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Latest Curiosities

The Tay Whale

Jan 31, 2023

The city of Dundee on the Firth of Tay, on the east coast of Scotland, was a major whaling port in the 19th century. But few locals had actu...

Kallima Inachus: The Butterfly That Pretends to be a Dead Leaf

Jan 30, 2023

A walk through the forests and rainforests of Southeast Asia may bring us a curious surprise. Perhaps at a certain moment while walking we n...

James Rumsey’s Steamboat

Jan 30, 2023

In 1787, American engineer James Rumsey demonstrated before a crowd of local notables a peculiar boat on the Potomac River at Shepherdstown ...

Sable Island: The Graveyard of The North Atlantic

Jan 24, 2023

About 300 km east of Halifax, Nova Scotia, lies a narrow, crescent-shaped sandbar, whose existence has been a bane on shipping for centuries...

Princess May’s Dramatic Grounding

Jan 23, 2023

In August 1910, a Canadian steamship named Princess May ran aground near Sentinel Island, off the coast of Alaska, in the most spectacular ...

Curfew Bell

Jan 20, 2023

Nearly every medieval house in Europe used to have an open hearth where a fire was kept going at all times to keep the occupants warm, and a...

Jacques Charles And The First Hydrogen Balloon

Jan 19, 2023

On June 4, 1783, the Montgolfier brothers gave the first public demonstration of a hot-air balloon in southern France. The balloon, made of ...

The White Woman of Gippsland

Jan 18, 2023

For the past 180 years a legend have persisted in Gippsland, in southeastern Victoria, Australia, about a shipwrecked white woman who was al...

James Bartley: The Sailor Who Got Swallowed by a Whale And Survived

Jan 13, 2023

In 1891, a sensational story appeared in the St. Louis Globe Democrat of Saint Louis, Missouri. According to the news report, a young sail...

Charles Boycott: The Man Who Became a Verb

Jan 12, 2023

The act of boycotting an organization or a person dates back to centuries, but the word “boycott” itself is relatively new. It entered Engli...