Lewis Carroll never referred to the Hatter as the Mad Hatter

The Hatter had a Mad Tea-Party, and became the Mad Hatter in the public imagination. The phrase “mad as a hatter” first appeared in the 1830s, a few decades before ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ was published, and was used to describe the tremors and mental deterioration of English and French…




A ‘butt’ is a unit of measurement for casks of wine or whiskey

In the British Imperial System of measurement, which is the basis for the system still used in the United States, and barely anywhere else, a “butt” is a rarely-used unit of measurement for casks of wine or whiskey. A full butt, or a buttload, if you will, is equivalent to…




There is a supervolcano hidden beneath Yellowstone National Park capable of blanketing most of the continental US in a thick layer of ash and plunging Earth into a volcanic winter

Quietly hidden beneath Yellowstone National Park lies of supervolcano 2,500 times more powerful than Mount St. Helens, capable of blanketing most of the continental US in a thick layer of ash and plunging Earth into a volcanic winter. The last super eruption occurred 631,000 years ago, and scientists are trying…


Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was Moon

Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was Marion Moon. She killed herself shortly before his Apollo mission in 1969, terrified of her son’s impending fame. The tragedy sent him spiraling into lonely years of alcoholism and depression, which he’s addressed quite openly in several interviews.


Have you heard of the Peace Flame?

The Peace Flame is a memorial in the center of Hiroshima, the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack. It has burned continuously since it was lit in 1964, and will remain burning until all nuclear weapons on the planet are destroyed.