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This Week In History News, Oct. 14 – 20

This Week In History News, Oct. 14 – 20

Iron Age chariot discovered with horse and rider, Neanderthal found to be eaten by giant bird, Vesuvius believed to have boiled the blood and brains of its victims.
A Texas Woman Abandons 2-Year-Old Boy On A Stranger’s Doorstep

A Texas Woman Abandons 2-Year-Old Boy On A Stranger’s Doorstep

The woman, who appears to be smiling in the surveillance footage, dropped the boy off at the stranger's home and ran off.
Canadian Girl Scout Sells Out Of Cookies Outside Dispensary On First Day Of Legal Weed

Canadian Girl Scout Sells Out Of Cookies Outside Dispensary On First Day Of Legal Weed

"Even people in cars driving on the avenue there would stop and roll down their window and ask for cookies."
Archaeologists In Iceland Uncover Ancient Hammer Of Thor — And It’s Adorable

Archaeologists In Iceland Uncover Ancient Hammer Of Thor — And It’s Adorable

The hammer is believed to be an amulet that ancient Vikings wore around their necks.
Da Vinci Was Such A Good Artist Because He Had A Wonky Eye, New Evidence Suggests

Da Vinci Was Such A Good Artist Because He Had A Wonky Eye, New Evidence Suggests

The study argues that da Vinci's misaligned eyes allowed him to literally see the world, and an art canvas, differently than those without the condition.
Life On Earth May Once Have Been Purple, Researchers Say

Life On Earth May Once Have Been Purple, Researchers Say

The "Purple Earth" hypothesis suggests that retinal, a purple-pigmented molecule, once dominated plant life before chlorophyll— making for some not-so-green foliage.
New York Man Dies After Contracting Mad-Cow-Like Disease From Eating Squirrel Brains

New York Man Dies After Contracting Mad-Cow-Like Disease From Eating Squirrel Brains

The extremely rare brain disease has had only four confirmed cases in the United States— but this could be the fifth.
Roman Shine Preserved For 2,000 Years By Ash From Vesuvius Eruption Unearthed At Pompeii

Roman Shine Preserved For 2,000 Years By Ash From Vesuvius Eruption Unearthed At Pompeii

The shrine, known as a lararium, is surrounded by well-preserved paintings and murals depicting animals, deities, and more.
Graffiti Reveals When Mt. Vesuvius Really Erupted—And It’s Not When We Think

Graffiti Reveals When Mt. Vesuvius Really Erupted—And It’s Not When We Think

"The inscription appears in a room of the house which was undergoing refurbishment, while the rest of the rooms had already been completed; works must therefore have been ongoing at the time of the eruption."
Bathroom Hand Dryers Spread Bacteria And Are A Serious Public Health Issue, Study Shows

Bathroom Hand Dryers Spread Bacteria And Are A Serious Public Health Issue, Study Shows

Research suggests that hand dryers actually pump out bacteria-ridden air, instead of preventing the spread of germs.
Florida Man Caught In Child Sex Sting Operation Claims He Just Wanted To ‘See It In Action’

Florida Man Caught In Child Sex Sting Operation Claims He Just Wanted To ‘See It In Action’

"He told deputies he only came to the meeting place because he believed it was an undercover sting and he thought it would be cool to see it in action."