Article, History

How Uneducated Butchers and Barbers Became Today’s Skilled Surgeons

Suzanne Raga

Before anesthesia, surgery wasn't considered the work of a licensed medical professional.

14 Underused Words Coined by James Joyce

Mark Peters

The Strange Tale of the Snail that 'Rose from the Dead'

Matt Soniak

This snail spent more than a night at the museum before someone realized it was still alive.

New York City's Poop Train

Emily Becker

Remembering the Eastland Disaster on its 100th Anniversary

Erin McCarthy

Richard Francis Burton: The Englishman Who Went to Mecca and East Africa

the mag

More than a century before Indiana Jones first cracked his whip, Sir Richard Francis Burton had already mastered the daring art of scholarly adventure.

Grover Cleveland’s Deadly Secret

the mag

Charlie Chaplin Once Sued An Imposter Named 'Charlie Aplin'

Suzanne Raga

When an imposter started making movies as "Charlie Aplin," the real Charlie Chaplin sued.

Photos from Opening Day at Disneyland

Miss Cellania

On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened for the first time.

The Many Fires That Plagued P.T. Barnum

Erin Blakemore

150 years ago, P.T. Barnum's museum of curiosities burned down—over and over again.