The Cottingley Fairies

In the village of Cottingley, England, in the closing days of World War I, a nine-year-old girl got into trouble for playing in a stream and getting her clothes dirty. Her response, and that of her older cousin and accomplice, would be one of the most long-lasting hoaxes ever perpetrated on the world. Young Frances…

The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis

Most people in the United States have heard of Meriwether Lewis, one half of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition that claimed the Pacific Northwest for the U.S. and explored the newly purchased Louisiana Territory. Lewis was an extraordinary person by most accounts. During his life, he was a successful soldier and presidential aide. He…

India’s Bermuda Triangle for Birds

The village of Jatinga, in India, plays host to a curious natural phenomenon every year. For nearly 100 years, between September and November and after the area’s monsoon season ends, thousands of birds plunge into the village and die. The birds only do this on dark nights, when it is foggy or when they moon…

New England’s Last Vampire

When we imagine vampire hunts, remote Eastern European villages typically come to mind. But late 19th century America was not immune to this phenomenon. The town of Exeter in Rhode Island believed itself to be under attack from a vampire and actually took steps to rid themselves of the menace. Their methods were nothing short…

The Monster of Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle, located in the town by the same name Scotland’s county of Angus, has long been associated with tales of the supernatural. Tales of ghosts, witches, and even the Devil himself are wrapped up in the history of this 15th century castle, which was once home to Queen Elizabeth II’s mother. The Earls of…