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Why The Metric System Is So Important

Video: Myanmar, Liberia and the United States of America. Those are the only three countries left in the world that don’t use the metric system. Ted-Ed traces the history of the metric system (thank you French Revolution) to show how important it is to have one universal measurement system for the world, what can happen when conversions go wrong (NASA crashing an orbiter into Mars), and what the future of the metric system will be (basing it off universal constants like the speed of light).


How A Gutenberg Printing Press Actually Works

Video: Everyone who was born without a smartphone in their crib knows how a printing press works… in theory. You line up the type, ink up the slate, slap a piece of paper on and then press down to print. Easy money. But the beauty of these historically important devices is in the details.


This Statue For A Chinese Warrior Is Very Probably The Most Badarse Statue Ever

Damn. That’s a good statue. This 50m-tall bronze figure depicts Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general, and majestically towers over Jingzhou, China. Shanghaiist says that over 4000 strips of bronze have been stuck onto the body of Guan Yu and he stands atop the 8000 square metre Guan Yu museum. All that is great but damn, I just can’t get over how fantastic the statue looks.


10 Real-Life Female Spies Who Deserve Their Own Movie Franchises

You may be familiar with the espionage efforts of female spies like Josephine Baker and Mata Hari, whose lives have been committed time and time again to film. But there are numerous female spies who — even if we don’t agree with all their politics — led fascinating lives, ones that could fill entire movie franchises.


Did You Know: It's World Chocolate Day Today

It’s World Chocolate Day today, guys. Whilst everybody else is using this as justification to eat all the things, I’m going to permeate those sweet feels with a somewhat darker entry into chocolate’s history: its association with the Aztecs and human sacrifice.


These One-Liners From The 1960s Are A Corny Time Capsule

Do you like jokes? I like jokes. Jokes are silly. But jokes aren’t just all yuck-em-ups and goof-a-lots. They can be great tools for history-lookers. History studiers? Historians.


Historic Holocaust Escape Tunnel Discovered In Lithuania

Using ground penetrating radar, a team of archaeologists has uncovered a tunnel dug by Jewish concentration camp prisoners to escape the Nazis.


These Terrible Historical Events Inspired Game Of Thrones' Red Wedding

Video: Even though it took place three seasons ago, the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones is still probably one of the most shocking things to ever happen on the series. And though George R.R. Martin is wildly imaginative in creating the world of Westeros, the inspiration for the Red Wedding actually comes from history. We did this to ourselves before Game of Thrones did it.


8 Low-Tech Weapons And Tactics Used By Both Sides In WWII

In a war that featured Blitzkriegs, V2 rockets, and nuclear weapons, it’s easy to forget about some of the more old-timey weapons and tactics used during the conflict. Here are eight that proved their worth.


What Happened Before History?

Video: Kurzgesagt goes deep into the history of the origin of humans in its latest animation explainer. And while it’s fun to see how far we’ve come, it’s almost more interesting to find out how little we know about the time before history.


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