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A Gun Designed to Fit inside a Coffin and Shoot Grave Robbers

In the America of a century ago, grave robbing was a lucrative business. The deceased didn’t seem to mind, but their living relatives did. So they often went to great lengths to secure the bodies, including the use of steel cages.  But the best defense is a strong offense, so the more serious graveyard keepers used guns [...]

8 Heroic U.S. Military Chaplains

While researching the post 10 Heroic Battlefield Medics, I came across a couple of fascinating stories about military chaplains and their wartime exploits. Those stories were filed away for later, and they grew into a list of stories that deserve to be told and remembered. They are presented here in more or less chronological order. 1. [...]

15 Awesome (or Awesomely Bizarre) Christmas Cards

Most store-bought Christmas cards feature Santa and his reindeer, Christmas trees or religious iconography. Here are some people who went in another direction. 1. Murphy’s Law is in full effect around the holidays. Here, Michael Herb manages to emphasize this sentiment by showing just how wrong a Christmas photo can go. 2. The weirdest family Christmas card [...]

6 Other Plots to Blackmail Celebrities

David Letterman has been in the news for helping police foil an attempt to blackmail him, but the late-night star is hardly the first celebrity in this position. Here are a few other brazen—and mostly unsuccessful—attempts to blackmail famous people. 1. Bill Cosby Bill Cosby may be one of television’s most famous family men, but a 1997 [...]