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The Lobotomy Craze: Treatment or Torture?

You’ve probably already heard the word “lobotomy”, but do you know what it actually is? Sure, we know that it has to do something with the brain and skull. But what is it really, and what were they done for? Those are the questions that we are going to answer here today. This procedure made…
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What the Ancient Babylonians Believed About Solar Eclipses

In honor of the solar eclipse approaching us on April 8th, we’ve already talked about the history of solar eclipses a couple of times. We even mentioned what ancient civilizations and important historical figures thought about them. However, one ancient civilization had a different approach to this unique celestial event — the ancient Babylonians. With…
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The Dancing Plague of 1518: Exploring History’s Strangest Epidemic

Can you believe it’s been four years since the onset of COVID? Honestly, it all feels like a surreal blur nowadays. But amid the strangeness, there’s a historical epidemic that outdoes even this—the “Dancing Plague.” Picture this: back in the summer of 1518, Strasbourg, France, saw a bizarre phenomenon where hundreds were seized by an…
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History, Mystery, and The Search for Immortality: Travel Back in Time (and in the Present) to Learn About the Philosopher’s Stone

We’ve discussed the search for immortality several times this week with the Elixir of Immortality in China and the Fountain of Youth in the Americas. But what about one of the most famous searches for eternal life in the realm of alchemy? Yes, I’m talking about the Philosopher’s Stone. Even if you’ve only heard of…
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The Most Terrifying Cults In History and How They Ended

There is something about the idea of cults that fascinates me. Their secretive rituals, eccentric leaders, and the inevitable tragic endings. The members of these groups, who are often just collateral damage, don’t even know what they are getting themselves into. The groups are cloaked in mystery, manipulation, and deception. However, it’s not only the…
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The Donner Party: Tragic Tales of Cannibalism in the Wild West

The story of the Donner Party is, without a doubt, one of the most terrifying stories of survival and tragedy in American history. Set against the backdrop of the Wild West, this doomed expedition became synonymous with desperation and cannibalism. Yes, you’ve read that right — cannibalism. In fact, this is one of the most…
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History, Mystery, and The Search for Immortality: Where to Travel to Discover the Secrets of the Fountain of Youth

Welcome back to our series on the search for immortality! If you haven’t ready about the Elixir of Immortality from Chinese legend, be sure to start on that article here. And today, I have a topic for you that is likely much more familiar here in the western world. It’s a topic that has fueled…
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The Weirdest Things Notably Intelligent People Have Believed About Solar Eclipses

We’ve already talked about what ancient civilizations have thought about solar eclipses, but have you ever wondered what some specific historical figures thought about them? From ancient philosophers to established scientists, there have been so many instances of solar eclipses in historical writings. Take Archilochus, a Greek poet from around 647 B.C. After seeing an…
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A Past History of Solar Eclipses: A Full Guide into the History of Eclipses

Have you ever thought about the fact that solar eclipses have always been there? Even long before there were humans to witness it, the Moon would occasionally pass between the Earth and the Sun and cover the Sun’s surface. Throughout history, solar eclipses have been met with a mixture of wonder, fear, and scientific curiosity.…
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History, Mystery, and The Search for Immortality: Where to Travel to Explore the Legend of the Elixir of Immortality

Throughout our history, humanity has had a bit of an… shall we say… obsession with immortality. We are programmed to fear the unknown from birth. We find our comfort in the familiar, so, perhaps, this is why death frightens us so much. Because of this fear, we’ve been known to take it too far in…
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