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You never miss the power until it’s gone. Power outages are catastrophic when they’re lengthy or widespread — some of the largest blackouts of the 20th century affected millions of people and cost millions of dollars to restore. Here they are: 10. The 1998 Blackout of Quebec In 1998, the Canadian province of Quebec was…

When people think of Ancient Greek contributions to the world, they usually think of Democracy, the Olympic Games, mythology, philosophy, architecture, tragedy, comedy and theatre among others. It’s no secret that Greece, even though a small dot on the map, gave birth to many great things and it is widely considered to be the mother…

Everyone knows that the Southern United States invented corn fritters, the Dukes of Hazzard, and institutional racism. But they’ve invented other things, too! Important things! So the next time you’re about to make a joke about banjo-pickin’ inbreds, remember that the South gave us… 10. Dental Floss Flossing, the quickest and easiest way to keep…

Most of us probably played with Lego’s as kids and built amazing structures to show to our friends, parents or anyone else who would pay attention. However, while most of us became adults and continued our love of building by playing games like Minecraft, some continued to play with Lego’s well into adulthood. With all…

Though Boeing is now synonymous with aeroplanes and jet travel, back in the 1950’s the company was haemorrhaging money like they’d been stabbed by King Midas. The only money the company was making was due to their many military contract. However, they thought they could change their fortunes with the Boeing 707. All they had…

As sound is basically just a wave, it’s entirely possible to completely and utterly eliminate it by blasting another sound of the exact opposite frequency at it, at the same volume. This is known as anti-sound. In fact there’s a machine that has been invented that is capable of blasting out anti-sound tuned to whatever…

The AC-130 (that big-ass plane from Call of Duty) packs enough weaponry to obliterate virtually anything from a mile up in the skies. Along with this however, it’s almost impossible to shoot down due to something colloquially known as “Angel flares”. These flares are so named because when the AC-130 drops them, they seem to…

Post-World War II Russia’s struggle to prove the supremacy of their Communist political system went far beyond the boundaries of an ideological fight, and reached astonishing levels. Communist engineers were forced to deliver the absolute best automobiles imaginable, in order to back up Stalin’s vision. Below are the best 10 cars built by the Russian Communists, in…

Many countries today pride themselves on the amazing military vehicles that they’re capable of producing. However, judging by what some used to call a tank, they haven’t always had this skill. 10. Armored Quadricycle (Great Britain) Aside from being the first thing you’d think if you were asked what an armored vehicle designed by the British would…