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So how does a turntable work? Find out what keeps the record spinning in this slick video

Capturing the immaculate, vivid sound that can only be produced by a record player (or in an actual recording studio) is not an easy task for many …

Vinyl Records

Did Jayne Mansfield Fake her Own Shipwreck?

<i>O</i>ne of Hollywood’s favourite sex symbols of the 20th century, Jayne Mansfield was as notorious for her publicity stunts as she was for her …

Paris

15 Historical Figures You Probably Didn't Know Were Black

Was Michelle Obama the first black First Lady? You might be surprised at these 15 historical figures you probably didn’t know were black.<p><b>1. Betty Boop</b><p>…

I Loved My Grandmother. But She Was a Nazi.

My grandparents were Nazis. It took me until recently to be able to say — or write — this. I used to think of and refer to them as “ordinary Germans,” as if that was a distinct and morally neutral category. But like many “ordinary Germans,” they were members of the Nazi Party — they joined in 1937, …

European History

Hollywood in Vivid Kodachrome

Suddenly, in the late 1930s and the 1940s, the American viewing audience went from thinking of Hollywood in black and white to experiencing it in stunning, rich color. Kodachrome was the vessel that brought hyper-real, hyper-beautiful stars into movie houses, magazines, and homes. In a new book, …

Frank Sinatra

We’ll never really know if Clark Gable actually date-raped Loretta Young

Was the most famous “love child” of Hollywood’s Golden Era actually conceived when actress Loretta Young was “date-raped’’ by the legendary Clark …

Rare behind-the-scenes photos show what it was really like to be on set during Hollywood's golden age

Hollywood's golden era is generally considered to have started in the 1920s and stretched until the 1960s. The latter half was the time of some of the industry's most legendary stars: Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando, to name a few.<p>A child star during the time, Angela Cartwright …

Marilyn Monroe

An entire Manhattan village owned by black people was destroyed to build Central Park

Three churches, a school, and dozens of homes were demolished<p>When Reverend Christopher Rush laid the cornerstone of the First African Methodist …

Black History

Did George Washington’s false teeth come from his slaves?: A look at the evidence, the responses to that evidence, and the limitations of history

<i>by Kathryn Gehred, Research Specialist</i><br>October 19, 2016<p>Photo courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. Link to original.<p>George Washington’s …

Hitler doppelganger sighted near Nazi leader's birthplace in Austria

Austrian authorities are investigating a man appearing in Adolf Hitler's birthplace as the Nazi dictator's double. The reported doppelganger carries …

European History

Judy Garland Allegedly Groped by Munchkins on 'Wizard of Oz,' According to Late Ex-Husband's Memoir

Judy Garland’s late ex-husband Sid Luft claimed in his unfinished memoir that she was repeatedly molested as a teen by Munchkins on the set of her …

Inside Tokyo’s Decaying 1970s Capsule Tower

Isamelsheimer.com<i>T</i>he Nagakin Capsule Tower is one of the most important buildings in postwar architectural history in Japan, once praised as the …

Paris

Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Ronald Reagan Plays the President

<i>by Anne Helen Petersen</i><p>When you think of Ronald Reagan, you think of jellybeans, Nancy’s power suits, and self-satisfaction. You think of all the …

Karyn Kupcinet -- Supposedly Mysterious JFK Assassination-Related Death

Dead in the Wake of the Kennedy Assassination<p>Hollywood Homicide<p>If conspiracists are right about there being a "cleanup squad" that went around …

24 Facts About Manson Family Victim Sharon Tate

Sharon Tate's life was brutally cut short . . .<p>True Crime<p>Share<p>StumbleUpon<p>charles manson<br>• Creepy Catalog<br>• sharon tate

Crime

Lost Wallet Discovered 71 Years Later

There aren't too many feelings worse than the sudden realization that you've lost your wallet. Replacing it is no fun, especially if you think that …

THE HAPPIEST MARRIAGE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Story of William Haines and Jimmy Shields

William Haines and Jimmy Shields with Jean Harlow, William Powell, and friends.<p>In 1933, a young and successful actor lost his job in Hollywood. His …

The Last Living Silent Star: Child Actress Baby Peggy Made the Equivalent of $14M a Movie and Lost It All

Ninety years ago, Hollywood's "Million Dollar Baby" was a beloved star earning seven figures. But her career was over at age 6, and her family then …

For the Love of a Noblewoman

<b>The remarkably well preserved</b>, fully dressed body of a seventeenth-century noblewoman has been found in a lead coffin in the French city of Rennes. A …

Life on Mars

In a white dome on a bare mountain, six of us are road-testing life in a Martian colony. This is what I’ve learned so far<i>By Sheyna Gifford</i>Read at Aeon

Mind

Here's How Hollywood Fakes Snow on Screen

This Forgotten Female Screenwriter Helped Give Hollywood Its Voice

Pickford. Harlow. Valentino. Garbo. A single script by early Hollywood’s highest-paid screenwriter could make or break any of their careers—and for …

Screenwriting

Mysterious wrecked boats with corpses onboard have washed up in Japan

Mysterious "ghost boats" are washing up on Japan's shores each year — wrecked wooden ships with decaying corpses onboard.<p>Japan's coast guard said Tuesday that over the past month, nearly a dozen boats carrying decomposing bodies were found off the country's northwestern coast.<p>The first boat was …

North Korea

The Mexican Drought Caused This Mysterious Sunken Temple To Re-Emerge

Abandoned because of plague, then drowned in a reservoir, the Temple of Quechula just won’t stay buried.<p>It sounds like something out of a gothic story or a fantasy novel, but it’s real: the ruins of a magnificent 16th-century temple have just emerged from the bottom of a Mexican river. …

Tragic Stars: Alma Rubens

There is no shortage of tragic star stories from Hollywood, but few stars ever get to write of their own dramatic demise. <br>Alma Rubens is remembered …

Studio Founder Sam Warner 1927 Home of Peace Cemetery

<b></b><b><br>Samuel Louis "Sam" Warner (August 10, 1887 – October 5, 1927) was a Polish-born American film producer who was the co-founder and chief executive</b> …

There's a crazy conspiracy theory that the Rothschilds sank the Titanic to set up the Federal Reserve

There's a conspiracy theory that links the Rothschilds, the sinking of the Titanic, and the creation of the Federal Reserve.<p>On Friday I stumbled across a tweet sent in reply to a prominent finance parody account on Twitter. It featured the black-and-white image of three men and the Titanic.<p>The text …

Titanic

Beautiful outdoor cinemas | CNN Travel

(CNN) — Save for a few quirky venues left to satiate the needs of nostalgic cinema goers, drive-in theaters are a relic of a past.<p>What hasn't faded, however, is the appeal of catching a flick outdoors.<p>In fact, you could even say outdoor movies are going through a revival.<p>Location specialist The …

Travel

The Greatest Director in Sci-Fi Goes to Mars

With his new film, The Martian, acclaimed director Ridley Scott adds a new dimension to his legacy. Science, a frequent backdrop to the stories he tells, becomes a main character.<p>When you stand on Mars, it's hard to figure the horizon. It looks a smidge too close, disconcertingly dim. Dark even. …

The oldest living thing in Los Angeles

Many by now have probably seen Nathan Masters's recent blog post or read elsewhere about this lone palm tree standing today in front of the Memorial …