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This Weird Purse Is Actually A Gun

Video: Forgotten Weapons sees a lot of odd firearms, from a machine gun that Italian troops would mount to bicycles to Uzis that look like horseshoes. But the Frankenau purse gun takes the cake for pure strangeness.


The 15 Worst Torture Devices In History

Torture has been a constant and horrific element of the human existence throughout history. We just can’t seem to get enough of doing awful things to each other in the name of war, information extraction and religion. Perhaps one of the worst elements to torture is just how ingenious some of the methods and devices that we have invented are. Here are some of the worst.


Sunken British Submarine Found Off The Coast Of Denmark

On 10 April 1940, British submarine HMS Tarpon and its crew of 50 were sent to Norway to intercept Nazi merchant vessels. They were was never heard from again. Now, after 76 years, the sub has finally been found. An investigation of the remarkably well preserved vessel shows it didn’t go down without a fight.


The Staggering Evolution Of Stop-Motion In Film History

Video: Filmmakers have been stop-motion animation for aeons, but holy crap man, people have gotten really, really good at it. This video by Vugar Efendi tracks the evolution of stop motion in film starting with The Enchanted Drawing in 1900, which was really just a drawing of a face changing facial expressions, all the way up to the gloriously beautiful Kubo and the Two Strings, which was released this winter.


Brains Of Nazi Victims Uncovered In German Psychiatric Institute

Dozens of brains and brain parts belonging to victims of the Nazi eugenics campaign — and possibly the Holocaust — have been uncovered during renovations at the Max Planck Psychiatric Institute in Munich, Germany.


Why The Heck Do Some Countries Have Weird Panhandles?

If you look closely at a map, you’re bound to find some really weird stuff. Countries you never knew existed pop up, bodies of water reveal themselves and the borders of countries look totally random. What’s more random about those borders is when they have weird panhandles or salients, basically appendages of land that have been hastily slapped onto the main body of a country. How did these tiny stretches of land get added?


8 Things That Happened In History Way More Often Than Everybody Thinks

We learn in history class that certain events were a Big Deal, and we assume they were unique and unprecedented. But many of these things, from technological breakthroughs to political shake-ups, used to happen all the time. Here’s a list of eight not-quite-so-special things that occurred regularly throughout history.


How Aluminium Changed The World

Video: Aluminium started as one of the world’s most expensive materials because it was difficult to refine — even though it made up eight per cent of the world’s crust. But eventually aluminium became one of the cheapest materials after methods of mass producing it were invented in the 1880s. It went from $US1200 ($1576) per kilogram down to a dollar in 50 years.


Here Are Some Words That Seem Like They Should Be Related But Actually Aren't At All

Video: Did you know the words “male” and “female” aren’t actually related to each other? As in, there’s no “male” in “female”. The word “male” is derived from the Latin word masculus, while the word “female” comes from the French word femelle. It sounded close enough so we just made them both pronounced like male. Damn, patriarchy.


The 1904 Olympic Marathon Was Essentially The Hunger Games

The marathon is one of the most grueling and extreme events of the Olympics, holding pride of place on the very last day just before the closing ceremony. You can usually pick the exhausted marathon runners in the ceremony, but these modern marathons are basically a walk in the park compared to the 1904 event that left multiple competitors on the brink of death, with less than half of the athletes actually finishing. Here’s how it went down.


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