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Tituba, the Early American Witch

Barring fictional characters, a slave named Tituba is America’s most famous “witch.” She was there at Ground Zero in the case of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. But because she was a slave, her documented biography is sparse compared to other accused witches of Salem. Photograph by Flickr user ISD 191 Performing Arts Programs. Samuel Parris [...]

The 21 Countries With One Olympic Medal

Earlier today, we quizzed you on the countries that have won more than 100 Olympic medals. Now it’s time for the other side of the equation. Twenty-one countries have won just one medal. Here are the stories of the national heroes who brought them home. Afghanistan OMAR SOBHANI/Reuters/Landov Despite making appearances at 12 Olympic Games since 1936, Afghanistan [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Facebook Status Updates Gone Horribly Wrong

Facebook is usually just a running feed of pictures, talk about the weather and inspirational quotes. (Mine is, anyway; maybe your friends are more exciting.) But sometimes Facebook status updates are a little more interesting. And by “interesting,” we mean “criminal.” Here are ten. 1. Anthony Elonis discovered his wife was cheating on him. After she [...]

The Strangest Soccer Match Ever Played

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click here. In 1994, twenty-one Caribbean nations gathered on the soccer pitch to play for the Shell Caribbean Cup. Trinidad and Tobago would emerge victorious, beating—among many—Barbados along the way. But the two [...]

Six Seriously Spooky Cemetery Stories

It’s that time of year, when we look to graveyards for tales that scare the Dickens out of us. Ghosts, unexplained phenomena, and even vampires figure in these stories of graveyards from all over. 1. Silver Cliff Cemetery Silver Cliff Cemetery in Colorado took its name from the nearby mining town of Silver Cliff, which was named [...]

Why Do They Call It Trinidad AND Tobago?

Christopher Columbus did a lot of naming in his day. As it turns out, he had a hand in naming four of the five island-nations with two names. Is that an obscure enough fact for you? Still, this is definitely the kind of fact that shows up on pub trivia night, and if you know [...]

History of the U.S.: Rum Punch

Rum wasn’t invented in America, but it proved so popular in the colonies that it should qualify as an all- American drink. It wasn’t the flavor; by all accounts, the batches produced in the seventeenth century were incredibly nasty and dangerous. That’s not surprising, considering the liquor was invented to get rid of the thick and [...]