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11 Creative Breakthroughs People Had in Their Sleep

You know what visions I get in my dreams? Visions of falling off of buildings (and doing the full body spasm thing when I hit the ground). These 11 people, on the other hand, had dreams that changed the world. Let’s hope that my visions take a turn toward genius sometime soon. Until then, I’ll [...]

Alternate Histories: 7 More Ways the World Could Be Completely Different

We covered some of the many alternate histories out there. Here are seven more intriguing ways the world could be completely different. 1. What if the Romans won the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest? Effect: No one would speak English. Explanation: In What If? (1999), edited by Robert Cowley, historians pondered what would happen if historical events had [...]

10 Bizarre Celebrity Pets

These days it’s all too common to see celebrities like Paris Hilton trotting through the mall with their precious little puppies in their purse, but just imagine if they were as crazy as Salvador Dali with his pet ocelot or Lord Byron with his pet bear. For more strange celebrity pets, be sure to check [...]

How a Friendly Writing Contest Resulted in Three Literary Classics

These days, damp, rainy spells usually inspire us to curl up on the couch and watch an American Pickers marathon (tell me that’s not just me). But back in 1816 – also known as “The Year Without a Summer” – the results were much different. The summer was rainy and abnormal because India’s Mount Tambora (“Pompeii [...]

10 Cultural Giants Who Died Coinless

The notion of the starving artist is nothing new, and whether it was because they toiled in obscurity, were swindled or the victims of financial mismanagement, some of the most famous contributors to culture sadly perished in poverty. 1. Vincent van Gogh Though his life was short, Vincent van Gogh left the world with almost 2000 [...]

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

It was a dark and stormy night… no, it really was. And that was the perfect setting for telling one of the scariest stories of all time. Here’s how it happened. CABIN FEVER It all started in the summer of 1816. Percy Bysshe Shelley, the famed English poet, was vacationing along the shores of Lake Geneva in [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Infamous Womanizers

According to the author of a new biography on Warren Beatty, he’s slept with nearly 13,000 women. Warren denies that the number is that high (which Warren denies), but compared to other philanderers, 13,000 isn’t even that many. Here are a few other men who claim they have spent more time in bed than out [...]