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Athens Did It Better: Ancient Democracy

I am currently reading Walter Scheidel’s “The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century”. It gives a very interesting picture on how mass wars have had the effect of equalizing societies, … Continue reading

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Hall of Shitty Presidents: Rutherford B. Hayes

It was the 1876 presidential election. And two candidates were matched almost evenly with each other in a contested race for the White House. In some ways it was almost reminiscent of Bush v. Gore. But the solution was much … Continue reading

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Untold History: Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Riots

  Greenwood, Oklahoma was known as the Mecca for black enterprise. It was a district featuring 108 black-owned businesses, two theaters, two black schools, and 15 doctors’ offices. With Tulsa being segregated by north and south, there was only one … Continue reading

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Rome’s First Black Emperor: Septimius Severus

After the untimely murder of emperor Pertinax, the Roman Empire was thrown into a state of chaos. The Praetorian guard, who had orchestrated the assassination, put the Imperial throne up for grabs, via auction. Didius Julianus won the bid, becoming … Continue reading

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Janissaries: The Forced Servitude of Christian Slaves

  The Ottoman Empire had an elaborate system of military slavery. This system was conducted by the conscription of foreigners, rather than from local Muslim populations. The Ottoman Turks had consolidated their rule over much of Eastern Europe: in 1453, … Continue reading

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The Green Fairy: France’s Hallucinogenic Beverage

It was the go-to poison for many painters, poets, writers, and intellectual thinkers in 19th century France. It became the symbol of bohemian cultural lifestyle. No afternoon happy Hour could be complete without drinking a glass of absinthe, otherwise known as … Continue reading

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43 Interesting (and some downright weird) Facts about the Roman Emperors

This is what I found after reading through several history books/magazines/encyclopedias. Not EVERY Roman emperor is listed here, but most of them are, along with some interesting (and also bizarre) tidbits about their successive reigns.   Augustus-banished his daughter Julia to … Continue reading

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The Execution that Inspired the Nike Slogan

Who knew the immortal phrase that would come to define a brand was originally from the words of a murderer. Well, sort of. It was a late winter night. Dave Wieden, co-founder of ad agency Wieden+Kennedy, was trying to think … Continue reading

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The Most F*cked Up Drug in the World Vol. 2: Krokodil

It’s Russia’s cheaper, much more potent version of heroin. And it’s pretty damn scary. Otherwise known as the “zombie drug,” Krokodil is a dangerous substance that, when taken, causes the user to literally rot from the inside out. The medical … Continue reading

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Crazy WW2 Weapon Ideas: Bat bombs

Imagine a hail of them raining down from the skies. And then, out of nowhere, every building within a 30 to 40 mile radius goes up into flames. Sounds like one of the plagues in Exodus, right? Well, that’s what we almost … Continue reading

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