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.
The Complicated Story Of Marcus Junius Brutus — And How He Became Known As History’s Most Infamous Traitor
Before Brutus' name became synonymous with the betrayal of Julius Caesar, Roman republicans sang his praises as a hero of democracy.
The Fascinating History Of The Drinking Horn, The Thirst-Quenching Vessel Of Viking Legend
Though it's most often associated with the Vikings, the drinking horn has a long history that actually started more than 1,000 years before the vicious warriors ever left Scandinavia.
The Chilling Story Of T.J. Lane, The Remorseless Killer Behind The Chardon School Shooting
On the morning of February 27, 2012, T.J. Lane opened fire inside the cafeteria at Chardon High School, killing three students and wounding three others — while wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with the word "killer."
The Gruesome Death Of Eben Byers, The Early 1900s Golfer Who Drank Radium Until His Jaw Fell Off
Eben Byers began drinking radium-infused water that his doctor prescribed for an arm injury in 1927 — but within three years, his bones were disintegrating.
Meet The Bullet Ant, The Tiny Insect With The Most Painful Sting On Planet Earth
It may be only an inch long, but the bullet ant has an excruciating sting that leaves victims in agony, including temporary paralysis and hallucinations.
Meet The Maned Wolf, The Bizarre South American Creature That’s Like A Cross Between A Fox And A Deer
With its enormous ears and stilt-like legs, the maned wolf is a one-of-a-kind animal that roams the plains of Brazil and Argentina.