Noelle Talmon

Noelle Talmon

New Haven, Connecticut - United States

Writer, globetrotter, martial arts instructor, and biker. Designated "weird history" contributor for Ranker with additional expertise in entertainment, pop culture and other shareable content.

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  1. The History of the Name "Bulldog" is Far More Horrifying Than You Can Even Imagine

    The History of the Name "Bulldog" is Far More Horrifying Than You Can Even Imagine

    How did bulldogs get their name? It's an interesting question with an even more interesting (and rather disturbing) answer. The popular breed is known today for ...
  2. The Full Resolution Of This Color Photo of The Nagasaki Mushroom Cloud Is Breathtaking

    The Full Resolution Of This Color Photo of The Nagasaki Mushroom Cloud Is Breathtaking

    The atomic bomb in Nagasaki was devastating, and it came as a result of America's decision to keep bombing Japan until the country surrendered during ...
  3. How Moonshining Led Directly To NASCAR In Just A Few Easy Steps

    How Moonshining Led Directly To NASCAR In Just A Few Easy Steps

    Many people may not realize this, but NASCAR and moonshine go hand in hand. How? Pretty directly - in fact, the early days of NASCAR were quite literally ...
  4. +vote The 13 Dumbest Conspiracy Theories About Elvis Being Alive That People Still Believe

    The 13 Dumbest Conspiracy Theories About Elvis Being Alive That People Still Believe

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    Singer Elvis Presley was a beloved artist who died tragically young. And as a result, there are many Elvis conspiracy theories circulating on the internet. Was ...
  5. If You're Still Anti-Vaxxer After Reading About The Polio Vaccine, You're A Dumbass

    If You're Still Anti-Vaxxer After Reading About The Polio Vaccine, You're A Dumbass

    The polio vaccine changed lives in the mid-1950s, a decade during which thousands of children were being devastated by the disease. At its height in 1952, the ...
  6. The Man Who Single-Handedly Saved The World From Nuclear Annihilation Wasn't American - He Was Soviet

    The Man Who Single-Handedly Saved The World From Nuclear Annihilation Wasn't American - He Was Soviet

    You many not be familiar with the name Vasili Arkhipov, but maybe you should be. He's the Soviet Navy man who stopped nuclear war during the Cuban Missile ...
  7. The Bizarre Saga Of When Jesse James's Corpse Went On A Cross-Country Tour

    The Bizarre Saga Of When Jesse James's Corpse Went On A Cross-Country Tour

    Did you know that outlaw Jesse James's body was preserved on ice and people were able to look at his corpse before it was buried? A famous photo has made ...
  8. These 19th Century Photos Of A Guy With 3 Legs And 2 Dicks Are Pretty Shocking

    These 19th Century Photos Of A Guy With 3 Legs And 2 Dicks Are Pretty Shocking

    Three-legged man Francesco "Frank" Lentini was born sometime between July 1884 and May 1889 in Rosolino, Italy, one of 12 children. His ...
  9. +vote Incredible People Who Broke Records On Mount Everest

    Incredible People Who Broke Records On Mount Everest

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    Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world at 29,028 feet and 9 inches. One of the first people to lead an expedition to the summit was Englishman George ...
  10. +vote 30+ Weird Slang Terms From The 20s That Prove Young People Have Always Been Dumb

    30+ Weird Slang Terms From The 20s That Prove Young People Have Always Been Dumb

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    There isn't a whole lot of 1920s slang that's still in circulation in the 21st century. However, there are some pretty cool Roaring Twenties slang words that ...
  11. South African Cops Blasted Anti-Apartheid Protesters With A Purple Water Cannon To 'Mark Them'

    South African Cops Blasted Anti-Apartheid Protesters With A Purple Water Cannon To 'Mark Them'

    The Purple Rain protest South Africa took place in Cape Town in 1989. It was one of the most famous anti-apartheid protests, thanks to the images that ...
  12. 15 Surprisingly Dark Facts About Martin Luther King Jr. Most People Don't Know

    15 Surprisingly Dark Facts About Martin Luther King Jr. Most People Don't Know

    Civil Rights activist and Baptist minister Martin Luther King, Jr., is most remembered for his use of nonviolence and civil disobedience to advance civil ...
  13. +vote 25 Rare Photos of Victorians Just Goofing Off And Being Real People

    25 Rare Photos of Victorians Just Goofing Off And Being Real People

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    Victorian photography often gets perceived as being boring, ugly, and serious. The women stayed at home, wrapped in confining corsets ...
  14. Drug-Fueled, Sordid Tales From Black Sabbath's Heyday That Prove Just How Unhinged They Really Were

    Drug-Fueled, Sordid Tales From Black Sabbath's Heyday That Prove Just How Unhinged They Really Were

    You're here for crazy Black Sabbath stories, but before getting to that, take a moment to hail the almighty power of the riff, as manifested in human form by doom ...
  15. 15 Shocking And Disturbing Crime Scene Photos From 1910s New York

    15 Shocking And Disturbing Crime Scene Photos From 1910s New York

    Wilfried Kaute's book, Murder in the City: New York, 1910-1920, features pictures of New York crime scenes in the early 20th century. Macabre black and ...
  16. New Evidence Proves Starving Settlers At Jamestown Cannibalized A Teenage Girl

    New Evidence Proves Starving Settlers At Jamestown Cannibalized A Teenage Girl

    Expert and history buffs have long been fascinated by stories of cannibalism at the early settler colony of Jamestown. While there have been several ...
  17. Why Exactly Did Vincent Van Gogh Cut Off His Ear?

    Why Exactly Did Vincent Van Gogh Cut Off His Ear?

    Why did Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear? On a chilly Sunday evening two days before Christmas in 1888, the Dutch post-impressionist, known for paintings such ...
  18. The Man Who Killed John Wilkes Booth Was A Religious Nut Who Cut His Balls Off

    The Man Who Killed John Wilkes Booth Was A Religious Nut Who Cut His Balls Off

    You know the name of the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln: John Wilkes Booth. But do you know about the man who killed him? His name was Thomas ...
  19. Oh Yeah, Pythagoras Was A Cult Leader Who Murdered People Who Disagreed With Him

    Oh Yeah, Pythagoras Was A Cult Leader Who Murdered People Who Disagreed With Him

    The Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras, who came up with the Pythagorean theorem, is a bit of a mystery. Everything modern scholars know about the man ...
  20. How The Civilization On Easter Island Collapsed

    How The Civilization On Easter Island Collapsed

    Easter Island is a Chilean island located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. It's most widely known for the incredible stone statues - called moai - that were ...
  21. Outrageous Dennis Hopper Stories That Prove This Man Has No Chill

    Outrageous Dennis Hopper Stories That Prove This Man Has No Chill

    No reason to mince words: Dennis Hopper was a crazy person. In the best way. The type of crazy that drives you to great art, mind expansion, and profound social ...
  22. This Gruesome Photo Shows The Moment Bonnie And Clyde Were Riddled With Bullets

    This Gruesome Photo Shows The Moment Bonnie And Clyde Were Riddled With Bullets

    Gangsters Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow are notorious for robbing and killing several people during the Great Depression in the United ...
  23. Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About The Hindenburg And Its Untimely Demise

    Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About The Hindenburg And Its Untimely Demise

    On May 6, 1937, the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg, a type of rigid aircraft known as a Zeppelin, was making its final approach to Manchester Township, ...
  24. How The Crash of Uruguayan AF Flight 571 Drove A Rugby Team To Cannibalism

    How The Crash of Uruguayan AF Flight 571 Drove A Rugby Team To Cannibalism

    On Oct. 13, 1972, a plane carrying 45 passengers, including the Old Christians Uruguayan rugby team, crashed in the Andes between Chile and Argentina. The ...
  25. The Insane Life Of Violet Jessop, Survivor Of The Titanic—And 2 More Shipwrecks

    The Insane Life Of Violet Jessop, Survivor Of The Titanic—And 2 More Shipwrecks

    The Violet Jessop story is an incredible tale of survival. Who was Violet Jessop? She was a survivor of three ship disasters, including the Titanic. Jessop was a ...

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