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The Life Of Mineko Iwasaki

In 1997, Arthur Golden published Memoirs of a Geisha, a best-selling novel that follows Chiyo Sakamoto as she navigates the life of a Kyoto geisha in the years surrounding World War II. Golden’s book gave insight into the cloistered world of the geisha, and in 2005, it was adapted into a ...

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What Ever Happened To Judge Crater?

In the evening hours of August 6, 1930, prominent New York judge Joseph Force Crater walked out of a Manhattan restaurant, and was never seen again. His case became one of the most enduring mysteries of the early twentieth century, even as the story has gradually disappeared from public memory. ...

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The Sky Is Purple: History’s Missing Color

Which of these squares is a different shade of green? Chances are that didn’t come easy. 90% of native English-speakers will struggle to determine which one stands out. They might squint, furrow their brow…and ultimately, just guess (often incorrectly). What’s fascinating, though, is that the struggle is not universal. Members ...

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The Brief And Disturbing Era Of The Milk Carton Kids

The face on the side of the milk carton is still a cultural trope that evokes the same mental image in multiple generations of people. It conjures an immediate, familiar narrative: the missing child, snatched by a stranger; the worried parents, their sense of safety taken from them; and the ...

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The Strange Adventures Of Captain Kidd

Captain William Kidd died with a morbid distinction: he was one of those rare, unlucky people who had to be hanged twice. The first time they strung him up, the rope broke. Afterward (according to witnesses) the crowd roared for him to be released. They said it was a sign ...

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Thomas Chatterton And The Tragic Truth Of Fiction

Though you may not have heard of him, 200 years ago the impoverished teenage poet Thomas Chatterton was all the rage. After killing himself in 1770 when he was only 17 years old, the long-dead Chatterton finally rose to fame in the 19th century, gracing the pens of Romantic heavy-hitters ...

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The Enduring Mystery of D.B. Cooper

For a generation of kids who came to understand a variety of cultural references (The Shining, Cape Fear, The Godfather, etc.) through media like The Simpsons, D.B. Cooper has come to be understood through any number of throwaway mentions of his name—either from Kid Rock song lyrics, as a plot device on NewsRadio, or ...

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