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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,...

 
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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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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...

 
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Soldiers’ Faces Before, During and After a War

The emotional repercussions of war… H/T Metapicture

 
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Abraham Lincoln Signed This Book for a Kid in 1865. It Sold for $2.2 Million.

An autographed manuscript written by President Abraham Lincoln just weeks before he was assassinated has sold for more than $2.2 million at a New York City auction more than a year ago. Heritage Auctions says the document...

 
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Santa Cruz Del Islote: The Most Densely Populated Island on Earth

Legend has it that about 150 years ago, a group of fishermen from the coastal town of Baru, about 50 km away, were looking for new waters to fish when they stumbled upon this small coral island, sitting low in the waters....

 
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Former Slave Sent This Letter to His Old Master

In August of 1865, Jourdon Anderson received a letter from his former owner. In it, Colonel P.H. Anderson asked Jourdon Anderson to come back to the Tennessee farm from which he had been liberated the previous year. Turns...

 
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5-Year-Old Girl Gave Birth and Became the World’s Youngest Mother, 1939

Back in 1939, Lina Medina gave birth to a healthy baby boy. She was only five-years-old. Born in Ticrapo, Castrovirreyna Province, Peru, to silversmith Tiburelo Medina and Victoria Losea. She was brought to a hospital by...

 
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The Story of the Walker Sisters in the Smoky Mountains

The seven Walker Sisters – Margaret, Polly, Martha, Nancy, Louisa, Sarah Caroline, and Hettie – spent their entire lives in a cabin in Little Greenbrier Cove that was built by their grandfather in the 1840s. The...

 
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27 Vintage Portraits of Victorian Nuns in the 1890s

These glass plate negatives,taken from Woodchester, Stroud, Gloucestershire, show everyday life of Victorian nuns in the 1890s.

 
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