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The Scientific Theory That Puts Conspiracy Theories to the Test

Did they or didn't they? A physicist has devised a formula that puts math to…

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This Is Why We Observe Remembrance Day

Every year on November 11th we honor the brave men and women who have fought…

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It’s Official: Albert Einstein’s Advice is Worth Millions

Albert Einstein, besides being a genius, was also a decent tipper. The courier given this…

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The Pyramids of Sudan: Twice as Many as Egypt, None of the Tourists

If pyramids are your thing, don't put all your eggs in the Egypt basket. There's…

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Meet the Treasure Hunters After the Greatest Nazi Theft in History

Amongst the many nasty things the Nazis did during WWII was steal a lot of…

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A Fascinating Look at 2500 Years of Plastic Surgery

When it comes to humankind's quest for surgically enhanced physical improvements, there's a lot more…

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Richard Nixon’s Quest for the Universal Basic Income

Richard Nixon is known for a long list of dubious achievements. Somewhere in that paperwork…

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10 Controversial Monuments That Are Still Standing

Standing as both symbols and statements, some historic statues also have a hefty amount of…

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Black Wall Street: America’s Forgotten Worst Mass Shooting

Why does the deadliest mass shooting in America's history always seem to get overlooked? We…

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Sri Lanka’s Baby Farms Turned Childbirth Into a Big Business

It seems like a plotline from The Handmaid's Tale, but babies being farmed for international…

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The Amazing Escape That Lead a Slave and His Family to Freedom

When one man decided he'd had enough living life as a slave, he hatched a…

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The Killer Comet That Gave Rise to Civilization As We Know It

Newly discovered ancient tablets depict a massive comet slammed into earth around 10,000 BC, giving…

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The First Woman to Run For President Was Called an “Impudent Witch”

Victoria Woodhull's ideas might make a lot of sense today, but during her 1872 presidential…

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9/11 Boat Lift: The Largest Marine Evacuation in History

If it floated, it was needed. Half a million New Yorkers were rescued by a…

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Ellis Island: The People That Helped Make America Great

Ellis Island, the busiest immigrant inspection gateway in the U.S. for over 60 years, opened…

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The Unkown Original Master Distiller Behind Jack Daniel’s Whiskey

Jack Daniel's Whiskey has over 150 years of history behind its name, but its only…

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America’s Female Pilots That Were Forgotten By Their Country

The Women Airforce Service Pilots (or WASPs) of World War II were the Rosie the…

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The Hitler Who Joined the US Navy

No one likes a family feud, but when your relative happens to be Adolf Hitler…

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Buran: The Forgotten Russian Space Shuttle

The Soviet Union's space shuttle program lasted less than 20 years and managed only one…

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When The Queen Of Cities Burned To The Ground

At the height of its glory, Merv was the city all other cities in the…

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Operation Dynamo and the Miracle of Dunkirk

World War II was almost over before it even started for the Allies, but when…

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Pier 21: Canada’s Ellis Island

In the scope of Canada’s history, air travel has been a relatively new occurrence—most travellers…

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The Hero Dogs of 9/11

When their owners, and their city, needed them, these dogs proved themselves incredibly heroic, helping…

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Russia’s Seagull: The First Woman in Space

Valentina Tereshkova, call name “Seagull” and the first woman in space, flew solo for 71…

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Space Farts: Flatulence Knows No Boundaries

New forms of propulsion in space are usually welcomed by NASA, but the flatulence-power behind…

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New Orleans is Tearing Down the Reminders of its Dark Confederate Past

In defense of removing four statues to Confederate leaders, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu shines…

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The Secret Nuclear City Under Greenland’s Ice Cap

The U.S. Army has left a ticking time bomb in Greenland—but it doesn’t take the…

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Mystery Salvagers Are Making World War II Warships Disappear

Not every act of piracy happens on the high seas. Recently, the greatest thefts are…

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A Primitive Hyperloop: New York City’s First Subway

It may have only been a block long but this subway was opulent, underground and…

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British Home Children: Noble Intentions Gone Bad

Everyone dreams of a brighter future for children. Anne MacPherson, a Scottish Evangelical Quaker who…

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London Witches Cast Spells on Hitler to Keep the Nazis Out of England

The idea of witches taking on Nazis sounds like the kind of thing you would…

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Henrietta Lacks: The Unknown Woman Who Helped Save Modern Medicine

For some, brave works and contributions are done anonymously because the person would rather their…

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When the Forerunner to Fake News Led to War Between Spain and America

Fake news isn’t new. The battle for the most outrageous headlines of the late 1880s…

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The Last White House Gut Job

Sometimes if you want to do the job right, you've got to start from the…

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Castle Itter: The Strangest Battle of World War Two

It was the final days of World War Two in Europe. Hitler had committed suicide,…

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The Great British Train Robbery: A Heist Made For Hollywood

As kids we are taught that crime doesn’t pay. Unsurprisingly, like many lessons we learn…

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The 80th Anniversary of the Hindenburg Disaster and the End of the Zeppelin

When you hear the word zeppelin, most people think of the band Led Zeppelin or…

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The Sunken Russian Sub the CIA Asked Howard Hughes to Help Salvage

The following event took place during a politically precarious time period and is centered around…

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Operation Yellow Ribbon’s Small Town Hospitality on 9/11

September 11, 2001 is a day that will live in our collective memory for quite…

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The Mysterious, Free-Roaming Zebras of Hearst Castle

It’s a perfect California day: bright sunshine, a light breeze, warm enough to drive with…

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The History of Income Taxes in the United States

If we asked you to come up with the one thing that Americans collectively hate…

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Why the Japanese Couldn’t Leave Their Country for Two Centuries

If we told you this was a story about a nation trying to close its…

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The 8 Worst Jobs Kids Used to Do

Most adults today have a story about a horrible job they held as a kid,…

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5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Martin Luther King Jr.

While the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. is recognized as a holiday in January,…

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Big Business Is Knocking Down the Fading Spaghetti Tree

It seems like eons ago that Switzerland made headlines around the world with news of…

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The Mystery and Heartache Residing in the Plain of Jars

What might be the one of the most ancient burial grounds in the world is…

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8 Countries That No Longer Exist

Countries have come and gone over the centuries for numerous reasons, even as a result…

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The Other Side of Einstein’s Genius

Best known for his theory of relativity, Albert Einstein has become a pop culture icon…

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The Female Pope: Stoned, But Not Forgotten

The shattering of Hillary’s glass ceiling would have been quite the pioneering achievement for womanhood,…

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The Sad Tale Behind Central Park’s Destruction of Seneca Village

This is the story of the African-American Community that died so Central Park could live.

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The Time Detroit Gave the Key to the City to Saddam Hussein

In case you happen to ever find yourself in a dank Detroit watering hole getting…

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The Manhattan Project’s Gift to America: A Potential Underground Chernobyl

In the early days of nuclear research, safety procedures and waste disposal were not up…

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10 Bizarre Medical Practices From History

What would you do if you couldn’t trust your doctor? The medical profession wasn’t always…

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The Great Wall of China and Its Amazing List of Wonders

The Great Wall of China is an impressive sounding name, but it still doesn’t really…

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The Pilgrims Were Welcomed to America in English With a Special Request

The pioneers that we now know as the Pilgrims were anxious, given many tales of…

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The ‘Lucky’ Japanese Man Who Survived Two Atomic Bombs

For those of us who believe in good luck and bad luck, meet Tsutomu Yamaguchi,…

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The 1921 Burning of Oklahoma’s Black Wall Street

The old photos of crosses burning on the lawns of African American families throughout the…

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Finding America’s Lost Medieval City

It’s a puzzle that might have enticed Indiana Jones. Let’s say there was a metropolis…

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How The Bre-X Company Made Billions Off Nothing

200 million oz of gold, hailed by Lehman Bros. as the “discovery of the century”…

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Marching for Equality: A Brief History of Women’s Marches

The night before Donald Trump took the Oval Office, more than 2 million women had…

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5 Great Big Presidential Inauguration Fails

The last few triumphant steps towards the front door of the White House for a…

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The African American Women Behind NASA’s Early Launches

This may come as a shock to some, but it shouldn’t: History, and science, is…

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London’s Deadly Acid Smog Crisis of 1952

London has always had environmental issues, and with 2017 still in diapers it has already…

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The Deadly Molasses Flood that Wiped Out a Boston Neighbourhood

The phrase “slower than molasses in January” is a bit deceptive, it seems. One town…

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The Bear That Went To War

World War II was an expanse of awful. Millions killed, displaced and separated from their…

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The Secret Wartime Factory in London’s Underground

This is the story of a secret underground wartime factory in a very unusual place…

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Los Angeles’ Forgotten Hollywood Subway

Los Angeles is a city known for its ongoing love affair with movie star glitz…

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That Little Known Problem of Nazis in Newfoundland

While World War II wasn’t fought on North American soil, Newfoundland saw a surprisingly large…

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Brooklyn in the 50s: Where Dope Was a Weed That Grew Everywhere

If there is a stoner heaven, a place where space cowboys like ‘the Dude’ from…

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Why Peter Pan’s Enduring Story Helps Funding a Children’s Hospital

The Peter Pan character, as created by Scottish author and playwright J.M. (James Matthew, Jimmy…

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The United States Dropped 4 Nukes on Spain, Accidentally

Hollywood has taught us that nuclear weapons are dangerous in the wrong hands, typically highly…

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The Secret Nazi Weather Station in North America

70 years have passed since the Second World War and the Nazi invasion of North…

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The Woman Who Survived a 10,000 Foot Fall

As far as holiday airport mayhem goes, chances are the 92 occupants (86 passengers and…

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The United States of Europe

In 1947 Churchill spoke about creating a ‘United States of Europe’. His goal was to…

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Christopher Columbus – Was He Really the First?

Marystown, Newfoundland. Terry swings his long legs off of the wrong side of the bed…

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17th Century Europeans Took ‘Eat Your Heart Out’ Literally

If you brought your high school aged son or daughter in to see your family…

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The Industrial Revolution’s Peashooting Human Alarm Clocks

This list is a short one of people who enjoy having to wake up bright…

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Egyptian King Ramses I: From Pharaoh to a Niagara Falls Freak Show Oddity

Grave robber is a harsh term. It conjures up images of slimy, dishevelled old men…

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How Germany Almost Bankrupted Britain in WW2 by Creating 5 Pound Notes

Destroying an economy with forged bills sounds like the plot of an Austen Powers movie,…

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The Greatest Humanitarian Airlift in History

The Great Berlin Airlift would make a superb name for a 1980s synth-pop band; however,…

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8 Good Reasons to Embrace the Ides of March

Shakespeare's words and Julius Caesar's death may have combined to turn March 15th (known to…

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Operation Fish – How the Largest Transfer of Wealth in History Took Place

This is an amazing piece of history that has somehow avoided the world’s attention. It…