Photos Of The Day: Awe-Inspiring Volcanic Eruptions Around The World

Eruption Mount Saint Helens

Mount St. Helens erupts on May 18, 1980. USGS/Robert Krimmel

On May 18, 1980, the United States suffered one of the most destructive natural disasters in history: The eruption of Mount St. Helens. Yet, over just the last ten years, even that eruption has been both equaled and eclipsed by other volcanoes around the world, ones that display the awesome power and beauty of one nature’s most devastating forces.

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Civilization As We Know It May Have Started Because Of Beer

Civilization started because of agriculture — that much is known. But what if agriculture started because of beer?

Beer Glasses Hands

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Around 6,000 years ago, ancient Sumerians living in the Fertile Crescent recorded the first known instance of purposeful beer brewing. The grain-based beverage has since become integral to countless cultures around the world, inspiring men to risk their lives for distribution, inciting riots in the streets of New York City and bringing international renown to cultural events like Oktoberfest.

But there’s a theory that beer holds an even more important place in history, that civilization itself owes its very existence to the beverage — the “beer before bread” theory.

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