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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.


The 6 Most Utterly Insane Bank Heists In History

Is there a bank robbery that isn’t at least a bit bizarre? Consider the “Geezer Bandit,” who’s held up at least 16 banks and is either an elderly man, or doing a convincing job imitating one. That’s kind of weird, right? But it’s small potatoes in the realm of bank-robbing. Here are six of history’s most mind-boggling heists.


Time To Think About How Short Human History Is

Here is your daily reminder that humans are just one animal among many that have existed on Earth, and that our species’ history is minute compared to the history of the rest of our planet.


Fried Chicken Was Very, Very Different In The 1700s

Fried chicken is pure comfort food, and you can reasonably expect that it will be prepared using similar methods wherever you go. Unless of course you were planning on time travelling to the 18th century.


Why Did Japanese People Stop Performing Seppuku?

Seppuku, a highly ritualized form of suicide that involved cutting one’s own stomach, was once part of the bushido samurai code, and considered an honorable way to die and, until the 20th century, was quite common. So what happened? Why did this practice die out?


Grab Your Torches And Pitchforks, It's The 200th Anniversary Of Frankenstein

Video: Though Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein wasn’t published until 1818, the teenage author started penning the story 200 years ago — inspired by a memorable nightmare and the gloomy, volcano-spurred climate event known as “the Year Without a Summer”.


10 Historical People Who Were Real-Life Magicians 

If you think magic is just for Dungeons & Dragons players and Criss Angel, you’re sadly mistaken. Magic is totally real, and was totally practiced by totally real people who lived in history! Here are just 10 real-life wizards and sorcerers who used magic for a lot more than just party tricks.


Though It Seems Crazy Now, The Neutron Bomb Was Intended To Be Humane

Until the day he died, physicist Samuel Cohen declared that his invention, the neutron bomb, was a “moral” and “sane” weapon that would kill enemy combatants, while sparing civilians and cities. But, despite the support of fans like Ronald Reagan, this weapon of not-as-much mass destruction proved to be a hard sell.


Trench Warfare In World War I Was A Smarter Strategy Than You Realise

History remembers trench warfare as wasteful, futile, and uninspired, but in reality it was a deeply thought-out system that underwent constant revision. Here’s how it worked during World War I.


How The Dragons In Game Of Thrones Stop Progress In Westeros

It’s easy to be captivated by the medieval world of Westeros in Game of Thrones. I mean, everybody loves a good story about kings and queens, princes and princesses, swords and lords and castles and banners. But have you ever wondered why Westeros is stuck in this never ending medieval age? They have lived like this for thousands and thousands of years. How come their society hasn’t progressed? Nerdwriter blames the dragons.


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