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Why are British police officers called “Bobbies”?

The concept of modern policing has its roots in pre-Victorian England, when the British home minister, Sir Robert Peel (1778-1850), oversaw the creation of ...
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How did the Ponzi scheme get its name?

A Ponzi scheme is a “rob Peter to pay Paul” financial scam in which early investors are paid returns with money from later investors rather than ...
stockholm syndrome

What is Stockholm syndrome?

Aside from the famous six-day hostage situation at the Sveriges Kreditbanken in Stockholm from which its name is derived, Stockholm syndrome is perhaps ...
St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Who was responsible for the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre?

Perhaps the most famous unsolved crime in U.S. history took place on February 14, 1929, when police officers called to a garage on the North Side of ...
Was Jack the Ripper a woman?

Was Jack the Ripper a woman?

One of history’s oldest unsolved mysteries is the identity of Jack the Ripper, the infamous serial killer who stalked and murdered at least five ...
Did anyone ever escape from Alcatraz?

Did anyone ever escape from Alcatraz?

During its nearly 30 years of operation (from 1934 to 1963), the federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay housed some of America’s most ...