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Odd History & Mysteries

Odd History & Mysteries

Are you a history buff? Do you love a good mystery? History is filled with all sorts of unexplained, mind-boggling curiosities and events. If you like a good slice of the unsolved past then delve into this category to read all about history’s oddest moments as well as head scratching, curious mysteries.

Tipu's Tiger - Ancient Mechanical Wonder

Tipu’s Tiger – Ancient Mechanical Wonder

Who Was Tipu? Tipu Sultan, was the de facto ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore in India, and was commonly known as the Tiger of Mysore and adopted this animal as the symbol of his rule. It is said that Tipu Sultan was hunting in the forest with a French […]
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The Bob Semple Tank

The Bob Semple Tank

The Bob Semple tank was a tank designed by New Zealand Minister of Works Bob Semple during World War II. Originating out of the need to build military hardware from available materials, the tank was built from corrugated iron on a tractor base. Designed and built without formal plans or […]
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Vampires Beware!

Vampires Beware!

Sold in the 19th century, Vampire Killing Kits contain the items considered necessary fir the protection of persons who traveled into the countries of Eastern Europe, where the populace was reportedly plagued with a peculiar manifestation of evil known as Vampires. What’s Inside Your Typical 19th Century Vampire Killing Kit? […]
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Civil War Photobomb

Civil War Photobomb

Could this be the earliest photobomb on record? For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a photobomb is a normal photo that has someone in it that has shown up unexpectedly. It looks like the guy on the bottom may have been caught mid nap. Source
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Amazing Military Stories for Memorial Day

Amazing Military Stories for Memorial Day

For more than 90 years, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has recognized the amazing stories and sacrifices made by members of the U.S. military. “Robert Ripley spent considerable time, money and effort doing charitable fundraisers during WWII, and his most successful and memorable contest in 1945 was a testament to […]
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The Odd of the Irish!

The Odd of the Irish!

When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day everyone knows to wear green and plenty of people are willing to tip a pint of green beer or attend a local parade. Ripley’s presents unbelievable St. Patrick’s Day facts But there are many lesser-known facts about this holiday and St. Patrick himself. […]
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Meet Soapman

Meet Soapman

From the Smithsonian‘s website: “Soapman” lived in Philadelphia and was buried there around 1800. The body was discovered in 1875 during the digging of a train depot foundation. This unusual preservation occurred because water seeped into the casket and brought alkaline soil with it, turning the fats in his body […]
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Amazing Japanese Ghost Towns

Amazing Japanese Ghost Towns

Wow, check out these amazing photos of Japanese Ghost Towns (known as haikyo, the Japanese word for ruins) by Michael John Grist.  From abandoned hotels, hospitals, and amusement parks, there are tons of forgotten building and towns with fascinating histories.
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Doctor Performs Surgery On Self

Doctor Performs Surgery On Self

This picture is crazy! In 1961, a twelve man Soviet crew was building a new base in the Antarctic. For months on end, the team had one doctor on hand during the time they were trapped by sub-zero temperatures. Unfortunately, an ill timed case of appendicitis forced the doctor to […]
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Henrietta Lacks, Immortal

Henrietta Lacks, Immortal

Pictured is Henrietta Lacks, who has the distinction of being immortal.  Unfortunately, it’s probably not in a way she would’ve ever asked for. On February 1, 1951, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.  Less than a year later, the disease had killed her…but not all of her.  A sample of […]
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