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Latest Curiosities

Simeon Stylites: The Ascetic Who Lived Atop a Pillar For 37 Years

Jul 6, 2022

Many monks and hermits go to great lengths to deny themselves of simple pleasures in order to atone their sins and pursue spiritual goals. S...

Carlton Tavern: The Pub That Was Reborn From Rubble

Jul 2, 2022

Carlton Tavern in Kilburn, London, was the heart of the community for nearly a hundred years until it ceased to exist one spring morning in ...

The Talking Stamps of Bhutan

Jun 30, 2022

Bhutan, a small landlocked country sandwiched between India and China, barely attracts attention in the international arena. Its postage sta...

The Two-Headed Boy of Bengal

Jun 29, 2022

In May 1783, in a small village named Mundul Gaut, in Bengal, India, a strange child was born. It had two heads. The midwife assisting the...

The Vanishing of Flannan’s Lighthouse Keepers

Jun 27, 2022

During the cold December days of 1900, three men disappeared off a remote island in the Outer Hebrides. They left no trace or trail, save fo...

Watson’s Hotel: India’s Oldest Cast Iron Building

Jun 24, 2022

Early one morning In 1867, a traveler walking through the familiar streets of Kala Ghoda district in Bombay noticed something strange “like ...

The Trilingual Inscriptions of Darius and Xerxes at Ganj Nameh

Jun 22, 2022

About 12 kilometers southwest of the ancient city of Ecbatana (modern Hamadan) in western Iran, and 2,000 meters above sea level on Mount Al...

George Lawrence’s Mammoth Camera

Jun 21, 2022

In 1899, the Chicago & Alton Railway introduced a new intercity rail service between Chicago and St. Louis. Pulled by a 4-6-2 steam loco...

Dyrehavsbakken: The World’s Oldest Amusement Park

Jun 21, 2022

Just 10 km north of central Copenhagen, in the woods of Dyrehaven, sits Dyrehavsbakken, or simply Bakken, an amusement park that attracts cl...

Coal Gas Vehicles

Jun 20, 2022

Contrary to popular belief, vehicles run with natural gas was very common in the early 1900s in America and parts of Europe. However, this g...