How The Dunoon Massacre Took a Scottish Family Feud Too Far

Inherited folklore is alive and well in Scotland. Fed by the glorious splendor of its jagged slopes and misty hillsides, many have heard the tales of roving clans out to even the score of ancient feuds and regain their honor in any way necessary. In fact, during the 17th and 18th centuries, Scotland never seemed…

These Baffling Artifacts Prove How Little We Know About History

An oopart, otherwise known as an “out-of-place artifact,” is an archeological discovery that does not fit into our established understanding of history. Given the artifact’s advanced level of technology or general sophistication, its existence seems impossible within the physical, chemical, and/or geological constraints of its time. Then, how can they exist? Science measures them as…

The Tulsa Race Riot Traded Progress For Terror

In our quest for racial peace, society sometimes conveniently forgets the stunning events of the past which have contributed to the ongoing American narrative. Remembering such phyletic stories is not only key to our survival as a species, but it also illustrates the need for tolerance and healing on the heels of an incredibly dark…

The Black Widow of Rome Brought Poisonous Death To The Powerful

At the height of the Roman Empire when riches were plentiful and the Emperors of the land were drunk with power and privilege, there lived a woman named Locusta who used her uncommon knowledge of botany and science to bring about the death of many prestigious men, elevating her status as a killer in one…

How This Ancient Mexican City Exposed an Archeologist’s Dream

A magnificent pre-Hispanic metropolis once sat in central Mexico, spread out over 13 miles of fertile land and providing an impressive urban center for up to 200,000 people. Archeologists have called it Teotihuacan only because they don’t know its real name. In fact, there a lot of things they don’t know about the ancient city…

Jay Dobyns Infiltrated The Hell’s Angels And Almost Lost It All

  Working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) is not always an easy job; just ask Jay Dobyns. He spent two years working undercover in Mesa, Arizona from 2001-2003 as a pledging member of the infamous Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang. Despite his heavy tattoos and leather “cuts,” Dobyns was really a federal…

The Truth of Thanksgiving Is The Enemy Of Gratitude

Over the years, Thanksgiving has become a beloved holiday in America, a time when people are encouraged to come together and share their mutual gratitude for the blessings of good health and sustenance. It is a time to sit back and reflect on the accomplishments of our forefathers by celebrating family and more historically, the bounty of…

These Victorian Killers Inspired Modern Day Crime

Today’s world is brimming with stories of true crime, forensics, and serial killers, but there was a time when such things simply did not exist, nor did they occupy the public’s attention. Just a mere 150 years ago, the emergence of a new breed of killers began in Victorian England, the type that would begin…

Did The Curse Of An Ancient Warlord Help The Nazis?

On June 20, 1941, the infamous tomb of the 14th-century Persian conqueror, Tamerlane, was opened, and the sharp odor of resin, camphor, rose, and frankincense filled the air. The tombstone had been carefully protected for hundreds of years, and fierce warnings against disturbing the warlord were clearly inscribed. But despite the protests of the locals…

This Former Slave Stole A Confederate Ship And Literally Sailed To Freedom

Even though Robert Smalls was born in 1839, poor, black, and a slave in the Antebellum South, his existence was anything but predictable. His incredible fight to freedom and subsequent life merit the accomplishments of three lifetimes. During a harrowing historical period of intense fear and racism in America, Smalls managed to dramatically turn his…

The Cave of The Kabayan Fire Mummies Is A Perfectly Preserved Piece of History

Mummification of the dead is a well-known practice from ancient times, particularly as it relates to the Egyptians and their heavily bandaged and embalmed corpses. However, the discovery of some carefully preserved remains in the Philippines has brought a different type of mummy to light—the fire mummy. These ancient bodies have recently given researchers new…