Damn Interesting https://www.damninteresting.com/ Fascinating true stories from science, history, and psychology since 2005 Tue, 09 Aug 2022 17:27:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.2 Devouring the Heart of Portugal https://www.damninteresting.com/devouring-the-heart-of-portugal/ https://www.damninteresting.com/devouring-the-heart-of-portugal/#comments Tue, 03 May 2022 12:10:23 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=69315 Devouring the Heart of Portugal:

On the morning of Thursday, 04 December 1924, a tall and well-dressed Dutch trader named Karel Marang strolled along Great Winchester Street in the City of London, among the bustling crowds of bankers and brokers of the business district, unaware that the parcel he carried held the power to upend an entire nation. The nation […]

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The Mount St. Helens Trespasser https://www.damninteresting.com/the-mount-st-helens-trespasser/ https://www.damninteresting.com/the-mount-st-helens-trespasser/#comments Mon, 28 Feb 2022 13:42:58 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=68674 The Mount St. Helens Trespasser:

The Washington state deputy sheriff looked suspiciously at the motorcycle strapped to the back of the odd little French car. The motorcycle was a recently repaired Honda 90, sporting a fresh coat of grey spray paint. The driver, Robert Rogers, kept a neutral expression as the officer examined his pass for the Red Zone that […]

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Hunting For Kobyla https://www.damninteresting.com/hunting-for-kobyla/ https://www.damninteresting.com/hunting-for-kobyla/#comments Mon, 07 Feb 2022 11:19:11 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=67977 Hunting For Kobyla:

On a January day in 1964, something remarkable happened: Simon Wiesenthal took the afternoon off. He parked himself at a table on the terrace of Tel Aviv’s Café Roval, soaking up the sunshine as if he wished to bottle it. The friend he’d come to meet was late, but Wiesenthal had no reason to complain. […]

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The Unceasing Cessna Hacienda https://www.damninteresting.com/the-unceasing-cessna-hacienda/ https://www.damninteresting.com/the-unceasing-cessna-hacienda/#comments Tue, 26 Oct 2021 12:26:58 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=64968 The Unceasing Cessna Hacienda:

Warren “Doc” Bayley was a man of the people. When he and his wife Judy opened their Las Vegas resort in 1956, Bayley had no plans to compete with the flashier, corporate casinos at the center of the Strip. Instead, the Hacienda Hotel catered to families, as well as to locals who wanted a night […]

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The Kingpin of Shanghai https://www.damninteresting.com/the-kingpin-of-shanghai/ https://www.damninteresting.com/the-kingpin-of-shanghai/#comments Thu, 26 Aug 2021 12:40:55 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=62927 The Kingpin of Shanghai:

Respectable heads of state rarely admit to keeping company with gangsters. But in April 1927, about 15 years after the collapse of the last imperial dynasty, Chiang Kai-shek and China were at a crossroads. Chiang had followed a murky path to leadership of the Chinese Nationalist Party, the Kuomintang. Although the Kuomintang was rivaled by […]

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To Hell With Facebook https://www.damninteresting.com/to-hell-with-facebook/ https://www.damninteresting.com/to-hell-with-facebook/#comments Mon, 12 Jul 2021 14:17:58 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=61235 To Hell With Facebook:

The earliest known version of the idiom “the straw that broke the camel’s back” was written by the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury in 1677, though it was concerned with horses and feathers: For the past few years, we at Damn Interesting have been hearing from scores of long-time fans who were under the […]

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The Traveler and His Baggage https://www.damninteresting.com/the-traveler-and-his-baggage/ https://www.damninteresting.com/the-traveler-and-his-baggage/#comments Thu, 03 Jun 2021 13:11:14 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=58031 The Traveler and His Baggage:

On 19 May 1943, a news report from Berlin deepened the already dreary gloom that clung to the people of Nazi-occupied Paris. Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels proudly announced to the world that the German capital of Berlin was officially judenfrei–free of all Jews. As this news buzzed in the background on Nazi-controlled airwaves, a man […]

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Fifteen Years Forsaken https://www.damninteresting.com/fifteen-years-forsaken/ https://www.damninteresting.com/fifteen-years-forsaken/#comments Wed, 28 Apr 2021 10:25:09 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=57422 Fifteen Years Forsaken:

Editor’s Note: This article contains quotations from contemporaneous accounts which might be offensive for today’s readers. The moon was new on the night of 31 July 1761, and the wide expanse of the Indian Ocean uniformly black. But Captain Jean de Lafargue of the French cargo ship L’Utile foresaw no danger. True, there were some […]

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A Blight on Soviet Science https://www.damninteresting.com/a-blight-on-soviet-science/ https://www.damninteresting.com/a-blight-on-soviet-science/#comments Thu, 04 Mar 2021 12:41:52 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=56405 A Blight on Soviet Science:

On a hazy afternoon in March 1927, a Russian scientist was walking through the dense forests of Abyssinia, ducking under low-hanging branches and stopping to inspect the wild coffee trees lining his path. Accompanied by a group of local guides, the young traveller had been hiking for weeks through the gorges of eastern Africa, keeping […]

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Pugilism on the Plains https://www.damninteresting.com/pugilism-on-the-plains/ https://www.damninteresting.com/pugilism-on-the-plains/#comments Mon, 28 Dec 2020 12:20:28 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=54407 Pugilism on the Plains:

The 1920s were a heady time for the United States. The economic windfall of booming industry seemed to have made every corner of the country flush, the radio carried popular entertainment into every home, and professional athletics were becoming the pastime of rich and poor alike. It was a time when anyone with a bit […]

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