The Disturbing History Of Death PhotographyIn the Victorian era, taking pictures of loved ones who had passed on became popular almost as soon as rudimentary photography was invented and stayed popular for decades. These images of dressed up corpses, often surrounded by toys or family members, were a way to remember loved ones.
Graveside Rituals At Famous Burial Spots ExplainedThe most fashionable cemeteries out there with lots of famous residents can get millions of visitors a year, and each seems to have adopted specific graveside rituals. Graveside rituals at famous burial spots include the kisses on Oscar Wilde's grave and the 9-day party for Elvis.
Crazy Items Famous People Are Buried WithThey say you can't take it with you, but that's obviously not true. Coffins have plenty of room if you want to go to the grave with all your favorite possessions. Since famous people tend to be a bit odd, the stuff they pick to spend eternity with is often utterly bizarre.
The truth behind the most unusual royal deathsRoyals tend to live way more dramatic lives than their subjects. History is filled with stories of monarchs living large from the moment they are born. Royal marriages, royal feasts and royal homes are crazier than anything a normal person could imagine, and so are some royal deaths.
Celebrities who freakishly died the same bizarre wayIt's always sad when a celebrity dies, since you kind of feel like you know them. And some deaths are just depressing at face value because they come too early or involve tragic accidents. What's really creepy and bizarre is when celebrities die in really specifically similar ways.
The world's most intriguing cemeteries you should visit before you dieMost people don't want to spend time in a cemetery since they'll be stuck in one for eternity worryingly soon. But cemeteries are pretty darn cool, and many people around the world have put a lot of effort into making cemeteries as interesting as possible. Here are cemeteries you should visit.
K-pop stars who tragically died before 30The life of a K-pop star is hard. Sure, if they make it, a K-pop star can become an idol and be worshiped by fans all over the world, but getting to that level is hard, and K-pop is a dangerous and stressful industry. Here are K-pop stars who sadly died before reaching 30.
False things about funeral homes you've been believingFunerals used to be a private family occasion, with little outside help. According to Funeral Source, women would clean and lay out a body in the nicest room of the house and then mourners would come into the "funeral parlor" to say goodbye. But not everything you think about funerals today is true.
Mysterious political deaths and disappearancesPolitics can seem exciting from the outside looking in, but in reality, politics is probably really boring. Sometimes, though, something mysterious comes along that makes it seem hot again, like the death or disappearance of someone at a really unexpected time, something that's a little too convenient.
Athletes who died in the World CupThe FIFA World Cup is the most popular sports event in the world. The World Cup is decided just once every four years. While it may feel like a matter of life and death, it isn't, really. Except when it is. On a few tragic occasions in World Cup action, a handful of people have died.
Celebrity deaths that actually helped save livesCelebrity deaths are always tragic. Often, celebs leave this earth far too soon in terribly dramatic manners. Sometimes their passing can hit fans extremely hard, but even through the sadness there have been some good effects. Here are celebrity deaths that helped save lives.
Beauty & the Beast's inspiration was too dark for DisneyEveryone loves the story of Beauty and the Beast. The Disney version of Beauty and the Beast was so good it was the first full-length animated feature film to be nominated for Best Picture. But Beauty and the Beast is based on a true story, and it's pretty dang dark.
The untold truth of the AntichristThe Antichrist is usually understood to be a really bad guy who makes everyone worship Satan and who has something to do with the end of the world. Many Christians fear the Antichrist, while others want the Antichrist to show up so Armageddon can start. Here's the story behind the Antichrist.
Billionaires who lost their entire fortunesA billion dollars is a lot of money. It's such a stupid, ridiculous amount of money that our tiny brains can't really comprehend just how much money it is. It's hard to imagine how people become billionaires, but even stranger is that some billionaires lose it all.
What life was really like for women during the Civil WarA woman during the American Civil War had it pretty rough. They took to fighting, spying, nursing, and following soldiers as they wandered around a divided America, killing each other. And today, we’re looking back at the past to find out what life was really like for Civil War women.
Bizarre things you can only find in JapanIn the market for some self-serve dirty undies? How about a store where you can pay to nap with someone? And would you like mayo with that? Too bad, you're getting some. Go ahead and crack open a few braille-labeled beer cans as we dive into bizarre things you can only find in Japan.
Gangsters who vanished and were never foundGetting a job in the Mafia is always a dangerous prospect. It's generally a job for life; as in, you could totally lose your life because of your job. However, the fates of some gangsters, who vanished and were never found, are less clear. (Hint: They were probably all gruesomely whacked.)
Yakuza: The truth behind Japan's massive crime syndicateLots of countries have organized crime syndicates, but perhaps none of them quite compare to Japan's yakuza. The yakuza are extremely violent, but they also hide in plain sight and many are known to the government. Here's the story behind the yakuza.
What life was like for women in Ancient GreeceLife in Ancient Greece was not a lot of fun for women. But if you lived in the right city-state or wound up with the right job, things could be a little bit easier. From lady Olympics to religious rites, here’s what life was like for women in Ancient Greece.
False facts about pandemics that everyone thinks are trueUnfortunately, there are a lot of myths about coronavirus and about disease outbreaks out there, many concerning the current COVID-19 crisis, and a few oldies but baddies are still hanging around from past pandemics. Here are some myths about pandemics and coronavirus to watch out for.
What life was really like for women in Ancient EgyptIf you ignore the slavery and the disease and living at the mercy of the Nile River, Ancient Egypt was a pretty awesome place to be a woman. But just how awesome was it? Well, from the importance of alcohol to matters of makeup, here's what life was really like for women in Ancient Egypt.
The most disturbing part of the Chernobyl disaster isn't what you thinkOn April 26, 1986, there was a catastrophic accident at the USSR's nuclear power plant near Chernobyl. Despite the deaths caused by the explosion at Chernobyl, other effects of the disaster are arguably much worse. Here are some of the worst things about the Chernobyl disaster.
Bible mysteries that remain unsolvedFor all the mystical ideas contained in the Bible, other parts of the Bible are pretty grounded in reality. You have specific measurements for Noah's ark, and long lists of genealogies and so on. But there are lots of things in the Bible we just don't get. Here are Bible mysteries we haven't solved.
The untold truth of Bonnie and ClydeBonnie and Clyde are perhaps the most romanticized outlaws of all time. At a time when gangsters were celebrities, they stood out. Bonnie and Clyde caught the attention of the media and the public during the Great Depression, but eventually the tide turned. Here's the truth about Bonnie and Clyde.
The most disturbing part of the Pearl Harbor attack isn't what you thinkThe most disturbing part of Pearl Harbor for most people will be the death and destruction, and those were indeed horrible. But the numbers don't tell the whole story. Here's the most disturbing part of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Rappers who lost all their moneyThere seem to be really high expectations of rappers, particularly when it comes to what sort of lifestyles they lead. And when rappers so often rap about how much money and power they have, it makes sense that many try to live richly. But lots of rappers have gone totally broke in the process.
Why these pop stars really left their popular groupsBeing in a famous band or pop group is probably great, but there's a lot of pressure that comes with being a pop star. Pop stars leave their groups all the time, but the circumstances are often murky. Here are the stories behind these pop star departures.
The youngest gold medalists at the Olympic GamesWhen you think of an Olympic gold medalist, you probably think of someone in their 20s or 30s at their peak physical prime. Olympic gold medalists often train for a decade or two, so you'd expect them to be at least 20. But there have been some surprisingly young Olympic gold medalists.
The untold truth of Adam and EveEveryone knows the basic story of Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve were created by God in the Garden of Eden, then a snake tricked Eve into eating an apple, then Eve tricked Adam, then God kicked them both out and they roamed the land. Well, here's the real story of Adam and Eve.
Bizarre things you didn't know about cricketTo the uninitiated, cricket can seem both boring and confusing. Why does cricket take days to play? What kind of sport stops so the players can have tea? Cricket is definitely an odd sport, but much of the world loves it. Here are weird things you never knew about cricket.
People who got screwed for looking exactly like someone elsePeople are finding their doppelgangers everywhere these days, but it isn't always a fun experience. Some people get royally screwed over just because they look like someone else, or their doppelganger does something terrible. Here are terrible doppelganger stories.
The most disturbing part of Pompeii's destruction isn't what you thinkYou might think the most disturbing part of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii was that the people had no warning. But while Pompeii's destruction was awful and tragic, the lack of warning wasn't the worst part.
Royals who married their relativesHistorically, the rules of royal marriages have been completely bizarre to normal people. Marrying for love was almost always forbidden. Many societies had rules to keep royals marrying each other and to keep it all in the family. Here are royals who married their relatives.
Messed up things that happened at Studio 54There were few places in history crazier than Studio 54. Maybe the most bacchanalian parties of the Greeks or Romans could give the club a run for its money -- maybe not. Studio 54 was a '70s club in New York, and everything was constantly amped up to 11 ... or 54. Studio 54 was seriously messed up.
Extravagant buildings that were never finishedOver the centuries, some amazingly talented people have come up with some ridiculously extravagant buildings. But sometimes, things don't work out the way people plan. You can draw and design an extravagant building, but once you start construction, everything can go wrong.
What really happens to immigrants at the U.S. borderImmigration is an incredibly hot-button issue. In 2018, it hit the headlines in a big way, but mostly not in a new way. Struggles over immigration have been going on for decades. Here's what really happens to immigrants when they reach the U.S. border.
The untold truth of Beto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke seemed to come out of nowhere to launch a very successful Senate campaign in Texas in the 2018 midterm elections. But now that he's lost, what's next for Beto O'Rourke? If he does what everyone expects, he could be running for president soon. Here's the untold truth of Beto O'Rourke.
What really happens when the government shuts downWhat really happens during a government shutdown? All kinds of wacky things, and most of it is not good for the government or for the people who rely on it. Government shutdowns are relatively recent and are pretty unique to the U.S. Here's what happens when the government shuts down.
The untold truth of the American Red CrossThe American Red Cross is an institution. It's one of the biggest charities in the country, raking in billions every year, supposedly so it can be really helpful when bad things like natural disasters happen. But the Red Cross isn't that great. Here's the untold truth of the American Red Cross.
Everything we know about the pipe bomb plot so farIn recent days, several pipe bombs have been intercepted in the mail, all seemingly meant for Democratic politicians or liberal public figures. Where did these pipe bombs come from and why are they surfacing now? Here's everything we know about the pipe bomb plot so far.
People who lost their life savings in really dumb waysFinancial security is nice, but disasters can strike at any time. And when you lose your life savings, it can literally kill you. Whether because of bad choices or just awful luck, some people lose it all. Here are people who lost their life savings in really dumb ways.
Everything you should know about Jamal KhashoggiJamal Khashoggi was a well-known journalist who went missing after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. Did the Saudis kill him? Did speaking out against the government finally break the camel's back? Here's everything you should know about Jamal Khashoggi.
Infamous assassins who are still aliveAssassination takes plain old murder to a whole new level. You're adding layers of intrigue and public notoriety, which is usually exactly what the assassin wants. These people tried to murder famous figures. Some succeeded, others didn't, but all of these assassins are still alive.
The untold truth of the Trail of TearsThe story of the Trail of Tears is pretty simple. In the 1830s, the Cherokee people were forced from their land by the U.S. government and forced to walk 1,000 miles. Thousands of people died on the Trail of Tears, and the Trail of Tears was one of the worst human rights abuses in American history.
Why 1968 was an epic year for sports1968 has gone down in history as one of the most culturally and politically turbulent years ever. But less well-known is that 1968 was also an epic year in sports. The summer and winter Olympics, baseball, golf, the NHL, tennis and more all experienced huge shifts. Here's why 1968 was epic.
The most frightening World Cup mishapsThe World Cup is an almost impossibly huge undertaking, and sometimes, bad things happen. People can be injured or killed on the field itself, during construction, or even just while watching World Cup matches. It doesn't even matter what your team does, the World Cup can still screw up your life.
Sketchy things professional tennis wants you to forgetTennis has a lot of the same issues as other sports -- terrible decisions by umpires, players failing drug tests, match-fixing, etc. But tennis also has mysterious poisonings and violent outbursts that takes tennis to its own ridiculous level. Here are things pro tennis wants you to forget.
False facts about World War II you always believedWorld War II ended a long time ago, but people still think about it a lot. The Second World War is deeply engrained in the public mind. But so much of what we think we know about World War II is wrong. Here are some of the biggest myths you probably believe about World War II.
The bizarre history of trick or treatingHolidays are a lot of fun when you're a kid, and Halloween is the best. You get to dress up, stay out late, and eat tons of candy. But why? Why do we put on costumes, gorge ourselves on candy, and call it Halloween?Here's the bizarre history of trick-or-treating.
Real-life heroes who are actually pretty terrible peopleIt's so nice when a real-life hero emerges. Having someone stand up for what's right and true is great. But people are complex and layered and no one is perfect. These real-life heroes made big waves in the world, but later came out as terrible people.
Weird facts about the most powerful women in historyThere have been more powerful men in history than powerful women, but some women have forced their way to the front anyway. Powerful women can lead just like men can, and they can also be completely bonkers when they get power. Here are weird facts about the most powerful women in history.
Scandals that rocked the golf worldGolf isn't known for being a scandalous sport. Even though we're talking about famous, unbelievably rich people, they tend to live quiet lives. But whenever you combine money and egos, you can get wacky results. Here are scandals that totally rocked the world of golf.
Facts about Typhoid Mary the average person doesn't knowMary Mallon should have lived the American dream. But when this chef found typhoid outbreaks following everywhere she went, Typhoid Mary's life changed forever. Here are facts most people don't know about Typhoid Mary, a much-maligned character from early 1900s New York.
False facts about the NFL you always thought were trueAmericans love the NFL. The rest of the world might not understand it, but that won't change. No matter how many deflated balls or dog fighting rings or concussions are involved, viewers really enjoy watching huge guys slam into each other. But there are lots of misconceptions about the NFL.
Princes and princesses who were really weird peoplePlenty of kings, queens, princes and princesses throughout history have been a few sandwiches short of a picnic. All that unchecked power will make people really weird, giving so much free time to indulge in the weirdest fantasies. Sometimes the weird princes and princesses really hurt people.
Movies and TV shows sponsored by the U.S. governmentThe U.S. government knows that putting ideas in movies and TV shows is pretty effective. That's why the government has sponsored a lot of movies and TV shows to get their message out. Sometimes this can be pretty innocent, but other times it's just propaganda. The Government Goes to Hollywood.
Most idiotic things the FBI has ever doneThe FBI exists to help protect the people of the United States. But the FBI has made some big mistakes in its time. Amazingly, all the FBI's power doesn't help people stop being idiots. Sometimes these screw-ups just make the FBI look dumb, but other times they affect innocent people's lives.
Prisoners who escaped and were never foundMost prisons are pretty terrible for prisoners. Obviously, that's by design, in hopes that you'll be so miserable that you'll change your ways. But not everyone waits to be legally released. Trying to escape is extremely dangerous, but some prisoners manage to break out and successfully stay out.
Basketball stars who are surprisingly poorBasketball stars get ridiculously rich. It's the American way. If you're good enough you can earn tens of millions of dollars. But these basketball stars struggled with their finances, with problems normal people could easily see coming. Maybe it's the sudden infusion of obnoxious wads of cash.
Teammates who were actually enemies in real lifeIf two teammates don't gel in sports, all that stress can result in some seriously epic feuds. Being around your athletic enemy becomes fuel on a fire. Soon you have people refusing to speak, insulting each other, and even coming to blows. Here are some of the biggest enemies in sports history.
Musicians who became huge stars after they switched genresMusicians can seem kind of magically talented, but sometimes they have to mess around a bit before settling on their perfect sound. There are plenty of huge musicians who only got to where they are after wallowing in obscurity in another genre of music before making a change and making it big.
Respected politicians who were actually terrible peopleIt's no secret that there are plenty of terrible politicians in history. Something about being drawn to politics seems to suggest that you might be just a teensy bit wrong in the head. Some seem great on the surface, garnering lots of respect. But then those politicians turn out to be terrible, too.
Royals who are actually really weird peopleMany kings and queens were crazy back in the olden days. Of course, the world was a very different place. Very few modern royals are anything more than figureheads, and a lot of them have become normal and boring. But some princes, princesses or royals today didn't get the "be boring" memo.