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How A Small Texas Town Paid A Conman A Ton Of Money To Build “The World’s Littlest Skyscraper”

How A Small Texas Town Paid A Conman A Ton Of Money To Build “The World’s Littlest Skyscraper”

J.D. McMahon promised Wichita Falls a skyscraper befitting the prospering boom town. Unknown to townspeople, the con man drew up blueprints for a building 480 inches tall, instead of the 480 feet he promised.
How Claire Phillips Used Her Gentleman’s Club As A Front For A World War II Spy Ring

How Claire Phillips Used Her Gentleman’s Club As A Front For A World War II Spy Ring

Claire Phillips was a smalltown girl who incredibly wound up running a spy ring for the United States in the Japan-occupied Philippines.
The Great Banyan Tree Is More Enormous, And Gorgeous, Than You Can Even Imagine

The Great Banyan Tree Is More Enormous, And Gorgeous, Than You Can Even Imagine

How India's Great Banyan Tree came back from the brink of death to become one of the most astounding living things on Earth.
Why Some Wounded Civil War Soldiers Actually Glowed In The Dark – And Lived Because Of It

Why Some Wounded Civil War Soldiers Actually Glowed In The Dark – And Lived Because Of It

"Angel's Glow" was a phenomenon of the Civil War in which soldiers' wounds seemed to glow in the dark. It took 139 years to figure out why.
Listen To The Seikilos Epitaph, The World’s Oldest Complete Musical Composition

Listen To The Seikilos Epitaph, The World’s Oldest Complete Musical Composition

Written sometime between 200 B.C. and 100 A.D., the Seikilos epitaph is the oldest complete musical composition in existence — hear it for yourself.
Why Jacob’s Well Is One Of The Most Alluring Diving Spots — And The Most Dangerous

Why Jacob’s Well Is One Of The Most Alluring Diving Spots — And The Most Dangerous

See why divers can't resist Texas' Jacob's Well, despite the fatalities and near-death experiences.
Despite Being A Renowned Mathematician, Kurt Gödel Starved Himself Out Of Paranoia

Despite Being A Renowned Mathematician, Kurt Gödel Starved Himself Out Of Paranoia

Kurt Gödel was one of the 20th century's most brilliant mathematicians. But he was so paranoid he ended up starving to death.
Why The Smiley Face Killer Has Been One Of The Internet’s Favorite Monsters For A Decade

Why The Smiley Face Killer Has Been One Of The Internet’s Favorite Monsters For A Decade

Some say the Smiley Face Killer has taken 40 victims over two decades. Others say there is no killer. Here's what the evidence says.
Ambrose Burnside And The Origin Of The Word ‘Sideburns’

Ambrose Burnside And The Origin Of The Word ‘Sideburns’

Ambrose Burnside may have been a Civil War general as well as a governor and U.S. senator, but many today know him best as the man who popularized sideburns.
Experience The Unique Wonders Of China’s Reed Flute Cave

Experience The Unique Wonders Of China’s Reed Flute Cave

Discover why China's Reed Flute Cave first captivated humans more than 1,000 years ago — then vanished from our history for more than a millennium.
He Said His House Was Haunted – Then His Family Disappeared

He Said His House Was Haunted – Then His Family Disappeared

On a fall evening in 2009, the Jamison family disappeared into the woods of Oklahoma, leaving behind a set of bewildering clues and a case that remains unsolved today.