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The Fascinating History Of Chinampas, The Mesoamerican Method Of Farming On Water

The Fascinating History Of Chinampas, The Mesoamerican Method Of Farming On Water

Favored by the Aztecs, chinampas are man-made islands used to grow crops in freshwater lakes — and the agricultural system is still used in Mexico today.
Inside The Legend Of The Gordian Knot And Alexander The Great’s Rise To Power

Inside The Legend Of The Gordian Knot And Alexander The Great’s Rise To Power

In Greek mythology, the Gordian knot was an unsolvable puzzle that was tied by King Midas and later sliced in half by Alexander the Great, foretelling his imminent takeover of western Asia.
How Racism Turned Chicago’s Cabrini-Green Homes From A Beacon Of Progress To A Run-Down Slum

How Racism Turned Chicago’s Cabrini-Green Homes From A Beacon Of Progress To A Run-Down Slum

Cabrini-Green was an example of what a public housing project could be, but became so neglected that it was used as the setting for the horror movie Candyman.
The Story Of Yule, The Raucous Pagan Celebration Of Winter That Inspired Christmas

The Story Of Yule, The Raucous Pagan Celebration Of Winter That Inspired Christmas

Also called Yuletide, the Pagan celebration of the winter solstice known as Yule was observed by ancient Germanic peoples for hundreds of years.
The Story Of Bryce Laspisa And His Chilling Disappearance In California

The Story Of Bryce Laspisa And His Chilling Disappearance In California

On the morning of August 30, 2013, California Highway Patrol officers informed the parents of 19-year-old Bryce Laspisa that their son's car was found wrecked, driven off a 25-foot embankment near Castaic Lake — but there was no sign of Laspisa to be found.
‘Whipped Peter’ And The Photo That Exposed Slavery’s Horrors

‘Whipped Peter’ And The Photo That Exposed Slavery’s Horrors

In 1863, a slave known only as Gordon escaped from a Louisiana plantation where he was nearly whipped to death. His story was quickly published — along with a gruesome photo of his injuries.
The True Story Of Candyman That Inspired The Horror Classic

The True Story Of Candyman That Inspired The Horror Classic

The vengeful ghost of a murdered slave named Daniel Robitaille, Candyman may be fictitious, but one real murder did help inspire the classic film's horrors.
Fritz Haarmann Was A Popular Butcher In 1920s Germany — Until They Found Out His Meat Was Human

Fritz Haarmann Was A Popular Butcher In 1920s Germany — Until They Found Out His Meat Was Human

For six years, Fritz Haarmann used his position as a police informant to hide in plain sight while he carried out at least 24 grisly murders that earned him the nickname of the "Vampire of Hanover."
How The Rumble In The Jungle Became One Of The Most Iconic Fights In Boxing History

How The Rumble In The Jungle Became One Of The Most Iconic Fights In Boxing History

Held in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974, the Rumble in the Jungle saw Muhammad Ali challenge George Foreman for the world heavyweight title that had been stripped from him seven years earlier.
The True Story Of Herbert Sobel, The First Commander Of The ‘Band Of Brothers’

The True Story Of Herbert Sobel, The First Commander Of The ‘Band Of Brothers’

Known as a "devil in jump boots" and a "petty tyrant," Herbert Sobel was one of the strictest U.S. Army officers during World War II.
The Truth About Omertà, The Mafia’s Sacred Code Of Silence That Hid Their Crimes For Generations

The Truth About Omertà, The Mafia’s Sacred Code Of Silence That Hid Their Crimes For Generations

Under the code of omertà, anyone who spoke to the police was marked for torture and death — and so were their families.