Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in 1622, Molière was a renowned French playwright and actor, still celebrated today as one of the greatest French comedy writers of all time. Despite his relatively short life, living only to the age of 51, Molière had a fascinating career that included the creation of celebrated works—all written after his 35th birthday.
Mohammed Aziz is a 71-year-old bookseller who has owned his shop in Rabat Medina, Morocco, since 1967. He doesn’t just sell books; he also reads every single one that comes through his shop’s doors. So far, Aziz has read over 4,000 books in various languages, including Arabic, French, Spanish, and English.
Renowned for masterpieces like “The Starry Night” and “Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers,” Vincent van Gogh’s artistic brilliance is often overshadowed by the intriguing mystery of his self-mutilation—a story that many are familiar with, yet few truly understand.
You might be surprised to discover that the beloved teddy bear owes its name to President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. During a hunting trip in Mississippi in 1902, the 26th President of the United States refused to shoot a bear that guides had clubbed and tied to a tree.
Over 500 years ago, a strange sickness afflicted the citizens of Strasbourg, an area that would eventually become a part of modern-day France. Hundreds of people found themselves dancing until they literally dropped to the ground, yet no clear explanation has emerged.
Halloween sparks thoughts of costumes and candy, ghosts and ghouls, but have you ever wondered about its origins? You might be surprised to learn that this festive holiday has its roots in Irish culture.
India boasts stunning artwork and architecture, including Jatayu Earth’s Center, featuring the world’s largest bird sculpture. This 200-foot-long, 70-foot-tall, and 150-foot-wide masterpiece not only captivates visually but also represents a mesmerizing Hindu legend. Dive into the sculpture’s story below.
You’re familiar with the guillotine as an 18th-century beheading device, maybe from history books. But do you know who invented it or how long it was used? If not, get ready to discover 10 fascinating facts about the guillotine.
Built in 161 AD, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus stands as one of the world’s oldest performance venues. Two millennia after its construction, audiences can still enjoy shows here from May to October.
If you had to name a souvenir someone would bring back from a trip to Russia, a Matryoshka doll would likely be the first thing that came to mind.