Traditional nativity scenes in Catalonia sometimes include a…

Traditional nativity scenes in Catalonia sometimes include a figure of a guy pooping. He’s called the Caganer, which literally means ‘crapper’ in Catalan. He’s been around since at least the 18th century, and he’s usually hiding in the corner with…

In 2001, Pennsylvania’s Beaver College had to change its name…

In 2001, Pennsylvania’s Beaver College had to change its name to Arcadia University. Aside from the school being made fun of across the country, they were recruiting 30% fewer students, and anti-porn filters kept blocking access to their website. Source…

In 1912, Teddy Roosevelt was shot just before giving a speech….

In 1912, Teddy Roosevelt was shot just before giving a speech. He began with: “Friends, I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible. I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it…

In 1930, a patent was issued to Helene Shelby for a giant,…

In 1930, a patent was issued to Helene Shelby for a giant, glowing-eyed skeleton that was designed to make criminals confess. The idea was for police to scare suspects into telling all by sitting them in a dark room, raising…

The Pythagorean cup was designed around 500 BCE to make sure…

The Pythagorean cup was designed around 500 BCE to make sure dinner guests weren’t drinking too much of your wine. If you pour too much liquid into the cup, it overflows a tiny pipe in the middle column and then…