The philosopher who beat the lottery

Voltaire, a famous philosopher and writer of the 18th century, was massively wealthy. He gained his wealth through some not-technically-illegal shenanigans with the early French lottery system.

How the Mona Lisa became famous

Before August of 1911, the Mona Lisa was a relatively unknown painting. Painted in 1507 it was mostly known to art world insiders.

Chinloe: The 1500 year old sport with no winner

Now the traditional sport of Myanmar, Chinlone, meaning “rounded basket”, is a sport that has no winner. Teams take turns keeping a woven, wicker ball from touching the ground using their feet and legs.