The 4 Craziest Conspiracies That Were Totally True

March 10, 2014
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True Conspiracies: The Business Plot

Imagine the United States of America ruled by a fascist dictatorship. Not the kind your uncle is always complaining about, mind you, but a real one with an actual goose-stepping il Duce type giving orders to the president on all matters of policy. That almost happened in 1933, when a group of American businessmen tried to install a retired Marine Corps general as a shadow dictator to offset the perceived threat of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Of course, by “almost happened,” it’s more accurate to say that the conspirators were caught before they even got close to throwing the switch on their plans. All the same, the Business Plotters, as they came to be known, did manage to give the hilariously named McCormack-Dickstein Committee a light workout as it exposed a group of conspirators that included the heads of General Motors and Chase Manhattan Bank, a French fascist organization called the “Arrow Cross,” and at least one future US Senator, Prescott Bush (yes, that Bush).

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50 Interesting Facts About The 50 US State Capitals

March 9, 2014

Brushing up on your geography skills and packing your cranium with conversation-starting factoids in 10 minutes? This video is a godsend.

A Divided Ukraine

March 6, 2014

A Divided Ukraine

The chaotic scene in Ukraine changes on the hour, but thankfully its history does not. Ukraine straddles the border between Europe and Russia, and its geography finds itself deeply embedded and deterministic of cultural identity. The east is predominantly “pro-Russia”, with the west trying to forge closer bonds with the European Union. The Kremlin is deeply invested in maintaining a pro-Russia, Yanukovych presidency, which largely explains its current occupation of Crimea (re: it wants to quell dissent and rebellion while it is still manageable). For more information and photos, check out our spread.

An Animated Retelling Of The World’s First Intentional LSD Trip

March 5, 2014

In 1943, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann became the first person in the world to intentionally try LSD. It makes sense, too. Hofmann, after all, was the man who has synthesized the lysergic acid diethylmide compound.

Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison, 1968

March 4, 2014

Johnny Cash Folsom Prison

When looking for a place to start over, it’s fairly unlikely that a prison will be the first place to spring to mind. That, of course, was not the case for the Man in Black. After taking some time away from the spotlight to tame his turbulent relationship with drugs, Johnny Cash made his way toward Folsom Prison in January 1968, where he gave two concerts to the prison’s inmates.

This was not Cash’s first show for inmates, but it was certainly his most acclaimed. Fully surpassing the meager expectations of his record label (Columbia invested little in the venture, as they were shifting promotional gears from country to pop artists), Cash’s live album hit the top of the charts and gave impetus to Cash’s own personal and professional comeback. Said Cash later on about his Folsom performance, “That’s where things really got started for me again”. Since then, the album has gone triple platinum.

30 GIFs That Explain The World Around Us

March 3, 2014

Convening the best aspects of photo and video into one pith and movement-filled entity, the GIF is the Internet’s wunderkind. While arguments have arisen about its pronunciation, everyone can agree that they do a fine job of entertaining and informing an audience whose mobile lifestyles demand that content be quick, to the point and easy to absorb. Enjoy these thirty fantastic GIFs that explain the world around us:

How The Human Face Forms In The Womb

GIFs Human Face Forming

Formed both by intramembranous and endochondral ossification, it’s in a woman’s first trimester that the fetus’ skull is most susceptible to developing skull deformities.

The History Of US States And Territories In Maps

GIFs History Of US

An elementary school student’s dream come true: all of the information on the competing interests within the United States–minus the stuffy history books.

How The Easter Island Moai Statues Might Have Been Transported

GIFs Easter Island Transport

The Polynesian statues have boggled minds for centuries–both in terms of size and the technical prowess of those responsible for moving them. One possible explanation for how they may have been transported may be seen above.

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