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Cathy Polovina

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After WWII, the U.S. emerged as a world power, enjoying the greatest economic boom in the history of the world.

April 1, 2021

During the summer of 1692, nineteen women and men from a small Massachusetts village were carted out to a hill near town to be hanged as witches, while hundreds more stood accused.

March 4, 2021

Not light-heartedly weird, but unusual and courageous, were lengths to which some enslaved people went to escape their enforced captivity.

February 4, 2021

Until his infamous fall in 1895, dramatist and poet Oscar Wilde was the toast of British artistic society, known for his sharp wit and outrageous presentation.

December 4, 2020

Despite his ultimate triumph over Thomas Edison in their infamous feud over AC versus DC electrical power, Tesla gave up a fortune in royalties to help save the company that bought and used his patents to electrify the wor

November 5, 2020

How did an ancient Celtic ritual to ward off the spirits of the dead become a favorite holiday for children in America by the 20th century?

October 1, 2020

There’s nothing weird about the out-sized entrepreneurial spirit of showman P.T. Barnum although he certainly was a master promoter of some of the weirdest oddities to be found in 19th century America.

September 3, 2020

In honor of the centenary of votes for women, we celebrate the life of the weirdest suffrage pioneer of them all.

August 6, 2020