Every day for sixteen
years, bus driver William Cimillo drove his passenger bus out of its
garage in the Bronx. One morning he decided to make a left turn
off of his usual route and ended up taking a ride that he would never
Tunnel Joe Holmes
Ellsworth Holmes was a career criminal serving a twenty year sentence
for being the "dinner-time burglar". His great escape in 1951 elevated
him to celebrity status overnight.
long-forgotten front page story from January of 1945 that involved the
US military, the White House, a Hollywood actress, and one big dog.
Ector Orr Munsell was an incredibly wealthy man during the Great
Depression. He seemed to have it all, until he suddenly gave it all
away to live among the poor in a flophouse. Find out why he chose to do
so and what happened after that.
The Baby is in the Mail
It's absolutely true: When
the United States started Parcel Post service in 1913, both babies and
small children were mailed. Read or listen to why it was done and how
it came to an
Short Life of Suzy Dewey
The sad story of a little
girl that was diagnosed with terminal leukemia who was the victim of a
hoax during the last few months of her short life.
At the end of World War II,
the United States was faced with the task of reburying four bodies of
former German nobility. Three members of the Monuments Men were
assigned this task and ran into obstacle after obstacle.
of the 50-Foot Garden Hose
Some mysterious force was
bringing garden hoses all over the United States to life back in 1955.
Find out what they did and how one owner named George Di Peso put an
end to all of the madness.
Ghost of Guam
true story of a US Navy radioman who was hunted by the Japanese during
World War II for 2 years and 7 months. Find out how he was able
to outsmart and outrun the enemy.
What do you do with your
after you burn them? Do you toss them away? What a complete
waste of a natural
resource. Could the landfills be filling up with these things?
an answer to this pressing problem, we need only to turn to a man named
Jack Hall. He found the perfect solution to the used matchstick
He used the matches to build... Well, check out this incredible
to see what he used the matchsticks for.
The Electric Pickle
may have missed the boat on this one. Why use the standard
and fluorescent bulbs that we are so familiar with when we could be
our homes with pickle power? I am not kidding here... The
at Digital Labs actually did research on this. And, the pickles
Love them or hate them,
just hard to ignore. The plastic pink flamingo has become a part
of the American landscape and has had more staying power than just
any celebrity. The subject of many jokes, this truly American
was actually designed by a real artist as a serious piece of art.
Follow the path of the pink flamingo from its birth through to its gain
of legendary status.
You've probably heard that old expression about
around like a chicken with its head cut off. Well, Headless Mike
gives new meaning to this expression. Check out this article for
one of the oddest stories that you may have read in a while.
it's not pretty, but you'll probably remember it for the rest of your
A melted candy bar and some egg on
someone's face are
responsible for the invention of the first microwave. Check out the
history of this product's development. Also, is there any truth to the
rumor that people have cooked their babies alive in these cooking
US Camel Brigade
It’s hard to imagine the
without images of the classic cowboy riding his horse off into the
Yet, if things had gone differently, those old western movies would
had John Wayne riding into town on his camel. When the Lone
was blurting out, “Hi yo Silver, away!” he would have been referring to
his two-humped friend. And Roy Rogers would have had a dromedary
would you do if you could be President of the United States for one
Would you start a war? Pardon all the criminals? It just so
happens that David Rice Atchison is the only man in history to have had
this honor. Find out what Atchison did during his 24 hours in
A collection of interesting tidbits that were
bit too brief to write a complete web page about. Take a look.
These little soapy pads were originally designed
giveaway to help sell aluminum pots and pans to housewives. The
didn't sell, but the pads were an instant success. By the way, the pads
are not named after the famous distress signal.
I'm stuck on Band-Aid 'cause
Band-Aid's stuck on me. Millions of these little adhesive strip have
sold over the years. Yet, their existence may never have been if it
The Olympic Committee
wants to forget that these 1904 St. Louis games ever occurred. The
affair ended up being one big circus sideshow. How about a gold medal
mud throwing, totem pole climbing, or spear throwing? Check out this
for a good laugh.