Ed Regis on the hydrogen airship and other “pathological technologies.”

Monsters Twenty-six hydrogen airships were destroyed in fiery accidents prior to the Hindenburg disaster. Why did such a flawed technology persist in the face of repeated catastrophic failures? Read More


Stolen Legacy

Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18.

Stolen Legacy Dina Gold on her five-year quest to obtain restitution for the Nazi-driven seizure of her family’s stately, six-story building in Berlin. Read More


Riding the 1914 Giro d’Italia

Riding the 1914 Giro d’Italia

Author Tim Moore retraces the route of the most punishing bicycle race in history, lives to write about it.

“When you’re riding along on an ancient bike you are a heroic figure, but if you get off and push the bike up a large hill you are immediately a hateful, pathetic failure.” – Tim Moore Read More

In Cold Storage

In Cold Storage

James W. Hewitt on McCook Nebraska’s tragic Nokes-Hoyt murder case.

More than forty years after Harold Nokes murdered and dismembered Edwin and Wilma Hoyt, the case still defies explanation. Read More

This Day in Failure

November 29th

2009: The New Jersey Nets are defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers 106-87, tying the NBA record for most consecutive losses to start a season (17). The Nets fire head coach Lawrence Frank prior to the game, naming assistant coach Tom Barrise as Frank’s temporary replacement.

2008: A romantic marriage proposal turns deadly for bride-to-be Leafil Alforque, 22,...

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Your choice for next U.S. President?

I’m sure some people voted for Barack Obama because of me.

- George W. Bush, December 1, 2008