CULTURE

10 Unsolved Mysteries From The Middle Ages That Still Baffle Experts Today

It’s safe to say that everyone loves a good mystery once in a while. From pondering the meaning of life to uncovering details along with our favorite true crime podcasts, we can’t get enough of what we don’t know. Still, some of the most compelling mysteries of all are those from the Middle Ages!

Student Who Went Missing 14 Years Ago May Have Been Found In The Most Unlikely Place

Traveling abroad is usually a positive experience. You have the ability to learn about different cultures, taste foreign foods, and meet people from all walks of life. That said, it can be intimidating, especially with possible language barriers and culture clashes—or worse, as one American family recently found out.

Here Are The Weirdest Laws In North Korea That Everyone Has To Follow

North Korea is, arguably, the most mysterious country on the planet. Given the nation’s isolation from the outside world, there’s still much that we don’t know about it. And the things we do know are, quite simply, utterly bizarre.

The Differences Between These Tricky Sets Of Two Pictures Are Nearly Impossible To Spot

From games of “I Spy” to Where’s Waldo? books, we all enjoy challenging ourselves with optical illusions and visual puzzles. It’s rewarding to solve them because it takes such a keen eye to get the job done!

Weird And Downright Ridiculous Medicines That Were Once Completely Acceptable In Society

There’s no question that today’s medical science is more advanced than ever before. While there’s still plenty to be discovered, you’re certainly better off seeing any modern doctor than you would’ve been hundreds—or even decades—ago.

21 Simple But Genius Ideas That Need To Be Implemented In Every Country Immediately

As advanced as the technology in the modern world may be, it has yet to solve each and every one of our daily frustrations. Sure, we have iPhones and wireless charging and all sorts of other fancy stuff, but that doesn’t mean we still couldn’t make tech even better.

Divers Exploring Notorious Flooded Prison Uncover A Haunting Story In Its Halls

One of the great joys of traveling the globe isn’t just getting to visit its major landmarks; it’s checking out destinations that don’t always make the tour books. These types of adventures are the ones that transform a trip into an experience you’ll never forget, no matter how much time passes.

Turns Out There's A Secret Vault Under The Vatican That Might Be Concealing Explosive Information

The Vatican has been the home of the Roman Catholic Church for centuries. Its ancient roots and inherently secretive nature has long inspired the imaginations of passionate conspiracy theorists. But it’s what’s inside the Vatican’s top-secret vaults that catches most of their attention.

Mysterious Box Discovered In Grandparents' House Holds A Decades-Old Secret Nobody Saw Coming

Even though cluttered garages and overstuffed attics can be nightmare fuel for the planet’s tidiest people, there’s no denying that some awesome stuff hides within those mounds of sentimentalized junk. One Imgur user recently discovered exactly that while exploring their grandparents’ home.

Astronaut Who Discovered Treasure Up In Space Managed To Keep It Secret For Almost 50 Years

Even before the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union turned into a full sprint, space exploration was providing us with loads of new information about the universe. Yet there was one astronaut who discovered something so big, he didn’t want to share it.

20 Surprising Foods That Are Completely Illegal In The United States

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for ensuring that the food we purchase at restaurants and supermarkets is safe to eat. While it’s generally a good idea to enforce strict guidelines to help keep harmful bacteria and parasites out of our kitchens, not every country operates in this way.

20 Eye-Opening Photos That Reveal Just How Terrifying The Ocean Really Is

You may not have heard of thalassophobia, but it’s possible you suffer from it. Defined as the fear of open water or the sea in general, it’s a pretty common condition. After all, bodies of water across the globe are full of mystery, and who can’t relate to the fear of the unknown?

20 Genius Hacks That Will Make Everyone's Time In The Car So Much Better

While road trips provide an opportunity for friends and families to bond over long stretches of open highway, they can be a bit of a pain in the butt (sometimes literally). Between boredom, discomfort, and everyday messes, these lengthy trips are often nightmarish—but they don’t have to be!

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.