April 9, 2021
On January 7, 1943, Nikola Tesla passed away at the age of 86 from coronary thrombosis. He died alone, and in debt, at a cheap hotel in New York City. His body was only found when a hotel maid ignored the “do not disturb” sign on his door and decided to enter his room after two days of no activity from within.
It was an inglorious end to a remarkable life. Listen to learn more about the rise and fall of Nikola Tesla, the groundbreaking inventor determined to unlock the full potential of electricity.
April 1, 2021
At the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, an aerialist named Maud Wagner struck a deal with a tattoo artist. She would go on a date with him — if he taught her how to tattoo. Thus began the two most important love affairs of Wagner’s life: the tattoo artist and tattoos themselves.
Proudly adorned with hundreds of tattoos, renowned circus performer Maud Wagner was unlike most women in early 1900s America. In an era when women couldn't vote and had little say in their own fate, Wagner proudly took control of her body by decorating it with hundreds of tattoos, ranging from animals to military iconography to her own name displayed on her arm. At the height of her fame in the years before World War I, Wagner would earn the equivalent of about $2,000 per exhibition just to show off these tattoos to awestruck crowds — and then give tattoos to those who wanted them.
This is the wild, heroic tale of Maud Wagner, the first known female tattoo artist in American history.
March 5, 2021
On March 24, 1998, 23-year-old Amy Lynn Bradley disappeared— a Royal Caribbean cruise ship en route to the island of Curacao.
The easiest explanation is that Bradley fell overboard and vanished beneath the ocean waves. But Bradley was a strong swimmer. She was a trained lifeguard. The ship was not far from shore. And there was no evidence that she’d fallen into the water.
Bradley’s disappearance seems much more sinister than a case of someone accidentally lost at sea. Ever since Bradley vanished, there has been a string of odd sightings of her -- or at least a woman who looks just like her, right down to her unique tattoos. In 2005, someone even sent her family a gut-wrenching photograph that suggested she had been trafficked into sexual slavery.
But even after more than 20 years, chilling clues like these have given us few real answers, and we’re no closer to solving this baffling mystery than we were in 1998…
February 12, 2021
On February 19th, 2013, the naked corpse of a young woman was found floating in the water tank atop downtown L.A.’s Cecil Hotel.
The hotel’s maintenance workers had gone to check on the rooftop tank after guests complained that their water tasted funny. It was then that they found the severely waterlogged and decomposing body of 21-year-old Elisa Lam.
January 15, 2021
Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. are two of the most iconic figures of the 1960s American civil rights movement. But they only met each other once — briefly, and almost by accident — in 1964.
December 21, 2020
On November 24, 1971, a man who identified himself as Dan Cooper bought a one-way ticket from Portland to Seattle on Northwest Orient Airlines flight #305. He paid for his ticket in cash and made his way to seat 18C.
Shortly after take-off, he summoned one of the flight attendants, Florence Schaffner, to his seat. He handed her a piece of paper. The flight attendant, believing it to be a phone number or a pick-up line, slid the note into her pocket. But the man leaned forward. “Miss,” he said. “You’d better look at that note. I have a bomb.”
November 25, 2020
Throughout the 1830s, President Andrew Jackson ordered the forced removal of tens of thousands of Native Americans from their homelands east of the Mississippi River. This perilous journey to designated lands in the west, known as the Trail of Tears, was fraught with harsh winters, disease, and cruelty.
October 28, 2020
In 1692, the quiet Puritan settlement of Salem, Massachusetts descended into madness when its residents suddenly began accusing each other of witchcraft. Now known as the Salem witch trials, this phenomenon would go on to be the largest witch hunt in American history. But what caused the Salem witch trials in the first place?
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