When Romania's Ruler Went Medieval on the Ottomans

Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

When Romania's Ruler Went Medieval on the Ottomans. Forget Dracula, the reign of Vlad the Impaler was all the more horrific because it really happened.

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Why The Blob (1988) Is One of the Best Horror Remakes Ever. It was lost in a flood of remakes in the '80s, but deserves another look.

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What Shapes Are Things in Outer Space? Seven astronomers and physicists tell us what they know.

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The 'Million Dollar Mermaid' Who Urged Women To Be Physically Free. Champion swimmer Annette Kellerman was arrested for wearing a workable swimsuit.

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Trees 'Sleep' at Night. The 24-hour cycle is universal for life on earth.

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Fake Avengers Fakes. Since there aren't enough bootleg knockoff toys to make fun of, Obvious Plant made some that are just awful enough to believe. 

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The Diva Who Grew Her Own Exotic Kingdom. Madame Ganna Walska was known for her marriages, her failed opera career, and her garden Lotusland.

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Layla in Real Life: 10 Songs Written About Pattie Boyd. She's the closest rock music has to a universal muse.

How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Touch the Sun

Bill Ingalls, NASA via Getty Images
Bill Ingalls, NASA via Getty Images

How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Touch the Sun. The spacecraft is designed to withstand 2500-degree Fahrenheit temperatures.

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In the 1960s, the U.S. Government Set Off a Pair of Nukes Under Mississippi. The first underground tests were a strange experience for those living above it.

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Inside the Lab Where Spiders Put on Face Paint and Fake Eyelashes (and Termites Wear Capes). For some species, looks can mean the difference between becoming a daddy and becoming dinner.

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Pizza Delivery Man Plays Beethoven for Customers. Let's hope he got a generous tip.

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For Sale: Your Under the Tuscan Sun Fixer-Upper Awaits. A look inside the ruins of an abandoned Italian villa you could purchase.

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What If English Were Phonetically Consistent? Aaron Alon gradually applies consistent pronunciation to vowels until it doesn't sound like English at all.

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The 60 Greatest Capes in Movie History. In no way limited to superheroes, they have graced the shoulders of cinemas's most amazing characters.

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14 Antique Roller Coasters You Can Still Ride. Some are over 100 years old!

Cities Where You Don’t Need AC or Heat

Downtown Mexico City at twilight
Downtown Mexico City at twilight
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Cities of the World Where You Don’t Need AC or Heat. There are 13 cities that fill the bill, and quite a few more that have rather nice temperatures.

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With BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee Turns a Dull Memoir Into an Energetic Crowd-Pleaser. A movie with a message can still be exciting and even funny.

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After 100 Years, Roald Amundsen’s Polar Ship Returns to Norway. The Maud is safe, despite a century of bad luck and failed voyages.

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You Should Get Your Coffee Before Boarding Your Flight. If the flight attendants won't drink the water on a plane, neither should you.

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40 Vintage Portraits of Extremely Handsome Victorian Men With Mustaches. Many resemble one modern movie star or another.

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The Rise of Identity Condiments. How you feel about mayonnaise can signify your generational status, whether you use it or not.

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America is Terrible at Summer Vacation. About half of us will take no time off at all.

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Trebitsch Lincoln, the Nazis' Would-Be Supernatural Weapon. The double agent harnessed the wishful thinking of those around him.

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