"Mary Poppins" Film Still

Matthew Garber, The Tragic Mary Poppins Star

Matthew Garber is best known for his role in 1964’s Mary Poppins—but few know that the adorable child actor met a tragic end.
February 4, 2024 Sarah Ng

Nikola Tesla Knew How To Show Off

Nikola Tesla has been called “The Man Who Invented the Twentieth Century” for his pioneering work with electricity, but let’s be honest: The number one thing most people know him for is the Tesla coil—and with good reason. The man knew how to show off.
January 22, 2024 Jamie Hayes
Caspar David Friedrich: Two Men by the Sea

Gloom And Doom: The Year Without A Summer

The Year Without A Summer produced famine, riots, epidemics—and some of the most remarkable works of art of the 18th century.
January 16, 2024 Samantha Henman
Portrait of Frank Hayes

Frank Hayes, The Doomed Jockey

Frank Hayes was an Irish stableman and trainer—but on the fateful day of June 4, 1923, he was a jockey that met a tragic end.
January 12, 2024 Sarah Ng
"Kiss of Life", photograph by Rocco Morabito

The Wild Backstory Of "The Kiss Of Life"

On one fateful summer day in 1967, Rocco Morabito snapped his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo “The Kiss of Life"—but few know the jaw-dropping details.
December 15, 2023 Sarah Ng
Jean Jacoby, Rugby, award winning drawing from 1928 Olympic art competitions

The Forgotten Game: The Olympic Art Competitions

Forget discus and shotput. From 1912 to 1948, the real clash of the titans didn't take place on a field. It took place at the Olympic art competitions.
December 5, 2023 Samantha Henman
Portrait of Thomas Ince

Thomas Ince Met A Mysterious End

Thomas Ince made over 800 films—but to this day, his death remains one the great Old Hollywood mysteries.
December 1, 2023 Sarah Ng
Portrait of Miyoshi Umeki

Miyoshi Umeki Threw Away Her Oscar

Miyoshi Umeki was a trailblazer in Hollywood who became the first Asian actor to bring home an Oscar—but almost 20 years later, she wrecked her trophy and then threw it away.
November 30, 2023 Sarah Ng

Phil Tippett: Master Of An Extinct Art Form

Even if you haven’t heard of Phil Tippet, you’ve almost definitely seen his work. The Imperial Walkers in The Empire Strikes Back. ED-209 from Robocop. The dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. Before the days of CGI, if you wanted the best visual effects, you went to Phil Tippett.
November 24, 2023 Jamie Hayes
The Widow by Charles Napier Hemy

Telling The Bees: The Original Buzz Feed

You let family members and friends know when a major life event happens, be it a marriage, birth, or death...but have you considered telling the bees?
November 21, 2023 Samantha Henman
Photo By William H. Mumler

William H. Mumler, The Man Who Photographed The Dead

In the 1860s, William H. Mumler became renowned for a bizarre reason: He took photographs of the dead.
November 17, 2023 Sarah Ng

Chalk Is Made Of Millions Of Skeletons

A rock is a rock is a rock. But what about when that rock is chalk? Is chalk rock a rock? Let’s talk.
November 13, 2023 Jamie Hayes

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