6 Interesting Events You May Not Have Learned In History Class

June 13, 2014
Interesting Events Body On Ground

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Jonestown Massacre, 1978

Perhaps one of the most disturbing events in modern history, the Jonestown Massacre was the site of the largest recorded mass suicide and the the point of origin for the phrase “drinking the kool-aid”. On November 18, 1978, over 900 people from the settlement of Jonestown, Guyana, willingly died from cyanide poisoning.

The settlement was established by Jim Jones, a communist who founded his own church – the People’s Temple – in 1950. Jonestown was meant to be a utopia for its citizens, but as so often is the case, fell far short of its idyllic goals. Jonestown was a cesspool for illness, hard labor, overcrowded housing and food shortages. In 1978, Congressman Leo Ryan visited Jonestown as part of an investigation, but he and several members of his party died in a shooting at an airstrip outside of Jonestown.

Interesting Events Jonestown Aerial

An aerial view of the massacre.

Jones grew paranoid after the assassination, and gathered the congregation to inform them that they were no longer safe from the US government. Jones told his congregation that the only way to escape from their clutches was to commit a “revolutionary act” of suicide. Over 900 people took part. Jonestown residents infused grape flavored Flavor-Aid with cyanide and Valium, administering it to children through syringes. According to reports, 918 people died, though a few did survive.

Interesting Events Jonestown Massacre Kool Aid

Source: NPR

What We Love This Week, Volume LXIX

June 13, 2014

There’s Still Time To Enter National Geographic’s 2014 Traveler Photo Contest

Traveling to the world’s most remote and exotic places is a privilege; capturing and presenting them in a way that speaks directly to those who haven’t been is a skill cultivated by few. But if you’re one of those who is both lucky enough to make a great trip and convey its brilliance through film, you should certainly consider entering National Geographic’s 26th annual Traveler photo contest. Winners will receive free trips to Alaska, New Mexico or a cruise to Maine. We’ve selected a few of our favorites thus far and present them to you here, just so you can get an understanding of the qualities of submission.

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How British People See Each US State

June 12, 2014
How British People See Each US State

Source: BuzzFeed

Staff at BuzzFeed’s UK offices were asked to describe each state in the grand US of A. Here’s what they said. We’re sure you have more to offer than light inbreeding and hillbillies, West Virginia.