The Little-Known Story Of The Colfax Massacre, The Worst Episode Of Racial Violence During Reconstruction
After the 1872 gubernatorial election in Louisiana, KKK members and former Confederates stormed a courthouse occupied by Black militiamen — and killed as many as 150 of them.
Inside The Fascinating True Story Of Louis Braille — And How He Created A Revolutionary Alphabet For The Blind
Blinded as a 3-year-old boy, Louis Braille went on to become a renowned French educator in the 19th century, developing the famous Braille system that’s still used today.
The Blonsky Device, A Spinning Machine Invented To Fling Babies Out Of Pregnant People
Witnessing an elephant give birth inspired a couple to create a new childbirth technology. Unfortunately, it was too ridiculous to use.
The Disturbing Unsolved Case Of The ‘Freeway Phantom’ Murders
From 1971 to 1972, a serial killer known only as the "Freeway Phantom” stalked Washington, D.C., abducting and murdering six young Black girls.
The Little-Known Story Of Marie Van Brittan Brown, The Black Woman Who Invented The Modern Home Security System
A nurse from Queens, New York, Marie Van Brittan Brown created the first video home security system in 1966, paving the way for the technology we use today.
Inside Project Blue Peacock, The Most Outrageous Nuclear Plot Of The Entire Cold War
In 1954, the British engineers behind Blue Peacock designed a nuclear landmine to use against the Soviets — and it was dependent upon live chickens.
Inside Project A119, America’s Top-Secret Plot To Detonate A Nuclear Bomb On The Moon During The Cold War
In an effort to show up Soviet Russia in the Space Race, the United States considered exploding an H-bomb on the moon so that the mushroom cloud be seen around the world.
Mary Ellen Wilson And The 19th-Century Child Abuse Case That Changed History
Raised by an abusive foster family in New York City, Mary Ellen Wilson inspired animal rights activists to push for the very first child protection laws in American history.
The Tragic Story Of Patricia Douglas, The Dancer Who Sued MGM For Rape — And Was Lambasted For It
In 1937, 20-year-old Patricia Douglas was brutally attacked and raped at an MGM party. And when she tried to get justice, the film studio did everything in its power to silence her.
Inside The Mind-Blowing Prison Breaks Of Yoshie Shiratori, The ‘Japanese Houdini’
Yoshie Shiratori became known as the "man no prison could hold" after he escaped four different times — once using little more than miso soup.
The Astonishing Story Of Milunka Savić, The Most Decorated Woman Soldier In History
Even after discovering that their new recruit was a woman in disguise, the Serbian Army allowed Milunka Savić to keep fighting because she was just that good on the battlefield.