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Historical Artifacts

The First Bicycle Is Introduced In New York City, 1819:...

May 21, 2020

In 1819, the bicycle rolled across the Atlantic into the Big Apple all the way from Europe. Known as "velocipedes" or "swift walkers," these strange contrapt...

Guillotine: History Of The French Invention That Made D...

April 25, 2020

Today marks the 228th anniversary of the guillotine, which sliced its way onto the capital punishment scene on April 25, 1792 with the execution of French cr...

History Of The Gas Mask: How Need Brought Us The Weirde...

April 1, 2020

The gas mask has come to be an international symbol of wartime atrocities, but it began as a tool for people tasked with unenviable and dangerous jobs. Long befor...

Terracotta Army: The 1974 Discovery Of 8,000 Ancient Cl...

March 29, 2020

The Terracotta Army guards the Emperor's tomb. (Photo by API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) Like many stories of fantastic discoveries from the past, the tale ...

A Brief History Of Toilet Paper

March 18, 2020

TP, bathroom tissue, mummy wraps, bum stuff—whatever you want to call it, toilet paper is a big business. In the 21st century, it's an industry estimated to be worth $30 billion dollars, an...

Buddy Holly's Glasses Were Found In Iowa 21 Years After...

February 29, 2020

In the wee hours of the morning on February 3, 1959, an airplane carrying three of the hottest entertainers of the day crashed into a snowy cornfield just ou...

Washington Monument: Stories And Facts You Didn't Know ...

February 21, 2020

On February 21, 1885, President Chester Arthur (remember him?) unveiled the Washington Monument. The iconic structure is now visited by more than 800,000 tou...

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...

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...

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...