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Although it may not seem like it, these things are actually highly effective weapons

September 6, 2019

Humanity has been at war for most of its existence. Even when no major conflicts were taking place,…
This bizarre looking thing was actually a very effective weapon, but how was it used?

September 3, 2019

This is an actual weapon. It may look a bit weird with spikes facing inwards, but this circular…
New artifacts suggest first people arrived in North America earlier than previously thought

August 30, 2019

Stone tools and other artifacts unearthed from an archeological dig at the Cooper’s Ferry site in western Idaho…
You can only found chimneys like this in one place – do you see why they are special?

August 26, 2019

Jersey is a British Crown dependency near the coast of Normandy, France. It is rather a small island,…
Russian roulette is a stupid game, but did you know old and well-oiled revolvers are not suitable for it?

July 22, 2019

Russian roulette is an extremely stupid lethal game, made popular by movies and TV. Essentially, each player takes…
Did you know that people used to sleep twice per night? Maybe we should return to this regime?

July 22, 2019

You have to sleep at least 8 hours per night. Otherwise you’re not going to be able to…
What is this surprisingly beautiful weapon? How is it different from a tomahawk?

July 22, 2019

Take a look at this axe. It is not an ordinary carpenter’s or forester’s axe – this is…
How funny-looking war hammers replaced powerful swords? It was just a better weapon

July 20, 2019

Sword is a symbol of Middle Ages. However, later in the period something less scary replaced these cold…
You won’t believe what people of Roman Empire used urine for – they laughed at this themselves

July 19, 2019

We as humans are kind of weird. We don’t like contact with our own body fluids, despite them…
Sai – misunderstood ancient Japanese weapon, which is not a dagger

May 24, 2019

You may not know the name of it, but you’ve definitely seen sai – an ancient Japanese weapon,…
Probably the worst handgun ever made – what made Nambu Type 94 so terrible?

May 24, 2019

There have been many poorly designed weapons, but none of them reached production levels of the Nambu Type…
Bobby Leach went down the Niagara Falls in a barrel, but eventually died from a bizarrely small cause

April 15, 2019

Here’s a thing – we’re all going to die and there is nothing you can do about it.…
Searching for the lost ships of Cortés

January 17, 2019

In July of 1519, in a brazen act that would upend history, Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés ordered his…
Why king of hearts doesn’t have a moustache? Is he stabbing himself to his head?

October 4, 2018

Everyone is familiar with playing cards. We use them from a very young age and they are so…
Leprosy Possibly Originated in Europe

May 10, 2018

Researchers of the University of Zurich, the University of Tübingen and the Max Planck Institute in Jena have…
Do tanks have toilets? And is it true that British tanks have tea kettles?

April 21, 2018

One of the major symbols of the modern warfare is a tank. Ever since the First World War…
Research sheds new light on prehistory of Dravidian languages and their speakers

March 23, 2018

The findings, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, shed new light on the prehistory of these languages,…
Scientists are moving forward with preservation of The Mary Rose’s cannonballs, but some sacrifices had to be made

March 12, 2018

The Mary Rose ship sank in 1545. When in 1982 it was raised from the sea, 1,200 cannonballs…
How long humans and turkeys are together? Even Mayans and Aztecs adored these birds

January 18, 2018

Turkey is a very important bird for us now. Mostly because they taste so good and are culturally…
Archaeologists cast doubt on controversial ‘hobbit’ theory

December 29, 2017

A recent study at a Micronesian burial site may finally put a decade-long controversy to rest. Published in…
17th century will shows that family meltdowns during Christmas is not a new thing

December 22, 2017

Christmas would not be Christmas is your family didn‘t have a good old meltdown. Everyone is stressed –…
Io Io Io! Modern Christmas vs Roman Saturnalia

December 20, 2017

Whilst we celebrate Christmas, over 2000 years ago the ancient Romans were busy with their own winter festival;…
Huge barcodes in the U.S. desert – what for?

July 19, 2017

Even if we do not notice, barcodes follow us throughout our daily lives, almost everywhere. Now they are…
Preserved Fortification, Donkey Stables Dating to King Solomon Discovered at Timna Valley Excavations

January 18, 2017

Some believe that the fabled mines of King Solomon were located among copper smelting camps in Israel’s Timna…
Native Americans raised classic holiday bird long before first Thanksgiving

November 22, 2016

Hundreds of years before the first Thanksgiving, Native Americans were raising and feasting on America’s classic holiday meal.…
Details of “Game of Thrones” are actually taken from medieval history and literature

November 6, 2016

“Game of Thrones” is the most popular fantasy epic of the 21st century. It is shown all around…
Research resolves long-debated Mesopotamia timeline

July 21, 2016

Dendrochronological and radiocarbon research by an international team led by Cornell archaeologist Sturt Manning has established an absolute timeline…
Eurasian Outbreaks of Plague were Caused by a Single Strain of Bacterium, Researchers Find

June 9, 2016

Previous research had shown that Black Death, the world’s deadliest plague epidemic that swept Eurasia in the 14th…
Ancient farmhouse and monastery discovered in Israel

January 6, 2016

Archaeologists unearthed an ancient farmstead and monastery in Israeli city of Rosh Ha-‘Ayin. There are several points why…
Humans began altering natural world 6,000 years ago

December 17, 2015

Scientists have found an abrupt change about 6,000 years ago in how terrestrial plant and animal species coexisted,…
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