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Masamune, The 13th-Century Japanese Swordsmith Who Was The Stuff Of Legends

Masamune, The 13th-Century Japanese Swordsmith Who Was The Stuff Of Legends

Legend says that his swords were so well-made, their layers went to a point that was but one atom thick.
This Week In History News, Aug. 5 – 11

This Week In History News, Aug. 5 – 11

Mystery of Mayan collapse uncovered, builders and purpose of Stonehenge revealed, thousands of WWII weapons found under Japanese school.
Thousands Of World War II-Era Weapons Found Buried Underneath A School In Tokyo

Thousands Of World War II-Era Weapons Found Buried Underneath A School In Tokyo

Authorities say that it's uncommon for such a large cache of World War II weapons to be buried all at once.
21 Classic Images Of Japanese Fart Battles From The 19th Century

21 Classic Images Of Japanese Fart Battles From The 19th Century

Some say the paintings are a kind of political cartoon serving as a commentary on Western influence, but nobody knows for sure.
Explorers Discover 113-Year-Old Russian Shipwreck Believed To Have Cargo Worth Over $100 Billion

Explorers Discover 113-Year-Old Russian Shipwreck Believed To Have Cargo Worth Over $100 Billion

An international team of experts located the Russian warship Dmitrii Donskoi that reportedly went down with 5,500 boxes of gold still aboard.
This Bonsai Has Survived 392 Years And Not Even The Hiroshima Bombing Could Kill It

This Bonsai Has Survived 392 Years And Not Even The Hiroshima Bombing Could Kill It

When this tree was planted in 1625, the United States was still 150 years away from even becoming a nation.
From Sunken Tanks To Human Remains, Truk Lagoon Is WWII’s Most Haunting Undersea Graveyard

From Sunken Tanks To Human Remains, Truk Lagoon Is WWII’s Most Haunting Undersea Graveyard

From shipwrecks to sunken tanks to human remains, Truk Lagoon is among the biggest and eeriest underwater graveyards on Earth.
Unraveling The Deadly Legend Of The Pacific’s Own Bermuda Triangle

Unraveling The Deadly Legend Of The Pacific’s Own Bermuda Triangle

The sea is basically the Pacific version of the Bermuda Triangle, complete with mysterious disappearances, sea monster sightings, and ship sinkings.
Japan’s Abandoned Hashima Island Is Full Of Decay And Dark Secrets

Japan’s Abandoned Hashima Island Is Full Of Decay And Dark Secrets

Hashima Island has a complicated history. But what's abundantly clear is that when an island is abandoned, buildings will crumble and nature will flourish.
Meet Mao Sugiyama, The Artist Who Made A Meal Of His Genitals

Meet Mao Sugiyama, The Artist Who Made A Meal Of His Genitals

Five people paid $250 a plate for artist Mao Sugiyama's genitals. Unfortunately, the food and legal repercussions made the banquet less than a success.
The Misunderstood Japanese Geisha: The Artists The West Mistook For Prostitutes

The Misunderstood Japanese Geisha: The Artists The West Mistook For Prostitutes

Inside the mysterious and misunderstood world of Japanese geisha, the respected artists, musicians, dancers, and poets who the West mistook for prostitutes after the American occupation of Japan following World War II.