Ordinary Obituaries

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The Weird, Wacky and Wild Ride of Captain Cartoon, Father of Bat Boy

The incredibly colorful true life story of Dick Kulpa, a nerdy small-town kid who loved cartoons so much that he became one.

His Biggest Hit Sold More Copies Than Any of the Beatles’. So Why Haven’t You Heard of Him?

In a life bookended by tragedy, Prince Nico Mbarga poured joy into music, including the most popular song in African history. But his own story has never been told — until now.

The Quiet Teahouse Owner Who Secretly Undermined Myanmar’s Dictatorship

The soft-spoken restaurateur served a killer bowl of noodles, but his clandestine activism against decades of military rule is the real reason his legacy will live on.

The Quiet Death of the Man Who Built America’s Electric Chairs

When a soft-spoken 73-year-old from Arkansas succumbed to cancer, the country’s outdated mode of execution may have finally met its end.

The Luckiest Unlucky Woman in Wartime Sarajevo

After years of wartime horror and uncanny escapes, Dijana Voljevica dreamed of bringing her incredible journey to Hollywood. A seizure claimed her life before she had a chance.

The Gitmo Defense Attorney Who Refused to Toe the Line

Talented litigator Bill Kuebler was honored to be selected to represent Guantanamo detainees charged with war crimes. He succeeded wildly—and paid for it the rest of his career.

The Man Who Elevated the Art World

When the world’s most high-concept artists wanted to balance a boulder on thin air or build a portal to the heavens inside a volcanic crater, they turned to a quiet kid from Indiana with a passion for achieving the impossible.