Charles Hatfield, the rainmaker, checking some equipment. (Copyright Bettmann/Corbis / AP Images)

When San Diego Hired a Rainmaker a Century Ago, It Poured

After Charles Hatfield began his work to wring water from the skies, San Diego experienced its wettest period in recorded history.

A History of Motorcycle Communities

Motorcycle communities are much more divers than what you'd see on "Sons of Anarchy"
"Bonnieclyde f" by Photo by one of the Barrow gang - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3c34474. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bonnieclyde_f.jpg#/media/File:Bonnieclyde_f.jpg


The Deaths of Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde went to their deaths on May 23, 1934
Paganini's Bloodletting Kit 
Courtesy of Schubertiade Music & Arts

The Vampire Virtuoso? Paganini’s Bloodletting Kit Is for Sale

Paganini's personal bloodletting kit contains three domed-shape glasses with brass twist spouts and a brass scarification (scraping) tool.

Interrogating “Cinderella”

Cinderella, the ever-changing fairytale, inspires no shortage of analysis and debate.
violists laughing

Why Did the Violist Cross the Road?

Every subculture has its in-jokes. Classical musicians are no exception, and the punchline usually involves a viola.

Escapist Humor in East and West Berlin

Humor in East and West Berlin before the wall came down.