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Elizebeth Friedman — The WWII Codebreaker Who Took Down Gangsters And Nazi Spies

Elizebeth Friedman — The WWII Codebreaker Who Took Down Gangsters And Nazi Spies

Between 1926 and 1930, Elizebeth Friedman decoded 20,000 messages per year in hundreds of different code systems. Even more incredibly, she decoded them all in a time without computers.
Meet Maximilian Kolbe, The Nazi-Fighting Monk Who Switched Places With A Condemned Man

Meet Maximilian Kolbe, The Nazi-Fighting Monk Who Switched Places With A Condemned Man

When the Auschwitz guards condemned a man to die, Maximilian Kolbe took the man's place and sacrificed his own life.
Meet The Lykov Family That Survived Alone In The Siberian Wilderness For 42 Years

Meet The Lykov Family That Survived Alone In The Siberian Wilderness For 42 Years

In 1936, the Lykov family left civilization and went to live deep in the Siberian forest, where they stayed in total isolation until 1978.
A Look Back At The Disturbing Practice Of Gibbeting

A Look Back At The Disturbing Practice Of Gibbeting

Gibbeted bodies would stink so badly that nearby residents would have to shut their windows to keep the wind from carrying the bodies’ stench into their homes.
The Story Of King Adolf Frederick And How He Ate Himself To Death

The Story Of King Adolf Frederick And How He Ate Himself To Death

King Adolf Frederick sat down for a rather large meal on Shrove Tuesday in 1771. It would be his last.
King Edward VIII Did What Prince Harry Is About To Do – And Had To Abdicate The Throne Because Of It

King Edward VIII Did What Prince Harry Is About To Do – And Had To Abdicate The Throne Because Of It

Like Prince Harry, Edward VIII wanted to marry a divorced American. Unfortunately for Edward, British society was far less accepting back then.
See The Funhouse “Mannequin” That Was Actually The Body Of An Old Bank Robber [PHOTO]

See The Funhouse “Mannequin” That Was Actually The Body Of An Old Bank Robber [PHOTO]

For 65 years, the corpse of Elmer McCurdy had one wild ride.
How Grace Hopper Helped Revolutionize The U.S. Navy

How Grace Hopper Helped Revolutionize The U.S. Navy

During the Cold War, Grace Hopper changed the way the navy's computer system worked for the better.
Re-Smelling London’s Great Stink Of 1858

Re-Smelling London’s Great Stink Of 1858

London's Great Stink of 1858 didn't merely cause nausea citywide, it led to world-changing developments in science and engineering.
How Allied Prisoners Used ‘Monopoly’ To Escape Nazi POW Camps

How Allied Prisoners Used ‘Monopoly’ To Escape Nazi POW Camps

Historians estimate that thousands of prisoners fled Nazi prisons all thanks to some truly unique board game sets.
How Antonio López de Santa Anna Helped Invent Your Grandparents’ Favorite Chewing Gum

How Antonio López de Santa Anna Helped Invent Your Grandparents’ Favorite Chewing Gum

Years after he killed hundreds at the Alamo, Antonio López de Santa Anna accidentally helped create chewing gum as we know it today.