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25 Team-Ups in History That Would Have Changed Everything

Tesla and Mark Twain were homeys and Da Vinci and Machiavelli once worked together on a plot to steal a river. This got us wondering what other duos might have tag-teamed history if cost and the time-space continuum weren't an issue.

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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

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)

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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23 Modern Images as Misunderstood by Future Archeologists

Napoleon's height was exactly average for his time. His enemies made up the short thing to make him look silly, and it stuck because he looked sort of small in a couple of paintings. This made us wonder how the images we leave behind will be misremembered.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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5 Ridiculous Archaeological Frauds (That Fooled the World)

As enchanted as we are with the search for Holy Grail-esque treasures, every so often a discovery comes along that excites us so much that we forget to ask whether it might be bullshit.

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