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The Mock Execution of Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Mock Execution of Fyodor Dostoevsky

Matt Blitz February 25, 2015 1

On December 22, 1849, members of a Russian intellectual literary group known as the Petrashevsky Circle were sent to Semyonov Square to meet their fate – death by firing squad. With the men pointing

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Havildar Bhanbhagta Gurung’s Knife Wielding WWII Assault

Havildar Bhanbhagta Gurung’s Knife Wielding WWII Assault

Karl Smallwood February 24, 2015 1

In March of 2008, the world lost one of the most fearless soldiers to have served during WWII; a man who single-handedly cleared five heavily fortified positions with nothing more than a knife, a

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Fascinating Facts About Every U.S. President

Fascinating Facts About Every U.S. President

Daven Hiskey February 16, 2015 0

  There have to date been 43 people who’ve held the highest political position in the United States since the founding of this republic under the current constitution. (And quite a few more Presidents

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Herbert K. Pililaau vs. the North Korean Army

Herbert K. Pililaau vs. the North Korean Army

Karl Smallwood February 9, 2015 1

Hollywood often makes up stories about nigh-unkillable, enemy-stomping individuals who laugh in the face of certain death, only to deliver that death to countless bad guys instead. In real life, if you put a

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The Truth About Christopher Columbus

The Truth About Christopher Columbus

Matt Blitz January 26, 2015 8

“In fourteen hundred and ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…. Today, Christopher Columbus is celebrated as a mythical hero by some – complete with songs, poems, and fictional tales about his great adventure

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The Luckless Rubber Maven: Charles Goodyear

The Luckless Rubber Maven: Charles Goodyear

Matt Blitz January 21, 2015 1

Nineteenth century America was a good time to be inventor. With the right timing, invention, marketing, and patent, one could become rapidly rich. Elias Howe (the sewing machine), Samuel Morse (Morse code), and Cyrus

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The Richest Family in the World

The Richest Family in the World

Matt Blitz January 15, 2015 0

Who was the wealthiest person in every century? That was a question we tried to answer in a previous TIFO article. While it was an incredibly difficult question to get definitive answers to, it

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Sitting at the Bottom of the Sea- The Fourth Pope, St. Clement

Sitting at the Bottom of the Sea- The Fourth Pope, St. Clement

Melissa January 14, 2015 0

This is a continuation of our new series on the Popes, starting from the beginning and working to today, attempting to separate fact from fiction and fleshing out interesting details about these individuals’ lives.

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The Tragic Life of JFK’s Sister

The Tragic Life of JFK’s Sister

Matt Blitz January 9, 2015 4

On January 20, 1961, the newly-elected President John F. Kennedy,  at his inauguration in front of the Capital, told Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can

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The Man on the Raft: The Story of Poon Lim

The Man on the Raft: The Story of Poon Lim

Matt Blitz December 26, 2014 2

On the morning of April 5, 1943, about ten miles off the coast of Brazil, a fishing family in their small boat spotted a Chinese man on a much smaller wooden raft bobbing up

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Calling an Artillery Strike on Your Own Position- The Story of John R. Fox

Calling an Artillery Strike on Your Own Position- The Story of John R. Fox

Sarah Stone December 10, 2014 0

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 18, 1915, John R. Fox grew up in Ohio before attending Wilberforce University, an African American college located in a town of the same name. He met his

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The Angel of Death: Josef Mengele

The Angel of Death: Josef Mengele

Matt Blitz December 2, 2014 5

Auschwitz was the most notorious and horrible of the concentration camps during World War II. Over a million innocent people were murdered at the camp located in Southern Poland (which was “annexed” by Nazi

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150 Years in a Jar- The Story of John Dalton’s Eyeballs

150 Years in a Jar- The Story of John Dalton’s Eyeballs

Melissa November 26, 2014 0

John Dalton (1766-1844) was a distinguished scientist who is known for, among many other things, his theories about atoms, his law of partial pressures of gases and liquids (published in 1803), and being one

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Talking Tough: Martin Luther’s Potty Mouth

Talking Tough: Martin Luther’s Potty Mouth

Melissa November 25, 2014 1

On the last day of October in 1517, a scholar and priest named Martin Luther did as priests commonly did at the time when they had something to discuss amongst the clergy- he nailed

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The Blind Man Who Invented Cruise Control

The Blind Man Who Invented Cruise Control

Staci Lehman November 13, 2014 1

While speed governing systems have been around on automobiles almost as long as they have existed (the first known one was installed on a Wilson-Pilcher car in 1900) and similar systems have been around

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Frederick Banting and the Relatively Recent Discovery That Has Saved Hundreds of Millions of Lives

Frederick Banting and the Relatively Recent Discovery That Has Saved Hundreds of Millions of Lives

Melissa October 28, 2014 1

According to the World Health Organization, about 347 million people worldwide have diabetes. Because diabetes treatments are so common today, it can be easy to forget that the disease can be fatal. In fact,

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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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Al Jolson- Misunderstood Hero or Villain?

Al Jolson- Misunderstood Hero or Villain?

Eddie Deezen October 9, 2014 2

Ask most movie fans, “What was the first ‘talkie’?” The most frequent reply tends to be “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson. This is a “sort of” correct answer, but not really. The earliest

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