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We Need A Brigid of Kildare Movie -- Ireland's Coolest Saint

Brigid of Kildare is the patron saint of Ireland, milkmaids, and apparently not giving a damn.


5 Of America's Big Cities (That Have Underreported Downsides)

America is an incredibly vast and diverse country. Every town has its own problems, which are often completely incomprehensible to people even the next state over.


6 Ancient Bizarre Beliefs With Logical Explanations

Our ancestors believed in weird stuff, and sometimes they were right ...


That Time Florida Feared A 'Giant Penguin' Was Terrorizing Beaches

It was Florida, so it’s not like that wasn’t a possibility.


55 Facts About The World's Nuttiest Leaders

Today, we're looking at the world's truly nutty leaders, and the sides of them that you'd never expect.


4 'Internet Things' That Are Older Than You Thought

Sometimes your distant ancestors also participated in the same dumb stuff you do.


First Woman To Become A Pinkerton Detective (Kate Warne) Deserves Her Own Movie

The entirety of genre fiction couldn’t invent a character as slick as Kate Warne.


5 Ridiculous Titanic Tales That Didn't Make The Movie

James Cameron skipped the best parts ...


That Time The 'Sherlock Holmes' And 'Christmas Carol' Writers Became Ghost Hunters

Even in death-obsessed Victorian England, they were pretty much immediately a laughingstock.


You Learned the Recorder Due To School Cheapness

Why can you play 'Mary Had a Little Lamb' on an instrument that fell out of favor in the Vivaldi era?


Soooo The Assassin Plan In 'Manchurian Candidate' And 'Zoolander' Was Real

In the early '50s, Project ARTICHOKE 'attempted to induce amnesia and highly suggestive states in its subjects' ...


4 True Crime Stories That Crank The Crazy

Remember when a surfer robbed the Museum of Natural History?


4 Historical Figures With Undeserved Reputations

The thing about history is that it tends to concern people who are no longer at liberty to say “Wait, I can explain.”


Charles Dickens' Jerk Bird Inspired Edgar Allan Poe' 'The Raven'

That’s right: One of the most well-known poems in the world today is essentially fan fiction.