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Adolph Frederick Of Sweden Is Known As The King Who Ate Himself To Death

Reading Time: 2 minutes When it comes to death it’s an experience that all of us only ever get to experience once. Sure, some of us will get a dress rehearsal where we may come exceedingly close to death, or even be brought back from the Pearly Gates, or Purgatory, depending on how well behaved you have been. But …

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Fingerprints Were Used In Ancient Babylon As Far Back As 2000BC

Reading Time: 2 minutes A modern crime fighting technique that you might be familiar with, fingerprinting, was in use in ancient Babylon as far back as 2000BC. Although fingerprints in Babylon weren’t exactly used for crime fighting purposes, they still had a significantly useful purpose in some legal situations. I can recall being a fairly young child and learning …

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PT Barnum Would Trick People With A “This Way To Egress” Sign

Reading Time: 3 minutes   This is one old proverb I love, “a fool and his money are soon parted.” It’s a sentiment that rings true throughout the ages. In today’s world the fool is often the victim of an elaborate scheme or conman, working online or through other illicit means. I mean, we all seem to have that …

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Ancient Romans Used Urine As A Mouthwash, Toothpaste And Laundry Detergent

Reading Time: 2 minutes This sounds absolutely delicious, like a recipe from a terrible restaurant or something that Bear Grylls has devised. The ancient Romans used urine as mouthwash, toothpaste and laundry detergent. Now I’m not normally one to pass judgement on someone, but gee wiz. Could you have imagined paying them a visit? Sure, they were regarded as a …

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Sunandha Kumariratana, The Queen Of Thailand, Drowned While Her Subjects Watched Because They Were Forbidden To Touch Her

Reading Time: 2 minutes In 1880, Sunandha Kumariratana, the queen of Thailand, drowned helplessly as her able bodied subjects simply watched from safety. This surely has to be one of the oddest things for a person to do. It’s part of our basic instinct to help someone who is in imminent danger. Yet Sunandha Kumariratana, the queen of Thailand drowned. So why …

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Top 10 List of Unbelievable Firsts in History

Reading Time: 13 minutes Now it’s time for our list of firsts in history. There has to be a first in everything, right? From the first drivers licence, to the first DUI, someone has to hold the distinction of being the first. Sometimes being first can be a treasure, something worth admiration, but every now and then being first …

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The Allies Had A Plot To Give Hitler Estrogen

Reading Time: 3 minutes This little plan that was hatched during WWII comes right out of a Get Smart episode. I would say a James Bond film, but that franchise is far too serious for such a hairbrained scheme.  As it turns out, the Allies had a plot to secretly give Hitler estrogen. This was a serious plan that could …

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Attila The Hun Died Of A Nosebleed

Reading Time: 2 minutes Of all of the ways in which to go, this would have to be one of the less ceremonial ways, especially for a ruler renowned for his leadership and ferocity. The scourge of Rome in the 5th century, Attila the Hun died of a nosebleed. This kind of reminds me of the episode in the …

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Real Pirate Treasure Maps Have Never Existed

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you were rummaging through antique stores, and grans old collectibles hoping to find some real pirate treasure maps, please cease and desist. You could really be wasting a lot of your time, and there’s a real good reason for stopping too. You see, real pirate treasure maps have never existed. Not even once in all …

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England Banned Christmas In 1647

Reading Time: 3 minutes I have only one phrase to describe this action. Bah humbug. England banned Christmas in 1647! That’s right, a Christian country which was under the rule of possibly the most puritan leadership that the country has ever experienced, banned one of the most holy days on the Christian calendar. What was their deal? Were they secretly …

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