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Killer Elephants: When Pachyderms Carried Out Capital Punishment

Killer Elephants: When Pachyderms Carried Out Capital Punishment

Humanity has conjured a constellation of ways to conduct executions, and this may be one of the wildest methods of them all.
The Ancient Moon-Eyed People Of North Carolina: Fact Or Fiction?

The Ancient Moon-Eyed People Of North Carolina: Fact Or Fiction?

Is the legend of the Moon-Eyed people proof that Welsh explorers landed in America more than 300 years before Columbus?
Sherlock Holmes, A Hoax, And The Missing Link Called The Piltdown Man

Sherlock Holmes, A Hoax, And The Missing Link Called The Piltdown Man

Discovering the connection between man and ape is of colossal scientific value — which is exactly why some have tried to fake it.
Wife Selling: The 19th Century Alternative To Divorce

Wife Selling: The 19th Century Alternative To Divorce

Marriages are first and foremost an economic arrangement, and the 19th century practice of wife selling only bolsters that argument.
18 Months Without A Head: The True Story Of A Headless Chicken Named Mike

18 Months Without A Head: The True Story Of A Headless Chicken Named Mike

Learn why a small Colorado town has an annual festival to celebrate a single chicken who managed to survive for 18 months without its head.
The Story Of Ching Shih, Prostitute Turned Lord Of The Pirates

The Story Of Ching Shih, Prostitute Turned Lord Of The Pirates

How one 18th century concubine became the "Terror of South China."
The True Story Of Bloody Mary, The Woman Behind The Mirror

The True Story Of Bloody Mary, The Woman Behind The Mirror

The woman behind the infamous Bloody Mary story and childhood game is more sad than she is scary.
Inside Ubasute, The Legend Of Abandoning Elderly In The Woods

Inside Ubasute, The Legend Of Abandoning Elderly In The Woods

Legend has it that in times of persistent hardship, Japanese families would abandon their elderly in the woods. Here's how it happened — that is, if it did at all.
The Japanese Monks Who Mummified Themselves While Still Alive

The Japanese Monks Who Mummified Themselves While Still Alive

Sokushinbutsu may be self-discipline at its most extreme.
Fatal Familial Insomnia: The Sleep Disorder That Ends In Death

Fatal Familial Insomnia: The Sleep Disorder That Ends In Death

Some people suffer from occasional insomnia, but for those with this disease, sleepless nights lead to death.
Why Your Pet Goldfish Turns Into A Monster If You Set It Free

Why Your Pet Goldfish Turns Into A Monster If You Set It Free

While they may look like toys, goldfish can lay waste to ecosystems.