Ryleigh Nucilli

Ryleigh Nucilli

Los Angeles, CA - United States

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. 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 ...
  3. 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, ...
  4. 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.
  5. Brutal Realities of Everyday Life on the Trail of Tears

    Brutal Realities of Everyday Life on the Trail of Tears

    The Trail of Tears, the forced migration of Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, and Seminole tribe members from their ancestral lands in the US Southeast to ...
  6. Oddly Off-Putting Photos Of Axis Powers Broing Out Together

    Oddly Off-Putting Photos Of Axis Powers Broing Out Together

    It would be a gross understatement to characterize the leadership of the Axis Powers during WWII as an "unfriendly" group of men. In reality, as ...
  7. 11 Ways Social Media Is Ruining Your Physical and Mental Health

    11 Ways Social Media Is Ruining Your Physical and Mental Health

    There’s little use denying the fact - social media affects your health. Be it physically, psychologically, or a dangerous combination of the two, our ...
  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. 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 ...
  10. What Drinking or Taking Drugs While Pregnant Actually Does to Babies

    What Drinking or Taking Drugs While Pregnant Actually Does to Babies

    Most people are aware that drugs and alcohol can have negative effects on pregnancy. However, the laundry list of potential birth defects and congenital issues ...
  11. The Most Ridiculous And Over-The-Top Status Symbols Throughout History

    The Most Ridiculous And Over-The-Top Status Symbols Throughout History

    Humans love to assert their social status through the use of recognizable, lusted-after symbols even when, objectively speaking, the symbols themselves seem to ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. 24 Haunting Pictures Of The Aftermath Of Nazi Germany's Blitzkrieg Over London

    24 Haunting Pictures Of The Aftermath Of Nazi Germany's Blitzkrieg Over London

    From 1940-1941, Germany launched a lightning war, or Blitzkrieg, from the air over London. Beginning on September 7, 1940, Germany blitzed London for 56 days in a ...
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. Ways Chimpanzees Are Just as Brutal (and Sometimes Even Moreso) as Humans

    Ways Chimpanzees Are Just as Brutal (and Sometimes Even Moreso) as Humans

    For a long time, primatologists thought chimpanzees were the nicer, gentler version of humankind. In reality, chimpanzees are violent, brutal and dangerous - much ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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 ...
  21. 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 ...
  22. 20 Sobering Photos of Segregation at Work in 20th Century America

    20 Sobering Photos of Segregation at Work in 20th Century America

    The award-winning film Loving, which tells the story of the landmark 1967 Supreme Court ruling that invalidated the prohibition against interracial ...
  23. 35 Photos Of Coal Miners That Will Make You Feel Like You're Underground

    35 Photos Of Coal Miners That Will Make You Feel Like You're Underground

    At the turn of the 20th century in the United States, European immigrants were coming in droves to the coal fields of Appalachia. Vintage pictures of coal miners ...
  24. 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 ...
  25. 7 Perfectly Good Reasons Why Public Toilet Seats Are U-Shaped

    7 Perfectly Good Reasons Why Public Toilet Seats Are U-Shaped

    Have you ever taken the time to really study the toilet seat in a public bathroom? Even if you've only taken a passing glance, you’ve probably wondered why public ...

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