Nothing inspires readers, viewers, or listeners to tune into the next installment of a thrilling adventure quite like a good, old-fashioned cliffhanger does—but have you ever wondered exactly where the term “cliffhanger” comes from in the first place? If you have, there’s good news and bad news: The bad news is that the saying’s history is a little hazy—but the good news is that there absolutely are cliffs involved.
Michelangelo, the Italian Renaissance artist, has achieved a rare and coveted posthumous distinction: his name is practically a household term meaning “great artist.” The statue of David is arguably his most famous work of all.
From Lestat to Edward, vampires have intrigued us all the way back to tales of Dracula and his origins. But which of those origins could be true? Where did the idea of a bloodsucker biting necks come from?
In the northeastern German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, there’s a city known as Bielefeld. Or at least, there’s supposed to be a city there called Bielefeld. According to the Bielefeld Conspiracy, Bielefeld isn’t what it appears to be.