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6 Inventors Who Changed the World and Got Screwed in Return
6 Inventors Who Changed the World and Got Screwed in Return

Some inventors get so little credit that we completely forgot about them, and since we really don't like angering the ghosts of people who could probably invent a way to punch us from beyond the grave, here they are.

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5 Miracles Deleted From the Bible For Being Too Awesome
5 Miracles Deleted From the Bible For Being Too Awesome

There are whole other books that used to be part of the Bible, until someone took a hard look and said, 'No way.' And it's too bad, because some of the miracles performed in these apocryphal texts are freaking amazing.

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5 Groundbreaking Firsts That Your History Books Lied About
5 Groundbreaking Firsts That Your History Books Lied About

It turns out that a whole lot of famous firsts are credited to the wrong people, due to politics, bad luck, or outright lies.

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5 Hilarious Reasons Publishers Rejected Classic Best-Sellers
5 Hilarious Reasons Publishers Rejected Classic Best-Sellers

It turns out that some of the most-read books in the world were in fact rejected for some really preposterous reasons over the years.

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6 Famous Things From History That Didn't Actually Exist
6 Famous Things From History That Didn't Actually Exist

We've really botched some history in the name of so-so television.

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5 Obsessive Weirdos Who Made the World a Better Place
5 Obsessive Weirdos Who Made the World a Better Place

Whatever your fixation was, you probably outgrew it and moved on to something else. We can't say the same about these guys, because their freakish infatuations changed the world.

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The 10 Creepiest Cat Pictures in Art History
The 10 Creepiest Cat Pictures in Art History

I realize that many of you love cats. Sadly, I don't share your zest, as I'm allergic as hell to the animals.

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The 5 Most Epic Backfires in the History of Bad Jokes
The 5 Most Epic Backfires in the History of Bad Jokes

The problem with sarcasm, is that sometimes you can do it so well (or so poorly) that people don't realize you're joking.

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The 4 Worst Famous Relatives People Managed to Live Down
The 4 Worst Famous Relatives People Managed to Live Down

Every family has its black sheep, but some families have a cousin who helped end the lives of millions of people.

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5 Insane Prison Escapes You Won't Believe Actually Worked
5 Insane Prison Escapes You Won't Believe Actually Worked

In real life, most prison escapes aren't the result of mind-blowingly complex schemes, but a combination of dumb luck, indifferent guards, and unintentional hilarity.

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6 Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages Everyone Believes
6 Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages Everyone Believes

Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages Everyone Believes

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5 Insane 'What If' Scenarios That Almost Changed Everything
5 Insane 'What If' Scenarios That Almost Changed Everything

For every terrible tragedy history has handed us, there is an infinitely long list of disasters that we narrowly missed.

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5 Reasons George Washington Was Either Lucky or a Wizard
5 Reasons George Washington Was Either Lucky or a Wizard

The first real president of the United States was a Highlander. He thwarted death, fell into the presidency, and succeeded only by the most fortuitous of flukes.

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11 Old War Photographs You Won't Believe Aren't Photoshopped
11 Old War Photographs You Won't Believe Aren't Photoshopped

When you start sifting through rare photos of secret projects and behind-the-scenes shenanigans that didn't make into the history books, you get lots of pictures that just look downright fake.

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The 5 Most Hilariously Insane Rulers of All Time
The 5 Most Hilariously Insane Rulers of All Time

Don't get us wrong -- we're sure it was a nightmare for everyone involved. But it does make for hilarious stories down the line.

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