"Our American Cousin" was a British melodrama that poked fun at uncouth Americans. When it came to the United States, a rewritten version turned it into a farce that mocked pompous Brits. But for 150 years, no one wanted to laugh at the play Abraham Lincoln watched on the night he died.
From December 1940 to July 1941 German planes carried out heavy bombing of London. The period, known as the "Blitz," left some parts of London in ruins. Decades later, a team of researchers used data to create a map that locates where each bomb was dropped during that period.
Controversial, belligerent and bigoted — those were some of the words used to describe the Reverend Ian Paisley, the Northern Irish political giant, after his death on Friday. Writer and filmmaker Jon Ronson spent a week making a documentary about Paisley and came away from it with respect for the man many hated.
Abubaker Deghayes, a British property manager, is mourning the death of a second son who has died fighting in Syria with the extremist group Jabhat al-Nusra. Deghayes says Western governments must do more to reach out to youth who are tempted to enlist in jihadi groups.
Everything is Awesome. That's the theme song to The Lego Movie, a recently released film that imagines a richly detailed life for its animated minifigure characters. But what's it like to be a working Lego stiff, a one-and-a-half-inch tall freelance Lego photographer? Andrew Whyte's been finding out. He's been carrying around a little Lego man for more than a year, photographing him every day, rain or shine.
There's a lot of confusion in Delhi over what to do about a massive Indian diamond — the Koh-i-Noor — that's been in the British crown jewels for more than 160 years. India's solicitor general says the Brits acquired it fairly, but the rest of the government says otherwise, and now wants it back.