Strange facts about uncontacted tribes on Earth

Strange facts about uncontacted tribes on Earth Getty Images Becki Robins@BRobinsWriter It’s kind of hard to believe that a world that gave us smartphones, virtual reality, and self-driving cars could have anyone left living in it who has never heard of smartphones, virtual reality, or self-driving cars, and no, we’re not talking about your grandma. […]

Brilliant minds we’ve sadly lost in 2018

Brilliant minds we’ve sadly lost in 2018 Getty Images Chris Heasman@ChrisJHeasman Every year takes its toll. The last few years, however, seem to have been especially unkind to humanity’s most renowned. Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, Harper Lee, Carrie Fisher, B.B. King, Christopher Lee — the list is as long as it is diverse. For some […]

The messed up lives of famous animals

The messed up lives of famous animals Getty Images Brian Steele@QuiveringSteele Youth may be wasted on the young, but fame is definitely wasted on the animals. Whether they’re a sitcom star or a big screen scene stealer, these pups and pussy cats don’t know they’re famous. Heck, they don’t even know what fame is. How […]

The weirdest ways illnesses changed history

The weirdest ways illnesses changed history Shutterstock A. C. Grimes Diseases can change your life in the darnedest ways. For example, let’s say you have crabs but only find out after infecting your boss’ spouse. Suddenly, your affair feels like a mistake. Your boss’ spouse abandons you like a sinking ship and vengefully rats you […]

Scientists who are still missing today

Scientists who are still missing today Shutterstock Becki Robins@BRobinsWriter Death on the job is a reality for a lot of professions, but going missing on the job is a bit more unusual — unless you’re a scientist, and your job involves exploration of remote places, trekking through the wilderness, or upsetting people with end-of-the-world theories. […]

Real-life people who had medical conditions named after them

Real-life people who had medical conditions named after them Getty Images Nicholas Conley@NicholasConley1 Everyone wants to leave their mark on history, and there’s no better way to do that than having something important named after you. A bridge? Awesome. A new invention? Great! An obscure scientific theory? Well … everyone who understands it will appreciate […]

Messed up things that happened during the space race

Messed up things that happened during the space race Shutterstock Nicholas Conley@NicholasConley1 If one good thing came out of the long, bitter conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union, it was the space race, where two global superpowers lowered their arms to engage in a friendly competition, for the good of humankind, for […]

The untold truth of Koko

The untold truth of Koko Instagram Debra Kelly@_EllaSaturday Not many animals are lucky enough to attain celebrity status outside their own homes, but Koko the western lowland gorilla absolutely did. Everyone knew her name (although it’s formally Hanabiko, from the Japanese for “fireworks child”), and everyone knew her as the gorilla that learned to communicate […]

19-foot alligator: The fascinating true story

19-foot alligator: The fascinating true story Getty Images Jake Vigliotti@toughthurtrivia “Giant alligator” is a headline grabber. When you see news stories touting the size of some giant alligator that’s been captured, the sheer enormity of the beast is usually enough to give pause. But how big is the biggest gator? If you did a cursory […]

Respected astronauts who were awful people

Respected astronauts who were awful people Shutterstock Becki Robins@BRobinsWriter Astronauts are the pillars of American society, chosen for their dangerous and noble profession on account of their intelligence, physical stamina, outstanding moral character, and exceptionally close-cropped hair. Astronauts can do no wrong, at least not where the public can see them. Where the public can’t […]