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"The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq."
Bush quickly corrected himself, saying "I mean - of Ukraine", but then murmured, "well, Iraq too".
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To colonial Americans, termination was as normal as the ABCs and 123s.

The purpose of commercials is to advertise products and drive sales, but in Soviet Russia under communism they served an altogether different and totally useless purpose. The Soviet Union was a planned economy where all industries were controlled by the state. There was no private sectors and no competition, and hence the tools that apply in a free market had no place in a state-controlled economy. ...
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Why The Soviet Union Advertised Products That Didn’t Exist | Amusing Planet

In the 1880s, you could be fined for being ugly in public. Ordinances across the United States disallowed anyone who was “diseased, maimed, mutilated or in any way deformed so as to be an unsightly or disgusting object” for appearing in public places. These ‘ugly laws’ were as real as the American Civil War, and in fact came into circulation just as the war came knocking on the country’s doorstep. ...
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America’s Ugly ‘Ugly Laws’ | Amusing Planet

Like most commemorative months, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated in the U.S. with Congress. President Jimmy Carter signed Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week into law in 1978. The observance was expanded to a month in 1990. May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. ...
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One scientist caused two environmental disasters and the deaths of millions. A part of this video is sponsored by Wren. Offset your carbon footprint on Wren: ​ For the first 100 people who sign up, I will personally pay for the first month of your subscription!
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The Man Who Accidentally Killed The Most People In History

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Examining the mind of Kim Jong Un, we explore the unpredictable leader as he forges a future for his country while maintaining control of its people. An intimate archive takes us inside the Kim family including his ascendant sister, and with an exclusive interview with a duped assassin we learn how Kim arranged the assassination of his half-brother in an audacious airport attack.
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When Mexican police found a pile of about 150 skulls in a cave near the Guatemalan border, they thought they were looking at a crime scene, and took the bones to the state capital.

It turns out it was a very cold case.

It took a decade of tests and analysis to determine the skulls were from sacrificial victims killed between A.D. 900 and 1200, the National Institute of Anthropology and History said Wednesday.
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Mexico 'crime scene' skulls turn out to be from A.D. 900

The goddess of beauty, love, and war is now above ground. A farmer discovered the head of a 4,500-year-old stone statue in the Gaza Strip — it depicts the Canaanite deity Anat, BBC News reports.

The farmer was reportedly digging on his Khan Younis land, located in the south of the Strip, when he discovered an artifact. ...
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Gaza farmer accidentally discovers 4,500-year-old Canaanite goddess of war statue

Lawmakers have tried to pass nearly 200 anti-lynching bills since 1918. The new law makes using the "weapon of racial terror" a federal hate crime.

Joe Biden Signs Landmark Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act Into Law | HuffPost Latest News

An heirloom hunter has been left absolutely gobsmacked by her latest find, a letter dating back to the 1800s which details the attempted murder of a family of 12 people

A woman who finds heirlooms and reunites them with descendants of the family who originally owned them has just shared her latest jaw-dropping discovery.
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Woman gobsmacked after finding letter from 1800s detailing attempted murder of 12 people

Britons have suffered from worms since the Bronze Age, new research shows, with parasite infections peaking during the Roman and Late Medieval periods.

Things began to get better during the Industrial period, in part thanks to improvements in hygiene in parts of the UK, before the Victorian 'Sanitary Revolution' ushered in a nationwide reduction in infections.
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Britons have suffered from WORMS since the Bronze Age

A long-lost Viking burial ship discovered 30ft underground may be the grave of a high-status individual, archaeologists believe.

The discovery was made as part of archeological work on a site that could form part of the route for the proposed E39 highway, near Øyesletta, western Norway.

The team used ground-penetrating radar to make the discovery, with the work led by the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) based in Oslo.
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Viking ship discovered 30ft underground in Norway using RADAR

In honor of our 60th Anniversary, the Space Needle's roof will be painted its original color — Galaxy Gold!

Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Space Needle all summer long!

Joaquim Jose da Silva Xavier, or Tiradentes, was a dentist who organized a movement against Portuguese rule in Brazil in 1789. Read more about him here.

Tiradentes Day

What do the Point Reyes lighthouse, French chemist Louis Pasteur and the Grateful Dead all have in common? Well, they’re all part of the origin story of how 420 methodically worked its way from a secret code to mainstream weed lingo.


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