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Venezuela: How To Build A Dictatorship In 5 Easy Steps

It was once a lovely tale, Venezuela, which translates to “Little Venice,” would be the Pan-American version of Venice. Alas, history records a different…

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Earth Day: Conscientious Thinking Or Conspiracy Theory?

When Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin in the ‘70s, first suggested we observe something he called Earth Day, he could never have imagined…

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In The 1950s, North Korea Built An Entire City By The Border To Perpetrate A Lie

According to North Korea, the town of Kijong-dong is a lovely little village of 200 residents, who enjoy their busy lives in the demilitarized…

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Communist North Korea: How We Got Into This Mess

In the wake of World War II, the little nation peninsula formerly occupied by Japanese troops, Korea, scrambled to find an identity. Instead of…

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The USS Beale Vs. The Soviet Submarine: Cuban Missile Crisis Caveat 2

At the time of the Missile Crisis in Cuba, there were other world events converging on that moment like a time vortex. One of…

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Fact or Fiction? The Mystery Of The SS Ourang Medan

The Straits of Malacca, Malaysia–Sometime between June 1947 and February 1948, the American Merchant ship, the Silver Star, received a distress signal from the…

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The Piltdown Man: That Time A Fraudster Started A Half-Century Lie

In 1953, scientists at the British Natural History Museum and the University of Oxford revealed that the skull was a clever fraud. A man,…

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That Time We Put A Cable Across The Atlantic

On August 16, 1858, President James Buchanan and Queen Victoria exchanged the first transcontinental message, a formal introduction, and some complimentary patter. That first…

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The Colorful Story of Crayola Crayons

The concept was simple. Mix a little oil with some charcoal and pigment, and viola, you have a unique coloring instrument. One hates to spoil…

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1980: Candace Lightner Turned Tragedy Into Action & Changed The World

On their way to a church carnival, walking along a quiet road, the Lightners were consumed with thoughts of cotton candy and the thrill…

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