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The 6 Most Embarrassing Historical Artifacts Ever Discovered
The 6 Most Embarrassing Historical Artifacts Ever Discovered

WARNING: This articles contains centuries-old mummy wiener and sex toys.

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4 Creepy Visions of Hell From Real Near Death Experiences
4 Creepy Visions of Hell From Real Near Death Experiences

Sometimes, people who have near-death experiences report going in a different direction.

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5 Reasons The Cold War Was History's Worst Clusterf**k
5 Reasons The Cold War Was History's Worst Clusterf**k

You probably think The Cold War was a sort of well-orchestrated military balancing act. But frankly the more you read about it the less it seems like the work of adults.

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5 Ridiculous Cold War Myths You Probably Believe
5 Ridiculous Cold War Myths You Probably Believe

The Cold War was a 40-year pissing contest in which the entire world's population kept a constant eye on the news, with a never-ending fear that one side or the other would whap their big, red Armageddon button first.

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5 Horrifying Realities Of Daily Life Edited Out Of History
5 Horrifying Realities Of Daily Life Edited Out Of History

You can actually make yourself feel a whole lot better about your life today merely by reminding yourself of a few key things about the past.

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5 Reasons 'Traditional Marriage' Would Shock Your Ancestors
5 Reasons 'Traditional Marriage' Would Shock Your Ancestors

Most of our assumptions about what marriage was like back in the day are complete bullshit.

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5 Insane Theories That Change How You See Great Works Of Art
5 Insane Theories That Change How You See Great Works Of Art

We want to emphasize the word 'theories' here -- none of these have been proven, and probably never will be.

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5 Superheroes Older Than You Think
5 Superheroes Older Than You Think

The pages of history are littered with characters with incredible powers, insane origin stories, and armies of faceless goons to deploy them on. Here are five of the fist-fistingest.

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5 Creepy Crimes From History No One Can Explain
5 Creepy Crimes From History No One Can Explain

Frolic with me through these stories of historical, murderous strangeness.

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6 Incredible Ancient Wonders (Destroyed By Idiots)
6 Incredible Ancient Wonders (Destroyed By Idiots)

When future archaeologists look back at our era thousands of years from now, they'll reach two major conclusions: 1) our subway system was very inefficient and bizarrely sandwich-centric, and 2) we were morons.

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5 Realities Of The Rehab Camp My Parents Paid To Kidnap Me
5 Realities Of The Rehab Camp My Parents Paid To Kidnap Me

When we recently heard from a man who managed to escape from one of these places -- by trekking through the desert, on foot -- we had to hear his story.

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8 Things Vietnam War Movies Leave Out (By an Enemy Soldier)
8 Things Vietnam War Movies Leave Out (By an Enemy Soldier)

We sent a writer out to Vietnam to speak with Nguyen Hoa Giai. He fought as a Viet Cong from the late 1950s to the end of the war in the mid-'70s. Here's what he told us.

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5 Reasons Irish People Don't Love American St. Patty's Day
5 Reasons Irish People Don't Love American St. Patty's Day

A Transalantic discussion of our global holiday

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5 Real Supervillain Attacks on America That History Forgot
5 Real Supervillain Attacks on America That History Forgot

Prior to 9/11, we could scarcely believe such a thing was even possible. But that's only because our memories totally suck.

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4 Awful Works by Famous Geniuses Everyone Pretends to Like
4 Awful Works by Famous Geniuses Everyone Pretends to Like

Not even famous geniuses make great stuff all the time.

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