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The Archives of Terror

Sarah Stone December 18, 2014 0

On December 22, 1992, former school teacher Martin Almada discovered thousands of documents that detailed the systematic repression of Paraguayans under the government of dictator General Alfredo Stroessner. Almada stumbled upon what has come

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The Real “Doc” Holliday

The Real “Doc” Holliday

Matt Blitz December 15, 2014 2

In the 1993 movie Tombstone, Doc Holliday (portrayed by actor Val Kilmer) is depicted as a good guy at heart, helping Wyatt Earp to keep order and law in the dangerous old west town

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Krampus, the Christmas Demon

Krampus, the Christmas Demon

Matt Blitz December 11, 2014 3

Santa Claus has long been the symbol of Christmas, bringing joy and presents to all the good girls and boys. But if you are child in Germany, Austria, and other parts of the Alps

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Wyatt Earp – The Great American… Villain?

Wyatt Earp – The Great American… Villain?

Matt Blitz December 8, 2014 3

The history books (and Hollywood) often describe the famous lawman, Wyatt Earp, as many things: brave, courageous, moral, law-abiding, and honorable. In the story of the “Gunfight at the OK Corral,” Earp is often

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When Did People Start Smoking Tobacco?

When Did People Start Smoking Tobacco?

Matt Blitz December 1, 2014 2

John A. asks: When did people start smoking tobacco? While who exactly was the first to smoke tobacco has been lost to history, Jordan Goodman, in his book Tobacco in History, theorizes that tobacco

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The Panama Canal and Its Amazing Locks

The Panama Canal and Its Amazing Locks

Melissa November 28, 2014 0

Jill A. asks: Why does the panama canal have locks? Isn’t the ocean the same level on both sides? Rising 85 feet above the surface of one ocean, and then descending again to be

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The Shockingly Old Origin of the Fax Machine

The Shockingly Old Origin of the Fax Machine

Matt Blitz November 20, 2014 1

Today, we mostly think of the fax machine as an outdated piece of technology. While there are still some uses for it in an office-setting, technological advances are sending the fax machines to the

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How Were Kamikaze Pilots Chosen?

How Were Kamikaze Pilots Chosen?

Karl Smallwood November 19, 2014 0

Pat A. asks: Were Kamikaze pilots all just volunteers or how exactly did they get selected? During WWII, thousands of Japanese pilots made the ultimate sacrifice for their country by becoming, essentially, flying suicide

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The Invention of the Vacuum Cleaner

The Invention of the Vacuum Cleaner

Matt Blitz November 11, 2014 0

In central Missouri, about hundred miles from St. Louis and right off of Route 66, sits the small town of St. James. Despite this town having only about four thousand people, it is proudly

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Terrifying Fluffy Bunnies and The Little Albert Experiment

Terrifying Fluffy Bunnies and The Little Albert Experiment

Karl Smallwood November 10, 2014 3

The Little Albert Experiment was a study conducted back in 1920 by famed psychologist, “the father of behaviorism”, John B. Watson. It essentially involved conditioning a baby, identified only as “Albert. B” to experience

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Nixon’s Tactic of Acting Unbalanced as a Political Strategy- The Madman Theory

Nixon’s Tactic of Acting Unbalanced as a Political Strategy- The Madman Theory

Melissa November 3, 2014 0

Developed from game theory and a key tactic of his early administration, President Richard Nixon came into office with a clear plan – scare the hell out of other world leaders to get them

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Dr. Robert Buchanan, a Murder, and Killing a Cat in Court

Dr. Robert Buchanan, a Murder, and Killing a Cat in Court

Melissa October 31, 2014 0

In 1893, Dr. Robert Buchanan was convicted of killing his wife with a lethal amount of morphine. Without any clear physical evidence tying him to her death, the prosecution relied on eyewitness and expert

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The Truth About Gladiators and the Thumbs Up

The Truth About Gladiators and the Thumbs Up

Karl Smallwood October 23, 2014 6

Michael T. asks: Is it true that the thumbs up and thumbs down hand gesture came from crowds in ancient Rome voting on whether a gladiator should live or die? There are few hand

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The Fascinating Reason Witches are Commonly Depicted Flying on Broomsticks

The Fascinating Reason Witches are Commonly Depicted Flying on Broomsticks

Melissa October 21, 2014 3

Emily A. asks: Why do witches fly on broomsticks? We’ve heard this one. To get high, of course! But seriously, it’s thought the idea of witches flying around on broomsticks came from the practice

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The Second Pope: St. Linus, Ladies’ Heads, and Massacring Early Christians

The Second Pope: St. Linus, Ladies’ Heads, and Massacring Early Christians

Melissa October 20, 2014 0

In the 1st century AD, while his flock was suffering from the sadistic persecutions of the Roman Emperor Nero, the second pope, Linus, put as his top priority, at least as far as we

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The Largely Forgotten Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

The Largely Forgotten Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

Sarah Stone October 17, 2014 0

The Greenwood suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma disappeared overnight during the summer of 1921. Known as the “Black Wall Street,” due to being one of the wealthiest black communities in the United States at the

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The Surprisingly Recent Invention of the T-Shirt

The Surprisingly Recent Invention of the T-Shirt

Karl Smallwood October 14, 2014 3

John E. asks: Who invented the T-shirt? The t-shirt is arguably the most popular outer garment in the entire world. Coming in a range of styles, colors and sizes there is quite literally a

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Americans and The Date Format and How That Relates to Data Storage, Holy Wars and Soft-Boiled Eggs

Americans and The Date Format and How That Relates to Data Storage, Holy Wars and Soft-Boiled Eggs

Melissa October 13, 2014 1

M. Seager asks: Why do Americans write dates Month/Day/Year and most others Day/Month/Year? In the United States, our date format begins with the month and ends with the year (MM/DD/YYYY), and this arrangement is

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