5 Things About Vikings That We Get All Wrong

Unfortunately, thanks to centuries of misinformation in scholarly histories and in popular culture, most people suffer from a variety of misconceptions about the Vikings, from who they were to when they were active to what, exactly, they did.

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Ants build nests, bees build hives, beavers build dams and humans build…cities. We love doing deep dives into the weird aspects of cities.  Like cities that have been destroyed by unimaginable disasters. Or these big U.S. cities with underreported nonsense. When you start to look into it, you never know what you’re going to find.

We have this theory that there's something weird about literally every location. So we asked our contributors to show us the weirdest, most puzzling facts about famous cities. Turns out we were right.

For example, whats the deal with the venomous un-killable spiders from South America that ended up in Helsinki? How did they get there? We have to imagine at least one intern got canned for that. It’s gotta be in the job description: “no venomous un-killable spiders from South America.” It really should go without saying.

Keep reading for some truly wild examples they found for us:

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