Browsing: Misc

Sometimes we are at a loss for where a top 10 list should go and that means we toss it here. Sure, some lists defy categorization, but Miscellaneous is a category, right?




In addition to being the location of the famous top-secret Air Force base called Area 51, the Nevada desert also carries even deeper secrets, especially when it comes to missing planes. In fact, it is estimated that around 2,000 planes have gone missing just in the last 60 years. This area is called the Nevada…

Highwaymen lived fast and (usually) died young. But they weren’t just any old bandits. While not all of them gave to the poor, they only ever stole from the rich and thus tended to see their crimes (as a lot of the public did too) as essentially morally righteous—or at least no worse than their…

Mount Carmel is a large, mostly Catholic-Italian cemetery located just outside of Chicago in Hillside, Illinois. It is the resting place of numerous Roman Catholic priests and cardinals. It is also the final resting spot for some well-known gangsters/mobsters such as Al Capone and Dion O’Banion. But their most famous resident is a woman named…

Made popular today by the 2006 epic war film and the 1998 comic book series 300, Sparta was an ancient Greek city-state that went down in history as one of the world’s most powerful and warlike civilizations. And even though it is true that Sparta is known for its military prowess, what really made it great were…

Many of us have grown accustomed to buffoons in positions of power, but historically the jester was a job title. Plucked out of obscurity for making people laugh (whether they actually intended to or not), they held a special place in royal courts and were given “comic dispensation” to say whatever they wished—even, or especially,…

Hitler and his National Socialist Party weren’t the first to use propaganda in pursuit of their goals. In World War One, both the British and the Germans fabricated atrocities and attempted to portray the enemy as inhuman beasts.  However, these efforts were amateurish compared to the ruthless efficiency of the propaganda machine created by the…

It’s not generally considered a pleasurable experience to be part of the armed services, even during the best of times. Still, there are particular military units you wouldn’t want to be part of even by the cruel standards of historical hardship. You’d almost certainly not want to be a member of any army making a…

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