Scotland’s most famous creature is arguably Nessy the Loch Ness Monster, but the region’s national animal might just top that: a unicorn. According to Elyse Waters, a historian looking into Scotland unicorns, it all goes back to the 1300s. She found that the unicorn was believed to be the lion’s worst enemy. Lions were the […]
The Guinness Book of Records — the go-to source of knowledge long before the internet was in everyone’s pocket — was started by the managing director of Guinness Breweries, Sir Hugh Beaver, in 1951.
One of the best doctors in the British empire in the 1800s was a woman. She was the first woman to graduated from a British medical school and rose to the second most senior medical position in the British Army. But no one knew her true gender. Margaret Ann Bulkley was a smart woman by […]
There are around a dozen “cat islands” in Japan where there are more cats than people. On one, called Aoshima island, according to the Atlantic, cats outnumber people six to one — 22 humans to around 120 cats. It’s truly a cat’s purridise. Aoshima is open for visitors. Take a boat out to the island […]
The Backstreet Boys, The Notebook, and the 2017 Academy Awards could have been a lot different. Ryan Gosling was originally asked to be a member of the ‘90s boy band but turned it down. Gosling used to live next door to Backstreet Boys bad boy AJ McLean when they were teenagers.
Perhaps you feel excited when you think about chocolate. Perhaps you feel really excited. No matter how you feel, though, your brain calms down with every whiff of chocolate. British psychologist Neil Martin from Middlesex University in Enfield found this dichotomy of feels and thoughts in 1996. He sat 60 people down in a “low-odour room,” […]
Bruce Masters has a hell of a habit and a taste for travel. Masters holds the world record for the must pubs and drinking establishments ever visited: 46,495 to be exact, between the years of 1960 and 2014. To put that number in perspective, there were only 52,750 pubs in the United Kingdom (where Masters […]
Dentists have existed for tens of thousands of years, meaning people have been afraid of going to dentists for tens of thousands of years. For at least 13,000 years old, to be exact, which we now know thanks to two front teeth recently found in Italy with the earliest known use of fillings.
You’re tired, have a lot of work to do, and you need a quick pick me up. What do you grab: an espresso, or a drip coffee? Naturally, you want the one with more magical caffeine in it. But do you know which one that is? It’s drip coffee. Well, it’s drip coffee if you […]