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Carl Sagan’s Brilliant ‘Baloney Detection Kit’
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Carl Sagan’s Brilliant ‘Baloney Detection Kit’

We can be fooled or manipulated by propaganda and pseudo-science,

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No Prey, No Pay – The Surprisingly Democratic Pirate Codes
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No Prey, No Pay – The Surprisingly Democratic Pirate Codes

Far from anarchy, pirate ships were tightly run as success

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7 Bizarre And Cruel Colonial Punishments
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7 Bizarre And Cruel Colonial Punishments

Rough justice ruled the American colonies and punishment was both

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Kurt Cobain’s Idols
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Kurt Cobain’s Idols

Now an idol to millions, Kurt Cobain’s childhood idols were

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The First Recorded Opium Addict?  The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius
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The First Recorded Opium Addict? The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius

The opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) has been used as in

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‘I Will Miss My Munshi Very Much’ – The Strange Tale of Queen Victoria and her ‘Munshi’
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‘I Will Miss My Munshi Very Much’ – The Strange Tale of Queen Victoria and her ‘Munshi’

Their relationship was a royal scandal, he was a servant

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How Australia’s First Police Force Was Made Up Of Convicts
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How Australia’s First Police Force Was Made Up Of Convicts

Who better to catch a thief than an ex-con? Not

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Meet Samuel Smiles – The Shut-Up-And-Get-On-With-It Victorian Self-Help Guru
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Meet Samuel Smiles – The Shut-Up-And-Get-On-With-It Victorian Self-Help Guru

The World’s first self-help book was written in the Victorian

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When Appliances Attack!
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When Appliances Attack!

A recent review by a household injury insurer shows that

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The Brilliantly Bad Poems of James McIntyre – Poet of Cheese
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The Brilliantly Bad Poems of James McIntyre – Poet of Cheese

James McIntyre had an unstoppable urge to write poems on

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The Crazy World of the Psychograph and Phrenology
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The Crazy World of the Psychograph and Phrenology

Phrenology was a bizarre quack science where the shape of

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The ‘World’s Most Perfect Town’
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The ‘World’s Most Perfect Town’

Railway millionaire George Pullman built a utopian town for his

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Peace and Love, Guns and Hate
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Peace and Love, Guns and Hate

In some communes the aim of peace and love ruled,

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Cowboys v Aliens – UFO Reports from the Old West
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Cowboys v Aliens – UFO Reports from the Old West

The late 19th century saw a spate of reported UFO

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Treat Him Mean – The Incredibly Needy Love Letters of King Henry VIII
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Treat Him Mean – The Incredibly Needy Love Letters of King Henry VIII

Henry VIII’s letters to his mistress show his desperate insecurity.

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The Haunted PC – The Time Traveling Computer Hacker
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The Haunted PC – The Time Traveling Computer Hacker

This month saw a ‘haunted Apple mac’ advertised on Ebay.

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The Bloody Barber and the Cannibal Pastries
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The Bloody Barber and the Cannibal Pastries

Barbers used to be skilled in the gory arts of

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Hangover Advice From The 9th Century Dunhaung Bureau Of Etiquette
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Hangover Advice From The 9th Century Dunhaung Bureau Of Etiquette

This great letter shows how to apologize for disgraceful drunken

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The Death Clock – Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day…
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The Death Clock – Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day…

There is a strange old legend at Hampton Court Palace

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Hitler – The Secret CIA Personality Profile
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Hitler – The Secret CIA Personality Profile

In 1943, a secret personality profile concluded Hitler was an

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You’re Fired! 5 Very, Very, Bad Bosses
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You’re Fired! 5 Very, Very, Bad Bosses

Bringing the wrong muffin, donating your boss a kidney, having

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The Day Charlie Chaplin Met Gandhi
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The Day Charlie Chaplin Met Gandhi

The day that two of the world’s most famous men

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Mass Hysteria – 13 Mad, Bad and Dangerous Outbreaks
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Mass Hysteria – 13 Mad, Bad and Dangerous Outbreaks

Be warned! Anxiety is contagious and rumours can create physical

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Facebook Regret -‘I Think I Got Away With It’
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Facebook Regret -‘I Think I Got Away With It’

Post in haste, repent at leisure. Mark Zuckerberg has noted that

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James Dean – “I try so hard to make people reject me. Why?”
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James Dean – “I try so hard to make people reject me. Why?”

His striking beauty and charm made him easy to love,