The Forgotten Paleontologist

One of the greatest pioneers of paleontology and fossil research was born in a small seaside resort town in Great Britain in 1799. This scientist and researcher made several groundbreaking discoveries that contributed much to our current knowledge of dinosaurs, but hardly anyone would be able to name this person. Why? Because the “greatest fossilist…

The Osage Indian Murders

In the 1920s, the Osage Indian Nation of Oklahoma became the richest people per capita in the world. This wealth was the result of massive oil deposits that had been discovered on their land. As would be expected, Osage living standards greatly improved in a short period of time. Many built large homes, bought expensive…

The Porcelain Twins

In 1921, Frank McNally of Hammond, Indiana married his housekeeper. There was a significant age difference between the pair: Frank was 51, while his bride was only 26. But Frank really wanted a family, and he knew that he would be more likely to get one if he married a younger woman, though it was…

Historical Fashion Police

Today, we often encounter dress codes in places like schools and the workplace. There was a long period in history, though, where dress codes were enforceable by national law. These laws, known as sumptuary laws, dictated what types of items you could buy, from food to furniture. They were often more directly aimed at clothing,…

The Strangest House in America

In San Jose, California, near United States’ capital of technology and innovation, sits a house that represents innovation of a completely different kind. Known today as the Winchester Mystery House, this mansion has an interesting history, which fits in well with its bizarre floor plan. The story of the house begins some years before its…

Mark Twain and the Duel that Never Was

Mark Twain has added some beloved fictional characters to our literary lexicon. Many of his stories, including Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, are required reading for American schoolchildren. But we were almost robbed of Twain’s talents before he ever penned a story. Were it not for the quick thinking of a friend,…

Artificial Womb May Save Premature Babies

If a recent research project completed by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia can be successfully adapted for humans, science may have devised a way to save many of the 30,000 babies born severely prematurely in the United States every year. Researchers at the hospital developed an artificial womb and used their invention to grow six…