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Another reason why Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear

Published on December 29th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

According to one scholar, Vincent van Gogh may have cut off his ear after learning that his brother, Theo, was about to get married. Martin Bailey, who has written a book on van Gogh and curated ... Read More


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Ancient Mayans likely had fountains and toilets

Published on December 28th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

The ancient Mayans had enough engineering know-how to master running water, creating toilets and even fountains. Perhaps the earliest known example of the intentional creation of water pressure was found on the island of Crete in ... Read More


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Cao Cao’s tomb found in China

Published on December 28th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Archaeologists in China have found a tomb they believe might belong to Cao Cao, the third-century politician and general infamous in East Asia for his Machiavellian tactics. A Chinese proverb, “speak of Cao Cao and he ... Read More


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Last Kon-Tiki raft crewman dies

Published on December 28th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Knut Haugland, the last crewman of the Kon-Tiki voyage across the Pacific Ocean on a balsa wood raft in 1947, has died. The explorer died of natural causes in Oslo’s hospital, the Kon-Tiki museum director said. ... Read More


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Caravaggio’s remains retrieved by scientists

Published on December 28th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

The remains of Caravaggio, the Renaissance artist, have been retrieved by scientists hoping to learn more about his death. The cause of Caravaggio’s death has been something of a mystery – various theories have been advanced ... Read More


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The 6 stupidest things ever done with historic treasures

Published on December 28th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

We’ve done some pretty stupid things with some priceless historical treasures. Cracked.com has compiled a list. #5 Mummies Used as Firewood We typically think of mummies as dead Pharaohs, but just about anybody could buy a ... Read More


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The hunt for the lost art collection of Horace Walpole

Published on December 28th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Back in the 18th century Horace Walpole had once of the best art collections around. Now the hunt is on to find all the amazing pieces that made up the collection. Housed at Strawberry Hill, Walpole’s ... Read More