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How A Small Texas Town Paid A Conman A Ton Of Money To Build “The World’s Littlest Skyscraper”

How A Small Texas Town Paid A Conman A Ton Of Money To Build “The World’s Littlest Skyscraper”

J.D. McMahon promised Wichita Falls a skyscraper befitting the prospering boom town. Unknown to townspeople, the con man drew up blueprints for a building 480 inches tall, instead of the 480 feet he promised.
He Died 5,300 Years Ago — And Now We Know His Last Meal

He Died 5,300 Years Ago — And Now We Know His Last Meal

He's the oldest preserved human ever found, and now scientists have extracted the food from his stomach.
This Week In History News, July 8 – 14

This Week In History News, July 8 – 14

Centuries-old stone may solve Lost Roanoke Colony mystery, new study says we didn't all evolve from one population, unearthed ancient Egyptian sarcophagus contains unknown body.
This Medieval Warrior Had His Hand Amputated, Then Replaced It With A Prosthetic Knife

This Medieval Warrior Had His Hand Amputated, Then Replaced It With A Prosthetic Knife

Archaeologists have uncovered the skeleton of a warrior in northern Italy from the 6th century who after having his hand amputated, used a knife as a prosthetic hand.
Giuseppe Zangara Tried To Shoot FDR — But Missed And Killed Another Powerful Politician Instead

Giuseppe Zangara Tried To Shoot FDR — But Missed And Killed Another Powerful Politician Instead

Giuseppe Zangara was an unemployed bricklayer unwilling to wait for President-Elect FDR to take office to blame him for his problems.
How John Gotti Jr. Lived The Mob Life — And Then Walked Away

How John Gotti Jr. Lived The Mob Life — And Then Walked Away

Mobster John Gotti Jr. was born into underworld royalty and followed in his infamous father's footsteps for years, before finally walking away.
How Claire Phillips Used Her Gentleman’s Club As A Front For A World War II Spy Ring

How Claire Phillips Used Her Gentleman’s Club As A Front For A World War II Spy Ring

Claire Phillips was a smalltown girl who incredibly wound up running a spy ring for the United States in the Japan-occupied Philippines.
We Didn’t All Evolve From One Population Of Early Humans, Bold New Research Claims

We Didn’t All Evolve From One Population Of Early Humans, Bold New Research Claims

"We've arrived at a place where we can begin to address some key questions about our shared ancestry and even emerge with new questions we haven't known to ask before."
Why Some Wounded Civil War Soldiers Actually Glowed In The Dark – And Lived Because Of It

Why Some Wounded Civil War Soldiers Actually Glowed In The Dark – And Lived Because Of It

"Angel's Glow" was a phenomenon of the Civil War in which soldiers' wounds seemed to glow in the dark. It took 139 years to figure out why.
How H.A. Rey And Curious George Escaped The Nazis And Created A Classic

How H.A. Rey And Curious George Escaped The Nazis And Created A Classic

If author H.A. Rey hadn't avoided the Nazis in dramatic fashion, the world wouldn't even know about Curious George today.
Listen To The Seikilos Epitaph, The World’s Oldest Complete Musical Composition

Listen To The Seikilos Epitaph, The World’s Oldest Complete Musical Composition

Written sometime between 200 B.C. and 100 A.D., the Seikilos epitaph is the oldest complete musical composition in existence — hear it for yourself.