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Deforestation uncovers unknown ancient Amazon civilization

Published on December 15th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Deforestation in the Amazonian jungle has uncovered the remnants of a previously unknown civilization. The traditional view is that before the arrival of the Spanish and Portuguese in the 15th century there were no complex societies ... Read More


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The history behind why rappers hold their guns sideways

Published on December 15th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

The Slate answers the question “Why Do Rappers Hold Their Guns Sideways?” During the first half of the 20th century, soldiers used the side grip for the express purpose of endangering throngs of people. Some automatic ... Read More


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Prehistoric pygmy sea cow discovered in Madagascar

Published on December 15th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

The remains of an extinct pygmy sea cow have been found on the island of Madagascar. Known from a roughly 40-million-year-old skull and a few ribs, the new species has been named Eotheroides lambondrano, after the ... Read More


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The Orient Express takes its final trip

Published on December 14th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

The famed Orient Express is no more. It was an unrealized dream of mine to ride it, and now I suppose I shall never get to. The Orient Express — the very name carries an aura ... Read More


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New Jersey woman finds trove of historic Nazi-era photos

Published on December 14th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

A woman in New Jersey has found a treasure trove of history Nazi-era photos in her grandfather’s attic. After receiving an e-mail from his former student, Yusko and his colleague, German teacher Dianna Altmiller, met with ... Read More


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Charles Darwin had vomiting sickness

Published on December 14th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

An academic is claiming that Charles Darwin suffered from a genetic vomiting disorder. Darwin often became a virtual recluse during the worst episodes. Previous theories regarding the cause of his illness have included hypochondria or panic ... Read More


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Santa Claus is buried in Ireland

Published on December 14th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Historians are claiming that the remains of St. Nicholas, the man who inspired Santa Claus, are buried in County Kilkenny, Ireland at Jerpoint Abbey. Experts claim that the philanthropist St Nicholas of Myra is entombed at ... Read More