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7Up Once Contained Lithium

Reading Time: 2 minutes The popular carbonated beverage 7Up  contained lithium, the toxic element used in many popular battery cells. But it’s also perhaps the most widely used medication for bipolar disorder. The therapeutic benefits of lithium are the reason it was first used in 7Up. When it was released for sale in 1929, only a few weeks before the stock …

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Nancy Wake, the White Mouse, Was the Most Wanted Person in Nazi Germany

Reading Time: 2 minutes Throughout the course of the most violent conflict in history, one of the most wanted people in the world was a pretty 32 year old woman, Nancy Wake, known to the Gestapo as the White Mouse. She was regarded by the Gestapo as one of the most dangerous people in occupied Europe. She was brave, …

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Monopoly Games For POW’s Had Hidden Escape Maps In WWII

Reading Time: 2 minutes Clever. The Allies hid escape maps in Monopoly games for POW’s to use, along with other useful tools. During the course of WWII many allied prisoners of war spent time in German prisoner camps. Though life was far from easy, the captors of the POW’s allowed the families and relief organisations to deliver special care packages …

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Salon Kitty Was a Brothel Ran by the Ss in Germany to Gather Intelligence

Reading Time: 2 minutes Intelligence gathering by countries is an age old practice. The mere thought of spies conjures up thoughts of dark and mysterious men in trench coats rummaging through secret documents. But this is not always the case, and other methods are often used. In modern times we have been alerted to intelligence gathering methods used by governments. …

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The Invention Of The Polaroid Camera Was Inspired By A 3 Year Old Girl

Reading Time: 2 minutes The inspiration for the Polaroid Camera was a three year old child. It sounds a little perplexing how a toddler could provide inspiration, but it’s true. Without the words of this one young child, the ability to view photos instantly may have been delayed until the advent of the digital camera decades later. Children today …

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Rimming Was Used As A Form Of Punishment

Reading Time: 2 minutes Rimming, the sexual practice often seen in porn movies, and simulated in Sacha Baron Cohen’s movie, Brüno, was once used as a form of punishment for criminals and other prisoners, such as prisoners of war. For those who don’t know what rimming is (also known as anilingus or a rim job), it’s the practice of …

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Betty Boop Was Sexually Assaulted, Nearly Raped and Went Topless And Fully Nude

Reading Time: 2 minutes Whoa Nelly, what the heck were they thinking? It’s not uncommon to find cartoons from the past to be racially insensitive, but to be overtly sexual and sexually violent is another thing all together. That brings us to Betty Boop, a cartoon which first appeared in August 1930, and was at one point the most …

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Bombs Dropped On Vietnam Compared To WW2

Reading Time: 2 minutes Without a doubt the bloodiest conflict in history was WWII. More people lost their lives during that conflict, through battle, genocide, starvation and disease than any other war. Over six long years, in a conflict that spanned the world, massive amounts of bombs were dropped, and some cities absolutely destroyed. Compare that conflict to later …

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Al Capone’s Soup Kitchen During the Great Depression

Reading Time: 2 minutes During the Great Depression of the late 1920’s and 1930’s, one of the most renowned criminal figure heads in America ran a charity. It was Al Capone’s soup kitchen for displaced workers in Chicago. But surely there’s more to the story than generosity. Al Capone rose to infamy during Prohibition. As the head of a …

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German Tank Drivers Drove Over Camel Dung For Luck Until The Allies Noticed

Reading Time: 2 minutes Are superstitions a good or bad thing? Mostly they are just an inconvenience and actually do no harm whatsoever. But there was a time, during WWII, that one specific superstition cost lives. During World War II the German tank drivers thought it was good luck to drive over camel dung. So how could German tank drivers flattening …

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