History

The Story of the Swiss Cheese Mafia

Wednesday January 13, 2016

How a cabal of cheese makers rose to power, held a country to ransom, and tricked everyone into thinking that fondue was a reasonable thing to eat.

Vale the Schienenzeppelin: the propeller-powered Zeppelin Train that could have been, had the Nazis not melted it down.

Everyone knows that the Titanic was sunk by an iceberg. But which iceberg, exactly? Well, according to British auctioneers Henry Aldridge & Son, it was the one spotted in this picture.

Dark Side of Christmas

Wednesday December 23, 2015

Halloween was supposed to be the scary holiday. Here are four weird things about Christmas everyone gladly ignores to make it less terrifying.

Mystery Photo Archive

Tuesday December 15, 2015

America's Library of Congress has discovered a slew of mysterious photos – and they need your help to identify them. Let the world’s biggest caption contest begin.

Canada and Denmark have been at 'war' over this barren island for decades. Their weapons of choice? Flags, whiskey and a good bottle of schnapps.

Food Photos from the 1970s

Wednesday November 25, 2015

Hungry? These recipes from the decade that taste forgot will put a stop to that.

Bradford Edwards' collection of Vietnam War-era cigarette lighters reveal a surprising amount about the soldiers that used to own them.

Devil at Your Heels

Monday November 02, 2015

Ken Carter raised $1 million, erected a 10-story ramp and built his own rocket-powered car, all in the pursuit of a crazy dream: to jump his car over a mile-long river.

Painting the Future

Wednesday October 28, 2015

In 1899, a group of artists painted pictures of what France might look like in the year 2000. Naturally they got a lot wrong – but it's surprising how much they got right too.