Monthly Archive: October 2013

How The Women Of Weinsberg Conned An Emperor

In the year 1140, King Conrad III was laying siege to Castle Weinsberg, located in Bavaria, and ultimately defeated Duke Welf VI. In an act of mercy, Conrad agreed to let the women of Weinsberg go free without harm. The women managed to convince him to allow them to take with them whatever they could carry, and he agreed. But rather than taking food or money, they managed to outwit Conrad and carried their husbands out on their shoulders, saving their lives in the process.

The Real-Life Mayor Crazier Than A Cartoon Character

One of the best recurring characters on “Family Guy” is Mayor Adam West — a crazier version of the real Adam West, who runs Quahog like his own private madhouse. However, as insane as Mayor West may be, he’s got nothing on Mayor Mockus. The twice-elected mayor of the Colombian capital, Bogota, made a name for himself by dressing up as Superman, hiring mimes to direct traffic, and generally being crazier than an outhouse rat.

The Lost Army of Cambyses

According to the ancient historian Herodotus, the Persian king Cambyses II sent an army of 50,000 men across the Egyptian desert to attack the Oracle of Amun, a temple in Siwa. During their journey, the legion was overtaken by a sandstorm, and none of them were ever seen again. More than 2,500 years later, archaeologists may have finally stumbled across the remains of the lost army.

Israel’s Secret Animal Spies

Mossad is one of the most feared intelligence agencies on Earth, a sophisticated Israeli spy network that’s light-years ahead of its Middle Eastern counterparts — counterparts, incidentally, who believe it is capable of controlling animals. Over the last decade, countries from Iran to Saudi Arabia have taken to arresting squirrels, pigeons, and even kestrels they believe are Mossad spies.

Who Is The Bitcoin Mystery Man?

The founder of Bitcoin is a mysterious person or entity calling itself “Satoshi Nakamoto.” Nakamoto has never come forward, and there is rampant speculation as to his real identity and the murky agenda behind Bitcoin. In 2010, Satoshi Nakamoto, whoever (or whatever) he is, vanished.

JFK And The Dorothy Kilgallen Conspiracy

Newspaper gossip columnist Dorothy Kilgallen was famous for reporting on state secrets and had friends in high places feeding her information. But she may have known too much. Shortly after interviewing Jack Ruby, the nightclub owner who killed Lee Harvey Oswald, Kilgallen was found dead under suspicious circumstances.

The Kangaroo Rat Never Needs To Drink Water

When you think of the perfect animal to survive in a desert setting, chances are you flash immediately to camels. After all, they’ve been reported to survive several months without a drop of water. However, they’ve got nothing on the kangaroo rat. That’s because the kangaroo rat can go literally its entire life without once drinking water.

Cary Grant Was A Committed LSD Fanatic

Cary Grant is just about the suavest man to ever come out of Hollywood. Handsome, debonair, and charming, he was the archetypal leading man … complete with crippling drug addiction. During his time in psychotherapy, Cary Grant became addicted to LSD, taking it over 100 times and claiming that it completely transformed his life.

The Difference Between The Aztec, Maya, Inca, And Olmec

The Olmec, Mayan, Incan, and Aztec civilizations are some of the greatest ancient civilizations in history, and yet we know very little about them compared to other parts of the world. The Olmecs are frequently forgotten entirely, and the rest are often lumped together or confused, but they were all completely distinct. In short, the Maya came first, and settled in modern-day Mexico. Next came the Olmecs, who also settled Mexico. They didn’t build any major cities, but they were widespread and prosperous. They were followed by the Inca in modern-day Peru, and finally the Aztecs, also in modern-day Mexico.