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The Unusual Life Story of Dr. James Barry

Dr. James Barry had led a colourful life. A renowned military surgeon, he rose to become inspector general of hospitals – one of the highest army medical posts – and served throughout the British empire. Notoriously irascible,...


The Unique Amasunzu Hairstyle of the Rawandan People

In its heyday, people in Rwanda wore the amasunzu in more than 30 different ways. It was a demonstration of elegance and refinement. The Amasunzu hairstyle represented different roles and stages in life of women and men....

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The Story of Henriette Lacks and Her ‘Immortal’ Cells

Who was Henrietta Lacks? She was a tobacco farmer from southern Virginia who got cervical cancer when she was 30. A doctor at Johns Hopkins took a piece of her tumor without telling her and sent it down the hall to scientists...

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1920s Police Mugshots – These Men Don’t Look Like They’re About To Get Jailed

These collection is one of a series of around 2500 “special photographs” taken by New South Wales Police Department photographers between 1910 and 1930. These “special photographs” were mostly taken...

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The Eruption of Mount St. Helens 36 Years Ago

On May 18th, 1980, at 8:32 a.m., the ground shook beneath Mount St. Helens in Washington state as a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck, setting off one of the largest landslides in recorded history – the entire north slope...

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Tanks Vs. Bridges (13 Pics)

Check out this collection of images of tanks that proved too heavy for the bridges they were driving on. All but one of these fascinating images were taken during the second world war.


25 Fascinating Photos of Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was a Serbian-American inventor, best known for his development of alternating current electrical systems. He also made extraordinary contributions to the fields of electromagnetism and wireless radio...


Soldiers’ Faces Before, During and After a War

The emotional repercussions of war… H/T Metapicture


This 2,400-Year-Old Mushroom Is The Largest Living Organism On The Planet

Popularly known as the honey mushroom, the Armillaria ostoyae started from a single spore too small to see without a microscope and has been weaving its black shoestring filaments through the forest for an estimated 2,400...


Neuroscience Experiments from the 19th Century: Capturing the Human Facial Expression, 1862

Guillaume-Benjamin-Amand Duchenne de Boulogne wanted to determine how the muscles in the human face produce facial expressions which he believed to be directly linked to the soul of man. Influenced by the fashionable beliefs...

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