Ryleigh Nucilli

Ryleigh Nucilli

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Erstwhile Lit PhD student, dog-mom, watcher of films, lover of lushly decorated period dramas, reader of fiction. Finds irredeemable anti-heroes tedious; contributes to academic journals, textbooks, and spaces around the web. Expert on post-1945 U.S. c/Culture(s) and episodes of Friday Night Lights

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  1. 26 Striking Photos of Dangerous & Contested Borders Around the World

    26 Striking Photos of Dangerous & Contested Borders Around the World

    The world is rife with borders. Borders between states, nations, regions, continents, hemispheres. Land formations like mountains, rivers, and valleys partition ...
  2. These Haunting Photos Of Native Americans Make Their Genocide Even Harder To Stomach

    These Haunting Photos Of Native Americans Make Their Genocide Even Harder To Stomach

    Photography became a commercially available practice in 1839. A few decades later, an American named Edward Curtis was becoming increasingly convinced ...
  3. Photos From The 1910 Paris Flood Are Oddly Beautiful

    Photos From The 1910 Paris Flood Are Oddly Beautiful

    In 1910, the Seine River, which runs directly through Paris, France, ran over its banks – to the tune of a little over 26 feet beyond its normal level. The result ...
  4. 15 Really Good Reasons Spiders Are Weirdly Terrifying To Everyone

    15 Really Good Reasons Spiders Are Weirdly Terrifying To Everyone

    Spiders are actually pretty incredible creatures. With over 40,000 known species worldwide, they help keep most ecosystems healthy and functioning. But does that ...
  5. The Most Realistic Threats Posed by Artificial Intelligence

    The Most Realistic Threats Posed by Artificial Intelligence

    These days, the internet abounds with theories about the potential threats posed by artificial intelligence (AI). Movies set in frightening dystopian futures where ...
  6. This Rare Photo Captures The Moment Benito Mussolini Died

    This Rare Photo Captures The Moment Benito Mussolini Died

    On April 26, 1945, Benito Mussolini – Italy's fascist 'Il Duce' during WWII – was shot and killed by communist partisans in northern Italy. The day before, on ...
  7. Doctored Photos Of Old Movie Stars Photoshopped Before Photoshop

    Doctored Photos Of Old Movie Stars Photoshopped Before Photoshop

    Just because Photoshop as we know it hadn't been invented yet, that doesn't mean that Old Hollywood starlets didn't get some work done on their images after the ...
  8. Hitler Tested Cyanide On His Own Dog To Make Sure It Was Lethal

    Hitler Tested Cyanide On His Own Dog To Make Sure It Was Lethal

    On April 29, 1945, with Benito Mussolini dead and Allied forces getting ever closer to taking Berlin, Adolf Hitler knew he had little choice but to end his own ...
  9. Artist Reimagines Famous Historical Figures As Tattooed Rebels

    Artist Reimagines Famous Historical Figures As Tattooed Rebels

    Have you ever thought about what some of the most glamorous stars from Old Hollywood would look like by today's beauty, style, and fashion standards? Sure, it ...
  10. Carmine 'Cigar' Galante's Death Photos Show Him Dead With A Cigar In His Mouth

    Carmine 'Cigar' Galante's Death Photos Show Him Dead With A Cigar In His Mouth

    Carmine "Cigar" Galante was killed in the garden of Joe and Mary's Italian-American Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, on July 12, 1979. Shot by ...
  11. This Infamous Photo Captures The Moment The Last Jew In Vinnista Was Murdered

    This Infamous Photo Captures The Moment The Last Jew In Vinnista Was Murdered

    Inside the photo album of a WWII German soldier lay a startling evidence of the atrocities committed against Jews during the Holocaust. There, among other memories ...
  12. How Being Stolen Was The Best Thing To Ever Happen To The Mona Lisa

    How Being Stolen Was The Best Thing To Ever Happen To The Mona Lisa

    Admit it, you're a little bit underwhelmed by the Mona Lisa, and you've definitely wondered how a painting of an average-looking woman with a smirk ...
  13. These Insane Images Show An Old Chinese Execution Method Called Slow Slicing

    These Insane Images Show An Old Chinese Execution Method Called Slow Slicing

    Lingchi, translated as everything from "death by a thousand cuts" to "slow slicing," is a Chinese form of slow torture execution that ...
  14. The Bizarre, Violent Story Behind The Most Famous Decapitated Head In History

    The Bizarre, Violent Story Behind The Most Famous Decapitated Head In History

    Unless you want your body dug up, re-executed, and dismembered, you probably shouldn't kill a king. At least, that's the lesson the corpse of Oliver Cromwell, ...
  15. This Photograph Captures The Moment Japanese Surrendered At Iwo Jima

    This Photograph Captures The Moment Japanese Surrendered At Iwo Jima

    On March 16, 1945, after over a year of persistent pressure, US Marines accomplished a sizable WWII feat – they conquered Iwo Jima. That day - the day that ...
  16. The Haunting Photograph of a Trapped 13-Year Old Girl That Shocked The World

    The Haunting Photograph of a Trapped 13-Year Old Girl That Shocked The World

    On November 13, 1985, the Nevado del Ruiz – a highly active volcano in Colombia – erupted, melting glaciers and sending torrents of mud and debris into the ...
  17. The Weird Time A Coconut Literally Saved John F. Kennedy's Life

    The Weird Time A Coconut Literally Saved John F. Kennedy's Life

    Did you know that – along with being President of the United States and a legendary ladies man – John F. Kennedy was a war hero? That's right; Lieutenant John ...
  18. Tragic Photos Of Child Miners That Will Make You Grateful For The Government

    Tragic Photos Of Child Miners That Will Make You Grateful For The Government

    For most children in the United States at the turn of the 20th century, life was not what you might call a cake walk. With no real child labor laws in place, ...
  19. The Saga Of The St. Louis Reveals How The US Sent Jewish Refugees To Their Death

    The Saga Of The St. Louis Reveals How The US Sent Jewish Refugees To Their Death

    The saga of the MS St. Louis – a German ocean liner that set sail in 1939, filled with persecuted Jews seeking political asylum – is one that indicts the US in a ...
  20. A Massive Collection of Nazi Artifacts Was Just Discovered In Argentina

    A Massive Collection of Nazi Artifacts Was Just Discovered In Argentina

    Well, it turns out secret Nazi treasure is real. In June 2017, a judicial order allowed INTERPOL agents to raid a hidden trove of Nazi artifacts in Argentina.
  21. Zoos Often Pair Cheetahs With "Support Dogs" To Help Their Anxiety

    Zoos Often Pair Cheetahs With "Support Dogs" To Help Their Anxiety

    Not since Lady and the Tramp locked lips after sharing a single noodle of spaghetti have we been so excited about an animal pairing. Maybe it's not a love ...
  22. 'The Isolator' Was A Terrifying Helmet Invented To Help You Concentrate

    'The Isolator' Was A Terrifying Helmet Invented To Help You Concentrate

    Do you ever feel like you just can't concentrate in the fractured, technological frenzy that is modern existence? If you answered yes, look no further – instead, ...
  23. How One Heartbreaking Photo Captured The Inhumanity Of The Berlin Wall

    How One Heartbreaking Photo Captured The Inhumanity Of The Berlin Wall

    On August 13, 1961, the Berlin Wall was officially constructed, separating communist East Germany from capitalist West Germany. It was another ratcheting up of the ...
  24. This Iconic Photograph of Jackie O Single-Handedly Created The Modern Paparrazi

    This Iconic Photograph of Jackie O Single-Handedly Created The Modern Paparrazi

    It has been dubbed "the iconic photograph of the celebrity American aristocracy," and the photograph that "created a genre" – "Windblown ...
  25. The World's First Skull Cult Has Just Been Discovered In Turkey

    The World's First Skull Cult Has Just Been Discovered In Turkey

    Researchers just discovered skull fragments that point to the first-known skull cult at the site of a ruined temple in Turkey, and archeologists the world ...

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