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If a Nuclear Bomb Drops, This Piece of Science Might Save Your Life

No one can promise your kids aren’t going to pop out with an extra arm in the years after nuclear winter starts, but hey – surviving the initial blast is the first step. Consider this: even though the US (and other countries like Russia and Pakistan) have access to weapons that max out at 1.2 megatons, they...

The 1949 ‘Walk of Death’ Mass Shooting Shocked America

The post-World War II years were a boom time for America. The economy flourished. Men returned home from overseas, started families, and filled new homes in the suburbs with state-of-the-art gadgets. After 15 years of economic depression and war, Americans were thrilled to lead “normal” lives, where jobs and money were plentiful and the world...

Take a Look at Pablo Picasso’s Self-Portraits from Age 15 to Age 90

Even if you know nothing about art movements, influential artists, or art in general, you’ve still heard of Pablo Picasso. You might only know his name (though I’d guess you also have a vague idea of the style that made him famous), but he was so pioneering and so prolific over his long life that...

These Men Volunteered to Let the Government Feed Them Poison

You may think this headline is clickbait, but I assure you it’s not. It sounds crazy today, but back in 1902, Harvey Washington Wiley had some serious concerns about the lack of transparency in the food industry. As the head of the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Chemistry in Washington, D.C., he figured it was...

12 Brief Connections That Touched People for the Rest of Their Lives

When I was young, a camp counselor of mine gave me a book that changed how I thought about the world. I’m certain that he doesn’t remember giving me the book, if he remembers me at all, but I always remember it as one of the most influential moments in my whole life. Which makes me...

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12 of the Coolest Things People Found with Metal Detectors

I have never used a metal detector – but I have always wanted to. I know that the chances of finding anything incredible are pretty small (though these 12 AskReddit stories are making me rethink that…), but come on! It’s basically treasure hunting in your own backyard. And if you aren’t into treasure hunting, then what are you into??...

The Fempire Strikes Back: Meet the Women Who Slayed the Astronomy Game and Charted the Stars

The commercial and critical success of 2016’s Hidden Figures drew much-needed attention to the all-but-forgotten, amazing tale of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and the other NASA “computers” who played a significant role in America sending men into space- which is both needed and thrilling…but what if I told you that they weren’t the first women...

Amelia Earhart May Not Have Died in a Plane Crash After All

You probably know that Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean. You also probably know that she was the first woman to attempt to fly her craft around the globe, but failed when she crashed somewhere over the Pacific. It has always been assumed that her body must...

These Celebrities Posed for Photographs as Their Public and Private Personas

We all have two faces – the one we (do our best to) show the world on a daily basis, and the one we reserve for our private lives (or at least for those who have to love us no matter how we act). Celebrities, it turns out, are human beings and have feelings and...

These 17 Calls To 911 Operators Will Chill You To The Bone

Everybody knows that being a 911 operator is a stressful job, and sometimes they hear things on the other line that stick with them for quite some time. I’m glad the men and women who man these phones do what they do. Because I know I couldn’t deal with stories like this from AskReddit. 17. “He...