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The Strange Case Of The Doll Seller Who Desperately Wanted To Be A Spy

Velvalee Dickinson, a Stanford grad who’d worked in the financial industry, moved to New York City from San Francisco in 1937, where she soon opened a shop that sold collectible dolls. But by 1942, she’d added a third entry to her resume or at least she really, really tried to: spying on behalf of Japan. » 6/08/15 4:35pm 6/08/15 4:35pm

The Secret 1949 Radiation Experiment That Contaminated Washington

The physicists who invented the nuclear bomb worked out of Los Alamos in New Mexico, but the people who did the dirty work of making the bombs were in Hanford, Washington. Throughout the Cold War, Hanford churned out plutonium for our nuclear arsenal. It was also, conveniently, a place to experiment with radiation. » 6/03/15 2:53pm 6/03/15 2:53pm

How Americans Changed The Way Japanese People Ate Sushi

Sushi has taken on its own shape and form in the United States, but even before the first sushi restaurants opened up in California, America had an impact on the type of sushi eaten in Japan. During the American occupation after World War II, a food rationing program helped the rise of nigiri outside Tokyo. » 1/30/15 11:24am 1/30/15 11:24am

Vladimir Putin's Batshit Crazy Attempt To Create an Alternate History

Russian president Vladimir Putin is saying that Britain and France are responsible for allowing the Nazis to run roughshod around Europe before the war, while saying there was nothing wrong with the USSR's pact with Hitler. It's a pathetic attempt by Putin to abuse history in a way that asserts his authoritarian rule. » 11/07/14 11:40am 11/07/14 11:40am

The "Mystical" DaVinci Self-Portrait That Was Hidden From Hitler

It sounds like a plot for an Indiana Jones or Captain America film. But, during World War II, the self-portrait of Leonardo DaVinci was secretly moved from Turin to Rome for safekeeping from the Nazis. Legend says the gaze of DaVinci is so intense, that it can imbue onlookers with preternatural strength. » 10/31/14 2:30pm 10/31/14 2:30pm