The Walking Dead

The rise and fall of the six-day walking match, an exercise in endurance and sleep deprivation.

The Walking Dead Before Wimbledon, the Masters, the World Series, and the Super Bowl, there was the Astley Belt Race, a six-day walking match that determined the world’s champion pedestrian. Read More


Trapped Under the Sea

The inside story of Boston’s Deer Island Outfall Tunnel tragedy.

Trapped Under the Sea Lessons learned from a little-known construction accident, which threatened the completion of the world’s longest single-entrance tunnel, as well as a decade-long effort to clean up Boston Harbor. Read More


Kitty Genovese, 50 Years Later

Kitty Genovese, 50 Years Later

The murder, the murderer, and how erroneous reporting by the New York Times inspired a sociological theory known as the Bystander Effect—aka Genovese Syndrome.

In “Kitty Genovese,” author Kevin Cook debunks the myth that “38 respectable, law-abiding citizens in Queens watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks in Kew Gardens.” Read More

Return to Dead Mountain

Return to Dead Mountain

Did panic-inducing infrasound lead to the deaths of nine Russian hikers at Dyatlov Pass?

Donnie Eichar explains how Kármán vortex street might have created the conditions that led to tragedy on Russia’s Holatchahl mountain. Read More

This Day in Failure

April 24th

2013: A nine-story commercial building in Savar, Bangladesh, collapses, killing 1,127 people. Approximately 2,515 people were rescued from the structure alive. The building, Rana Plaza, contained several garment factories, whose supervisors were warned not to use the building after cracks appeared the day before. It is now considered the deadliest garment factory...

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- John D. Rockefeller