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The Historic Race to the South Pole May Have Been Influenced by a Freak Warm Spell The Historic Race to the South Pole May Have Been Influenced by a Freak Warm Spell

In 1911, two teams—one from Norway and one from Britain—vied to become the first to reach the South Pole. Led by Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian team won the race, while all five members of Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition perished on the return journey home. New research suggests Amundsen’s team may have…

Restored Prisoner’s Letter Uncovers Horrific Details of Life at Auschwitz Death Camp Restored Prisoner’s Letter Uncovers Horrific Details of Life at Auschwitz Death Camp

In 1944, Marcel Nadjari—a Greek Jew who was forced to remove bodies from the Auschwitz gas chambers—buried a letter in a forest near the camp. The text was rediscovered in 1980, but it was virtually unreadable. Using a new imaging technique, scientists have finally reconstructed the letter, and it’s providing…

This Grainy Image Could Be the First British Passenger Liner Sunk by the Nazis in WW2 This Grainy Image Could Be the First British Passenger Liner Sunk by the Nazis in WW2

A mere eight hours after Britain declared war on the Nazis, a German torpedo struck the SS Athenia, sinking the passenger liner and killing more than 100 civilians. The ship’s final resting place has eluded shipwreck-hunters for nearly 80 years, but sonar images taken off the coast of Ireland now show what appears to…

There May Be Seven Incredibly Rare Bronze Statues Buried At the Antikythera Shipwreck There May Be Seven Incredibly Rare Bronze Statues Buried At the Antikythera Shipwreck

A trove of new artifacts have been recovered from the Roman-era wreck that yielded the mysterious Antikythera Mechanism, including an arm made of bronze and a strange metal disc. But most intriguing of all, the latest survey suggests that seven bronze statues are still waiting to be discovered.

The Confederate States of America Is an Alt-History Political Satire That’s Impossible to Laugh at Now The Confederate States of America Is an Alt-History Political Satire That’s Impossible to Laugh at Now

In CSA: The Confederate States of America, the American empire that emerges after the South wins the Civil War builds the Cotton Curtain, a wall meant to keep a bordering nation out of the CSA’s affairs. The twist here is that the wall is on the Canadian border, because the neighboring country wants the CSA to end…

Sunken German Submarine From WWI Likely Contains Remains of 23 Sailors Sunken German Submarine From WWI Likely Contains Remains of 23 Sailors

Marine archaeologists have discovered a German submarine off the coast of Belgium in the North Sea. The U-boat dates back to the First World War, and its near-pristine condition suggests the remains of all 23 sailors are still inside.

Origin of Zero Symbol Is Centuries Older Than Previously Thought Origin of Zero Symbol Is Centuries Older Than Previously Thought

The number zero is something we all take for granted, yet its conceptual origin has eluded archaeologists and historians. An updated analysis of an ancient Indian manuscript is shedding new light on this longstanding mystery, showing that the symbol that would eventually evolve into the number zero emerged at least…

Genetic Analysis Offers First Strong Evidence of Female Viking Warriors Genetic Analysis Offers First Strong Evidence of Female Viking Warriors

Stories and poems from the Medieval era contain accounts of fearsome female Viking warriors, yet historians and anthropologists have argued that such accounts are based in myth. A DNA analysis of a 10th century skeleton found in an iconic Swedish Viking Age grave suggests there’s some truth to these old tales—and that…

Oh, God, Michael Bay Could Have Blown Up Stonehenge For Transformers: The Last Knight Oh, God, Michael Bay Could Have Blown Up Stonehenge For Transformers: The Last Knight

Never let it be said that Michael Bay is not a man without a very well-defined directorial sensibility. Michael Bay is extremely good at being Michael Bay and the minute you start watching a Michael Bay movie, you know exactly what you’re in for. This is extremely true of Transformers: The Last Knight.

Watch Postcards of Mid-Century Resorts Transform Into Their Abandoned Ruins Watch Postcards of Mid-Century Resorts Transform Into Their Abandoned Ruins

In idyllic places like the Catskills and the Poconos, the ‘50s and ‘60s were a uniquely magical time for America. This was where newly suburban denizens went on vacation, flocking to lakeside resorts straight out of Dirty Dancing. But over the years, the people stopped coming, and the resorts closed. Now, their…

German Bomb Technicians Successfully Defuse World War II-Era Allied 'Blockbuster' in Frankfurt German Bomb Technicians Successfully Defuse World War II-Era Allied 'Blockbuster' in Frankfurt

Large sections of central Frankfurt, Germany were evacuated on Sunday in preparation for authorities to defuse a World War II-era, 1.4-ton HC 4000 air mine, with CNN reporting at least 60,000 people were asked to leave the area while the bomb defusal operation proceeds.

Deciphered Ancient Tablet Reveals Babylonians' Mastery Over Mathematics Deciphered Ancient Tablet Reveals Babylonians' Mastery Over Mathematics

Australian scientists have managed to crack the code of a mysterious 3,700-year-old Babylonian clay tablet, revealing a level of mathematical sophistication that pre-dates the ancient Greeks by a whopping 1,500 years.

Ancient Parasite Found in Mummy Autopsy Tells a Timeless Horror Story Ancient Parasite Found in Mummy Autopsy Tells a Timeless Horror Story

Who among us hasn’t drunkenly slung back a few raw oysters at a fourth of July barbecue, or kicked back some uncooked clams just to feel alive? While it’s usually okay to enjoy a slimy shellfish or six, remains from very dead, mummified man show what happens when things go awry.

Italians Have Been Getting Blitzed on Wine for a Very Long Time Italians Have Been Getting Blitzed on Wine for a Very Long Time

When we think about wine in Italian history, we think of the booze-soaked bacchanalias of ancient Rome. But it turns out that Italians were using wine to get their drunk on long before that, as evidenced by an exciting new discovery of the region’s oldest vino near a Copper Age site in Sicily. It’s a spicy meatball…

The Surprising Way a Confederate Submarine Crew Died at the Hands of Its Own Weapon The Surprising Way a Confederate Submarine Crew Died at the Hands of Its Own Weapon

During the latter stages of the American Civil War, the H.L. Hunley made history by becoming the first combat submarine to sink an enemy ship. The Confederate crew never returned from its mission, sparking a mystery that’s lasted for over 130 years. An exhaustive new analysis suggests these pioneering submariners…

The Romans Could Have Been Poisoned by Something Deadlier Than Lead The Romans Could Have Been Poisoned by Something Deadlier Than Lead

There are very few absolutely true things in this life, but one of them is you shouldn’t drink lead. Historians have long believed that ancient Romans learned this the hard way—it’s been said that lead used in water pipes and cooking materials could have poisoned Romans and contributed to their downfall. Now, new…

Civilian Team Finds Wreck of USS Indianapolis, Lost in 1945 With 880 Crew Civilian Team Finds Wreck of USS Indianapolis, Lost in 1945 With 880 Crew

A team of civilian researchers has discovered the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, a US Navy cruiser which Imperial Japanese forces sunk in July 1945 to the loss of nearly three quarters of its crew.

Lost for Over a Century, This Is Now the Oldest Known Original Photo of a US President Lost for Over a Century, This Is Now the Oldest Known Original Photo of a US President

Lost for nearly a century and a half, a grainy black and white portrait of John Quincy Adams has reemerged—and it’s now considered the oldest surviving original photograph of a US president in existence.

The Real Geology Behind the Doom of Valyria and How It Literally Tore Game of Thrones' World Apart The Real Geology Behind the Doom of Valyria and How It Literally Tore Game of Thrones' World Apart

There are certain mysterious phenomena in the world of Game of Thrones— like the reappearance of dragons, White Walkers, and the Children of the Forest—that the people of Westeros can neither quite explain nor agree upon if they’re real. Others, though, like the Doom of Valyria, are widely accepted as historical fact.

Magnificent Sandstone Statue Uncovered Near Legendary Cambodian Temple Magnificent Sandstone Statue Uncovered Near Legendary Cambodian Temple

Describing it as something that only happens in the movies, a team of Cambodian archaeologists have uncovered an 800-year-old sandstone statue weighing 440 pounds. Experts say it’s the most significant statue to be discovered in the famous archaeological site of Angkor Park in years.

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