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The 10 Weirdest Things That People Once Used As Status Symbols

A visitor from 100 years ago would be confused by our selfies and our strange toys — but they would understand the need to show off. Throughout history, people have had status symbols. Sometimes, these things have been gold and jewels. But sometimes, they’re a bit weirder. Here are 10 bizarre status symbols from the… » 5/19/15 10:04am 5/19/15 10:04am

Top 10 Prehistoric Mammals That Were Way Cooler Than Dinosaurs

As much as I’m looking forward to Jurassic Park, I will never quite forgive dinosaurs for the sin of being birdlike. How can I fear something that I eat in nugget form? Now prehistoric mammals — that’s where the action is. Here are the top 10 mammals that ruled more than any dinosaur ever. » 5/14/15 10:00am 5/14/15 10:00am

Terrifying Medical Instruments Found on Blackbeard's Sunken Ship

The jolly good life of a pirate was not a jolly healthy one, what with the syphilis and scurvy and ship-raiding. Archeologists excavating Blackbeard's flagship off the coast of North Carolina have unveiled their latest findings: a cache of medical instruments that include this rather horrifying urethral syringe. » 1/28/15 1:43am 1/28/15 1:43am

100-Year-Old Notebook From The Ross Sea Party Recovered In Antarctica

More than a century after Captain Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition, the photographic notebook of George Murray Levick – a surgeon, zoologist, and photographer on that voyage – has been discovered at Scott's final expedition base at Cape Evans, on Antarctica's Ross Island. » 10/25/14 8:30am 10/25/14 8:30am

Why Archeologists Hate Indiana Jones

Most archeologists bristle at the mention of Indiana Jones, and for good reason. In this piece, originally featured at Last Word On Nothing, journalist Erik Vance takes a close look at the questionable professional ethics of Henry Walton Jones, Jr. and arrives at an unsettling conclusion: The man is a looter. » 9/19/14 8:50am 9/19/14 8:50am

The Most Dangerous Modern Ruins for Thrillseekers and Urban Explorers

You see the hauntingly beautiful pictures of the fallen grandeur of abandoned buildings, and you think, "I want to see those for myself." But watch out. Some of the world's most fascinating modern ruins are also the most hazardous. Here are some abandoned sites that you could risk life and limb to visit. » 1/31/14 3:00pm 1/31/14 3:00pm