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Vintage photos of the military show how it has evolved

Throughout history, many brave individuals have been a part of the military, and have played pivotal roles in shaping society. But while armies are as old as time, they too have changed over the years. Take a look at these vintage photos of soldiers to see how much the military […]
Vintage photos of the military show how it has evolved
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The fascinating origins of 14 popular vegetables

Most ancient vegetables would be virtually unrecognizable today. Corn’s great-great-grandparent was a type of grass that looks nothing like the giant golden cobs we immediately picture whenever we see that word. Eggplants looked a lot like, well, eggs. We rounded up the fascinating history behind these vegetables and more. Ancient […]
The fascinating origins of 14 popular vegetables
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14 things you didn’t know about the history of beer

You probably don’t think about it every time you crack open a cold one, but beer is one of the oldest bedrocks of human civilisation, brewed all over the world for longer than recorded history. On National Beer Day this Sunday, we celebrate this age-old beverage. From the Agricultural Revolution […]
14 things you didn’t know about the history of beer
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The history behind 40 of the most haunted places in America

America is full of creepy ghost towns, abandoned buildings, and haunted forests. Shadowy figures, laughter, and footsteps have all been reported as paranormal activity within Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary, a former prison. The Winchester Mystery House in California was essentially built to be haunted, and once had 200 rooms, 10,000 […]
The history behind 40 of the most haunted places in America
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This artist draws famous historical figures as modern-day millennials — and the portraits are hilariously accurate

Tel-Aviv-based illustrator, content creator, and character designer Amit Shimoni has two passions: history and hipsters. Since 2014, he’s been working on a series of illustrations called “HIPSTORY” – a reimagining of iconic historical figures as modern-day hipsters. And with almost 20,000 Instagram followers, he’s quickly gaining a large following for […]
This artist draws famous historical figures as modern-day millennials — and the portraits are hilariously accurate
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How the Rubik’s Cube became one of the bestselling toys in history

Rubik’s Cube is one of the most popular toys of all time – but not everyone can solve it. The colourful brain teaser was invented in the 1970s by Erno Rubik. Rubik was teaching architecture and design in Hungary when he created the cube to illustrate spatial relationships in 3D […]
How the Rubik’s Cube became one of the bestselling toys in history
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8 ways Jackie Kennedy influenced history

Few first ladies past and present have resonated with the American public across different backgrounds. A poster for strength in the wake of her husband’s assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (Jackie O) transformed American history in remarkable ways. We rounded up just a few of the ways that she changed the […]
8 ways Jackie Kennedy influenced history
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The most popular Halloween costumes over the past 150 years — and the fascinating history behind how costume trends have changed

Halloween costume trends follow cultural trends. Before mass-produced costumes existed, people made their own witch and ghost outfits. Popular costumes have included crepe-paper aprons, blood and gore, and “sexy” versions of anything. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Ever since the late 19th century, Americans have been dressing up to […]
The most popular Halloween costumes over the past 150 years — and the fascinating history behind how costume trends have changed
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The Nobel Peace Prize winner the year you were born

The Nobel Peace Prize has been recognising global strides in peace-making since 1901. Famous recipients range from the Dalai Lama to Barack Obama. Here is every winner from 1901 to 2019, so you can see who won the Nobel Peace Prize the year you were born. Visit Insider’s homepage for […]
The Nobel Peace Prize winner the year you were born
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22 ‘facts’ you learned in school that have since been proven wrong

When you’re trying to teach dozens of students the finer points of history and science, sometimes it’s just easier to provide a simpler narrative. But as James Loewen chronicles in his classic book “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong,” teaching simplistic narratives of history […]
22 ‘facts’ you learned in school that have since been proven wrong
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The adorable love stories of 11 presidents and their first ladies

Some US presidents and first ladies can boast of pretty swoon-worthy love stories. Grace and Calvin Coolidge met after she spied him shaving through a window; Theodore and Edith Roosevelt were childhood friends whose relationship blossomed into something more. Here’s a look at some of the most romantic presidential love […]
The adorable love stories of 11 presidents and their first ladies
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How dinosaurs took over the world

Dinosaurs were the true kings of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. For millions of years, velociraptor, T-Rex, and your other favourites reigned supreme. But they weren’t always on top. At first, dinos were only the size of a dog, after all. Here’s how dinosaurs conquered the world. The following is […]
How dinosaurs took over the world
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The 34 colleges that produced the most US presidents

Some colleges have a pretty decent track record when it comes to producing presidential alumni. Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, the College of William & Mary, West Point, and the University of Pennsylvania have all taught more than one student that went on to become president of the United […]
The 34 colleges that produced the most US presidents
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Many people incorrectly think that the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4 — here’s the real reason the US celebrates that day

What is Independence Day? Well, in the US, this holiday is a pretty big deal. The country’s Declaration of Independence wasn’t actually signed on July 4. Still, Fourth of July festivities mark the United States’ declaration of independence from Britain. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. In the US, […]
Many people incorrectly think that the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4 — here’s the real reason the US celebrates that day
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The progression of office culture from the 50s to today

Office life has undergone a number of major changes since the 1950s. Of course, workplaces have always varied in terms of look and culture, oftentimes based on regional, industry-wide, or organizational norms. But there have also been a number of widespread changes over time. These shifts include increased workforce diversity, […]
The progression of office culture from the 50s to today
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Then and now: 12 iconic American buildings that fell from grace

America is home to some of the most iconic buildings in the country. But some of the country’s most notable buildings are the ones that have fallen from grace. They include demolished skyscrapers like New York’s Singer Tower and abandoned wonders like Houston’s Astrodome and San Francisco’s Sutro Baths. American […]
Then and now: 12 iconic American buildings that fell from grace
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12 books that forever transformed America as we know it

There are some books that are just good reads, and then there are others that fundamentally change the course of American history. Business Insider compiled a list of books – including novels, memoirs, nonfiction works, and photography collections – that led to policy changes or a larger awareness of political […]
12 books that forever transformed America as we know it
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9 quotes that famous people didn’t actually say

• Famous quotes from people like Julius Caesar and Marie Antoinette can be misattributed. • It’s all too easy for famous quotes to spread on the internet without the right person behind them. • Even Julius Caesar’s iconic “Et tu, Brute?” might be incorrect. Quotes from famous people get thrown […]
9 quotes that famous people didn’t actually say
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Fast food has existed since ancient Rome — where restaurants sold fish sauce and baked cheese — and narrowly survived 2 emperors

Fast food isn’t some newfangled invention. It’s been around for centuries, albeit in different forms. Ancient Roman fast-food joints were called “thermopolia.” These restaurants had a bad reputation, but they provided fast and cheap meals to the poor of ancient Rome. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Fast food […]
Fast food has existed since ancient Rome — where restaurants sold fish sauce and baked cheese — and narrowly survived 2 emperors
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9 famous predictions by Nostradamus that some people say foresaw the future

• Nostradamus published a book in 1555 containing 942 quatrains that allegedly predict famous future events. • Observers have come across a handful of predictions that due seem to reflect real world events. • In reality, most of Nostradamus’ prophecies are poorly translated – and vaguely worded enough to encourage […]
9 famous predictions by Nostradamus that some people say foresaw the future
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How a woman from the 1800s became the first computer programmer

In her recently released book Broad Band, Claire L. Evans wants readers to learn about women who have been forgotten in tech history. Ada Lovelace may not be a household name like Steve Jobs but she is possibly the first computer programmer. Following is a transcript of the video. How […]
How a woman from the 1800s became the first computer programmer
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Why 555 is always used for phone numbers on TV and in movies

When TV shows and movies need to use a phone number as part of the story, they typically use one that starts with 555. We spoke with an official historian at AT&T to find out why these three numbers were chosen. It turns out that the answer has a lot […]
Why 555 is always used for phone numbers on TV and in movies
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Incredible images of Los Angeles when it was covered in wetlands

Before Los Angeles became the center of the film industry, it was covered in wetlands and farmland. The Southern California Coastal Water Research Project recently began mapping LA’s lost Ballona Creek watershed, which once spanned thousands of acres and ranged from freshwater ponds to marshes to meadows for several centuries. […]
Incredible images of Los Angeles when it was covered in wetlands
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Sundar Pichai was awarded $281 million in compensation last year. Here’s how the Alphabet CEO got his start and rose to become one of the world’s highest-paid executives.

Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is now one of the world’s highest-paid executives after he was awarded $US281 million in total compensation in 2019. Pichai, who is also the CEO of Google, became Alphabet’s CEO when Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced last December […]
Sundar Pichai was awarded $281 million in compensation last year. Here’s how the Alphabet CEO got his start and rose to become one of the world’s highest-paid executives.
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19 US presidents’ surprising first jobs

• First jobs are usually a mixed bag; they can be disastrous failures, great learning experiences, or somewhere in between. • That’s the case even for people who go on to become the president of the US. • American presidents had some memorable first roles across history. The road to […]
19 US presidents’ surprising first jobs
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The secret history of McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish, which was almost killed from the menu before becoming one of the chain’s staple sandwiches

McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich – the first non-hamburger item added to the fast food giant’s menu – went nationwide in 1965. It was the brainchild of Cincinnati-based McDonald’s franchise owner Lou Groen. Groen came up with the idea when he discovered that the Catholic practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays […]
The secret history of McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish, which was almost killed from the menu before becoming one of the chain’s staple sandwiches
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The 17 weirdest jobs of US presidents

• Many US presidents ascended to the White House with a background in law or politics, or a record of military service. • But, over the course of history, some presidents have held down rather unusual jobs. • From bartenders to Hollywood actors, here’s a look at some of the […]
The 17 weirdest jobs of US presidents
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The ancient story behind Valentine’s Day is more brutal than romantic

• Valentine’s Day is the time of year to show your love by dropping money on flowers and chocolates – or grouse about how cheesy and consumerist the holiday is. • Valentine’s Day’s religious origins have taken a backseat. • There were multiple St. Valentines throughout history, and the feast […]
The ancient story behind Valentine’s Day is more brutal than romantic
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The 10 worst British military aircraft of all time

While the British boast a perfect record in world wars – including a gritty victory over Germany’s seemingly unstoppable Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain – it is a country that has made some truly bad aircraft. The Spitfire fighter and the Lancaster bomber ruled the skies throughout World War […]
The 10 worst British military aircraft of all time
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Incredible photos of New York City when sheep roamed Central Park

Manhattan’s Central Park has all the features of a great public space: It’s car-free, features a range of flora and fauna, and anyone can access it. Before Central Park became the landmark it is today, a 15-acre swath of the park had an unusual purpose in the 19th century. Dubbed […]
Incredible photos of New York City when sheep roamed Central Park
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A syphilis-ridden mummy in Switzerland is a distant ancestor of Boris Johnson

A well-preserved mummy in Basel, Switzerland, has long been a mystery. New analysis has found her identity: Anna Catharina Bischoff, an 18th-century clergyman’s wife, and distant ancestor of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. She’s his great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother. Her body is so well-preserved because of mercury used to treat her syphilis. […]
A syphilis-ridden mummy in Switzerland is a distant ancestor of Boris Johnson
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Incredible images of Washington, DC before it was a city

Before Washington, DC became the capital city of the United States, it was a sprawling, 100-square-mile plot of plantations, forests, and hills. The city’s urban plan was the brainchild of French immigrant and architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant, who envisioned an egalitarian design for the District – a vision that was […]
Incredible images of Washington, DC before it was a city
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8 times in history when a war on Christmas actually happened

• Starting with Bill O’Reilly in the early 2000s, many figures on the American political right have argued that there is an ongoing war on Christmas. • Observers have questioned the reality of such a conflict, given the holiday’s prominent place in US culture. • But throughout history, governments and […]
8 times in history when a war on Christmas actually happened
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How the Christmas tree tradition began

Christmas trees can be found all over the world today, but medievalGermans were the first to fully embrace the holidaytradition. Even before that, many cultures, including ancient Egyptians, worshipped evergreen trees and branches as a symbol of eternal life. Watch the video above to see how pagans “decked the halls” […]
How the Christmas tree tradition began
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5 momentous military events that took place on Christmas Day

Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays on earth. But that doesn’t mean that conflicts simply freeze every December 25th. Important events in both of America’s most formative wars – the Revolutionary War and the Civil War – took place on Christmas.British and German troops even celebrated the holiday […]
5 momentous military events that took place on Christmas Day
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The true story behind the name ‘Black Friday’

Black Friday didn’t get its name because stores become profitable and go “into the black.” The true story is much darker – the term “Black Friday” was first used in 1869 by two investors who drove up the price of gold and caused a stock market crash. Merchants in Philadelphia […]
The true story behind the name ‘Black Friday’
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A brief history of Stephen Hawking’s time on planet Earth in one chart

Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist who pioneered new understandings of black holes, the universe, and how much one person can achieve. Hawking died early in the morning on March 14, 2018 – Pi Day and Albert Einstein’s birthday. In passing, he left behind an incredible legacy, especially as a […]
A brief history of Stephen Hawking’s time on planet Earth in one chart
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13 of the most famous last words in history

There’s something comforting about poetic, funny, or interesting last words. These quotations give us hope about facing death with dignity or even humour. From an early American patriot to a famous rock star, these individuals all died after uttering some particularly memorable last words. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more […]
13 of the most famous last words in history
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