The Dyatlov Pass Incident

On January 27, 1959, nine Russian graduate students set off on a skiing trek through the northern Ural Mountains. The group, all experienced mountaineers and hikers, deviated from their path in their first days of hiking. This would not normally have been a problem, since they were able to set up a decent camp to…

Origins of April Fools’ Day

On April 1st, people around the world will observe some version of April Fool’s Day. From India to Ireland, people will play tricks on each other, and news outlets will perpetrate good-natured hoaxes on the public. The most interesting thing about this holiday, though, is that no one is certain of its origins. There are…

The Worst Witch Hunt in History

Most people have heard about the Salem witch trials that took place in Massachusetts in the 17th century. As well, many are probably aware of the Spanish Inquisition that was taking place on the other side of the world at the same time. What many don’t know is that the zeal of the Inquisition was…

H. H. Holmes and the Murder Hotel

Summer is just around the corner, and many of us have already started making plans for summer travel. Many of us will stay at a hotel while on vacation, and we’ll consider things like location and amenities when choosing a place to stay. The thought of getting murdered in a hotel room is probably not…