CULTURE

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…

Wild Optical Illusion Photos That Almost Nobody Notices At First Glance

Let’s face it: most of us miss a lot of the little details in life. We’re so busy with our day-to-day tasks that we often overlook the things that are right in front of us. This is even true when performing tasks that require our full attention, like solving puzzles!

Here's What Authorities Never Told Us About The Only People Ever To Die In Outer Space

Space is often considered the crossroads of science, exploration, and life itself, and it’s chock-full of mystery; there is a reason why we call it “the final frontier,” after all. Not surprisingly, those courageous enough to venture beyond Earth’s atmosphere and into the Great Beyond face almost inconceivable dangers.

13 Bizarre Ways People Used To Test If Women Were Secretly Witches

Most of us know that the stories of witches throughout history were, largely, based on myths. Unfortunately, the people involved in the Salem witch trials of the late 17th century didn’t think so at the time, and dozens of lives were tragically lost because of this mass hysteria.

43 Bizarre Historical Artifacts That Still Can't Be Explained To This Day

The world is full of mysteries that will never, ever be solved. And that’s what makes the world so exciting; you never know what strange discoveries await you beyond every corner!

The Deepest Hole Known To Man Goes So Far Down Nobody Even Knows What's At The Bottom

In school, we’re taught that beneath the Earth’s crust lies a mantle and core. However, some people theorize (and falsely so) that the center of the planet might actually be hollow or there are a species of reptilian aliens that live under the crust. While those theories are silly, they speak to our fascination with what we can’t see.

Genius 4th Grader Invents A Brilliant Life-Saving Device All For A School Project

A child’s mind is often capable of thinking outside the box and seeing things in a unique way that puts grown-ups to shame. More often than not, they apply their inventive imaginations to telling stories and playing games.

20 Of The Most Bizarre And Gravity-Defying Bridges In The World

The world is full of structural man-made marvels. Just go to any city or globally renowned landmark and you’ll see a plethora of architecture that’s as fascinating as it is functional.

Meet The Mysterious Woman Who Magically Escaped 3 Of History's Biggest Disasters

There are few things as riveting as a survival story. That’s why, after some kind of disaster, news reporters never fail to interview one or two people who inevitably stare into the camera and say, “I was there, and I survived.”

The Hidden Secrets Built Into Medieval Castles That Most People Never Knew Existed

When you look at a medieval castle, several different images probably pop into your head. It could be of a princess longingly gazing out of a window or perhaps a knight jousting atop his noble white steed.

Astonishing Drone Footage From 20 Forbidden Areas Around The World

When used properly, technology sure can be a real boon for humanity. For instance, the Internet alone makes information more accessible than previous generations ever thought possible.

20 Supernatural Events That Experts Still Struggle To Explain

Almost every event that has occurred over the course of history has some explanation behind it. Whether it’s the origin of a war, some kind of a social movement, or even the death of a loved one, there are traceable reasons for these events that we use to understand them, reflect, and find closure.

U.S. Soldier Defects To North Korea Only To Have A Forced Marriage Save His Life

On a cold night in January 1965, United States soldier Charles Jenkins finally had seen enough of the military. In a moment of desperation, he decided to flee his post at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.

Scientists Just Discovered 500-Year-Old Sunken Warship That May Be Cursed

There’s no doubting that archaeologists and explorers serve a tremendously meaningful purpose to humanity. Without their desire to uncover history’s greatest mysteries, there’s a chance many important historical events would be forgotten forever.

Family Finds Strange Old Package Stuffed In Their Chimney Only To Be Stunned When They Open It

Some people just love chimneys, and it’s easy to see why. Beautiful, ornate, and charming, the typically brick structures heat homes with dazzling flames while producing a smoky, woodsy smell.

This 7,000-Year-Old Mass Grave Reveals A Dark Secret About Humanity's Past

It’s easy to romanticize the past in just about any period of human history. And as scary and complicated as the world often seems today, many people like to think about how much better their lives would be if they had been born earlier.

Routine City Survey Reveals An Underground Secret That Had Been Lost For Centuries

From the bright lights of New York City to the ancient monuments of Jerusalem, every city has a special history that only becomes more interesting the deeper you dig—sometimes literally!

Experts Warn That This Common Kitchen Item Could Have Devastating Health Consequences

We all come into contact with a million different chemicals and metals in our daily lives. Even if we’re vigilant and we only buy chemical-free products for our homes, we can’t escape what’s being put in our food and in our water.

10 Most Disturbing Real-Life Vampire Cases Ever Reported

The story of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for the classic vampire tale, Dracula, is one that most people are familiar with. But while it might be based on a real-life historical figure, chances are that Vlad himself was not an immortal being who survived solely on the blood of the living.

Guy Turns An Old Stump That Nobody Wanted Into The Coolest Thing We've Ever Seen

There’s a reason you’ve never seen a “Rotting Stump Exhibit” at any museum or fair. Old, decaying hunks of tree—otherwise known as eyesores—aren’t exactly camera-worthy sights. In fact, they’re usually something you pay a lot of money to get removed.

Drained Paris Canal Reveals A Startling Secret From Napoleon's Past

The Canal Saint-Martin in Paris is one of the city’s oldest and most beautiful waterways. Despite its storied history and undeniable beauty, the centuries-old, 4.5-kilometer canal is also one of the dirtiest, and it has to be periodically cleaned out.

Man Hunting A Tiger Stumbles Onto A Strange Cave With An Incredible Secret Inside

It may be an understatement, but people sure have accomplished some truly amazing things in the name of religion. The frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, for example, are some of the most spectacular pieces of not just religious art, but art in general.

Sons Send Mom An 'Epic' Selfie But Are Blown Away By What They Receive In Return

Step aside, autographs—there’s a new king in town for starstruck fans and memorabilia collectors: the selfie. Youths, adults, and even apes are taking solo pictures to capture both moments of joy and the mundane.

People Are Forbidden From Setting Foot On This Island For A Very Disturbing Reason

Plenty of people dream about visiting a tropical island where they can unwind on the beach and let their worldly worries drift away—a place of beauty safe from the dangers of the world.

25 Photos That Seem Totally Normal Until A Closer Look Reveals The Disturbing Truth

Most of the time, when taking a photo, we want to be sure that the shot is all lined up. Every once in a while, though, you look at the picture long after the fact and realize something’s just… off.