It took over 700 years to figure out what happened to them

Pied Piper of Hamelin Collage Created By Author: Photos from Wikipedia

Hamelin is a charming and picturesque little town. Even today, the town is all 16th Century manors with Gothic gables and elaborate scrollwork. Quaint buildings in the flamboyant Weser-Renaissance style, with gargoyles and painted wooded sculptures that look like children’s toys.

The town looks like something out of a fairy…


Plus, you get published. Like chicken soup, but more cash

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If you have a pretty good imagination and can write a compelling piece of fiction, you could win $5,000 in cash. Best part? There’s not just one winner, or even four. Lol. Bit of a dig. Sorry.

25 winners will get $5K each, for a total prize pool of $125,000.


Depression, abuse and trauma are not insanity

When she went to the pier that day, she had no idea what was about to happen to her — or the toll it would take on the rest of her life, forever and ever, amen.

Gladys Pearl Monroe was a pretty little thing, all of 14, and she was…


Those kids didn’t turn evil, the professor did. It was about fame, not psychology.

Stanford Prison Experiment Collage// photos from Stanford Library // top left source / top right source / bottom left source / bottom right source

You’ve probably heard of the Stanford Prison Experiment. It was one of the most famous psychological experiments of all time, cited in textbooks and psychology classes for decades.

We believed it. All of us. Because, it was Stanford! You know? …


Silver bells and cockle shells were medieval torture devices, but calling her “Bloody Mary” wasn’t entirely fair.

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
how does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells
and pretty maids all in a row!

Nursery rhymes seem so cute and innocent, don’t they? Little rhymes that children sing. Like ring around the rosy, and humpty dumpty.

They’re not just innocent rhymes for kids…


The best creativity book you’ve never heard of was written by a Miami professor who taught the course.

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Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand. — Albert Einstein

What do a cat and a refrigerator have in common?

That’s what Doctor Joseph Kayne likes to ask. Adults stare at him like he’s…


Snopes blew him off but the Smithsonian didn’t, and a Pulitzer winner wrote the story.

Collage of Steinmetz and Einstein created by author. // Photo left from Wikipedia // News Headline source // Steinmetz photo source

Maybe you’ve heard this one? There’s a old parable about the value of knowledge versus the value of labor. It’s been floating around since the beginning of the internet. It goes something like this…

The graybeard retired and a few weeks later, the big machine broke down. It was essential…


They preferred blowing smoke up their butts. Not even kidding. From imported butt cigars. Your move, Satan.

The “tobacco smoke enema cure” for all that ails, including death. Not a myth. It was real. (photo source)

People have always believed dumb stuff. It’s almost part of being human. Like, once upon a time, people believed the earth was flat.

Because duh, the maps explorers drew were flat.

Ergo, henceforth, the earth must also be flat. Amiright? Then when some brave explorer sailed over the edge and…


Buckle up, we’re getting real about a-holes in the submission process.

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Ever heard of Am I The A — hole? It’s a Reddit community where people post stuff that happened to them and readers decide who’s the a — hole. lol. Sometimes, everyone is the a — hole. …

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