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…

The Mysterious Murder of Mary Rogers

In July of 1841, the murder of a popular 20-year-old cigar girl from New York City shook the entire metropolis. The mystery of who murdered was so perplexing that even the famous author Edgar Allan Poe took an interest in the investigation. To this day, her killer has not been found. Mary Rogers lived in…

Fatal Fashion: The Hoop Skirt

Many people associate the Victorian-era hoop skirt, also known as a crinoline, with romantic images of Southern belles and extravagant balls in candlelit ballrooms. Most, though, would be surprised to find out that this iconic fashion was incredibly dangerous. In fact, it was directly or indirectly responsible for thousands of deaths. A look back at…

The Tragic Tale of Ota Benga

In 1904, an American businessman named Samuel Phillips Verner went to Africa for the purpose of bringing back some pygmy people for an exhibition. During his travels, he negotiated the release of a Mbuti man who was being held as a slave. This man eventually accompanied Verner back to the U.S. What followed is one…