The World’s Earliest Surviving Photograph

There’s something haunting about the world’s earliest surviving photograph. It was created by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce around 1826, titled View from the Window at Le Gras. Its strange, muddled appearance comes from the 8-hour exposure — causing the sun to light up the buildings of Niépce’s country home — and the oil-treated bitumen plate the …

Clairvius Narcisse, The Man Who Was A Zombie

On April 30, 1962, Clairvius Narcisse, age 40, arrived at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti. He had a fever, and felt something like bugs crawling on his skin. Doctors noted a general physical deterioration, and immediately gave Narcisse a room. On May 2, 1962, he was pronounced dead. This is verified by his official death certificate, …