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A Tale Of Two Wests; The Odd Doppelganger Case Behind Modern Fingerprinting

That strange day in 1903 when M.W. McClaughry checked Will West into Leavenworth Penitentiary in Kansas, he was sure he’d already done so two…

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Viktor Belenko: The Cold War Defector Who Thought The FBI Planted Stores With Goods

On September 6th, 1976, when Viktor Belenko dropped his MiG-25 to the treeline and turned off his radio he knew he wasn’t the first…

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Ryan White, The Boy With AIDS Who Changed The World

Kokomo, Indiana: When doctors advised Ryan White’s parents, Jeanne Hale and Hubert White, of the bad news, the infant boy had just opened his…

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10 Things You May Not Know Happened In The 1970s

If you lived through the 1970s or cracked open a history book since then, you know all about Watergate, the oil embargo, and groovy…

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John Elfreth Watkins Jr.; The Man Who Accurately Predicted The Future In 1900

There are two accounts of the future from 1900, which vary wildly from each other. One was the 28 point article posted in the…

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Sergeĭ Prokudin-Gorskiĭ Photographed The Last Days Of Tzarist Russia In Mind-blowing Color

Amongst photogs, the name Prokudin-Gorskiĭ is familiar. Long before color photographs were common, he blazed a trail. Even amongst his color contemporaries, Prokudin-Gorskiĭ stood…

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5 Places We Almost Nuked During The Cold War

There were thousands of sites once targeted by the United States, if not by actual nukes by those who controlled said nukes. Most of…

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The Shortest War In History Lasted 38 Minutes

When the ruling sultan on the British protectorate of Zanzibar died and his nephew took over, the British gave him an ultimatum: clear out…

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After Fukushima Disaster 200 Aging Workers Volunteered To Clean Up So Young People Would Not Have To

After watching the news where younger workers labored to clean up the Fukushima mess, Yasuteru Yamada decided he wanted to do something. It had…

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In 1971 Juliane Koepcke Fell 10,000 Feet To The Amazon And Lived

When 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke awoke on the floor of the Peruvian rainforest, she was still in her assigned plane seat but unfastened from her…

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