CULTURE

20 Bizarre Items People Discovered Hidden In Their Grandparents' Attics

It’s safe to say that no one on the planet would willingly want to spend their precious weekend cleaning out an old, dusty attic. It’s a tedious, exhausting, and time-consuming chore, after all! Still, there’s always a chance that you could uncover some remarkable treasures under all of those cobwebs.

The Deadly Reason Kinder Eggs Are Still Banned In The United States

One of the benefits of traveling abroad is that you have the opportunity to sample all sorts of delicious treats unique to the country you’re visiting. For some, this means you can—finally!—taste an infamous Kinder Egg. Why’s that so special, you ask? Because these delicious chocolate, toy-filled candies are actually banned in the United States!

Ancient Ghost City Was Once Home To 100,000 People Until They All Vanished Practically Overnight

In parts of the globe—like the western United States, for example—there’s no shortage of mysterious ghost towns waiting to be explored. Yet each and every one of them is small potatoes next to a fascinating place nestled in the eastern portion of Turkey. Why’s that? Well, because this place is an entire ghost city.

Woman Whose Husband Vanished 6 Weeks After Their Wedding Learns The Truth 70 Years Later

World War II devastated the planet. Not only did countless families around the globe lose loved ones, but the carnage was so vast and widespread that some never even learned the truth about what really happened to the people they cared about. Such was the case for a Texas woman named Peggy Seale.

Devastating Photos Of Pollution In China Show Just How Much We've Destroyed Planet Earth

Though we all know that pollution—whether caused by something as obtrusive as a towering smokestack or an abandoned soda bottle—is a bad thing, it can be difficult to visualize the true toll it’s actually taking on our poor planet. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to some of the most egregious examples.

The Real Story Of The Man Who Killed Abraham Lincoln's Assassin Is Too Wild For History Books

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln—the beloved 16th President of the United States—by John Wilkes Booth was one of the most significant moments in American history. Only, what relatively few know is that this horrific crime was just the beginning of the story.

17 Totally Bizarre Devices Our Ancestors Actually Had To Use Back In The Day

It’s safe to say that what sets Homo sapiens apart from the rest of the animal kingdom is our ability to invent stuff. From the wheel to the iPad, we don’t just use the tools we’re given—we make better ones! On the other hand, humanity has also had its fair share of trial-and-error moments.

Teen's Response When Asked Why She Shot Up A School Is Beyond Bone-Chilling

Early on January 29, 1979, children started lining up outside of Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California. Unbeknownst to them or the school’s staff, a teenaged girl was watching their every move from the dilapidated home she shared with her father across the street.

23 Of History's Most Infamous Objects And Where They Finally Ended Up

Have you ever wondered where some of history’s most important artifacts are kept? From the rifle used to assassinate John F. Kennedy to Anne Frank’s diary, it’s natural to assume they’re being kept safe in museums and the like. Still, memorable pieces of the past could be closer to your home than you think!

20 Photography Firsts That Paint A Fascinating Portrait Of Human History

If not for the invention of the camera, many of the greatest moments in our recent history would’ve been lost forever. What would the world be like without unforgettable images such as the flag being raised over Iwo Jima or the man facing down a tank in Tiananmen Square? Such imagery not only documents what happened, but they help us to inspire change and action elsewhere around the world.

The Story Of The Wealthy Heir Who May Have Been Eaten By Cannibals Is Almost Too Weird To Be True

When you’re the son of a governor, the great-grandson of the world’s richest man, and the heir to a massive fortune, you don’t really need to lift too many fingers to get by in life. Nonetheless, plenty of wealthy heirs attempt to carve out their own legacy—but it doesn’t always end well.

20 Of The Craziest Things That People Really Believed Back In The Dark Ages

Never before  has it been so easy to find information. Thanks to Google and iPhones, nearly everything is just a simple click away. For the majority of human history, however, this hasn’t been the case, and that frequently led to the propagation of some really weird ideas.

Bizarre 1980 Plane Crash That Left A Nation Stunned Is Still Baffling Experts Today

Finding closure after a tragedy is a necessary part of the healing process, but what if that isn’t possible? For the loved ones of missing persons—or those with cases that have long gone cold—the questions they ask themselves can haunt them for a lifetime.

Mastermind Murderer Escapes Capture For Decades While Taunting Police The Whole Time

Getting a roommate is a great idea for those who want to save a little bit of money on rent. It’s also nice to have somebody to share the responsibilities around the house. Unfortunately, finding the right match can sometimes be a complete nightmare.

22 Items That People Should Never, Ever Put In The Microwave Under Any Circumstances

Leftovers—an effort-free encore to a delicious dinner—are practically as good as it gets when you’re feeling a bit lazy and don’t want to make dinner. Still, as with most sequels, leftovers rarely manage to recapture the magic of the freshly-cooked, original meal. But, it doesn’t have to be that way!

Why Ramen Could Spell Disaster For People's Bodies, No Matter How Good It Is For Our Budget

People do all sorts of things to save money on food when their bank accounts start nearing the red. Few options, however, are as ubiquitous as instant ramen. From college students and any other individual living on a strict budget, these cheap noodles are practically essential.

Mysterious Journal Might Reveal The True Origin Of A Long-Forgotten Grave

History is full of unsolved mysteries. Over the years, archaeologists and researchers have managed to explain some of them, but plenty of answers remain unknown to this day. Luckily, dedicated groups of researchers and scholars have made it their mission to uncover the truth.

World's Largest Meteorite Weights Over 100K Pounds But No One Knows Where It Came From

Very few people realize this, but every day, hundreds of pounds of space rock—we’re talking asteroid pieces, iron, rock, and nickel—falls to the Earth from outer space. By the time it lands, however, it has largely disintegrated, which is why we never see it. At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen.

Terrifying Unexplained Photos That Might Be Proof Something Is Out To Get Us

When something can’t be explained, it takes on an eerie quality that tends to make most of us feel uneasy. For some, that means looking for alternative explanations, while for others, it means embracing the fear of the unknown.

Local Man Is Stunned When His Collapsed Driveway Reveals A Secret Room Under His House

From the costly to the back-breaking and everything in between, there are a million miserable ways for a homeowner to spend a Saturday. One weekend the living room might need repainting. The next, there are weeds that require pulling or gutters to be cleaned.

Mysterious Object Was Unearthed On The California Shore After Days Of Violent Storms

It’s not uncommon for big storms to take over media outlets for weeks on end. When hurricane season rolls around, everything from NBC to the Weather Channel packs in wall-to-wall coverage knowing that people all over the world will be glued to their screens. In other words, this weather is must-watch news!

Disturbing Legends And Conspiracy Theories Surrounding The Hoover Dam

Built from enough concrete to stretch across the entire country and used to bring power to 1.3 million people across three states, the Hoover Dam is undeniably one of the greatest examples of human engineering. Yet, aside from being an incredible piece of history, the famous dam has also been the subject of some controversy over the years.

Drone Reveals Bizarre 4,000-Year-Old 'Mole Town' Where People Live Entirely Underground

With a few notable exceptions (looking at you, scientists on Antarctica), humans civilizations tend to center on easy-to-reach areas. Most of the greatest cities in history sprouted up along major waterways for a reason, after all. This is part of what makes one secretive, 4,000-year-old Chinese town so fascinating.

11 Totally Dumbfounding Photos That Seem To Have No Logical Explanation

Seeing is believing… until you see something unbelievable, like an optical illusion. By definition, optical illusions are images that differ from their impartial reality. Sometimes, the most popular illusions are those that simply require another perspective—and their secrets are actually hidden in plain sight.

27 Historical Icons Whose Mysterious Deaths Went Unsolved For Centuries

It should come as little surprise that activists, legislators, and other political leaders are often the victims of violence. When you spend so much time in the public eye, and especially in the world of politics, you’ll inevitably make some enemies. Yet some political figures pay the ultimate price for their work…