The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

"New Jersey"

The Garden State is always second in America’s heart, whether it’s to New York, to Philadelphia, or even to Florida. But it hides a lot of secret and fascinating tales.

The Kalmar Nyckel

Nya Sverige

What if you started a colony and nobody came?

What would happen if you started a colony in the New World and then just kind of forgot about it for a few decades?

The Battle of Wyoming

The War Between the States

the history of the Yankee-Pennamite Wars (1768-1813)

Did you know that Connecticut and Pennsylvania went to war multiple times over the area that's now scranton? Learn all about the Yankee-Pennamite Wars!

Deborah Kallikak reading a book with a cat in her lap

Common Clay

Henry Herbert Goddard (1866-1957), the man who made morons

H.H. Goddard's studies of the feeble-minded helped justify eugenics policies across the world... which is a tragedy because they junk science and lies.

Hugo Gernsback's personal device for electrocuting sharks

Scarlet Billows

when the shark bites with its teeth, dear

In July 1916, the New Jersey coast was rocked by the deadliest string of shark attacks in US history. Here's the whole bloody story.

a portrait of James Buchanan Brady

He Could Eat It All

the glitter, glamor, and gluttony of Diamond Jim Brady (1856-1917)

In an age of excess, he was the most excessive one of all. This week, we look back at the life of legendary salesman and gourmand Diamond Jim Brady.

strange tracks in the snow

What-Is-It?

there's an animal roaming round the town that is certainly gaining great renown

For one week in January 1909, the Jersey Devil walked among us. Maybe.

Laura Biggar cigarette card

Pleadings from Asbury Park

a fake marriage, a dead baby, and 21 absinthe frappes

The amazing story of Laura Biggar, the Anna Nicole Smith of 1901, and her crazy plot to steal an inheritance that may or may not have been rightfully hers.