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Mrs. J.C. Alicoate (L) of Miami, and Mrs. Arthur Hebb, Jr. of Baltimore, add their bit towards the fight for repeal of the tax on oleomargarine. They parade with their signs near the Capitol in 1949. (Bettmann / Contributor/Getty Images)

Mrs. J.C. Alicoate (L) of Miami, and Mrs. Arthur Hebb, Jr. of Baltimore, add their bit towards the fight for repeal of the tax on oleomargarine. They parade with their signs near the Capitol in 1949. (Bettmann / Contributor/Getty Images)

In 1937 two women caused a car accident by wearing shorts in public for the first time. Or; In 1937 a careless driver caused an accident when he took his eyes off the road to ogle 2 women wearing shorts in public for the first time.

Le Grand Guignol promotional poster Swim Ink 2, LLC/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

Le Grand Guignol promotional poster Swim Ink 2, LLC/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

A couple of listeners have asked us to talk about Sophia Duleep Singh, the exiled Indian princess whose grandfather established the Sikh empire in what is now India and Pakistan. We’re telling her story in two parts. In today’s installment,…Read more ›

A couple of listeners have asked us to talk about Sophia Duleep Singh, the exiled Indian princess whose grandfather established the Sikh empire in what is now India and Pakistan. We’re telling her story in two parts. In today’s installment,…Read more ›

Her Majesty's bedroom At Buckingham Palace, circa 1891. (Photo by: Universal…

Her Majesty's bedroom At Buckingham Palace, circa 1891. (Photo by: Universal…

In 1932, a speakeasy owner and several friends planned to commit insurance fraud … via murder. In a strange twist, their target — Mike Malloy, who was homeless and an alcoholic — turned out to be very difficult to kill.…Read more ›

In 1932, a speakeasy owner and several friends planned to commit insurance fraud … via murder. In a strange twist, their target — Mike Malloy, who was homeless and an alcoholic — turned out to be very difficult to kill.…Read more ›

Nov 6 2002: Extract from a Guardian article on the thousands of volunteers from the colonies who died or were imprisoned

First world war: Volunteers from the colonies - the forgotten soldiers

Nov 6 2002: Extract from a Guardian article on the thousands of volunteers from the colonies who died or were imprisoned

Joe Carstairs with (left to right) engineer Joe Harris, A B Ray, Captain Marshall and F B Beadle in front of her boat Estelle. (Photo by E. Bacon/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Joe Carstairs with (left to right) engineer Joe Harris, A B Ray, Captain Marshall and F B Beadle in front of her boat Estelle. (Photo by E. Bacon/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Fritz Zwicky is often described as a genius, but also as a caustic figure. His insights into astrophysics are downright baffling, but his prickly interactions with peers were problematic to his career and his place in history.

Fritz Zwicky is often described as a genius, but also as a caustic figure. His insights into astrophysics are downright baffling, but his prickly interactions with peers were problematic to his career and his place in history.

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