The History That Sits Atop Turkey’s Mount Nemrut

September 1, 2014

Mount Nemrut

Located in southeastern Turkey is Mount Nemrut, the 7,000 feet tall mountain that plays host to a number of centuries-old statues. For decades ancient kings flocked to the summit and erected numerous sanctuaries and tombs there, and given Turkey’s rocky past, it’s a wonder that the statues are still intact.

4 Beautiful, Bizarre, And Disturbing Earth Origin Stories

August 31, 2014

For most of our existence, humans have used myths to demystify the world and our place in it. We created stories to explain where babies come from and where the sun goes at night and everything in-between. Up until the Enlightenment, when we began using science to understand the universe, these stories were all we had to make sense of things. Here is a collection of some of the most fascinating, creative, and even unpleasant stories that explained the origins of the earth before science could.

Norse Mythology: Odin and Ymir

Origin Stories Ymir Norse

Source: Deviant Art

Nordic people populate the modern day nations of Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Besides minimalistic contemporary design and tall blondes, these countries are best known for long, dark winters, snow, and alcoholism. That might explain why their origin story involves so much murder and ice.

Here it is:

{ Read The Rest Of This Post… }

As A Fire Blazes In Harlem, The Basketball Game Forges On

August 30, 2014

The Game Goes On Harlem Fire 1975

This 1975 photo embodies a time period when urban grime and destruction reigned supreme throughout New York’s Harlem. Given the racial turmoil during this time, even when firefighters were called to save a burning building they often ran the risk of being assaulted while doing so.

The ISIS Militant Terror Group In Photos

August 30, 2014

Whether they go by ISIL or ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, respectively), the Sunni jihadist group in the Middle East is a terror group unlike any other. In fact, they have committed crimes so disturbing and heinous that even al-Qaeda distanced itself from the group after they publicly disobeyed orders to kill fewer civilians in Syria.

After releasing a video showing graphic footage of the beheading of American journalist James Foley, along with tweeting numerous images showing captured civilians being tortured, dismembered and executed, it is no surprise that the world is concerned by what this radical and increasingly powerful terrorist organization will do next. This gallery offers a glimpse into the actions of the extremist (so extreme that some of its supporters have ordered “Islam for Dummies” before shipping off to the area) ISIS group.

[Warning: Graphic images included.]

Prev Next 1 of 23
Islamist Fighter Group Waving Flag

A man waves the ISIS flag. Source: NBC News

ISIS in Syria 2014

Source: Independent

State of Iraq After ISIS 2014

Source: Darkroom

ISIS 2014 Mass Executions

This photo shows the aftermath of one of many mass executions carried out by ISIL. Source: Global Post

ISIS Member Waves Flag

Source: NBC News

Brutal Attacks ISIS 2014

Source: Utopia

US and ISIS Conflict 2014

Source: TIME

ISIS 2014 Iraq Militants

Source: The Guardian

ISIS Executes Helpless Victims

ISIS victims are shown in a screen grab from an ISIL video. Source: ABC

ISIS Executions

ISIS gunmen line up to execute kidnapped victims. Source: Vice

M-16 ISIS Executions

Kidnapped individuals are lined up and executed. Source: Zero Hedge

Crucifixion by ISIS Militants

ISIS individuals crucify rebels. Source: Global Post

Peshmerga in 2014

Source: Slate

Dangerous ISIS 2014

Source: The Guardian

Militants Terrorize Citizens

ISIS individuals heckle victims before executing them. Source: Daily Mail

Terror Group in Iraq ISIS 2014

Source: ABC News

ISIS in Syria

ISIS group gathers up cigarettes and burns them in Syria. Source: Vice

US Forces Capture Suspected ISIS Individual

United States forces capture a suspected ISIS individual. Source: TIME

Like this gallery? Share it!

And if you liked this post, be sure to check out these popular posts:

ISIS, Iraq And Syria Explained
ISIS, Iraq And Syria Explained
30 Fascinating Photos Of 1960s Afghanistan
30 Fascinating Photos Of 1960s Afghanistan
Thirty Spectacular Photos Of John F. Kennedy
Thirty Spectacular Photos Of John F. Kennedy

To learn more about the context that brought a radicalized group like ISIS into existence, we’ve got a video for you.

The Creepiest Places on Earth

August 29, 2014
Dolls

Stuffed animals strewn about Jazzland Source: Free York

Certain places on Earth are best left alone. Whether they have been made by nature or by man, these locales can scare the hell out of you. This, bizarrely, is what makes them so appealing to certain people in the first place. We enjoy that adrenaline rush that comes out of primal fear, and these are some of the best locations in the world to experience it.

Creepiest Places: The LaLaurie Mansion

Creepiest Places Lalaurie Outside

Looks pretty harmless from the outside
Source: Wikimedia

Our obsession with serial killers is pretty evident. They are the worst that mankind has to offer so, naturally, they fascinate us. However, very rarely do they leave behind such a creepy legacy as the LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans. For multiple decades in the 19th century, this was where wealthy Louisiana socialite Delphine LaLaurie engaged in the brutal torture and murder of her slaves.

Creepiest Places Lalaurie Night

Ok, it gets a little scary at night
Source: The Magazine

We’ll probably never know exactly how many people met a gruesome end in that house, but some claim it was in the hundreds. These kinds of homes often get demolished, but not so for this home. Not only is the LaLaurie Mansion still standing, it’s become a prominent New Orleans landmark. At one point, the home was even purchased by actor Nicolas Cage.

Creepiest Places Lalaurie Tour

Unsurprisingly, people say the mansion is haunted and offer ghost tours
Source: Blogspot

{ Read The Rest Of This Post… }

A World War I Veteran Gets Fitted For A Face Mask In 1918

August 22, 2014

World War One Veteran Fitted For Face Mask

As the world recognizes the centennial of one of the deadliest events in world history, we bring you one of the most touching–and devastating–moments of them all. As World War One came at a time of mass industrialization, soldiers were effectively test dummies to the first devices that comprised modern warfare.

Countless soldiers were dismembered, disfigured and killed at the hands of these new machines, which placed a huge demand on surgeons and artists alike to work together to forge solutions for those who survived but were unrecognizable. One of the first was the introduction of the face mask, as seen above. Interestingly enough, it was at a time of unspeakable tragedy and necessity–not an influx of demands by a vain elite–that what is considered to be modern plastic surgery really took off, with surgeons providing veterans a face that their loved ones might recognize when they returned home from the trenches.

To read more about the medical innovations that were spawned out of World War One, check out our article on it.