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6 Tiny Mistakes That Almost Ended the World
6 Tiny Mistakes That Almost Ended the World

For those of us who grew up in the '80s and '90s, it's difficult to fully understand just how close to annihilation we actually came in the 20th century.

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5 Baffling Discoveries That Prove History Books Are Wrong
5 Baffling Discoveries That Prove History Books Are Wrong

A generation of students found out the hard way that archaeology isn't anywhere near as much fun as Indiana Jones made it look. Still, experts in the field do have their exciting, and even shocking, days at the office.

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The 7 Greatest Pieces of Trash Talk in the History of War
The 7 Greatest Pieces of Trash Talk in the History of War

In situations where every day literally could be your last, sometimes an impecable wit is enough to get you through.

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The 5 Most Impossible Sniper Shots Ever Made
The 5 Most Impossible Sniper Shots Ever Made

Shooting from such a long range incurs a wide array of difficulties, leading to situations where making a successful shot is, by all logic and reason, impossible. It is in these situations where the best snipers sniff, wipe the sweat from their eyes and make the shot anyway.

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The 8 Most Incredible Things Slapped Together in a Day
The 8 Most Incredible Things Slapped Together in a Day

It's amazing what humanity can accomplish in a moment's notice.

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5 Terrifying Killers (That Turned Out to be Mass Panics)
5 Terrifying Killers (That Turned Out to be Mass Panics)

Humans are hard-wired to function in groups. But it's a double-edged sword -- it takes a lot of us to build a city, but as anyone who has ever witnessed a riot can attest, people's ability to act like idiots also multiplies in crowds. And this phenomenon can manifest itself in really weird and even fatal ways.

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The 5 Most Badass Tales of Wartime Survival
The 5 Most Badass Tales of Wartime Survival

Every single person on this list puts Bear Grylls' tales of 'badassery' to shame

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The 5 Most Clearly Cursed Expeditions of All Time
The 5 Most Clearly Cursed Expeditions of All Time

We tend to romanticize the age of exploration, like it was all grand exotic frontiers and tiny people tying sailors down with ropes. What we don't hear about so often is the scurvy and the starvation and the months of endless walking through landscapes full of awfulness. And that's too bad, because it actually makes their stories that much more bad

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5 Historic Artifacts You Won't Believe Still Work
5 Historic Artifacts You Won't Believe Still Work

Unless you're talking about diamonds, Twinkies or vampires, lasting forever usually isn't in the cards. Yet all over the world -- and universe -- there are machines, engineering feats and pieces of meat that never got the memo that we all have a use-by date.

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6 Historical Events That Are Way More Modern Than You Think
6 Historical Events That Are Way More Modern Than You Think

In which you'll discover that stuff you only thought existed in grainy old pictures continued until just a few years ago.

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6 Mind-Blowing Ways Poop Created the Modern World
6 Mind-Blowing Ways Poop Created the Modern World

We here at Cracked take pride in our research department's ability to make as many poop jokes in a 2,000-word article as is humanly possible. Especially when it's about poop.

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5 Ridiculous Cold War Myths You Learned in History Class
5 Ridiculous Cold War Myths You Learned in History Class

During the Cold War there were good guys and bad guys. And it was all bullshit

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The 5 Saddest Attempts to Take Over a Country
The 5 Saddest Attempts to Take Over a Country

When we hear about a rebellion in Egypt or Libya or elsewhere, we instinctively want to root for the scrappy kids trying to fight back against The Man. Of course, a lot of coup attempts aren't all that inspirational. Some, in fact, border on slapstick comedy.

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The 5 Most Insane Rescue Missions That Actually Worked
The 5 Most Insane Rescue Missions That Actually Worked

We know how it is in movies but sometimes in real life, every once in a while, the good guys pull off a rescue that would seem grossly implausible by Hollywood standards.

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The 5 Most Unintentionally Creepy Gifts Given to Presidents
The 5 Most Unintentionally Creepy Gifts Given to Presidents

What do you get the man who has everything? The answer to that question is usually something lame like a 'poem' or a 'song' or 'a heartfelt macaroni portrait.' But sometimes it's something awesome like 'furniture made from super-predators' or 'all the cheese.'

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