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The oldest town in every state

We defined the oldest town by the year when people arrived and officially established themselves. Some date back to the 1500s, while other states weren’t settled until the 1800s. Many towns were named after the Native American tribes who settled in the area first. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. […]
The oldest town in every state
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What 14 everyday items looked like when they first came out

The first cell phone was the size of a brick, while the first electronic digital computer took up an entire room. Household items like vacuum cleaners and washing machines have also undergone huge transformations. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Looking information up online, throwing a load of laundry in […]
What 14 everyday items looked like when they first came out
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The 20 most famous animals of all time

Animals can change the world, whether they are shooting into space, carrying secret messages over a battlefield, or have a distinctly grumpy face. Many creatures throughout history have become pop-culture figures, whether they’re real, animated, or a puppet. Mickey Mouse, Kermit the Frog, and Garfield have brought joy to generations, […]
The 20 most famous animals of all time
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The stock market’s performance during the last US impeachment inquiry suggests investor fears may be overblown

Investors kept cool heads through the last impeachment inquiry into a US president, holding non-defensive stocks as markets surged through the political drama. Global stocks sank late Tuesday and early Wednesday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment announcement and President Trump’s UN speech brought new uncertainty to markets. Despite today’s […]
The stock market’s performance during the last US impeachment inquiry suggests investor fears may be overblown
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7 eerie things that actually happened on Halloween

A number of eerie happenings have actually occurred on the last night of October. Coincidence? Maybe. Famed magician Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926. The radio broadcast “War of the Worlds” caused mass hysteria on Halloween Eve in 1938. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. On Halloween Eve in […]
7 eerie things that actually happened on Halloween
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The real-life people behind 6 famous fairy tales

Fairy tales are stories that have been passed down through generations, many of which have inspired some of the most beloved movies of all time. However, some of these magical stories might not have come out of nowhere – many have some relation to real historical figures and events. Rapunzel’s […]
The real-life people behind 6 famous fairy tales
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42 stunning photos reveal what life was like 50 years ago, in 1969

The year 1969, which marked pivotal moments in science,pop culture, and politics, was 50 years ago. The summer of 1969 in particular saw several historic moments, from Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon to the chaos that was the Woodstock music festival. The first wave of baby boomers, people […]
42 stunning photos reveal what life was like 50 years ago, in 1969
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12 US destinations that will make you feel like you travelled back in time

Living history museums like the Boston Tea Party Museum and Old Cowtown in Kansas recreate historic events and ways of life. Neighbourhoods with historic architecture include Miami’s Art Deco District and Philadelphia’s Old City. Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories. If you’ve ever wished that you could travel back in […]
12 US destinations that will make you feel like you travelled back in time
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12 iconic restaurant chains that no longer exist in America

No restaurant chain can live forever, no matter how popular or unique it is. From America’s first food-service automat to a castle-themed buffet to country comedian chicken joints, many classic restaurant chains have come and gone. Here are 12 iconic restaurant chains that no longer exist in the US. Visit […]
12 iconic restaurant chains that no longer exist in America
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What would happen if Donald and Melania Trump got a divorce?

First couples face extreme scrutiny and are often surrounded by rumours about their personal lives, which likely makes marriage at the White House rather stressful. However, no president and first lady have ever divorced during the president’s term, meaning any divorce would be uncharted waters. Luckily for President Donald Trump, […]
What would happen if Donald and Melania Trump got a divorce?
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Nike is facing backlash after killing a Betsy Ross-themed shoe — but many of the defenders of the ‘founding mother’ are pushing an unproven version of the flag maker’s history

Nike sparked an outpouring of criticism when it cancelled a star-spangled shoe bearing the famed “Betsy Ross flag” on the advice of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The sportswear company’s move sparked an online debate. But some critics of Nike may be dramatically overstating Ross’s role in the Revolution. The […]
Nike is facing backlash after killing a Betsy Ross-themed shoe — but many of the defenders of the ‘founding mother’ are pushing an unproven version of the flag maker’s history
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Here’s why your pants have a teeny tiny pocket that’s too small to use

The tiny pockets on jeans and some other pants were designed for pocket watches. They were first used with the original Levi’s “waist overalls” jeans in 1890. People don’t use pocket watches anymore, but the pockets are still around. Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories. Ever notice those little pockets […]
Here’s why your pants have a teeny tiny pocket that’s too small to use
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How 10 popular cocktails got their name

Cocktails are mixed, alcoholic drinks and many popular ones have mysterious name origins. Margaritas may have been named after a woman who was allergic to most types of alcohol, but the cocktail’s official origin remains a bit unclear. The Manhattan was possibly invented in a club of the same name […]
How 10 popular cocktails got their name
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The surprising stories behind how every US state got its name

A state’s name can give a lot of backstory to the region’s history. Some states were named after the native tribes that lived in the land, while others were named after the kings and queens of the empires who sent explorers to colonize them. Wyoming got its name after a […]
The surprising stories behind how every US state got its name
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36 of the most popular conspiracy theories in the US

The US is home to conspiracy theories big and small. UFOs are at the centre of popular conspiracy theories throughout the US, especially in Roswell, New Mexico; Flora, Mississippi; and Area 51, Nevada. Some people believe there is more to the story around the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. […]
36 of the most popular conspiracy theories in the US
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15 vintage photos of the American Mafia that show their lasting legacy

The American Mafia started in the 1920s when the mob bosses ran the bootlegging industry during Prohibition. From there, the Mafia became a national organisation dealing with prostitution, gambling, and bribery. The mob is most well known for its brutal murders and beatings. Al Capone was one of the most […]
15 vintage photos of the American Mafia that show their lasting legacy
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How schools have changed over the last 80 years

What we teach and in many cases how we teach it has changed, but so have schools themselves. From trading chalkboards for Smart Boards, and notebooks for laptops, schools the 1940s looked very different than they do today. Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories. Schools in the US have changed […]
How schools have changed over the last 80 years
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The most popular dance the year you were born

Dances come and go – just ask the Lindy hop or the jitterbug. We picked the most popular dances since the 1920s and the Charleston, all the way to 2018 and flossing. Many of the 2000s dances, like the “Dougie” or jerking, were based on songs. Visit INSIDER’s homepage for […]
The most popular dance the year you were born
Tech

How to clear your browsing history on an iPad in three different ways

You can clear your Internet browsing history off an iPad in several different ways – removing individual sites visits, or scrubbing batches of or all of your history. If you use a shared iPad or one from your workplace or school, it’s important to remove any history that could cause […]
How to clear your browsing history on an iPad in three different ways
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20 products you won’t believe were created the same year

Mickey Mouse made his first appearance in 1928, the same year that sliced bread was invented. The internet and glue sticks were both invented in 1969. The Soviet Union’s first satellite is the same age as bubble wrap. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Some inventions are so ubiquitous that […]
20 products you won’t believe were created the same year
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The stunningly detailed re-creation of Notre-Dame Cathedral in an ‘Assassin’s Creed’ game could help with the rebuilding efforts. Here’s what it looks like up close.

A fire ravaged the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday. French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the 800-year-old landmark. French game publisher Ubisoft, the company behind “Assassin’s Creed Unity,” could be an unlikely source of help: The game contains a lavishly detailed, historically accurate depiction of Notre-Dame […]
The stunningly detailed re-creation of Notre-Dame Cathedral in an ‘Assassin’s Creed’ game could help with the rebuilding efforts. Here’s what it looks like up close.
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7 historical figures that are plagued by wild conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories are an endless source of fascination for people around the world, ranging from fun to harmful: many historical figures are plagued by them. Many people believe that William Shakespeare didn’t write his own plays and sonnets. Some are convinced that Amelia Earhart was able to survive a plane […]
7 historical figures that are plagued by wild conspiracy theories
Lifestyle

7 phrases you didn’t realise have sexist meanings

Some common English phrases may have sexist roots. “Wearing the pants” is a phrase that could be tied back to a time when pants were considered an article of clothing for men. “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride” seems to imply a person’s goal should be marriage. Visit INSIDER’s homepage […]
7 phrases you didn’t realise have sexist meanings
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24 iconic photos that left their mark on history

Some of the most iconic photos in history have captured major moments in humanity, including war, political unrest, and scientific achievements. Photographers have left their marks on the world by capturing major moments in scientific discovery, international politics, and major world tragedies. Here are some of the most iconic photos […]
24 iconic photos that left their mark on history
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14 vintage photos that show how high schools have changed in the US

High schools in the US have changed dramatically since the late 19th century. During the Progressive Era in the early 1900s, social and political reform sparked increasing rates of high-school enrollment. In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. Since then, activists have continued […]
14 vintage photos that show how high schools have changed in the US
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17 vintage photos from the heyday of drive-in movie theatres

In 1933, Richard Hollingshead invented, designed, and opened the first drive-in movie theatre in New Jersey. By the ’50s and ’60s, drive-ins popped up all over the country. They were popular places to take the family or a date to enjoy a movie and snacks. There are a few things […]
17 vintage photos from the heyday of drive-in movie theatres
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20 vintage photos of California during its heyday

California experienced a renaissance in the ’60s and ’70s. The hippie movement was centered around San Francisco, bringing free love, big hair, and music into the Golden State. Hollywood also experienced its own renaissance in the ’70s. Disneyland, Joshua Tree, and Palm Springs were popular destinations in the state. Long […]
20 vintage photos of California during its heyday
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THEN AND NOW: How American families have changed since the early 1900s

Average family size is decreasing, and middle children could be going extinct. More and more Americans are living in multigenerational households. Smartphones have changed the way families interact. Family traditions, recipes, and heirlooms can be passed from generation to generation relatively unchanged. But families themselves have undergone many changes due […]
THEN AND NOW: How American families have changed since the early 1900s
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The 9 most iconic female duos in history

Female partnerships have sparked some of history’s most important milestones. From literature to politics, some of the most legendary female friendships were partnerships that were formed across disability, class, and race. These 18 women’s partnerships went down in history. Though some of the most celebrated dynamic duos through history are […]
The 9 most iconic female duos in history
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The most powerful woman the year you were born

History is full of incredible female role models who push boundaries, break glass ceilings, and achieve groundbreaking victories in own their careers and for humankind as a whole. Keep scrolling to see the powerful woman who was changing the world the year you were born. 1949: Simone de Beauvoir “The […]
The most powerful woman the year you were born
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The 57 best one-hit wonders of all time

A one-hit wonder is a singer/group that has only experienced real mainstream success with one hit song. Often, people will only remember the name of the song, and not the singer/group behind it. We’ve rounded up the best one-hit wonders of the past 60 years, including classics like “Macarena” and […]
The 57 best one-hit wonders of all time
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Here are the oldest US retailers still in business today

There are a handful of US retail stores that have been around for over 100 years. Brooks Brothers has been open for over 200 years after its humble start in 1818. Big department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Sears, and Neiman Marcus are also some of the oldest retail stores […]
Here are the oldest US retailers still in business today
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10 wedding traditions with dark and twisted origins

Though weddings are generally considered joyous and bright celebrations, many of their oldest traditions have dark and twisted origins. Many wedding staples, like veils and bridesmaids, were originally tactics used to ward off evil spirits whose aim was to ruin the nuptials. In medieval times, brides started to carry bouquets […]
10 wedding traditions with dark and twisted origins
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How the way we dress for work has changed over the last 100 years

Fashion in the workplace has changed drastically throughout the last century. In the early 1900s, both men and women were dressed to the nines – but just 50 years later, casual work looks began to emerge. Pantsuits dominated women’s fashion in the 1970s, and men in the ’90s began to […]
How the way we dress for work has changed over the last 100 years
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Cigars, painting, and crosswords: the surprising hobbies of 17 presidents

The lesser-known habits of past American presidents are athletic, creative, and even delicious. John Quincy Adams liked to go skinny dipping while Ronald Reagan enjoyed horseback riding. These habits helped the leaders of the free world unwind. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Though presidential legacies are mostly comprised of the […]
Cigars, painting, and crosswords: the surprising hobbies of 17 presidents
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15 vintage photos of Boy Scouts throughout their 111-year history

The Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910, two years after the phenomenon had swept the UK. Since then, thousands of boys have joined their ranks, earning badges, going to Scout camp, and helping their communities. Here are some of the earliest photos of Boy Scouts throughout the years. […]
15 vintage photos of Boy Scouts throughout their 111-year history
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8 ways the Boy Scouts has evolved over the years

The Boy Scouts has a complicated history as it’s struggled to adapt to modern times. The Boy Scouts of America has especially been criticised for its lack of diversity and unwillingness to open the program up to all people. Over its 111-year history, the organisation has evolved to welcome younger […]
8 ways the Boy Scouts has evolved over the years
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The 10 greatest scandals caused by queens throughout history

Royal families are no strangers to scandal, with queens themselves sometimes causing the stir. Irene of Athens, empress of the Byzantine empire, gouged out her son’s eyes to take over the throne. Mary, Queen of Scots, is believed to have orchestrated the death of her second husband Lord Darnley. Throughout […]
The 10 greatest scandals caused by queens throughout history
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10 of the most underrated romantic destinations in the US

A number of romantic destinations in the United States sometimes fall under the radar. Some underrated destinations in states like Florida, California, the Carolinas, and Georgia offer lots of things for couples to do together. St. Augustine, Florida, and Marina del Rey, California, both have beautiful beaches. Visit Insider’s homepage […]
10 of the most underrated romantic destinations in the US
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From 38,000 BC to now: this is how purses have changed over the years

People have been using handbags since ancient times. 18th-century “purses” were actually pockets. Designer “status bags” originated in the ’50s. If you keep your whole life in your purse, it’s easy to take your favourite accessory for granted. But there’s a whole history behind that tote or saddle bag you’re […]
From 38,000 BC to now: this is how purses have changed over the years
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24 times the Doomsday Clock moved

The Doomsday Clock debuted as a graphic on the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947, and gained popularity worldwide as a symbol marking the threat of an impending nuclear apocalypse. It’s now a symbol measuring how close humanity is to total destruction (per various causes). The closer the clock […]
24 times the Doomsday Clock moved
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10 ‘facts’ everyone believes that aren’t actually true

Some common “facts” that everybody knows aren’t actually true. Although it has been proved that The Great Wall of China is not visible from space, many textbooks haven’t caught up to the new information. Other facts, like that cracking your knuckles causes arthritis aren’t true but became known to stop […]
10 ‘facts’ everyone believes that aren’t actually true
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What 30 historical icons were doing when they were in their 20s

Let’s face it, your 20s can be intimidating, difficult, and downright stressful. Following typical societal expectations, you’re meant to graduate college, meet the love of your life, and build a blossoming career in 10 years. Sometimes you just need a reminder that not all paths in life take the same […]
What 30 historical icons were doing when they were in their 20s
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The fascinating history behind 16 common Christmas traditions

Christmas is a holiday full of traditions. From using an advent calendar to eating fruitcake, these traditions have origins all over the world. Many of today’s most popular Christmas traditions date back to ancient times. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. From counting down the days of December with an […]
The fascinating history behind 16 common Christmas traditions
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10 landmarks you didn’t know had Native American origins

Native Americans built vibrant communities in what is now the United States before colonizers arrived. From the Gateway Arch in St. Louis to Alcatraz in San Francisco, these US landmarks have Native American origins. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Native Americans built vibrant communities in what is now the […]
10 landmarks you didn’t know had Native American origins
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13 of the world’s most controversial monuments

Not all monuments are universally beloved. While some simply took a while for locals to come around to, others still inspire controversy. That could be due to their subject matter, their histories, or their appearance. Monuments dedicated to Christopher Columbus are coming under fire for memorializing a polarising figure. Visit […]
13 of the world’s most controversial monuments
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