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Did a Fan Just Find Proof of Quantum Leap's Secret Lost Ending?  Did a Fan Just Find Proof of Quantum Leap's Secret Lost Ending? 

The series finale of Quantum Leap was bleak (to put it mildly), with the final title card confirming that Scott Bakula’s character, Sam Beckett, remained lost in time. However, one video claims a long-rumored alternate ending was actually real, one which would’ve made it possible for Sam to make that final leap home.

Lock of George Washington’s Hair Found Tucked Inside Old Book Lock of George Washington’s Hair Found Tucked Inside Old Book

While conducting an inventory of archived documents, curators at Union College in Schenectady, New York, discovered strands hair attributed to George Washington, #POTUS1, in an envelope inside a leather book.

Amazing Life-Sized Sculptures of Camels and Horses Discovered in Saudi Arabia Amazing Life-Sized Sculptures of Camels and Horses Discovered in Saudi Arabia

Archaeologists in Saudi Arabia have discovered a series of rock reliefs dating back some 2,000 years. The life-sized sculptures show realistic impressions of several animals, though they have been badly damaged by years of erosion and rough treatment by humans.

Human Skulls Mounted on Stakes Found at 8,000-Year-Old Burial Site in Sweden Human Skulls Mounted on Stakes Found at 8,000-Year-Old Burial Site in Sweden

Researchers in Sweden have uncovered evidence of a behavior never seen before in ancient hunter-gatherers: the mounting of decapitated heads onto stakes. The grim discovery challenges our understanding of European Mesolithic culture and how these early humans handled their dead.

What Legends of Tomorrow Gets Right—and Wrong—About History What Legends of Tomorrow Gets Right—and Wrong—About History

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow might be a comic book show about a group of time-traveling heroes (only don’t call them that), but it also includes some history lessons. Of course, you have to take them all with a giant grain of salt—not only because a lot of events are ignored or changed, but also because the show has…

The Surprisingly High-Tech Super Bowl I Broadcast The Surprisingly High-Tech Super Bowl I Broadcast

When footage of CBS’s 1967 coverage of Super Bowl I first emerged from the ashes seven years ago, sports historians reacted with glee. Long considered one of the Holy Grails of sportscasting history, the footage, found on a set of two-inch Quadruplex video tapes in a dusty Pennsylvania attic, provided a rare glimpse…

Ancient Grave With Skeletons Arranged in Bizarre Spiral Formation Discovered in Mexico Ancient Grave With Skeletons Arranged in Bizarre Spiral Formation Discovered in Mexico

Mexican archaeologists have discovered a 2,400-year-old burial site in which 10 skeletons were meticulously placed in a circular formation and with their body parts interlocked. The researchers have never seen anything like it, with signs pointing to a previously unknown ritualistic practice.

Zachary Quinto Will Investigate the Paranormal for History Channel's In Search Of Revival Zachary Quinto Will Investigate the Paranormal for History Channel's In Search Of Revival

Once hosted by Leonard Nimoy, the cult-favorite TV show In Search Of... is making its triumphant return to TV with another well-known Spock: Zachary Quinto.

A New Short Film Aims to Share the Untold Story of the First African American Man in Space A New Short Film Aims to Share the Untold Story of the First African American Man in Space

Have you ever heard of Guion “Guy” Bluford—the first African American in space? Despite his major place in history, his name is surprisingly not very well-known. A new short film aims to change that, with the blessing of Bluford himself, who shared his own unpublished memoirs with the filmmakers.

Jack the Ripper Letters Were Fake News, Linguistic Analysis Suggests Jack the Ripper Letters Were Fake News, Linguistic Analysis Suggests

Following the brutal Whitechapel murders of 1888, London police and media outlets were deluged with letters claiming to have been written by Jack the Ripper. While discerning the authorship of these messages, a researcher from the University of Manchester has concluded that two of the earliest letters were written by…

The Racist Strain of 'Marijuana' The Racist Strain of 'Marijuana'

You probably never called it “cannabis”: When you were growing up, you might have referred to it as “pot” or “weed” or “trees.” Whatever the name, the plant has become exponentially more mainstream since Colorado became the first state to pass laws allowing its recreational use in early 2014. Despite Attorney General…

These WW1 Propaganda Posters Are Gorgeous—and Seriously Messed Up These WW1 Propaganda Posters Are Gorgeous—and Seriously Messed Up

America’s involvement in the First World War was brief, but intense. For a period of 20 months, the government did its best to stir patriotic fervor, in part through the use of eye-catching propaganda posters. A new exhibit at Bruce Museum is showcasing a selection of these works, many of which are seriously lacking…

A Real-Life Historical Mystery Gets a Thrilling, Subversive Twist in Short Film The Defector A Real-Life Historical Mystery Gets a Thrilling, Subversive Twist in Short Film The Defector

In 1967, Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt vanished while swimming at a beach near his residence. He was presumed drowned, but his body was never recovered—giving rise to a Cold War-era mystery that continues to fascinate. Scott Mannion’s new short, The Defector, advances one rather tantalizing theory.

io9's Top 50 Science, History, and Space Articles of the Last 10 Years io9's Top 50 Science, History, and Space Articles of the Last 10 Years

Way back before io9.gizmodo.com was a url, io9 covered science just as much as science fiction. When Annalee Newitz founded the site in 2008, she wanted it to focus on both as they increasingly intersected, and on how they could both lead culture—pop and otherwise—into the future.

Discovery of Unknown Ancient Population Changes Our Understanding of How North America Was Settled Discovery of Unknown Ancient Population Changes Our Understanding of How North America Was Settled

She died 11,500 years ago at the tender age of six weeks in what is now the interior of Alaska. Dubbed “Sunrise Girl-child” by the local indigenous people, the remains of the Ice Age infant—uncovered at an archaeological dig in 2013—contained traces of DNA, allowing scientists to perform a full genomic analysis.…

Sunken Australian Submarine From WWI Finally Found After 103 Years Sunken Australian Submarine From WWI Finally Found After 103 Years

Just six weeks into the First World War, Australian submarine HMAS AE1 disappeared without a trace somewhere off the coast of New Guinea, marking the first time an allied sub had been lost in the conflict. Marine archaeologists have now discovered the historic wreck, ending a mystery that has endured for over a…

The History of Wireless Everything The History of Wireless Everything

Halfway between Brooklyn and Montauk, a steel cupola propped up on wooden legs once looked out over the Long Island Sound and beyond the horizon. Built in the first years of the 20th century, Wardenclyffe Tower served as the centerpiece of a real-life mad scientist’s laboratory. Lever pulling, lightning bolts,…

Decades After Discovery, 3,500-Year-Old Mummy Found in Egyptian Tomb Decades After Discovery, 3,500-Year-Old Mummy Found in Egyptian Tomb

Egyptian archaeologists working in Luxor have explored two tombs dating back to the 18th Dynasty, uncovering colorful figurines, funeral masks, a stunning mural—and a linen-wrapped mummy.

Secret Time Capsule Found Inside Jesus' Butt Secret Time Capsule Found Inside Jesus' Butt

While preserving an 18th century wooden statue of Jesus, a team of Spanish restorers was surprised to discover a time capsule hidden within the hollowed-out ass portion of the carving. Written by a Catholic chaplain, the detailed document contains economic, political, and cultural information about the time period.

350-Year-Old Map of Australia Restored to Its Former Glory 350-Year-Old Map of Australia Restored to Its Former Glory

Lost for hundreds of years, a recently recovered map of Australia dating back to the 17th century has finally been restored and put on display at a museum in Canberra. The document chronicles the mapping efforts of explorers a full 100 years before Captain James Cook set sail for the Pacific.

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