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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 [...]

The Taman Shud Mystery

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). We’ve invited him to share some of his stories on mental_floss this week. To subscribe to his daily email, click here. On December 1, 1948, a man’s body was found on a beach in Australia. He carried no identification. [...]