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Cocaine is in the Air

Photo: Shutterstock Drugs. It’s not only found on money anymore. Turns out all you have to do to inhale some cocaine in Rome is to go outdoors and take a breath: A study of psychotropic [...]

Anatomical Wax Model Cake

Oh no, this cake is NOT created to look like a skinned human head. It’s modeled to look like a wax model used in anatomy classes. It just LOOKS like a skinned human head! Conjurer’s Kitchen contributed this cake to the Eat Your Heart Out event. The model is from the La Specola (Florence) museum [...]

Leonardo Da Vinci mystery to stay hidden

The hunt for a long lost Da Vinci masterpiece beneath a fresco in Florence has been called off. Often likened to Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”, the …

The World’s Only Vegetarian Shark

If you’ve ever wanted to meet the sharks from Finding Nemo that are trying to give up eating fish because, “fish are friends, not food,” then you’d better book a trip to England to visit Birmingham’s National Sea Life Centre. That’s because the center is home to the world’s first and only vegetarian shark. Or at [...]

Vegetarian Shark Eschews Meat

Florence is a nurse shark who lives in an aquarium in Birmingham, UK. She’s a strict vegetarian. Even when her caretakers wrap fish in lettuce, she turns away from it. Instead, she competes with other herbivores for plants: Florence’s mouth is filled with razor-sharp, serrated teeth designed for demolishing fish and crustaceans. Instead she uses them for [...]

‘Rasputin Was My Neighbor’ And Other True Tales Of Time Travel

When we heard of the death of Florence Green, the final surviving veteran of World War I, many people stopped and thought about the old people who are our living links to history. Robert Krulwich at NPR has a list of people and stories that span a lot of years, like the guy he met [...]

Will the Real Nucky Thompson Please Stand Up?

If imitation is really the sincerest form of flattery, Nucky Johnson should be pleased as punch. If he hadn’t died 43 years ago, I mean. That’s right – Nucky Johnson. The carnation-wearing county sheriff-turned-treasurer was the real-life inspiration for the character Steve Buscemi plays on Boardwalk Empire. In 1908, 25-year-old Nucky Johnson took over the sheriff [...]

Why Does the Leaning Tower of Pisa Lean?

In 1172, Donna Berta di Bernardo donated sixty silver coins to the local cathedral for the purchase of stones to be used in the base of a new bell tower. The next year, construction on the tower began and almost immediately there were problems. The tower site sat on soft ground composed mostly of clay, fine sand, [...]

R.I.P. Claude Choules

Claude Stanley Choules died today at a nursing home in Perth, Australia, at the age of 110. Choules was the last known combat veteran of World War I. World War I was raging when Choules began training with the British Royal Navy, just one month after he turned 14. In 1917, he joined the battleship HMS [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Duncan Hines

You may have a box of Duncan Hines cake mix in your cupboard, but you may not have known that, unlike Betty Crocker, Hines was a real person. Here are five things about the patron saint of powdered dessert mixes that might surprise you. 1. He Got His Start as a Salesman Hines wasn’t a chef [...]