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The 5 Most Incredible Scenes Ever Preserved by Fossils

Every once in a while Mother Nature decides to cut your friendly neighborhood dinosaur hunter some slack by capturing a perfect snapshot of something awesome.

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5 Stupid Juries That Prove the Justice System Is Broken

It's no surprise that this system goes wrong from time to time. It's just surprising how wrong it goes.

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5 Gigantic Wars You Won't Believe Almost Happened

It's impossible to know exactly what the results would have been, but it's mind-boggling to think how close we were to these.

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The 5 Most Badass Ways People Escaped from Slavery

In real life, not only did slaves frequently escape, but they often did it without help from free whites, and without murdering several hundred people.

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5 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About Ancient Civilizations

Much of what we know about ancient Greece and Rome tends to come from films and TV. And, well, much of what we know is plain wrong.

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7 Filthy Jokes You Didn't Notice in Shakespeare

What most non-English majors don't realize is that under Shakespeare's flowery language and incomprehensible old-timey wordplay is a whole lot of sly references to boners, anal sex, masturbation, and much worse.

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5 Surprising Upsides of Horrible Natural Disasters

Just occasionally, natural disasters can have surprising upsides. Here are a few cases where the universe's fury has actually worked out pretty well for some of the people involved.

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The 5 Most Outrageous Bluffs In the History of War

Every good military strategist knows that a well-constructed bluff can overcome almost any odds.

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5 Priests Who Turned Badass When Things Got Critical

The downside of being a man of God in a military setting is that there really is a cap on how much ass-kicking you can do. (Sometimes.)

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5 Ridiculous Modern Fashions With Badass Historical Origins

It seems like fashion trends these days are nothing but pointless peacocking, but you might be surprised to find out that many of them arose from a very genuine need.

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6 Images That Ruined the Lives of People They Made Famous

WARNING: SOME OF THESE IMAGES ARE DISTURBING. We have censored where necessary, but if you're sensitive, you might still want to stay away.

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The 6 Most Hilariously Petty Abuses of Military Power

We're all for goofing around at work -- our entire business model is based on it. But when that workplace is the military, you'd hope there wouldn't be people running around doing dumbass things.

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5 Shockingly Progressive Ideas From 'Primitive' Cultures

We're not only less progressive today than you might think, but there have been some truly shocking moments of tolerance in history that make the modern world look downright bigoted.

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7 Popular Old-Timey 'Hobbies' That Will Give You Nightmares

People used to have atomic bomb viewing parties. That is all.

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