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5 Badass Real Fugitives Who Put Action Movies to Shame

Everyone loves a good fugitive story -- it's one of the mainstays of Hollywood action movies. But it turns out real life is so much more badass.

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The 5 Most Creative Acts of Insanity by Modern Dictators

It turns out even presidents are just as insane as the Kim Jongs and the Gadhafis out there ... and some are even worse.

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6 Carefully Planned 'Utopias' That Went Spectacularly Insane

You can plan for anything except crazy people.

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5 Dumb Myths About Prehistoric Times That Everyone Believes

Don't let your preconceived notions about cavemen make you seem like a caveman.

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24 Shocking Before-After Photos You Won't Believe Are Real

The only list where extreme weight loss and nuclear tragedy come together to entertain you.

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7 Modern Conveniences That Are Way Older Than You Think

Ancient people had a lot of modern luxuries. No Internet, though, so we still win.

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5 Iconic Scenes from History Everyone Pictures Incorrectly

Everything your history books taught you is a lie, and that's what keeps us in business!

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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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