About 92 million years ago, as dinosaurs and other terrifying prehistoric creatures roamed the Earth, a newly discovered, giant-mouthed fish swam the seas. That fish was Rhinconichthys, and its bones were just discovered in Colorado.
All of these men were accused of heinous crimes, but all — thanks in part to their wealth, fame, and power — got away with it. There is, of course, no shortage…
There may be no predators in all of nature as terrifying and fascinating as sharks. And few sharks are more fascinating than Deep Blue — the biggest great white shark ever caught on camera.
Video of Deep Blue went viral back in August of 2015 after it was featured on “Shark Week,” but it turns out that the videographer behind the images, Michael Maier, was holding out on an even larger stockpile of footage. Until now.
Beheading has a long history, and it might have a long future. Find out the who, when, why, where, and how of one of humanity’s worst execution methods.
On the morning of February 8, 1587, the condemned sovereign Mary Queen of Scots mounted a public block and was put to death on the orders of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England, marking the end of one of history’s most famous disputes. After 18 years of confinement in one fortified house after another, Mary blessed her executioners for “mak[ing] an end to all my troubles,” and even managed to fire off a few one-liners before the sentence was carried out.
That sentence was beheading, and it’s been one of humanity’s favorite execution methods since the first clever caveman figured out how to make troublesome cave neighbors shut up once and for all with the stroke of a sharpened stone.
Now, discover all the grisly ways we’ve been beheading since then…
Pollution has ruined the air in much of China, and is responsible for 1.6 million deaths each year. Throughout large swaths of the country, simply getting a breath of fresh air has become nearly impossible.
Still, many thought it was crazy when a Canadian company started selling bottled, clean air to China late last year. But now, with a new, more upscale packaged air company on the scene, it’s becoming even more clear exactly how much China’s wealthy are willing to pay — and how much the average Chinese person can’t afford to pay — for just a few gulps of clean air.