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The Time Preston Brooks Beat Senator Charles Sumner With His Cane Over Slavery

The Time Preston Brooks Beat Senator Charles Sumner With His Cane Over Slavery

Though civil unrest had been brewing for years, many historians claim Preston Brooks' caning of Charles Sumner set the Civil War in motion.
How ‘Mad Bomber’ George Metesky Held New York City Hostage

How ‘Mad Bomber’ George Metesky Held New York City Hostage

"Mad Bomber" George Metesky may come off like a comic book supervillain, but his mid-century reign of terror was all too real.
Five Japanese Warships Sunk During Battle Of Leyte Gulf Discovered

Five Japanese Warships Sunk During Battle Of Leyte Gulf Discovered

These warships from the Battle of Leyte Gulf were found in late November by a team led by billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
The Word ‘Thug’ Comes From A Roving Gang Of Criminals Much Worse Than Any Modern Thug

The Word ‘Thug’ Comes From A Roving Gang Of Criminals Much Worse Than Any Modern Thug

These guys were the original thug gangsters.
Fart Proudly: Ben Franklin Loved Farting So Much He Wrote An Essay About It

Fart Proudly: Ben Franklin Loved Farting So Much He Wrote An Essay About It

In addition to being a founding father and noted inventor, Ben Franklin once sent a letter now entitled "Fart Proudly" to the Royal Academy of Brussels.
How David Berkowitz Became “Son Of Sam” And Brought A City To Its Knees

How David Berkowitz Became “Son Of Sam” And Brought A City To Its Knees

David Berkowitz, a.k.a. "Son of Sam," stalked New York's streets for prey by night, then taunted the cops with disturbing letters that brought the entire city to its knees.
BBC Once Convinced People That A Spaghetti Tree Existed [VIDEO]

BBC Once Convinced People That A Spaghetti Tree Existed [VIDEO]

Despite sounding ridiculous, hundreds of people believed the broadcast, and called to ask where they could get their own spaghetti tree.
Three Revered Historical Civilizations That Embraced Pedophilia

Three Revered Historical Civilizations That Embraced Pedophilia

Though the subject is highly taboo now, three of the most revered cultures of all time practiced pedophilia for centuries.
Dickin Medal Recipients From Sgt Reckless To Simon The Cat

Dickin Medal Recipients From Sgt Reckless To Simon The Cat

Dickin Medal honorees like Sgt Reckless the horse are among history's bravest animals to ever serve during wartime.
Meet Irma Grese, “The Beautiful Beast” And One Of The Nazis’ Most Feared Guards

Meet Irma Grese, “The Beautiful Beast” And One Of The Nazis’ Most Feared Guards

How Irma Grese went from being a troubled teen to becoming one of the most sadistic guards to ever work inside a Nazi concentration camp.
Peter Kürten — The Sadistic Crimes Of The Vampire of Düsseldorf

Peter Kürten — The Sadistic Crimes Of The Vampire of Düsseldorf

From murdering children to drinking blood, Peter Kürten was "the king of the sexual perverts" and perhaps the worst serial killer ever.