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Vintage Photos of Female Sword Swallowers

Jill Harness

The 1949 Renovation of the White House

Jill Harness

While we will never get an accurate view of what the White House looked like when it was originally under construction in the 1800s, we can at least get a good look at the building while it was underg

Kiddo, the Airborne Cat

Matt Soniak

In 1910, American journalist, airman, and adventurer Walter Wellman attempted to be the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air.

The First Man in the Boston Stocks Was the Man Who Built Them

Matt Soniak

“One of the earliest institutions in every New England community was a pair of stocks,” writes Alice Morse Earle in Curious Punishments of Bygone Days.

Massive Wartime Decoys and Camouflage Operations

Miss Cellania

Book From 1445 Shows Cats Have Always Been a Handful

Matt Soniak

For cat owners, this picture is nothing shocking. A little fuzzball was someplace they weren’t supposed to be and went and messed things up? Really? That never happens!

That Other Time Someone Tried to Get the British to Eat Horses

Matt Soniak

There’s an ongoing problem in the UK and continental Europe where food products labeled as containing beef actually turn out to have surprise horse meat in it.

Cannibals of the Old West

Miss Cellania

The Corpse That Fooled Hitler

Matt Soniak

A Song of the South, Born in the North

Matt Soniak

While “Dixie” (you know, “Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton/Old times there are not forgotten…”) might seem as inseparable from the South as collard greens and barbecue, the song was actually wri

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