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The Silver Swan: The 18th Century Clockwork Automaton

The Silver Swan is an automaton designed in the 18th century by John Joseph Merlin. The life-size swan is a clockwork driven device that includes a music box. The music box plays when the clockwork is wound and the glass...

 
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36 Beautiful Studio Portrait Photos of Nurses in World War I

When war broke out in 1914, nurses were needed to staff the medical units. The women worked in hospitals, on hospital ships and trains, or in casualty clearing stations closer to the front line. They served in locations from...

 
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It will Take Another 500 Years to Clear Somme Battlefields of Bombs

It will take another 500 years to clear the Somme battlefields before the area is safe, bomb disposal experts say after collecting 25 tons of munitions in 2016 alone. Michel Colling, head of the Amiens bomb disposal unit...

 
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In Ancient Rome, a Slave Would Whisper ‘Remember You’re Mortal’ in the Ears of Victorious Generals On Their Homecoming Parade

After every major military victory in ancient Rome, the victorious generals are paraded through the streets in a chariot drawn by four horses. The ceremonial procession ends in the temple of Jupiter, on the Capitoline Hill,...

 
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A Beautiful Abandoned Castle Built 400 Years Ago

Hidden away in the Tuscan hills of Northern Italy is Castello di Sammazzano. This beautiful Moorish castle was built 400+ years ago in 1605, but for more than 20 years, it’s been sitting empty, neglected, vulnerable to...

 
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Old Photos of Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general relativity, effecting a revolution in physics. For this achievement, Einstein is often regarded...

 
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Vintage Photos of The Iranian Shah and His 84 Wives

In 1842 the 11 year-old heir to the Persian throne received a camera from Queen Victoria of England. The young heir fell in love with the magical contraption. One of Shah Qajar’s many passions was photography. In the following...

 
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Underground Cities: 3500 Years of Cappadocian Cave Homes

Cities, empires and religions have risen and fallen around these unique underground havens once used by early Christians to hide from Roman armies, yet they remains occupied to this day – 100 square miles with 200+ underground...

 
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The Jonestown Massacre: One of The Most Disturbing Events in Recent History

On November 18, 1978, over 900 people from the settlement of Jonestown, Guyana, willingly died from cyanide poisoning. It was perhaps one of the most disturbing events in modern history and the site of the largest recorded...

 
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Before Radar, These Giant Concrete “Sound Mirrors” Were Used To Detect Incoming Enemy Aircraft

Before the invention of radars, acoustic mirrors were used in Great Britain as early warning devices. The mirrors were built to detect incoming enemies by the sound of their engines. Source 4.5-metre-high (14 ft 9 in) WW1...

 
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