AUTHOR: Evan Andrews
The Great Molasses Flood of 1919
January 13, 2017

Sugary-sweet molasses turned deadly on January 15, 1919, when a holding tank burst and sent 2.3 million gallons of the sticky liquid sweeping through the streets of Boston. Read More

Did a Premature Obituary Inspire the Nobel Prize?
December 9, 2016

Dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel never explained why he created the Nobel Prizes in his 1895 will, but he may have been inspired by reading an unflattering obituary—his own. Read More

The Toledo War: When Michigan and Ohio Nearly Came to Blows
November 21, 2016

Michigan and Ohio are now famous for their college football rivalry, but in 1835, the two states nearly went to war over a small strip of land containing the modern day city of Toledo. Read More

When Stanley Met Livingstone
November 10, 2016

In November 1871, journalist Henry Morton Stanley located the missing missionary David Livingstone in the wilds of Africa. Yet the famous meeting was only the beginning of Stanley’s tumultuous career as an explorer. Read More

A Brief History of Halley’s Comet
November 8, 2016

The famous comet named for astronomer Edmond Halley only passes by the Earth roughly once every 76 years, but it’s appearances have often played a surprising role in historical events. Read More

How the Battle of Tippecanoe Helped Win the White House
November 7, 2016

William Henry Harrison won a landslide victory in the presidential election in 1840, in part because of his reputation as the hero of 1811’s Battle of Tippecanoe. Read More

What Killed Harry Houdini?
October 31, 2016

Master escape artist Harry Houdini died on Halloween of 1926 from a ruptured appendix, but many of the circumstances surrounding his demise remain mysterious to this day. Read More

How a Phony 18th Century Chess Robot Fooled the World
October 27, 2016

For much of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a chess-playing automaton known as the “Turk” drew huge crowds at exhibitions across Europe and the United States. Read More

Vulcan: The Famous Planet that Never Existed
October 21, 2016

For several decades in the 19th century, many of the world’s top astronomers believed that a hypothetical planet called “Vulcan” existed in our solar system. Read More

The Con Man Who Invented His Own Country
October 12, 2016

In the early 1820s, a Scottish swindler devised one of history’s most outlandish moneymaking schemes: he invented his own country. Read More