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Vinegar Valentines: 19th Century's Insulting, Anonymous...

February 10, 2020

If you're lucky enough to have a special someone in your life, there's nothing better than giving or receiving a Valentine. Who doesn't like to know that they're ...

Jesus Christ Was A Shape-Shifter, According To This Anc...

February 5, 2020

You know Jesus, right? Son of God, born in Bethlehem, great with fish, and wine for blood? He was a good guy who could do a lot of cool stuff. According to this o...

The Doomsday Clock: What Does It Mean? How Doomed Are W...

February 4, 2020

We hear a lot about the Doomsday Clock ticking closer and closer to "midnight," which is when we're all doomed, but what does that really mean? During the Cold Wa...

The Pyramid Of The Sun Is Still Revealing Its Ancient S...

January 12, 2020

The Pyramid of the Sun, located in the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan, is thousands of years old, yet it is still giving up some of its secrets. Archaeo...

The Invention Of The Humble Straw: Reeds, Cigars, And M...

January 8, 2020

Colorful plastic straws: One of our oldest eating utensils. (Photo by JOKER / Walter G. Allgöwer/ullstein bild via Getty Images) Until a year or so ago, you p...

Why Does The Times Square Ball Drop On New Year's Eve?

December 31, 2019

Americans have a lot of different ways of celebrating the new year. In some regions, people eat black eyed peas for good luck; those of us lucky enough to have a part...

Times Square's Confetti Is Made Of People's Actual Drea...

December 29, 2019

Confetti rains down on New Year's Eve partygoers. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images) When the clock strikes midnight and the ball drops on New Year's Eve, b...

The First Christmas Cards: Dead Animals And Kidnapped C...

December 20, 2019

Whether you like them or not, Christmas cards are a part of the season. They may feel like they've been around forever, but the first Christmas cards only date ba...

Da Vinci's Notebook Sold For $5.1 Million: Here's What'...

December 11, 2019

Aside from painting the Mona Lisa and designing a hang glider, what do you know about Leonardo Da Vinci? Throughout his life, the Italian artist and inventor kep...

The Bottle Of Wine That Killed Osama Bin Laden

December 10, 2019

As Napoleon once said, "In victory, you deserve champagne. In defeat, you need it." That line aptly fits the story of one bottle of 1870 Lafite Rothschild and the demise...

The REO Speed Wagon: Ransom E. Olds's Flatbed Truck

November 10, 2019

Before automobiles were an American way of life, automotive daydreamers attempted to create a market with models that they thought would inspire drivers to take to the ...

The Final Resting Place Of Jesus Unveiled 

October 13, 2019

Israel. Jerusalem. The Tomb of Christ at The Holy Sepulchre. Aedicula. Old city. (Photo by: PHAS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Israel. Jerusalem. The Tomb of Christ...

Where Did Crystal Balls Come From?

May 21, 2019

Crystal ball of a fortune teller. Source: (Photo by Wodicka/ullstein bild via Getty Images) The crystal ball is a standard piece equipment for any modern "fortune teller," but where ...

Discovering the Venus de Milo

April 27, 2019

The Venus de Milo at the Louvre Museum. Source: (Photo by Francois LOCHON/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) One of the most-recognized sculptures in the world, Venus de Milo is an exquisite e...

How a German U-Boat Ended Up In Chicago

March 4, 2019

French warship 'Sirocco' sinking German U-Boat, 24 November 1930. French destroyer sank two submarines. From British 'Epic Series' Postcards, No. 8. 'Passed for Publication by Min...

The Lost Civilization Of Mohenjo-Daro

March 2, 2019

A lost civilization located in India, Mohenjo-Daro was the largest city in the Indus Valley and was considered to be one of the world’s most sophisticated cities. This mysterious...

Did Ancient Man See Dinosaurs? These Carvings and Artif...

November 6, 2018

A carved relief of what is believed to be a Stegosaurus dinosaur at the ancient Khmer temple of Ta Prohm, part of the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia. (Ph...

Six Baffling Historical Artifacts

October 14, 2018

There are some artifacts in history that historians do not agree on. Although a lot of researchers and code-breakers have tried to prove or disprove them, there are still, to this da...

This Diamond is as Cold as Ice: The Curse of the Hope D...

October 8, 2018

The Hope Diamond, a magnificent 45.52-carat blue diamond, has a reputation for being unusual, breathtaking and expensive but it is also equally known for the...

1,100-Year-Old Mummy Remains Found with Fantastic Footw...

November 14, 2017

Archaeologists in Mongolia stumbled across the remains of a 1,100-year-old mummy still wearing a footwear that was in remarkable condition. After a full restorati...

Assassin’s arsenal: The 17th Century “Cabinet Book” Con...

September 30, 2017

The book below appears voluminous, but anyone who thought it has too much text inside is wrong. The interior is crafted into 11 drawers in varying sizes, wi...

Bejeweled Skeletons Unearthed from the Catacombs of Rom...

August 9, 2017

The skeletons were originally unearthed in 1578 in catacombs beneath Rome. They were then given to churches across Europe as replacement for the Saint relics they...

The Story of the $10 Million Saddle Ridge Gold Coins Fo...

August 5, 2017

The largest hoard of gold coins ever found in the U.S. is comprised of 1,411 gold coins, worth an estimated $10 million in today's market, was found in February 2...

Codex Gigas, Also Known as The 'Devil’s Bible' is the L...

July 29, 2017

The Codex Gigas is the largest 13th-century manuscript in the world - so large that it takes at least two people to lift it. It also called The Devil’s Bible be...

Frozen In Time: Warplane Wreckage, Woolly Mammoth, Anci...

July 28, 2017

Cold, dark, and oxygen-starved, the depths of glaciers are equivalent to the "sci-fi of cryo-preservation in nature. The ice has entombed — and then returned — nu...

Viral Photo of Pompeii Victim in a Compromising Positio...

July 9, 2017

A photo of an ancient volcano victim has been making the rounds online; the victim was immortalized with his hands in a compromising position, calling to attentio...

The Nine Mile Canyon: The World’s Longest and Oldest 'A...

June 14, 2017

The Nine Mile Canyon in the Utah desert, Western United States, is known as “the world’s longest art gallery” because it is filled with thousands of petroglyphs...

The Maori Preserved Heads That Were Used in Sacred Cere...

May 20, 2017

Mokomokai, the Maori preserved heads, are one of the most valuable artifacts of the indigenous people of New Zealand that survive to this day. The preserved heads...

Man Found $2.4 Million-Worth Of Gold Bars In an Old Tan...

May 5, 2017

When Nick Mead purchased an ex-military tank on eBay for $37,000, he thought he was getting a decent deal. Little did he know, there were five gold bars worth $2...

The Destruction of Pompeii by Mount Vesuvius (Re-Create...

May 3, 2017

Buried and frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, with its 11,000 people has provided an object of great hi...

This Planetarium Clock Made in 1770s Paris is an Absolu...

April 21, 2017

This beautiful art piece below is called Pendulette de table avec Planetarium (Planetarium Table Clock) and was made in 1770 in Paris. It keeps time, and the eart...

14,000 WWII Dog Tags Found Buried in a Field

April 19, 2017

Just two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland and the official beginning of the Second World War, the United Kingdom was one of the first countries to declare war on Germany....

These Ancient Fire Mummies Were Made By Literally Blowi...

April 5, 2017

Mummification is a practice that has existed since ancient times. The Egyptians mummies - their heavily bandaged and embalmed corpses- were amongst the most popul...

This Locked Crypt Holds Civilization's Artifacts and Wo...

April 2, 2017

Locked and sealed airtightly in Georgia's Oglethorpe University is a time capsule crypt containing some of the 1940s iconic treasures. It won’t be opened until 81...

The Curious Saga of Breguet's Infamous Marie Antoinette...

April 2, 2017

In 1783, according to historical documents, a mystery admirer of Queen Marie Antoinette had ordered her “a watch that was to be as spectacular as possible,” deman...

8 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Tutankhamun

March 30, 2017

In 1922, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered King Tutankhamun’s almost intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The child king’s mummified body still lay in h...

The Hansen Writing Ball: First Commercially-produced Ty...

March 30, 2017

Since its invention in 1865 by Rev. Rasmus Malling-Hansen of Copenhagen, the modern typewriter has been upgraded quite a lot. The Hansen Writing Ball, or "skrivek...

10 Authentic Historical Artifacts No One Can Explain

March 29, 2017

The world is full of bizarre and mysterious artifacts. While many of them are almost certainly hoaxes or have improbable theories attached to them, many more are truly ...

3000-Year-Old Pharaoh Ramses II Statue Discovered In a ...

March 17, 2017

In Cairo, Egypt, the Archaeologists speculated that they have excavated some parts of a temple of Pharaoh Ramses II, along with an eight-metre-high statue. U...

New Leonardo da Vinci Drawing Discovered... And It’s Wo...

March 3, 2017

Back in March 2016, a retired French doctor decided to bring 14 unframed drawings to an auction house in Paris’ Tajan for appraisal. A certain pen-and-ink drawi...

384-Year-Old Shopping List Found Under Floorboards of H...

February 16, 2017

Archaeologists who are helping restore a historic country home in Kent, England have discovered a 17th-century shopping list hidden under its floorboards. Written...

10 of the Greatest Archaeological Discoveries in Human ...

February 7, 2017

The old world holds a vast and secret trove of history with fascinating stories to tell. Thanks to the hardwork of archaeologists who continue to excavate and inv...

1,300 Pounds of Roman Coins Unearthed

February 3, 2017

In Tomares, Spain, whilst digging ditches and laying pipes, workers unearthed treasure trove. It seems that sometime in the past, one person (or several people) buried nineteen jars f...

Family Fixing a Toilet Uncovered Ancient Rooms and Tomb...

February 3, 2017

60-year-old Lucian Faggiano of Lecce, purchased a building at 56 Via Ascanio Grandi in hopes of opening a ttratoria - an Italian eatery. He immediately began reno...

Every Night the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, ...

January 31, 2017

Where do they keep the Charters of Freedom, which is the collective name for the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence, when ...

One of the Most Complex Time Measuring Devices in the W...

January 27, 2017

Spotted in the cathedral of the old French watchmaking capital of Besançon is the astronomical clock of Besançon. It was created in 1860 by clockmaker Auguste-Luc...

The Silver Swan: The 18th Century Clockwork Automaton

January 24, 2017

In the 18th century, John Joseph Merlin designed an automaton called the Silver Swan. A clockwork-driven material, this life-size swan is built with a music box. When ...

Underground Cities: 3500 Years of Cappadocian Cave Home...

January 19, 2017

Cities, empires and religions have been erected and demolished around these unique underground sanctuaries used by early Christians to hide from Roman armies, sti...

Ancient Pet Cemetery Discovered In Egypt

January 13, 2017

Spearheaded by Marta Osypińska, a team of researchers from the Polish Academy of Sciences, discovered a pet cemetery while exhuming an ancient trash dump by Berenike. In this acade...

Photos of Remains of the Twin Towers in Hangar 17

January 12, 2017

At New York Kennedy Airport's airplane hangar, fewer than 30 pieces of steel linger from the debris recovered after the tragic 9/11 incident when terrorists hijacked plane...

The Ancient City of Ani, Lost and Forgotten

January 12, 2017

In the 11th century, this walled city with over 100,000 residents flourished. The City of Ani, now situated at the heart of several trade routes, was discovered more than 1,600 ...

150-Year-Old Ship Uncovered by Boston Construction Work...

January 11, 2017

In May of 2016, a Boston building site transpired to a dramatic standstill when construction workers discovered something amazing --- an artifact so stunning and ...

The Jericho Skull - Face of 9,500-Year-Old Man Revealed...

January 6, 2017

Excavated by archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon in 1953, the Jericho Skull is one of seven plastered and ornamented Neolithic skulls located at the site of Tell es-Sul...

The Unfinished 'Lonely Castle' Carved Around the 1st Ce...

January 5, 2017

Known as “The Lonely Castle,” Qasr al-Farid, is an astonishing ancient tomb that can rival the majesty among carved architecture in the world. Of all the countles...

These 16th Century Boxwood Carvings Are So Tiny Researc...

January 5, 2017

Around the world, only 135 miniature boxwood carvings are known, and they have been baffling art specialists. Recently, researchers have been gathering some of th...

The Enduring Mystery of the Longyou Grotto Caves

January 4, 2017

Thought of as “bottomless,” -- this was the notion for many years towards the ponds of Longyou County. Then a local valiantly set out to see how deep they really were, and ...

This is The World's Oldest Working Clock And It Has Bee...

January 1, 2017

With its giant iron-frame, tagged as the oldest working clock in the world, the iconic Salisbury Cathedral clock is believed to be functioning as early as 1386. H...

Portland Castle: One of Henry VIII’s Finest Coastal For...

December 31, 2016

Portland Castle is an artillery fort constructed during the time of Henry VIII on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, in the early 1540s. The two-storey keep was buil...

One of the Biggest Stone Graves From the Bronze Age Can...

December 30, 2016

The King’s Grave (Kungagraven), located in the southeastern portion of the Swedish province of Skåne, is what remains of an unusually grand Nordic Bronze Age doub...

The Myriad Year Clock - A Complicated Timepiece Made in...

December 29, 2016

About a decade after the first Western mechanical clock was invented, Japanese inventor Hisashige Tanaka invented a sophisticated time coordination device called ...

All 5,000 Objects Found Inside King Tut's Tomb Will Be ...

December 23, 2016

For the first time ever, all 5,000 items that were found inside King Tut's tomb, first discovered in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter, will be on view,...

The Beautiful Ancient Mosaics of Paphos Found in Cyprus...

December 19, 2016

The ancient city of Paphos in Cyprus was once the capital of the island during the Greco-Roman period. During its time, the city had some of the finest villas in...

2,300-Year-Old Chinese Tomb Reveals Ancient Board Game ...

December 19, 2016

Archaeologists doing a tomb excavation in Qingzhou City, China have found pieces of ancient board game that hasn’t been played in over 1,000 years. These pieces w...

A Time Capsule Lies Under the City of Naples, Italy

December 16, 2016

Lost for decades beneath the streets of Naples, Italy, the Galleria Borbonica is a time capsule of the city's history. The system of tunnels and caverns, stretching fro...

Kintsugi: The Ancient Art of Broken Pieces

December 14, 2016

Most of us would like damages to our broken items to be concealed, hidden, and repaired so that the object may look like new. But the Japanese art of Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi foll...

Relics: Visual History of a Time Long Gone

December 14, 2016

As the digital age continues to dominate our world, the days of typewriters and rotary dial phones are moving further and further into oblivion. In honor of a more simple time, a...

FDR Wanted a Simple Funeral and Burial

December 7, 2016

In December, 1937, Franklin Roosevelt wrote out instructions for his funeral and burial in a four-page document. It was kept folded in an envelope in Roosevelt’s personal safe in his...

These Mysterious Objects Have Been Found Across The Ter...

December 6, 2016

Dating from around 200 AD, the Roman dodecahedron is a small hollow object made of bronze or (more rarely) stone, with a geometrical shape that has twelve flat pe...

Thermopolia: The Take-out Restaurants of Ancient Rome

December 5, 2016

The concept of take-out food can be traced back to Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece, it was common for people to buy prepared food from market and roadside stalls. In t...

A Boy from the 13th Century Preserved His Homework on B...

December 5, 2016

Onfim was an ordinary boy who lived in Novgorod, in Russia, during the 13th century. As was common practice at the time, he wrote letters and drew pictures on bir...

The Violin Behind the Titanic's Sinking Song

December 1, 2016

Hartley's body was pulled from the water days after the April 1912 sinking -- he still had his violin case strapped to his back. The violin played by bandleader Wallace Hartley...

The Symbolism of The Memento Mori

December 1, 2016

Silver skull pocket Momento Mori watch, 1650 -- engraved with Memento mori exhortations Incerta Mortis Hora/"the hour of death is uncertain" -- it reminded the wearer to seize the day. ...

Centuries-Old Dentures Made From Real Human Teeth

November 30, 2016

Minozzi’s team has been working at the monastery of San Francesco, in Lucca, Italy, a Tuscan city that dates back to the Etruscans. The excavations included the tombs of t...

This Intricate 17th-Century Map Was Found Stuffed Into ...

November 29, 2016

Towards the end of the 1600s, when the map was made, it would have been a prized possession. Seven feet by five feet, backed by canvas, it showed the whole world,...

The Mystery of the Margate Shell Grotto

November 28, 2016

In 1835 a labourer was digging a field just outside the English seaside town of Margate. His work was interrupted when he thrust his spade in to the soil and it vanished into the g...

The 152-Year-Old Story Behind This Civil War Era Submar...

November 26, 2016

In 2001, marine archaeologist Jim Delgado was on a cruise ship near the uninhabited island of San Telmo, in the Pearl Archipelago in Panama, when someone told him...

The Oldest Unopened Bottle of Wine in The World Dates B...

November 23, 2016

The wine bottle dates back to between 325 and 359 AD, and was discovered in 1867 during an excavation at a 4th-century tomb of a Roman nobleman in Germany. It is ...

Hoard of English Civil War Coins Found on Farmer's Fiel...

November 18, 2016

A trove of over 1,000 coins dating to the English Civil War has been discovered in a field near the British village Ewerby. The English Civil War spanned from 164...

The Spectacular Devetashka Cave: A Bulgarian Landmark W...

November 17, 2016

The first written evidence of Devetashka cave is from 1877 by British traveler J. Baker. The cave has been rediscovered by a Bulgarian scientist in 1921 G. Katzar...