenager and Led Them to Their Deaths

It turns out there were all sorts of ways to join the resistance against the Nazis during WWII. Even before Freddie Oversteegen and her sister Truus joined up at the request of the Dutch military, she and her family were hiding people – Jewish and Lithuanian – in their home. Her mother had divorced their...

20 Excuses to Help You Get out of Your Next Terrible Date

Let’s face it, in the age of Internet dating (which is basically like being set up on an endless series of blind dates, but instead of a trusted friend as the go-between, we’re trusting computer algorithms), you’re going to need a good reason to split once in a while. Yes, I’m being generous. So here...

The Gentleman Pirate Who Gave up Wealth and Comfort for a Life of Crime

Many people know the names of the infamous pirates from history such as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, but there is one swashbuckler of the seas that you may not be familiar with, a villainous pirate with a dashing personality whose exploits earned him the nickname “The Gentleman Pirate.” His real name was Stede Bonnet, and...

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Public Image Isn’t New: Even Lincoln Went to Extremes to Look Good in Photos

If you’re any kind of geek when it comes to presidents, you probably already know that Abraham Lincoln wasn’t the most polished looking fellow. In fact, it seems from firsthand accounts that the man was downright awkward in a multitude of ways, from his gangly limbs to his troubles with public speaking. A North Carolina...

The Incredible Odyssey of Eva Peron’s Body

When Domingo Tellechea was approached by men dressed in black in a bar in Argentina one night in 1974, he was immediately suspicious. Argentina was in constant upheaval in the 1970s; guerrilla groups attacked the government, and death squads employed by the government murdered radicals and innocents alike. Tellechea had some protection, however, as he was well-known...

New York Artist Puts His Own Touch on Dull Street Objects

A New York City artist named Tom Bob is transforming seemingly bland street objects in the Big Apple. We’re talking utility meters, pipes, and forgotten pieces of concrete that most folks walk by every single day without noticing. Take a look at some of his genius pieces of art and check out Tom Bob’s Instagram...

8 Things You Believe Are True but Are Actually Propaganda

The power of advertising and marketing never fails to amaze me. There are jingles from my childhood that remain lodged in the recesses of my brain. Even though I know diamonds are common and therefore of low value, as gems go, I still struggled to look the other way when my engagement loomed. Programming is...

Goldfish Can Make Their Own Alcohol and I’ve Never Been More Jealous

Buckle your seatbelt – the term “drinking like a fish” is about to get way more apropos. Also, so is the Jesus fish on the back of your neighbor’s station wagon (if they still make station wagons?). Why? Because it turns out that about 8 million-ish years ago, certain species of fish evolved the ability...