Paris Syndrome

Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world. Millions of visitors flock there every year, planning to visit all the famous sites and experience the beauty that the city is famous for. But every year, a small number of the city’s many tourists actually become so ill they have to be sent…

The Axeman of New Orleans

History is full of unsolved murders. One of the most famous historical figures is Jack the Ripper, a serial killer who stalked London in the Victorian era. His identity has never been discovered despite his fame. America has several unsolved serial-killing sprees. One of these, which took place in New Orleans in the early 20th…

Radioactive Boy Scout

For American Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout is the highest achievement one can hope for. But one aspiring Eagle Scout nearly destroyed his neighborhood in his quest to achieve his goal. David Hahn was an ordinary, but intelligent, young man from Clinton Township, Michigan. For most of his early childhood, he had…

The Blue-Skinned Family from Kentucky

In 1820, Martin and Elizabeth Fugate moved to the small town of Troublesome Creek, Kentucky. This couple would go on to have seven children. Normally, the story of such an undistinguished family in such an isolated place would have passed into history unnoticed by the rest of the world. But something would happen that would…

Raccoon in the White House

Most Americans are familiar with the annual Thanksgiving tradition whereby the president pardons a turkey that would otherwise be served as part of the holiday dinner. One year, though, a president was sent an altogether different animal for his Thanksgiving feast. What happened to it became the stuff of White House legend. President Calvin Coolidge…

The Plague is Back

It appears that the plague is making a comeback. You read that correctly. The same illness that ravaged much of the world in the Middle Ages and that became known as the Black Death has recently shown up in the American West. Since the beginning of this year, three people in New Mexico have caught…

When Malpractice Killed a President

Four presidents have been assassinated in U.S. history: Lincoln, McKinley, Garfield, and Kennedy. All four were shot, but one of them, James Garfield, did not have to die. In fact, his death would go down as one of the most famous cases of medical malpractice in American history. James Garfield was elected as the 20th…