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7 'Ancient' Forms of Mysticism That Are Recent Inventions

Some 'ancient' practices are about as authentic as the ill-fated Chinese tattoo on your arm that the lady swore meant 'pure warrior.'

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The 6 Most Amazing Military Raids of All-Time

Just a handful of men can change the world. Particularly if those men are highly trained and heavily armed and possess next to no instincts for self-preservation. These are the soldiers whose job is to fling themselves into impossible situations, against ridiculous odds, where failure means a lot of other people will die.

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8 Filthy Jokes Hidden in Ancient Works of Art

No matter how far back you go, dick jokes have been the driving force behind mankind's sense of humor. Even ancient figures and civilizations we tend to think of as wise and dignified weren't shy about whipping out some solid boner jokes, even when creating works of art for royalty.

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5 Forgotten Revolutions That Created The Modern World

We may never have had 'Darling Nikki' if it hadn't been for some world-changing movements everyone promptly forgot about.

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6 Impossible Escapes Using Impossibler Methods

As we never get tired of pointing out, when you combine desperation, perseverance, ingenuity and giant balls, wonderful things happen. This is proven by these tales of men who found themselves in hostile territory with no chance of escape ... and just fucking escaped anyway

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The 6 Most WTF Moments From Shakespeare Plays

Apparently, Billy Shakes was one of the most insane, violent, out of left-field wackos who ever picked up a pen.

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The 6 Craziest Sieges in History

Sieges are violent test of ingenuity and balls between two sides, and over the years men of war have come up with some pretty clever ways to keep their enemies the fuck off their lawns. Sieges are never as simple as ladders and ballistae, but here are six from history that are especially unusual.

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6 Civil War Myths Everyone Believes That Are Total B.S.

We might be going out on a limb here, but we're guessing that most of our readers aren't hardcore Civil War historians. And since VH-1 discontinued their series before they got around to the 1860s, a lot of us are walking around with Civil War misinformation firmly wired in our brains.

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6 Insane Stories of a Magician Who Helped Win WWII

How's this for a disclaimer: Much of what follows might be complete bullshit.

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If Classic Fables Actually Told the Truth [COMIC]

A stupid asshole is a poor choice to mind ones livestock.

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6 Famous Figures You Only Know By Their Insulting Nicknames

If you went to elementary school, odds are at some point you wound up with a nickname you hated. Well, you aren't the only one ...

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6 Mistranslations That Changed The World

In a rapidly shrinking world, it's becoming more and more important to have translations that are both lightning-fast and actually understandable. Of course, nobody told that to these people.

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6 Insane Uses of Animals in Wartime (That Actually Worked)

Animals have been used in warfare for centuries. Sometimes it makes perfect sense -- horses have pulled chariots, and mules have carried equipment. Other times, well, things just get a little weird.

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