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4.4.19

Three Men Vanished from a Scottish Island 120 Years Ago and People Are Still Looking

The rather unassuming white lighthouse located off Scotland’s Western Isles is home to one of the greatest mysteries of the Atlantic.

3.28.19

Company That Owns Krispy Kreme, Panera, Keurig Pledges $11 Million to Charity After Nazi Past Revealed

Younger members of the Reimann family, which runs JAB holdings, were "ashamed" by what a historian found in their family tree.

3.26.19

The Runner Who Hid Her Gender to Be the First Woman in the Boston Marathon

When 20-year-old Kathrine Switzer bucked the Boston Marathon's rules in order to compete, a man tried to physically remove her from the race.

3.11.19

We Asked Cook Islanders If The Cook Islands Should Change Its Name

“It continues to perpetuate the colonial hold on us.”

3.8.19

The Polish Ballerina Who Shot Nazis on Her Way to the Gas Chamber

The story of Franceska Mann's brave act of resistance at Auschwitz has become Holocaust legend. But how much do we actually know of her story?

3.7.19

A Tattoo Kit Made From Human Bones Has Been Dated at 2,700 Years Old

The lead archaeologists behind the discovery says the tools would have been "a lot more painful."

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3.7.19

A Brief, 200-Year History of Humanity’s Love for Laughing Gas

People were using it to get high in the 1700s—long before anyone used it to decorate cakes.

2.20.19

How Syrians Are Rebuilding the Monuments Destroyed By ISIS

A French restoration company is working with locals to restore their most important cultural artefacts.

2.13.19

This Artist Collects the Everyday Objects That Define Lesbian Life

Anyone who identifies as lesbian, butch, queer, non-binary, or trans was invited to send personal objects for the display.

2.4.19

It’s Almost Waitangi Day But Do Kiwis Know Enough About What That Means?

The History Teachers' Association says no.

2.3.19

Chinese Cave Graffiti Contains 500 Years of Climate Data

For the first time, researchers find a direct link between historical cave inscriptions and geochemical records.

12.28.18

How Comfort Women in Indonesia Used Tattoos to Escape Rape

During World War II, a group of local women in the tiny island of Timor heavily tattooed themselves in a bid to avoid sexual slavery

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