Fake Beatles Conned South America. A parody band was booked on an Argentinian tour as the real thing. (via Damn Interesting)
What Made These Forgotten Ancients Build Glorious Cities Only to Burn Them Every 60 Years?
The eating disorder anorexia nervosa only became familiar to us in the last few decades, but documented cases go back to antiquity. Accounts tell of holy women, some of them saints, who transcended earthly flesh by not eating. (via Strange Company)
Sen. McConnell the Elder and the fall of the American Republic. Let's pray that speculative fiction doesn't become prophesy.
25 Movies and the Magazine Stories That Inspired Them. (via Metafilter)
The Artist Who Got Carried Away: The Story of The Peacock Room.
Why Do So Many News Anchors Sound Alike? So people can understand them and not be distracted, duh.
French socialite Madame Juliette Récamier was a renowned beauty in turn-of-the-19th-century Paris. Woman wanted to know the secret of her flawless complexion, and many artists painted, sculpted, and drew her likeness. (via Strange Company)
A blast from the past (2007): Homemade Roller Coasters.