Thomas Jefferson’s Dark Side: Four Damning Secrets

Today, he is a great president. In his own time, he was described as “a liar, whoremaster, debaucher, drunkard, gambler, and infidel.” And that was just by one man — a preacher.

Thomas Jefferson

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Even 190 years after Thomas Jefferson’s death, there’s a lot to celebrate about the man. Perhaps one of the last true Renaissance men, Jefferson has a list of accomplishments that reads like a short history of politics, statecraft, and science of the 18th century.

But there was a darker side of Thomas Jefferson, one that doesn’t always play as prominent a role in biographies as it should. In public, Jefferson was Mister Enlightenment, coining the phrase “all men are created equal” and even advocating the abolition of slavery early in his career. In private, however, well…read on to see.

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Video of the Day: Mutilating Sharks Is A $500 Million Per Year Industry

Recent footage of for-sale Hammerhead sharks at a Chinese fish market has made headlines — and reignited discussion about the problem of shark finning.

On the morning of April 9, hammerhead sharks were spotted for sale at a wharf in Sanya, Hainan province. The video quickly circulated online, mainly because hammerhead sharks are considered a globally endangered species — and because it called to mind how consumer tastes have seriously threatened shark populations over the years.

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“The Bitch of Buchenwald:” The Story Of One Of The Holocaust’s Biggest Monsters

Ilse Koch may not be as famous as the Holocaust’s ringleaders, but she was every bit as evil. This is the life story of the woman who made lampshades from the skin of her prisoners.

Ilse Koch

Ilse Koch. Image Source: Google Cultural Institute

We’ve written twice before about women who not only survived the Holocaust, but saved the lives of fellow prisoners with their superhuman courage and will to survive. The stories of Gisella Perl and Stanislawa Leszczyńska highlight one vital aspect of human nature: Our ability to persevere and care for others in even the most harrowing and cruel of circumstances.

But the Holocaust also presented many opportunities for humanity’s terrible dark side to run wild, as well. While Adolf Hitler, Josef Menegle, and Heinrich Himmler are rightly remembered as its figureheads, there were others just as villainous, but their names didn’t quite make the history books.

One of these individuals was Ilse Koch, whose sadism and barbarism would lead to her to receive the nickname The Bitch of Buchenwald.

Humans May Have Adopted Monogamy To Avoid STIs

Human Monogamy

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A study published Tuesday in Nature Communications claims that fear of sexually transmitted infections among our prehistoric ancestors may have been the very cause of human monogamy.

University of Waterloo professor Chris Bauch and his research partner, Richard McElreath, of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, hypothesized that high rates of STIs like syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea caused early humans to change their mating behavior in order to survive. This, they say, is when the social norms that so many of us still live by today first began to develop.

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