The Ballet Girls Who Burned to Death

Le Papillon, in which a kidnapped princess is transformed into a butterfly, is sillier than your average ballet. It’s not even scientifically accurate — the climax involves a butterfly’s wings burning after it flies into a torch, even though, unlike moths, butterflies aren’t attracted to bright lights. In fact, the most significant thing about the […]

How a CEO fiddled while beloved board game Glory to Rome crashed and burned

Enlarge / Glory to Rome, as seen in Jeff Lozito’s recent unauthorized redesign/printing. (credit: Jeff Lozito) I remember exactly where I was the first time I played Glory to Rome. It was the spring of 2011. I was on a Thalys high-speed train leaving Amsterdam, headed for Cologne, not far from where I was living […]

NASA accidentally burned evidence of life on Mars almost 50 years ago

During the 1970s, the Viking probe went to Mars and found no evidence of any organic matter. Yet NASA recently announced its Curiosity rover had discovered complex organic molecules on the surface of Mars. It now seems Viking may have made the same discovery more than 40 years ago — then accidentally burned it up. […]

Google Maps: ‘Door to Hell’ phenomenon has burned for 40 years – and no one knows why

Google Maps Street View is one way that Britons who can’t afford to travel can see the glove. There are various strange and mysterious sights all over the globe, and this is one of them. The Darvaza Gas Crater is also known as the “Door to Hell”, a rather frightening name. The site in the […]

Trump & Pence effigies burned in Palestinian mock execution (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Palestinian protesters carried out a mock execution of US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, culminating in effigies of the pair being burned. The spectacle comes amid worsening US-Palestinian relations. The staged hanging took place at Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem in the West Bank to show the community’s “rejection” of US budget […]

Bitcoin speculators are ‘getting burned’ and companies that recently pivoted to blockchain are going down with them

Markets Insider Bitcoin is in its worst weekly sell-off since 2013.  The plunge is dragging companies in the cryptocurrency space, including some that recently changed their core businesses.   Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies are tumbling on Friday along with the shares of several companies in the space. Some of these companies recently announced they […]

California fires: New York sized area of the state burned as 200,000 evacuated

California wildfires have continued to rage, burning over an area larger than New York City over the southern area of the state. Thomas Fire, as the wildfire has become known, has scorched 230,000 acres of the area in the past week.  By comparison, New York City covers more than 205,000 acres – making the California […]