After their parents give them a signature contact call, parrot chicks are identified by these calls throughout their lives. Continue reading Parrots name their babies
The world’s fastest highway network has a fatality rate lower than the U.S. Interstate System. Continue reading The Autobahn: Fast but not Furious
Settling into retirement, the Founding Father lived off the profits of an entirely different Spirit of ’76. Continue reading George Washington, King of American whiskey
Classical Japanese swimming, also known as Nihon Eiho, is composed of several centuries-old aquatic activities, which include writing calligraphy while treading water and swimming in a 40-pound suit of armor. Continue reading The modern Japanese sport of samurai swimming
Both thespians, the Wilkes brothers played drastically different parts off-stage. Continue reading When the brother of John Wilkes Booth saved Lincoln’s son
Link Wray’s 1958 guitar classic riled the polite segments of society while solidifying the sound of hard rock for decades to come. Continue reading Rumble: The story behind the only instrumental banned from the radio
Popular culture has long heralded thermal imaging as the pinnacle of surveillance technology. But now infrared cameras have found — or haven’t found — their kryptonite. Continue reading Infrared cameras can’t see polar bears
The largest library in antiquity did not amass its collection through innocuous means alone. While some of the over half a million manuscripts housed in the library were purchased, many were taken or embezzled. Continue reading The illicit origin of the Library of Alexandria’s books
The superstition of knocking on wood traces its origins back to the ancient Romans and Greeks, who performed the ritual for religious purposes. Continue reading Why do we knock on wood?
Some of the names illustrate the Roman Empire’s legacy on the modern world, while the others were selected by the Anglo-Saxons who invaded Britain from the 5th to the 7th centuries. Continue reading Where did the days of the week get their names?