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A Most Prestigious Award: The Nobel Prize
History

A Most Prestigious Award: The Nobel Prize

There are few things in the world that are universally

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Meet The Louds – The Controversial First Reality TV Family
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Meet The Louds – The Controversial First Reality TV Family

In 1973 millions obsessively watched the first experiment in reality

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No Prey, No Pay – The Surprisingly Democratic Pirate Codes
History Pop Culture

No Prey, No Pay – The Surprisingly Democratic Pirate Codes

Far from anarchy, pirate ships were tightly run as success

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3 Famous West Point Dropouts
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3 Famous West Point Dropouts

West Point Military Academy is located in Orange County overlooking

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7 Bizarre And Cruel Colonial Punishments
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7 Bizarre And Cruel Colonial Punishments

Rough justice ruled the American colonies and punishment was both

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The Funniest Hobbies of Dictators
History

The Funniest Hobbies of Dictators

Dictators are not known for their soft sides. More often

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8 American Companies That Worked with the Nazis During World War II
History

8 American Companies That Worked with the Nazis During World War II

Although there were sanctions and restrictions against working with Germany during

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The Tragic Life of Max Planck
History

The Tragic Life of Max Planck

Max Planck is one of the most influential mathematicians of

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The Craziest and Closest Elections
History

The Craziest and Closest Elections

More often than not, elections are fairly normal affairs. The

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Historical Inaccuracies: Wolfgang Petersen’s ‘Troy’
History Movies Pop Culture

Historical Inaccuracies: Wolfgang Petersen’s ‘Troy’

Welcome back to another edition of “Historical Inaccuracies”, today I’ll

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Adam Rainer: Dwarf and Giant
History

Adam Rainer: Dwarf and Giant

Both gigantism and dwarfism are considered rare diseases. For most

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The Weirdest Habits of Philosophers
History

The Weirdest Habits of Philosophers

Philosophers are not the most normal bunch of human beings

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Early Internet Factoids
History

Early Internet Factoids

These days the internet is all about social media and

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Catullus: The Dirtiest Poet You Wish You Knew
History

Catullus: The Dirtiest Poet You Wish You Knew

When modern audiences think of ancient Roman poets, they hardly

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Historical Inaccuracies: Zack Snyder’s ‘300’
History Movies

Historical Inaccuracies: Zack Snyder’s ‘300’

If I’ve learned anything writing these articles it’s that being

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Cinco De Mayo: More Of A U.S. Tradition Than A Mexican Holiday
Food History

Cinco De Mayo: More Of A U.S. Tradition Than A Mexican Holiday

Cinco de Mayo madness shall soon set upon us with

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Historical Inaccuracies: Michael Bay’s ‘Pearl Harbor’ (2001)
History Movies Pop Culture

Historical Inaccuracies: Michael Bay’s ‘Pearl Harbor’ (2001)

Full disclosure: When this movie came out and I was

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Historical Inaccuracies: Ridley Scott’s ‘Gladiator’
History Movies Pop Culture

Historical Inaccuracies: Ridley Scott’s ‘Gladiator’

Ridley Scott faced some backlash at his recent epic, Exodus: Gods

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The Worst Ironies in History
History

The Worst Ironies in History

Sometimes it seems like the world is playing tricks on

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Historical Inaccuracies: Braveheart
History Movies Pop Culture

Historical Inaccuracies: Braveheart

I love “period pieces” whether it’s TV or film I

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Bite Marks and Last Minute Brides: The Story of Ted Bundy
History

Bite Marks and Last Minute Brides: The Story of Ted Bundy

America loves the story of a serial killer, and if

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The Story Of The 33 Inning Baseball Game
History Sports

The Story Of The 33 Inning Baseball Game

Maybe the biggest difference between baseball and all the other

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The Sky Is Falling, And It’s Spiders – 5 Animals That Fell From the Sky
History Science

The Sky Is Falling, And It’s Spiders – 5 Animals That Fell From the Sky

On April 19, the people of Southern Norway got a

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4 Weird Ancient Greek Beliefs About the Dead
Fine Arts History

4 Weird Ancient Greek Beliefs About the Dead

In Ancient Greece, for the dead, things are a little

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6 People You Meet in the Underworld
Fine Arts History

6 People You Meet in the Underworld

The Underworld is a freaky place, especially for the Ancient