Weird History

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The Real NSFW Reason We Depict Witches Riding on Broomsticks

I was recently enlightened by a friend (who also happens to be an anthropologist and ethnobotanist) about the history of witchcraft and why we always depict witches riding broomsticks. The answer not only shocked me, but also happened to be very NSFW (not safe for work)… dirty, if you will. If you’re dying to know…
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The Body of Balto, From Heroic Sled Dog to Taxidermized Corpse

Many people are familiar with Balto, the dog who was made a national hero. Some of you have probably heard about his heartwarming story because of the animated film. On the other hand, some only knew him from the news. Either way, knowing the story of this beautiful creature will inspire and touch your hearts.…
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Weird History 101: You Should Check Out These Strange Historical Destinations

For the past thousand years, people have lived, lost, created, built, and, inevitably, produced amazing historical sites. Now, clearly these sites don’t become historical until they’ve had years of experience and story to share with the world. While some of these places have enchanting features, others have a little bit of mystery, making them more…
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The Mummies of Guanajuato Attract Millions, Showing Our Fascination with the Macabre

An Update on the Mummies of Guanajuato Every country has its own unusual, paranormal, or just plain weird traditions that other cultures can’t wrap their heads around, right? I mean, even the idea of Santa Clause shows that we hold onto magical traditions. While most celebrations are not so morbid, there has been a rise…
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The Terrifying Mummies of Guanajuato

When I was visiting Guanajuato, my friend told me that I had to see the mummy museum. I wasn’t a bit concerned; after all, I had been to the Catacombs of Paris. This was no where near as many dead bodies as I saw there. However, when we got to the mummy museum, I was…
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