Category: History

The lost cataclysm: The Cascadia earthquake and tsunami of 1700

The lost cataclysm: The Cascadia earthquake and tsunami of 1700

By Sean Munger

Three hundred and fifteen years ago tonight, on January 26, 1700, at about 9:00 PM local time, one of the most severe earthquakes in recent geological history raked the part of North America that is now known as the Pacific Northwest. This incredibly violent quake was about the same magnitude as the temblor that would destroy Lisbon 55 years later, […]

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5 Historical Figures More Terrifying Than Any Horror Villain

5 Historical Figures More Terrifying Than Any Horror Villain

By Cracked Writers If the world seems like a more violent and brutal place these days, well, that’s because your history class left out a bunch of shit, probably due to your teacher not wanting to give you PTSD. Oh sure, you know that history is full of wars and oppression and such. We’re not talking about that — we’re […]

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Under The Knife – Human Skin Books

Under The Knife – Human Skin Books

VIDEO Under The Knife  description: In Episode 5 of Under The Knife, Dr Lindsey Fitzharris discusses the dark history behind anthropodermic bibliopegy, or binding books with human skin. Why was it done? And how exactly did tanners use human skin to create covers in the past?…….

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The Dancing Plague of the Middle Ages

The Dancing Plague of the Middle Ages

By Top Secret Writers

By Sally Painter The Dancing Plague of the Middle Ages was a mysterious disease that besieged most of Europe, Prussia (German Empire) and the Netherlands for several centuries. There were recorded cases of the disease moving through parts of America as well. It sprang up almost two decades after the Black Plague (1) that took between 50-70 million in Europe […]

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The Caves of Nerja: Mankind’s forgotten Stone Age home, rediscovered

The Caves of Nerja: Mankind’s forgotten Stone Age home, rediscovered

By Sean Munger

Fifty-six years ago today, on January 12, 1959, five young boys from the vicinity of the town of Nerja, Spain went out hunting for bats near a sinkhole, called La Mina, where they were known to congregate. The boys’ names were Francisco Navas Montesinos, Miguel Muñoz Zorrilla, Manuel Muñoz Zorrilla, José Luis Barbero de Miguel and José Torres Cárdenas. They found […]

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The superstitions of space travel revealed

The superstitions of space travel revealed

Via Daily Mail On 17 April 1970 the Apollo 13 mission safely returned home after an oxygen tank explosion had left it all but stranded in space. The event shook the top dogs at Nasa and one, Administrator James Beggs, became so fearful of the number 13 that no US mission has been designated with the number since. This is just one […]

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Time capsule buried by real ‘Sons of Liberty’ is opened for the first time in 220 years

Time capsule buried by real ‘Sons of Liberty’ is opened for the first time in 220 years

Via Daily Mail They were the foot soldiers of the American Revolution, and are set to be at the center of new History channel miniseries Sons of Liberty. And on Tuesday night a time capsule buried by war figures Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and William Scollay in 1795 was opened up, some 220 years after it was first put in the […]

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Zenobia, the Warrior Queen of Palmyra, Syria

Zenobia, the Warrior Queen of Palmyra, Syria

Via Ancient-Origins In 30 BC, the last active Ptolemaic queen of Egypt, Cleopatra VII, was dead. According to the written sources, she committed suicide by holding a poisonous snake to her breast, so as to avoid being paraded in Rome by the victorious Octavian (known as Augustus after 27 BC), althoughthis account is also disputed. The humiliation of being paraded […]

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Why Did the Ancients Describe Such Bizarre Creatures?

Why Did the Ancients Describe Such Bizarre Creatures?

By Tara MacIsaac/Epoch Times In ancient historical accounts, it’s hard to discern the myth from the reality. Sometimes it’s a case of the ancients using modes of description perplexing to the modern reader. Sometimes the accounts are said to mix fact and fiction, or sometimes we see the distortion of facts over time—historians playing “broken telephone” with each other over […]

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The ghost of London Christmases past

The ghost of London Christmases past

Via Daily Mail These amazing pictures show the contrast between how Christmas looked when it was celebrated in London in the past and how it is celebrated now.  Bringing together past and present in one extraordinary picture, the digital composites show familiar scenes from the city centre today juxtaposed with the same scene decades ago. The pictures, by Getty Images, […]

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