World’s Strangest

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It May Not Look Like It, But This Is a Gun

Today’s firearms oddity is the Baylè palm pistol. Patented by Frenchman Charles Baylè in 1879, this double action handgun fired 6 centerfire 5mm rounds. The rod screwed into the handle was used for loading. It looks like a staple gun, doesn’t it? Link | Photo: Horstheld

11 Monarchs Who Went Insane

With election season in full swing, perhaps it’s time to take a step back and be glad that neither candidate makes out with corpses or thinks they have bones made of glass. Whether they were born with mental illness or slowly descended into lunacy as a result of leading tragic lives, these 11 rulers definitely [...]

8 Famous People With Purple Hearts

Most of you already know that Purple Hearts are medals awarded to soldiers who have been injured by the enemy while serving in the U.S. Military (or posthumously to those killed in combat), but you might not know that these famous figures have received the medal. 1. Charles Bronson Getty Images You know Charles Bronson for his roles [...]

The Flying Pinto That Killed Its Inventor

Image credit: Doug Duncan The flying car has been invented over and over again. The problem is, each iteration has fallen somewhere on the line between amusing failure and outright disaster. Perhaps the most infamous example was the AVE Mizar, a.k.a. the “Flying Pinto,” which killed its inventor on an early voyage. Those Magnificent Men in Their [...]

Why Did People Used to Wear Powdered Wigs?

For nearly two centuries, powdered wigs—called perukes—were all the rage. The chic hairpiece would have never become popular, however, if it weren’t for a venereal disease, a pair of self-conscious kings, and poor hair hygiene. The peruke’s story begins like many others—with syphilis. By 1580, the STD had become the worst epidemic to strike Europe since the [...]

Was There Really an Earl Grey?

As a matter of fact, there have been several. This particular Earldom was created in 1806 for General Charles Grey, who was the 1st Baron Grey. After Charles died, the title was passed on to his son Charles, making him the 2nd Earl Grey. The title has passed from father to son over the years [...]

Inside the Eames House

Designers Charles and Ray Eames built a beautiful house in Los Angeles. They moved in on Christmas Eve 1949, and lived there for the rest of their lives. They called it Case Study House No. 8 (it was one of many “Case Study” houses designed by prominent architects and designers), but it’s better [...]

General Tom Thumb

You’ve heard of General Tom Thumb, one of P.T. Barmnum’s most famous human exhibits. But how much do you really know about the man born Charles Sherwood Stratton in 1838? When he was discovered at the age of four by P. T. Barnum little Charles stood a mere 25 inches in height and weighed 15 pounds. [...]

The Avengers Take A Trip To Pooh Corner

Illustrator Charles Paul Wilson III decided to make the Avengers look a bit softer and fluffier, so he took them down to the 100 Aker Wood and showed the group how to channel their inner Pooh Bear. Charles’ illustrations are heroically adorable, and it’s great fun to see these superfolks in a kinder, gentler light. Oh, [...]

Women Who Have Just Finished Ovulating are the Best at Spotting Snakes

Now you know. Now you can be prepared — all thanks to a study by researchers at Kyoto University. They examined the speed at which women at different stages in the menstrual cycle spotted snakes in pictures: The fastest women were those who were in the so-called luteal phase of their menstrual cycle, or the stage [...]