How The Fisher Cat Became One Of North America’s Most Misunderstood Creatures
A fisher cat is not a feline and it does not catch fish, but this weasel relative is one of the most powerful hunters in North America.
Meet Sultan Kösen, The Turkish Farmer Who’s Also The Tallest Man Alive
Hailing from Mardin, Turkey, Sultan Kösen stands a whopping 8 feet, 3 inches tall — and holds the current Guinness World Record for being the tallest living man.
The Chilling Murder Of Cari Farver, The Woman Who Seemingly Sent Texts For Years After Her Disappearance
In November 2012, Shanna "Liz" Golyar murdered Cari Farver, then spent the next three years pretending to be her while sending tens of thousands of texts and emails to their shared love interest.
Inside The Horrifying Little Albert Experiment That Terrified An Infant To The Point Of Tears
In 1920, the two psychologists behind the Little Albert Experiment performed a study on a nine-month-old baby to determine if classical conditioning worked on humans — and made him terrified of harmless objects in the process.
Meet Esther Jones, The Black Performer Who Inspired ‘Betty Boop’
A child singer and dancer, Esther Jones inspired Paramount to create the cartoon character Betty Boop in 1930 — but she never received any credit or royalties.
Meet Vicente Carrillo Leyva, The Boarding School-Educated ‘Narco Junior’ Who Helped Run The Juárez Cartel After His Father
Vicente Carrillo Leyva was warned by his infamous father, Amado Carrillo Fuentes, not to go into the family business — but he couldn't resist and was eventually arrested for his crimes in 2009.
The History Of The Ancient Elephant Bird — And How Humans May Have Driven It To Extinction
Elephant birds stood a towering 10 feet tall and weighed up to 1,700 pounds, but they were gentle giants who disappeared completely about 1,000 years ago.
Meet Maurice Tillet, The 1940s Wrestler Who Could Be The Real-Life Shrek
Also known as the "French Angel," wrestler Maurice Tillet was stricken with acromegaly which caused his hands, feet, and facial features to swell to enormous proportions — and is rumored to have inspired Shrek.
The Sickening History Of The Rack, The Medieval Torture Device That Stretched Victims’ Limbs Until They Dislocated
Though it was an innocuous-looking wooden frame, the torture rack might have been the medieval era's most brutal device — and it was used well into the 17th century.
Inside The Wild Myths And Legends Surrounding Rasputin’s Penis
Grigori Rasputin's penis was allegedly cut off after his 1916 murder, then later pickled and placed inside a jar that was put on display in a St. Petersburg museum.
Meet The Hammer-Headed Bat, The African Megabat That’s Been Dubbed One Of The World’s Ugliest Creatures
The hammer-headed bat is the largest bat species found in Africa. But while it may look like a carnivore, it only eats fruit.