The Violent Ways Humans Have Used Animals As Weapons

War Elephants

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Humans have used animals as weapons for thousands of years. 2,000 years ago, Hannibal led the Carthaginian army riding war elephants to fight Rome. In reply, the Romans set pigs on fire and let them run free through enemy ranks to frighten the elephants.

In World War II, British Special Ops thought of stuffing dead rats with explosives and spreading them throughout Germany. They hoped that the Germans would gather the rats and dispose of them in industrial furnaces, causing explosions powerful enough to trigger catastrophic boiler failures. However, the Brits dropped the plan after their first shipment of explosive rats was intercepted by Nazi forces in 1941.


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26 Fantastic Vintage Behind-The-Scenes Star Wars Pictures

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope debuted on May 25, 1977. George Lucas, the film’s writer and director, thought the movie would be a flop. Instead of attending the movie premiere, he went on a vacation to Hawaii with his friend Steven Spielberg. Little did he know that the film would gross almost 36 million dollars on opening weekend alone, launching one of the most successful film franchises in the world.

To the delight of millions, the Star Wars saga will continue this winter in a new film directed by J. J. Abrams. But before we start looking toward the future, let’s go back a few decades and reminisce over these vintage behind-the-scenes Star Wars pictures from the original three movies:

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The Short Life Of History’s Tallest Man

Robert Wadlow Tallest Person

Born in Alton, Illinois in 1918, an abnormal pituitary gland would catapult Robert Wadlow into the public limelight while he was a teenager–and end his life at a mere 22 years old.

At the time of his death, Wadlow was 8’11” (2.72 meters) and weighed 439 pounds (199 kilograms). Wadlow initially aspired to go to law school after graduating from high school in 1936, but ended up spending most of his time participating in tours and festivals around the United States, some of which were sponsored by the Ringling Brothers Circus.

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7 War-Time Inventions That You Use Every Day

War Inventions Canned Food

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Sorry, Edwin Starr. It turns out that war is good for absolutely…something. The life-or-death havoc of war electrifies human creativity in a powerful way. A number of the world’s most useful inventions have come from the military. Some appeared by accident, others as solutions to particular problems that seem much more urgent when the enemy’s tanks are rolling in.

Ever had green beans from a can? You can thank Napoleon. Snapchat is really the spawn of the Cold War’s overhanging possibility of nuclear holocaust. The war-time origins of these and other everyday products are explored below.

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