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Five Astounding Survival Stories That Prove That Death Is Only An Option

Even when faced with the likes of shipwreck, cannibalism, bear attack, or a six-and-a-half-mile free fall, the human will to survive never ceases to amaze. These five tales are the proof.

Survival Stories

Vesna Vulović stayed alive after her plane exploded in mid-air. World War II commando Jan Baalsrud swam, with one boot, through Arctic water after the Germans sunk his boat. Hugh Glass survived a bear attack and even managed to kill the bear. Anna Bågenholm found an air pocket and kept breathing for 40 minutes after she became trapped in frozen water beneath an ice sheet. Owen Chase’s boating crew survived two whale attacks and an island engulfed in flames.

But in all of these cases, what happened next is the truly amazing part. These five astounding survival stories will have you believing in the indomitable, indefatigable will of the human spirit, or the astounding heights of dumb luck, or both…

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5 Historical Examples Of Why “One Man, One Woman” Has Never Been The Only Option

Homosexuality is often regarded as aberrant behavior, but history shows us that this is a relatively recent phenomenon.

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Same-sex relationships and institutions are not as uncommon as some would like you to think.

We live in a world that is slowly granting the same rights to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation. Some have obviously—and publicly—balked at the gradual, legislative move toward equality, calling homosexuality and other “non-traditional” partnerships unnatural, inhuman, and worse. But if history is to serve as any sort of guide, it will tell us that “non-traditional” pairings is hardly a new idea…

5 Times The World Was On The Very Brink Of Nuclear Annihilation

It’s astonishing how many times we’ve been on the cusp of Armageddon following the creation of the hydrogen bomb.

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A member of the United States Air Force undergoes training for chemical, biological, and nuclear attacks at a base in Ohio. Source: U.S. Air Force

Sixty-six years ago today, on January 31st, 1950, President Harry Truman told the American public that he was pushing forward the creation of a “super-bomb.” This would be the world’s first hydrogen bomb, and it would be a thousand times more powerful than the nuclear weapons the United States had dropped on two Japanese cities at the end of World War II. Truman’s announcement came months after the Soviet Union tested First Lightning, their inaugural nuclear warhead. The arms race had begun.

What followed—the creation and stockpiling of tens of thousands of nuclear weapons—has made the world a far more dangerous place. A snap reaction or a simple mistake could lead to the instantaneous annihilation of hundreds of thousands of human lives — and that hair-trigger moment has occurred uncomfortably often. Here are five of them:

The Curse Of January 30 — Could It Be The Worst Day In History?

Is any day in history as fraught with horrible events as January 30? From Hitler’s rise to power to the assassination of Gandhi, these are some of the absolute worst.

January 30 Calendar

History is complicated and unpredictable. When patterns do emerge, it’s usually because the same pressures are in play from one century to the next. Sometimes, though, weird stuff just seems to cluster around a single date. On the surface, January 30 doesn’t seem to be anything special—it’s no February 29, after all—but that date has attracted unpleasant news as if it was permanently under a cloud.

No obvious explanation occurs to us for the cluster of misfortune that this day represents, but this January 30, maybe call out sick and binge-watch Netflix or something. Here are some of the worst things to have befallen this day in history.

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