History
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7 Unexpected Ways Fire Changed the Course of History
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Retrobituaries
Giuseppe Dosi, Italy's Famed Detective and Master of Disguise
He had at least 17 confirmed disguises, and five fully fleshed-out identities complete with fake identity documents, background stories, and even their own penmanship.... READ ON
List
6 Times the Wrong Winner Was Announced
Mistakes happen.... READ ON
Design
Take a Virtual Tour of Queen Mary’s Dollhouse
It features working elevators, electric lighting, and indoor plumbing.... READ ON
Museums
A Ninja Museum Is Coming to Japan
The Japan Ninja Council announced a plan to drum up excitement around a fading culture.... READ ON
History
The Highly Unusual Funeral of Lee Harvey Oswald
Fearing attacks on his corpse, the Secret Service guarded Lee Harvey Oswald well into the afterlife.... READ ON
Show & Tell
A Mysterious Mah-Jongg Tile From New York's Past
Unearthed from a more than century-old building, the tile has a tale to tell about the waves of immigration in New York.... READ ON
History
The Unsolved Murder That Fascinated 1840s New York (and Edgar Allan Poe)
No one knows what happened to "The Beautiful Cigar Girl," although Poe was convinced he'd solved the mystery.... READ ON
History
Why Was Andrew Johnson Impeached?
Some presidential firsts aren't so quaint.... READ ON
Music
Watch Live as People Reenact The Beatles' Abbey Road Crossing
A live webcam in the world-famous recording studio is trained on the famed zebra crossing 24/7.... READ ON
History
How 8 Denver Neighborhoods Got Their Names
Several neighborhoods have connections to the city’s long-ago status as a mining boom metropolis.... READ ON
History
11 Hand-Drawn Infographics About African-American Life by W.E.B. Du Bois
The civil rights activist and scholar also had an eye for design.... READ ON
History
The Strange Case of Everet vs. Williams: When Two Highwaymen Took Each Other To Court
Former business partners battling it out in court isn't so unusual—unless that "business" involves robbing unsuspecting gentlemen.... READ ON
Videos
Too Much Tea Could Send You to an Asylum In the 19th Century
Records from a Scottish insane asylum indicate that one woman was admitted to the facility in 1848 partly due to her "abuse of tea."... READ ON
History
Miss Belvedere: The World's Most Disappointing Time Capsule?
The Tulsans of 1957 might have been a little too confident.... READ ON
History
6 Questionable Historical Methods of Controlling Children
Parents of the past had their shortcuts too.... READ ON

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