We're impressed by new gizmos, sure, but we tend to forget that even the most obvious, basic concepts had to be invented at some point. And some of them were shockingly recent.
Murder is no joke. Failed assassination attempts are.
Forget about Stephanie Meyer or JK Rowling or Stephen King--at the end of the day, they just write stories and make billions of dollars. No, the writers who really deserve a pat on the back are the ones who wrote completely fictional stories that, over time, were remembered as actual history.
Cracked: Finding dicks in academia since 1956.
Why did the Empire spend all that time and money building the Death Star, only to leave that vulnerable exhaust port wide open? That question marks the end of your naive childhood and the beginning of your life as a cynical adult.
Once again, the nutbags that are our ancestors beat us to the punch.
Apparently some of the most important changes in pop culture and world history have turned on some guy shrugging and saying, 'screw it.'
Unsurprisingly, our image of the past is largely made up of Hollywood inventions, propaganda and uneducated guesses.
Wwhat do you do if the real world doesn't provide you with something people can rally around? Just go ahead an embelish the truth.
Here are five groups of soldiers that prove that no matter how implausible the plot, some military unit, somewhere, has topped it.