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Yale Just Released 170,000 Incredible Photos Of Depression-Era America

The photos taken by Farm Security Administration photographers in the 1930s are some of the most iconic images in American history. We’re all familiar with some of the snapshots of craggy-faced farmers, but unseen photos in government archives tell a more complex story of a struggling country. Yale just released a terrific database of 170,000 of them.

The Blood Moon Was Recorded Back In 19th Century Thailand

This past Monday, people from around the world aimed their cameras upwards in hopes of catching a glimpse of the “blood moon” lunar eclipse. But as this 19th century manuscript shows, it’s a phenomenon that’s been chronicled long before the advent of camera phones and telescopic lenses.

This Ridiculous Gun Was Made To Shoot 100 Birds At Once

If you happen to think killing two birds with one stone is a bit inefficient, or you have found your way into a zombie apocalypse, you might be interested in a special type of gun known as a “punt gun,” that used to be somewhat common among commercial waterfowl hunters. What’s so special about this gun? It is capable of killing upwards of 50-100 birds in a single shot.

How The Vietnam War Brought High-Tech Border Surveillance To America

From 1968 until 1973, the US military spent about $US1 billion a year on a new computer-powered initiative intended to end the war in Vietnam. It went by many names over the years — including Practice Nine, Muscle Shoals, Illinois City and Dye Marker. But today it’s most commonly known as Operation Igloo White.

The History Of The Treadmill Reveals That It Was Basically A Torture Device

The treadmill is a time stopping torture machine that was made to remind us all of how we’ll never be in as good a shape as we want to be and how we’ll never be even half way good at estimating how many minutes have passed. And it’s ok because treadmills were basically made to exploit and torture prisoners into providing labour and power mills.

Your DNA Can Teach Us About Ancient History

For thousands of years, history has been recorded piecemeal, in books, artifacts, buildings and legends. But in the age of molecular biology, a new archive is helping to fill in the gaps: your genetic code.

The History Of The Great Wall Of China And What Makes It So Great

Ted-Ed takes a look at the history of the Great Wall of China, telling the story of its origins and how it relates to what was happening in China at the time. Megan Campisi and Pen-Pen Chen tell the fascinating story of the 13,000-mile ‘dragon’ wall in this animated short.

New Discoveries Could Explain What Happened To The Lost Colony Of Roanoke

CROATOAN. The word was found written on a fencepost in the lost colony of Roanoke, and it still intrigues us after 425 years. But this 16th century settlement is more than a legend. It’s also the subject of archaeological and historical investigations that are now starting to yield answers.

The Fascinating And Bloody Family Tree Of The British Royal Family

As we all learned from Game of Thrones (and definitely not sitting through high school history), when there’s a chance to sit on a throne and rule a kingdom, everybody who can sit seemingly wants to be king and queen, even if it means fighting your family members for the chance. Here’s a really fun look at the history of the British Royal Family, from 1066 until today. It plays out like a comedy.

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