America’s Army of Two

Many heroic tales emerged from the War of 1812. One of the most famous is the story of Dolley Madison’s flight from the White House before the British burned it in the middle of the war in 1814. In her escape, she managed to save an important painting of George Washington. But there is a…

New York’s Rocking Chair Riots

New York is one of America’s great cities. It has long been well-known for its world class museums, restaurants, shopping, and its beautiful parks. Tourists and residents alike flock to the Big Apple’s green spaces to experience a bit of nature and relaxation in the middle of a city. And when a businessman in the…

New Jersey’s Most Famous Elephant

America has plenty of interesting roadside attractions. World’s largest ball of twine? We have that. A replica of Stonehenge made out of old cars? We have that, too. We also have the world’s largest elephant building, which is located in Margate, New Jersey, beside the beach in Josephine Harron Park. This elephant building isn’t just…

Mexico’s Macabre Doll Island

Located about two hours by canal boat from Mexico City lies an island that seems as though it was created for the sole purpose of horrifying and shocking visitors. Known as the Island of the Dolls (Isla de las Munecas), it is adorned with hundreds of dolls in varying states of disrepair due to exposure…

Hedy Lamarr: Genius Movie Star

You’ve no doubt heard of Hedy Lamarr, the 1930s and 1940s screen siren made famous by her roles in movies like Boom Town and Ziegfeld Girl. But this Hollywood beauty was so much more than a pretty face. Without her, we might not have the cell phone technology that is so important to modern life.…

Japan’s Tragic Forest

Two hours southwest of Tokyo, Japan, near Mt. Fuji’s majestic peak, lies the beautiful Aokigahara Forest. This densely treed forest, also known as the “sea of trees,” is a place of astounding natural beauty. It’s also the most popular place to commit suicide in Japan, and the second most popular place to commit suicide in…

How Norway is Tackling Internet Trolls

Nobody likes internet trolls, those annoying keyboard warriors who patrol the comments sections of almost every website, posting inflammatory statements and upsetting other users. Now, a Norwegian website is trying an experiment that they hope will put an end to some types of trolling. NRKbeta, a subsidiary of Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, is now requiring…