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5 True Crime Stories That Sound Like Wild Acid Trips
5 True Crime Stories That Sound Like Wild Acid Trips

Sometimes you just have to pretend you're Pablo Escobar to get out of a sticky situation.

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5 Cold War Stories That Reveal It Was A Total Clown Show
5 Cold War Stories That Reveal It Was A Total Clown Show

This whole Cold War thing was just a goofy game.

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5 Sinister Ways Powerful People Silenced Their Critics
5 Sinister Ways Powerful People Silenced Their Critics

They don't want you to talk.

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America's First Paramedic Crew Deserves Their Own Movie
America's First Paramedic Crew Deserves Their Own Movie

There's a team of oppressed underdogs, a villainous politician, a clear narrative arc, and Hitler. What more do you want?

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An Insane Secret Diary Was Written On The Floorboards Of A  French Castle
An Insane Secret Diary Was Written On The Floorboards Of A French Castle

What's inside? Wood-n't you like to know?

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The Incredibly Dark Origin Story Of Auntie Anne's
The Incredibly Dark Origin Story Of Auntie Anne's

Auntie Anne is a real person, and she's seen some stuff.

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4 Incredibly Dumb Early Trump Military Tales
4 Incredibly Dumb Early Trump Military Tales

We'd feel sorry for him if he wasn't, y'know, Donald Trump

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A Brief History of Libertarians Building New Countries (On The Ocean)
A Brief History of Libertarians Building New Countries (On The Ocean)

Bioshock was realer than you thought, people.

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The Seedy, Bizarre History of Rock, Paper, Scissors
The Seedy, Bizarre History of Rock, Paper, Scissors

The legend of rock, paper, scissors is basically 'Tiger King.'

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Modern Heroes Who Got Screwed Over
Modern Heroes Who Got Screwed Over

As it turns out, not every hero gets a parade or medal. Sometimes they get NOTHING.

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A Review Of What Is (Maybe) The Worst Book On The U.S. Presidency Ever Written
A Review Of What Is (Maybe) The Worst Book On The U.S. Presidency Ever Written

This book is fascinating, albeit in the same way that a bad acid trip is fascinating.

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6 Nightmare Tourist Traps From History (Even Crazier Than Reality TV)
6 Nightmare Tourist Traps From History (Even Crazier Than Reality TV)

Before reality TV, people would literally pay to see some mysterious amnesiac stranger who washed ashore.

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Wild War Stories That Deserve Their Own Movies
Wild War Stories That Deserve Their Own Movies

We're surprised no one told us these stories already.

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Wait -- Leprechauns Are Actually Italian?
Wait -- Leprechauns Are Actually Italian?

A pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, a pot of mama's bolognese at its origin.

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