The Tourist of Death. The story behind the internet hoax.

Saint Martha and the Tarasque. The legend of how an early Christian conquered a French dragon. (Thanks, Newton!)

I Don’t Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People. (via Kottke)

The Rise and Fall of the Great American Motel. They were once unique attractions in their own right.

Whatever Happened to Captain Video and the DuMont Programming Library? The post contains a complete Captain Video show.

5 Moments In History When War Looked Like A Cartoon. Some wartime innovations could appear rather silly in retrospect.

Headbadge Hunter: Rescuing the Beautiful Branding of Long Lost Bicycles. They are metal relics of a confusing history of bike manufacturers.

Cobra Cocktails, a Mad Scientist and his Roadside Serpentarium. The Miami Serpentarium was founded by Bill Haast, who not only handled snakes, but deliberately dosed himself with snake venom in order to build up an immunity.

Relive 238 years of American history with these 42 movies. Many are somewhat fictionalized, but still capture the tone of the events well.

10 Red, White, and Blue Treats for Independence Day. Since the Fourth of July isn't a "candy holiday," we need to make up for it with ice cream, fresh fruit, and other delightful dishes!