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Minnesota is Introducing a New 'Canoe Share' Along the Mississippi River
Twin Cities residents will soon be able to check out canoes and kayaks for the day, in addition to bikes.
Colonial Reenactors Will Dump Tea Into Boston Harbor Tonight
This marks the first time the beverage has been thrown into the harbor since 1773.
Holocaust Memorial Museum Launches Kickstarter to Digitize 200 Diaries
The initiative coincides with the birthday of Anne Frank.
Why Ice Cream Parlors Were Once Considered Evil
A den of corruption, prostitution, and sin.
Write a Mozart Waltz With a Game He May Have Invented
Music dice games were popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
The Gruesome Assassination of Leon Trotsky
How a one-time Soviet hero ended up buried in his backyard in Mexico.
Show & Tell: Calvin Coolidge’s Electric Exercise Horse
"Silent Cal" rode it three times a day for fitness—and fun.
“Neither Snow Nor Rain ..." Is Not Really the USPS Motto (or Policy)
It was actually written about another set of postal workers from 500 B.C.E.
Needlework in Memory of the Departed
In the 1880s, nobody was excluded from elaborate mourning rituals.
That Time When Victorians Contracted Fern Fever
Pteridomania was a fearsome ailment. Symptoms caused women to swoon, fall off of cliffs and entire species to fall into endangered status. But the contagious disease wasn’t one of the body—rather, “fern fever” was a fad that swept through England during the nineteenth century.
A Scary Snuff Box
Skull-reading used to be all the rage.
The Craft That First Took Humans to the Deepest Part of the Ocean
What do you do when you want to go to the deepest part of the ocean? Build a bathyscaphe, of course.
Grizzly Bears Once Lived in the White House
In 1807, Thomas Jefferson received an adorable gift of animals that soon went dangerously awry.
America’s First Private Mental Hospital Is Still Open Today
The Friends Hospital opened its doors May 15, 1817, back when people with mental illnesses were usually treated like outcasts.
Jane Austen, Home Brewer
Brewing beer was an important part of women's lives for centuries, and Jane Austen was no exception.
Lincoln Turned Down a Chance to Fill the U.S. With Elephants
We blew it.
A Rebus Token for an Abandoned Child
Children at London's Foundling Hospital were left with a tiny token that often served as the only clue to their identity.
The Doctor Who Modernized Royal Births—in the 1970s
Thanks to George Pinker, royal babies are born in the hospital, not the palace.
The Long, Strange Journey of Buffalo Bill's Corpse
Wyoming and Colorado have been fighting over the body for years.
How Austin's Neighborhoods Got Their Names
Jollyville got its name from a person, not a state of mind.
A Rose That Held a Princess's Secret
Conservators at the Ransom Center weren't quite sure what they'd find.
How a London Tragedy Led to the Creation of 911
Connecting to emergency services used to be much less efficient—until a 1935 disaster.
6 Early Boxing Women Who Could Kick Your Ass
Ronda Rousey is among the fastest and most brutal fighters boxing and mixed martial arts has ever seen—but she’s not the only woman who’s made it in the boxing ring.
The Famous Composer Who Was Obsessed With Trains
Dvořák was a bona fide trainspotter.
How Ella Fitzgerald's Career Began on a Dare
The jazz legend was born 100 years ago today.