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 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 ...
  2. +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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. This Guy Made Super Detailed Trench Warfare Miniatures And They're Fascinating

    This Guy Made Super Detailed Trench Warfare Miniatures And They're Fascinating

    Andy Belsey, a self-described “ordinary bloke,” has been building trench warfare miniatures for several years. He’s been posting his progress on ...
  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. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. Disney Made Mickey Mouse Gas Masks For Kids During WWII And They Are Terrifying

    Disney Made Mickey Mouse Gas Masks For Kids During WWII And They Are Terrifying

    During World War II, the United States government searched for a way to protect children from chemical attacks without alarming them. So, they came up with a ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. Scientists Finally Discover Ancient Blueprints Showing How The Pyramids Were Built

    Scientists Finally Discover Ancient Blueprints Showing How The Pyramids Were Built

    The Great Pyramid – the largest of several found at Giza – is the only surviving wonder of the ancient world. With such a fantastical past attached to it, it has ...
  12. The Tragic Story Behind The Single Most Depressing Image Of World War II

    The Tragic Story Behind The Single Most Depressing Image Of World War II

    There is a photograph of a little boy at a funeral pyre in WWII that burns itself into the consciousnesses of those who see it. It's a poignant image, one that ...
  13. 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 ...
  14. A Harrowing Peek Through The Grimy, Crime-Infested Streets of 1970s New York City

    A Harrowing Peek Through The Grimy, Crime-Infested Streets of 1970s New York City

    New York City's Times Square before clean up was a very different place. In the 1970s, Times Square catered to a different type of tourist - one who sought sexual ...
  15. Archaeologists Have Discovered Eerily Preserved Corpses From "China's Pompeii"

    Archaeologists Have Discovered Eerily Preserved Corpses From "China's Pompeii"

    In 2000, archaeologists discovered what is known as China's Pompeii. The Lajia, China, archeological site is located in the Qinghai province in the northwest ...
  16. These Conjoined Twins Probably Lived The Most Tragic Lives In Modern History

    These Conjoined Twins Probably Lived The Most Tragic Lives In Modern History

    Conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton were born in the early 1900s in England. Referred to as Siamese Twins, the Hilton sisters were connected at the hips and ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. +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 ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. When He Got Shot In The Face, His Skull Stopped The Bullet And He Became A Legend

    When He Got Shot In The Face, His Skull Stopped The Bullet And He Became A Legend

    You probably don't recognize the name Joe Greenstein, but you may have heard of the Mighty Atom. He was one of the world's strongest men even though he was so ...
  21. These 19th Century Photos Of A Guy With 3 Legs Are Pretty Shocking

    These 19th Century Photos Of A Guy With 3 Legs 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 ...
  22. Turns Out These Famous Snapshots From The Civil War Were Staged By The Photographer

    Turns Out These Famous Snapshots From The Civil War Were Staged By The Photographer

    Although he is known for capturing a variety of historically significant events with a camera, Alexander Gardner is most remembered for his Civil War photography.
  23. Unearthed Footage Shows The Soviets Peacefully Nuking A Natural Wonder Into Existence

    Unearthed Footage Shows The Soviets Peacefully Nuking A Natural Wonder Into Existence

    Lake Chagan burst into existence during the Cold War when the Soviet Union detonated numerous nuclear explosions in northeastern Kazakhstan to find ...
  24. +vote Beauty Pageants Used To Be Way F*cking Weirder Than You Thought

    Beauty Pageants Used To Be Way F*cking Weirder Than You Thought

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    It's interesting to look back at vintage beauty pageant photos to see how the perception of beauty has changed over the years. Historical beauty pageants often ...
  25. The Brutal Story of William Wallace’s Execution That Braveheart Was Too Pu**y To Show You

    The Brutal Story of William Wallace’s Execution That Braveheart Was Too Pu**y To Show You

    William Wallace was a Scottish knight in the late 13th century and an instrumental figure during the Scottish wars for independence. Some of the biggest ...

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