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10 Sex Toys With Ridiculously Ancient Origins

Going strictly by popular culture, you’d be forgiven for thinking sex was invented sometime in the 1960s. Obviously our ancestors were getting it on long before that; Socrates invented Western thought while diddling little boys. But the ’60s were when sex became fun, right? Wrong. Turns out historical men (and women) were light-years ahead of […]

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10 Badass Canadian War Heroes

Canadians are typically seen as some of the most peaceful and non-confrontational people on the planet. But under this layer of politeness and goodwill, Canada has produced some of the fiercest and bravest soldiers the world has ever seen. 10Ernest “Smokey” Smith With a reputation as a hellraiser, Ernest “Smokey” Smith had a knack for […]

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10 Bloody And Shameful Civil Wars

Civil wars are merely an indication that even people who are closely related by ethnicity, culture, history, and geography, can have deep and divisive differences. Civil war has also been connected with genocide in many instances, and for many people, it is considered the most shameful kind of war, even though according to the great […]

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Top 10 Bizarre Deaths of the Middle Ages

The Middle Ages, also known as the Medieval Period, spanned between the fifth and fifteenth centuries, ending with the death of Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Given the brutality of the time period, the idea of death was viewed very differently than the modern perception, and average life expectancy was significantly lower […]

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10 Unique Ruined Forts and Castles

Some of the most popular tourist destinations in world are ancient forts, castles, and battlefields. It is fun to imagine what it was like to live during a time when people fought with swords, cannons, muskets, and bows. In the Middle Ages, leaders constructed massive fortifications to protect their people. Forts and castles signified power, […]

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10 Secret Societies That Created The Modern World

Many believe the world is run by a secret organization like the Illuminati, and the people we think are in power are nothing but stooges. It sounds implausible, but is it really a crazy idea? Yes. Yes, it is. And yet there have been secret organizations that created the world as we know it. 10The […]

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Top 10 Catastrophic Shipwrecks

Most people are familiar with the tragic loss of the Titanic and most of its passengers, but it is, surprisingly, not the worst maritime disaster in history – in fact it only ranks as number 5 (based on death toll). This is a list of the most disastrous catastrophes involving ships. This list is ranked […]

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Top 10 Historic Trials That Shook the World

If there is a common thread linking these momentous historic trials, it is the thread of injustice: not one of the men or women convicted (with the possible exception of Charles I), deserved the death, imprisonment and infamy meted out to them by their accusers. There is solace in the fact that this tendency towards […]

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Top 10 Dark Moments In The French Monarchy

To start, I have no significant qualms about constitutional monarchies. Truthfully, I find some value in giving a population a figurehead to rally around as well as in the benefits of training someone throughout his or her life to become such a leader. Absolute monarchies, by contrast, are much more problematic. In French history, while […]

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10 Magnificent But Little-Known Structures

Human civilization has created and built many amazing structures, and these monumental legacies left by our ancestors fill all man with pride. Unfortunately, only a few of these amazing structures are world-renowned or even recognized. Most have heard of some of the greatest monuments in the world, such as the Parthenon, the Colosseum and the […]

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Top 15 Influential Ancient Greeks

Ancient Greece has had an enormous amount of impact on culture in the Western world. Some of the first works of literature in the west, of which we have record, come from Greece, and although they were created at a time after older works from Mesopotamia, such epic poems as the Iliad and Odyssey have […]

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Top 10 Fascinating Facts About The Romans

In the past we gave you a list of ten myths about the Romans. Today, to complement that list we are giving you ten facts. Roman society existed in one of the most fascinating periods of history. Many of the aspects of Roman life continue on to the present day and we certainly have a […]

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10 People Who Died In Their Prime

Whenever a celebrity or famous personality dies, the world seems to light up with cries of, “He was too young,” or, “She could have done so much more.” It’s even worse when these celebrities are in their first few decades of life, during a time when they are producing so much work that the world […]

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10 Reasons 19th Century Paris Was As Miserable As Les Mis

By now you’ve probably either seen the movie, watched the play or read the book Les Miserables, Victor Hugo’s classic tale of life in nineteenth century Paris. But have you ever wondered if life in Paris at that time really was as miserable as the movie depicts? Here are ten reasons why it was even […]

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10 Memorable Kisses Through History

The kiss is one of nature’s great gifts to man. Most people born are born as the result of a kiss here or there (which obviously leads to other things). A kiss is used for love, for condolences, for comfort, and even for betrayal (think Judas). Over the years a number of kisses have been […]

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10 Mythological Origin Stories About Fruit

When you eat an orange or a pineapple, chances are you probably don’t think about how the fruit came to be on this Earth. But it turns out that people have been thinking about that for centuries, and many of the origin stories for various fruits are pretty dark. We’re not sure what kind of […]

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10 Accidents Responsible For Hitler’s Rise To Power

If you ever wondered what combination of strange events brought us to where we are today, you may want to take a closer look at Hitler’s life and his rise to power. Hitler’s life is filled with countless brushes with death and coincidences that, had any one of them not occurred exactly as they did, […]

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10 Forgotten Battles That Shaped History

The Battle of Hastings on October 14, 1066, is widely regarded as a defining moment in English and European history. The victory of William the Conqueror against the Saxon king Harold Godwinsson was a direct result of the latter’s march to defeat the Vikings at Stamford Bridge just weeks prior. It’s worth noting, however, that […]

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10 Generals Who Got In Trouble With Their Chief

American General Stanley McChrystal was recently relieved of command by President Obama, for disparaging comments he made about the administration. He was the latest U.S. general to be sacked for crossing the Commander In Chief. Here, in alphabetical order, is a list of other generals from history who got into trouble of varying severity with […]

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10 Great Financial Collapses in History

Apparently we’ve been living in some horrific financial crisis for over a year now, and the news simply won’t let you forget about it. You would almost think it was the end of the world, as if this kind of thing is unique to our times and to modern economies, and that it’s a problem […]

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Top 10 Shameful Events in American History

This lister realizes that he has posted several America-praising lists, and offers this list as a truce to all the foreigners out there. For the sake of fairness, shall we accept good from America and not evil? Shameful Event: Bipartisan Politics Not an event, but an aspect, out of which many bad events have derived. […]

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Another 10 Historical Photographs

Following on from the 15 Incredible Historical Photographs list, we have another selection of 10. In no particular order: 1. Southern Sudan Kevin Carter took this photograph in southern Sudan. The picture would later bring him the Pulitzer prize, but also death. The image shows a vulture waiting for a child to starve to death. […]

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10 Amazing Ways People Survived The Holocaust

The Holocaust showed the horrors humans can inflict on one another. Yet the resilience displayed by those who lived through the Nazis’ brutal reign shows the strength of the human spirit. Those who escaped the Holocaust did so through cunning, daring, and the sheer unwillingness to give in to the evil around them. 10Kazimierz Piechowski […]

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