Fishing For Change During The Great Depression

June 28, 2014

Fishing For Change Great Depression

Three boys scavenge peer down New York City grates for change in 1930. During the first years of the Depression, approximately 250,000 young people were homeless. As this photo suggests, one of the few constants in these kids’ lives was a sense of desperation.

History’s Biggest Psychos

June 28, 2014

Everyone is well aware of the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler. And many will be familiar that under Joseph Stalin’s stern leadership, the number of those killed from starvation and murder ranges from 10 to 60 million. Unfortunately, they aren’t the only ones who have taken history and left a nasty stain in its pages. Here is a list of eight lesser known psychos in history.

Leopold II

Biggest Psychos Leopold Portrait

Source: Ancestry.com

King of Belgium from 1865 to 1909, Leopold II is best known for creating the Congo Free State project, which led to the demise of at least three million Congolese people. Funded by the government, the project was instituted to extract rubber and ivory from the Congo region of central Africa. Unfortunately, this endeavor required forced labor on the part of the Congolese, with Leopold calling the shots via his own army, the Force Publique.

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5 Reasons Maria Mitchell Was A Total Bad Ass

June 26, 2014
Maria Mitchell

Source: WordPress

“We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but is somewhat beauty and poetry.” -Maria Mitchell

She was America’s first recognized female astronomer

Maria Mitchell Comet

Source: Canada.com

Maria Mitchell is best known for her discovery of “Miss Mitchell’s Comet” in 1847. She was twenty-nine at the time, but that wasn’t her first contribution to the astronomical community.

Maria Mitchell Annular Eclipse

When we were learning one-variable equations, Maria Mitchell was calculating the exact times that an annular eclipse would occur. Source: Blogspot

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100-Year Old Photos Reveal The Dark Side Of Antarctic Exploration

June 25, 2014
Antarctic Exploration Expedition Pony

Source: Blogspot

It’s been a little over one hundred years since the ill-fated attempts of Captain Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition and Ernest Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party to reach the South Pole took place. Only conducted a couple years apart, these two Antarctic expeditions are legends of loss and tragedy.

Antarctic Exploration Makeshift Tent

Source: The Mirror

The two voyages have more in common than their quests to reach the South Pole, the use of the same supply shacks en route, and similar fates; they’ve both had lost photos turn up nearly 100 years after the fact.

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77 Amazing Facts That Will Make You The Most Interesting Person In The Room

June 23, 2014

Love learning about the weird history, fascinating science, and crazy coincidences that make up our collective human experience? Then you came to the right place with these seventy-seven amazing facts:

Thank you to Mental Floss, Wikipedia, and Fact Slides for the ideas and information for this post.

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A Sobering Look At Capital Punishment In The United States

June 22, 2014

Capital Punishment In The US

While contemporary figures suggest that the United States has always been a bloodthirsty nation when it comes to authorizing the execution of its own, this interactive map presents a more complicated story.