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The Weird, Weird Tale Of Mike The Headless Chicken

For all we know, Mike was blessed by some very sick god and could have lived for hundreds of years.

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4 Beautifully Dumb Schemes From America's Weirdest Spy Agency

As World War II loomed, President Franklin Roosevelt decided to found the wackiest spy agency in American history.

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The Bacon Craze Was Created By Corporate Conspiracy

Healthy diets aren't profitable, so now we have bacon lattes.

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When First Invented, Everyone Hated Shopping Carts

You'd think Americans would love anything that let them be lazier.

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How A Dead Hobo Helped The Allies Win WWII

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Dead Guy.

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Medieval Coats Of Arms Were Way Sillier Than You'd Think

You wouldn’t hang this art on your fridge, let alone your castle walls.

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5 Weirdo Crimes You Never See In The Movies

Sometimes, criminal masterminds decide to forgo the drug game for the world of illicit hot dog carts.

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For Centuries, We Had Different Calendars (Because People Disliked The Pope)

It might seem impossible for a calendar to be a political hot-button issue.

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5 Of Your Favorite Trends Began As Queer Ones

Time to recognize where our trends come from and the trailblazers who were actually responsible for them.

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7 Bonkers Backstories To Landmark Supreme Court Cases

Sometimes a case ruling doesn't give you all the crazy details ...

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Meet 'Wound Man,' The IKEA Instruction Manual Of Medieval Surgery

This cartoon put the 'practice' in 'surgical malpractice.'

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A Short Strange History Of The Real Skulls Used In 'Hamlet'

The most important takeaway here is that Jude Law has a skull guy.

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An Ancient Pope Put His Predecessor's Dead Body on Trial (Literally)

It's not unprecedented to put a dead person on trial, but it's pretty rare that the dead person actually appears in court.

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55 Ridiculous Stories That Somehow Happened During War

Sometimes, it seems like war is all one big joke.

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