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The Fascinating Ways Microbes Could Revolutionize Space Travel

In 2020, Space-X’s Crew-1 dragon capsule docked with the International Space Station (or ISS), where they would conduct a series of experiments over the course of 180 days. One of the most interesting experiments (which was delivered to the ISS last December) is BioAsteroid, which seeks to test rock-eating microbes for potential biomining operations that would be carried out in the future on the Moon, Mars, and maybe even asteroids. These experiments could lead the way to a new era of space…

Ancient Foods That Should Make a Comeback

A surprising number of foods enjoyed by our ancient forebears remain a commonly consumed part of diets around the world in modern times. Among them of course is bread, in different forms and styles depending on the cultures of the consumers. Another is beer, considered a food to the ancients. The builders of the Great Pyramids of Giza provided the workers with over four liters of beer each day, which served as both refreshment and nutrition. Likely it inspired a low absentee rate as well…

10 Ancient Myths That Turned Out to be Real

The myths of the ancient world still inspire us today in literature and in pop culture. We tend to take it at face value that what history calls myth is nothing more than that. While there are those who firmly believe that every myth has a basis in reality, there’s little done to investigate that claim and prove whether it’s true or false. Sometimes it does happen that we come across evidence proving that an ancient story wasn’t just a flight of fancy by someone writing fiction…

Big Misconceptions About Modern Warfare

War is hell, though most of us have an immensely inaccurate idea of exactly what kind of hell it is. While it was a fairly simple affair for most of our history – two sides with dedicated soldiers facing each other at a specific spot, and returning home with a decisive result either way – that’s not the case anymore. Modern warfare is instead a full-fledged, global industry of rapidly-advancing technology, private interests, unclear goals, and asymmetric tactics. It has changed so much that…

Fascinating Facts About the Early Electric Age

Electricity has become so commonplace that we tend to only notice it when it’s not there, but in terms of technological innovations, it’s actually fairly new. It took a lot of concerted effort, and a lot of trial and error, to develop electricity into one of the must-have utilities. Early efforts at bringing electricity to the masses were fraught with tragic mistakes and misunderstandings, along with some rather odd ideas about what electric power could and couldn’t do. It took decades to…

Incredible Ways Modern Technology Has Aided Archaeology

The popular depiction of archaeologists covered in dust, carrying an assortment of small shovels, brushes, and various other analogue tools is basically a thing of the past. If Indiana Jones were to be re-envisioned today, he might look a lot more like a character out of a science fiction film, carrying scanning devices that can directly analyze the chemical composition of soil, probes that can map out a general area of an archaeological site, and even utilizing UAV drones to explore…

Giant Metropolises of the Ancient World

Humanity gathered in communities, which evolved into cities, from the Neolithic age. Their reasons for creating communities included mutual protection, from the elements as well as from other communities. Gradually, they developed systems for the sharing of water, trade, the disposal of waste, and the means of government. From humble dwellings clustered together larger cities emerged, some with buildings of immense size and considerable luxuries. Cities learned to cope with problems familiar…

10 Ways Animals Have Been Used as Weapons

There's a scene in the movie Jurassic World in which we discover that Vincent D'Onofrio's villainous character has designs on getting his hands on some raptors so that the fearsome creatures can be used as weapons in warfare. It sounds like an utterly preposterous idea in real life, because why would you unleash a ravenous killing machine, over which you have very little control, on the world when it could just as easily kill your own forces? But as silly as it might sound, it's not without…

Even More Bizarre and Mysterious Deaths from History

Previously, we have taken a look at some of the oddest deaths in history, but there are plenty more dubious demises left to examine. The past is filled with examples of people who shuffled off their mortal coil in ways that either shocked, surprised, or confused those who came after them. 8. Durable Mike Malloy The story of “Durable” Michael Malloy, also called Iron Mike, took place in New York City, during the early 1930s. Malloy was an alcoholic homeless man down on his luck. Not much was…

10 Strange and Unexpected Grounds for Divorce

There’s a popular adage that 50% of marriages end in divorce. That statistic may have originated sometime in the 1980s. As of 2019, it’s actually about 39% of US marriages that end in divorce. Not a stellar number by any means, but not nearly as bad as half, either. From divorce’s beginnings way back in ancient history into the modern day, the grounds that have been recognized as a reason for divorce have evolved and changed. Some of them are more unusual than you might think…

More Shocking Facts About the Russian Empire

As established in a previous list, the Russian Empire was one of the longest-running empires in human history, and while it is often overlooked, it featured its fair share of shocking events. But something we neglected to mention is how utterly insane the Tsars of the Russian Empire were. The Russian Empire also predated the US in its implementation of prohibition law during World War I, and the reasons for this may surprise you. From Ivan the Terrible’s bad habit of roasting people alive to…

History's Biggest Sea Battles

The fate of nations and empires have depended upon control of the high seas throughout civilization. From well-populated coastlines to the most remote ocean depths, sunken vessels lie dormant in a vast watery graveyard, serving as a reminder of the countless battles waged.Here’s a rundown of some largest and most decisive naval battles that not only changed the tides of war but altered the course of world history.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKItMCmWylgThis is an encore of one of our…

Vienna 1913: The Surprising Hotspot for Massive Historical Figures

Hitler, Freud, Stalin, and the Rothschilds all walk into a bar. This isn’t the setup for a joke; this was the reality of 1913 in Vienna. That year the Austro-Hungarian Empire was one of the largest states in Europe. It was made up of many smaller ethnic groups that are now their own countries. In addition to the two main nations, Austria and Hungary, there are what are now the Czech and Slovak parts of Romania, Italy, Poland, and most of the states that made up Yugoslavia. Needless to say…

Amazing Lies From North Korea

Few, if any, nations in all of history have been more isolated than North Korea. The government of the benighted country presents itself as socialist, though in truth it is a cult of personality operating as a dictatorship along fascist lines. It controls all aspects of life, feeding its subjects a steady diet of falsehoods. These both condemn the outside world and exhort the greatness of the Korean people, whose brethren in the South are presented as enslaved by the evil Americans. North…

10 Weapons That Were Created by Accident

Weapons are rarely accidental. In 2020 alone, the US spent almost one trillion dollars on its military, a large portion of that going toward the development of newer, more efficient weapons. But even though most weapons are anything but accidental, that’s not the case for all of them. Plenty of devices originally conceived for peaceful or benign purposes have been repurposed into killing machines. From the explosive discovery of gunpowder to the invention of barbed wire, here are 10 weapons…

10 Foods That Make Us Sick

Everyone has a bunch of foods that they like, another set of ones that they hate, and a whole lot of “it’s fine, I guess” in between. However, there are some very special foods that don’t readily fit in any of those categories. These are the foods that really make you feel something, and not in the greatest possible way. They might taste fine, but contain ingredients that wreak havoc on your body in ways you could never believe. They might give out a smell that sends even the proudest skunk…