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Cairo, Illinois Was Once A Booming City — Until Racist Violence Destroyed The Entire Town

Cairo, Illinois Was Once A Booming City — Until Racist Violence Destroyed The Entire Town

Despite its former promise, deep-seated racial tensions would eventually devastate the town of Cairo, Illinois, rendering it nearly abandoned today.
Why Johnny Ringo Is The Most Interesting Old West Outlaw You’ve Never Heard Of

Why Johnny Ringo Is The Most Interesting Old West Outlaw You’ve Never Heard Of

A gentleman gunslinger who could quote Shakespeare, Johnny Ringo was a mythic gunslinger who died a mysterious death befitting his legend.
Niihau: Hawaii’s “Forbidden Island” Without Paved Roads, Plumbing, Or Police

Niihau: Hawaii’s “Forbidden Island” Without Paved Roads, Plumbing, Or Police

Purchased by a wealthy Scottish widow in 1864, the family-owned island is committed to preserving its natural and cultural history — perhaps at a dangerous cost.
Shaka: The Controversial King Of The Zulus Hailed As The “African Napoleon”

Shaka: The Controversial King Of The Zulus Hailed As The “African Napoleon”

Historians disagree on how cruel Shaka truly was as a ruler, but his military prowess was indisputable.
Inside The Terrifying But Necessary Job Of A Medieval Plague Doctor

Inside The Terrifying But Necessary Job Of A Medieval Plague Doctor

The uniform featured an all-leather ensemble with a beak-like mask stuffed with burning herbs and a top hat — which signaled that the person was, in fact, a doctor.
The Trail Of Tears: Government-Approved Ethnic Cleansing That Removed 100,000 Native Americans From Their Ancestral Lands

The Trail Of Tears: Government-Approved Ethnic Cleansing That Removed 100,000 Native Americans From Their Ancestral Lands

The Trail of Tears refers to the perilous journey of the 'Five Civilized Tribes' of the Southeast who were forced by the U.S. government from their ancestral homelands to a designated zone in the west.
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Conjoined Twins

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Conjoined Twins

Conjoined twins occur in just one out of every 200,000 live births.
Ueli Steck Conquered The World’s Great Mountains — Until Everest Conquered Him

Ueli Steck Conquered The World’s Great Mountains — Until Everest Conquered Him

Ueli Steck may have been Earth's best mountaineer, but one tragically bold attempt on Mount Everest brought his impressive life to an end.
From Theodor Geisel To Dr. Seuss, The Forgotten History Of Everyone’s Favorite Children’s Author

From Theodor Geisel To Dr. Seuss, The Forgotten History Of Everyone’s Favorite Children’s Author

While we know Dr. Seuss best for his tongue twisters and whimsical characters, the famed children's author actually got his start by drawing some rather controversial ads.
What Are Subliminal Messages And Do They Work?

What Are Subliminal Messages And Do They Work?

What are subliminal messages? Do subliminal messages work? Though everyone from Coca-Cola to Disney has been accused of using these tactics, few of us seem to know the truth about what these messages are and whether or not they're effective.
The True Story Of “Donnie Brasco” And Joseph Pistone’s Undercover Fight Against The Mafia

The True Story Of “Donnie Brasco” And Joseph Pistone’s Undercover Fight Against The Mafia

For six long years, Joseph Pistone abandoned his personal life and worked his way up the rungs of the Bonanno crime family as Donnie Brasco.