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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

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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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 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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7 Horrifying Historical Origins of Famous Corporate Logos

Nobody holds the copyright on ancient myths. So why make up a new name for your company when you can just call it Trojan? A word of advice, though. Before you go sticking a mythological figure on your logo, take a few minutes to look up its story. Otherwise you get some downright hilarious unintentional results.

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