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Morbid Road Trip: American Medical Oddities

On our last macabre getaway, we planned an almost-cross-country trip to see various items tied to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. This time around, we’re hitting the road to gawk at cadavers, outdated instruments and the rest of America’s finest medical curios and anatomical monstrosities. Let’s go! 2000+ Objects Removed from People’s Throats © Richard T. Nowitz/CORBIS We’ll start, [...]

10 Time People of the Year That Weren’t Really People

As we all wait with bated breath to find out who Time’s Person of the Year will be for 2011 (we are all waiting with bated breath, right?), we thought we’d lake a look back at the times that the honoree wasn’t a person at all. The Man of the Year tradition started in 1927, allegedly [...]

6 Famous Firsts That Weren’t Firsts At All

We all know the inspiring story of Charles Lindbergh being the first person to fly across the Atlantic, but as it turns out, he’s only the first person to do it by himself. In fact, eight years before he made the flight, two British men completed the same journey. And that’s not the only incorrect first [...]

The Flying Flivver:Henry Ford’s Attempt to Make Us All Pilots

“Mark my words: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.” Auto magnate Henry Ford earned his fair share of ridicule in 1940 when he made that boisterous proclamation. The flying car may still be coming, but it’s certainly taking its sweet time. Seven decades later, there’s still no sign [...]

What, Exactly, is a “Radio Flyer”?

Most people don’t get through childhood without a ride or two in a Radio Flyer. But how did a little red wagon become known as a Radio Flyer and what does the Statue of Liberty have to do with it? To figure out the story behind one of America’s classic childhood toys, we have to [...]

10 Technology Prizes That Propelled Us Forward

Sometimes, people just need a little added incentive. Here are 10 technology-related prizes that helped move us forward. 1. Orteig Prize In 1919, French-born, New York City hotelier Raymond Orteig offered a $25,000 prize to the first pilot who made a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. For years, pilots gave it a shot and many [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh was born 109 years ago today. In honor of the famed aviator’s birthday, let’s hop onto five things you might not know about The Lone Eagle. 1. He Was Time’s First Man of the Year After Lindbergh made his celebrated transatlantic flight in May 1927, he found his picture splashed on the cover of every [...]

The Quick 10: What 10 Major Retailers Once Sold

If David Abercrombie had known what his store was going to become when he founded it in 1892, I’m sure he would have been stunned. It’s amazing what years of evolution and buyouts can do to a company’s original vision – here’s what Abercrombie and Fitch and nine other clothing retailers sold when their doors [...]

The Quick 10: 10 First Magazine Covers

Some magazines have been around so long, we tend to forget there was a time when they were just fledgling start-ups. Check out who appeared on the first covers of these 10 popular magazines still going strong today – some of them are rather surprising. 1. People: Mia Farrow, whose movie The Great Gatsby was coming [...]

15 Companies That Originally Sold Something Else

Some companies find their niche and stick to it. Others, though, have to adapt to changing markets in order to thrive. Here’s a look at some companies that switched industries at some point in their histories, usually for the better. 1. Avon David H. McConnell started Avon in 1886 without really meaning to. McConnell sold books door-to-door, [...]