Humanity has always possessed a knack for mindlessly repeating weird themes in all aspects of life, up to and very much including classic art. The only difference is that their themes were somehow even stranger.
More often than you'd think, circumstances conspire to put the fate of the world into the hands of people you wouldn't trust with a Risk board.
Almost everything you think about those old wars is completely wrong.
As awful as war is, it has a way of bonding people. We'd imagine that goes double for these guys, who found themselves having to pretty much fight battles themselves.
Some of what you think you know is wrong, some of it is misconstrued, and most of it just left your head completely the minute 8th grade history ended.
We sat down with Katarina Urbanek, who spent her teenage years studying in Slovakia during WWII, where she also enlisted as a member of the Slovak Underground.
It turns out that a lot of the stuff that defines the modern battlefield has been around in some form for a lot longer than we think, thanks to murderous geniuses who were decades or centuries ahead of their time.
Censorship commits a greater sin than 'threatening freedom' or 'oppressing thought': It completely alters the story's message.
Sometimes the experts get things wrong, giving us a view of the past that more closely resembles the fever dreams of a Muppet designer than actual animals.
These folks stared right into the eyes of heavily armed evil and slowly, purposefully, without ever breaking eye contact, raised both middle fingers.
How many history-making men have we almost lost to fatal pissing contests? A frightening amount, it turns out.