This Lake Would Be Beautiful If It Didn't Happen To Be Full Of Human Bones

This Lake Would Be Beautiful If It Didn’t Happen To Be Full Of Human Bones

When it comes time for thrillseekers to choose where they want to go on vacation, destinations shrouded in mystery often make their way to the top of the list. And Roopkund is one of those places. Only the most adventurous trekkers make their way to this far-flung glacial lake, and for good reason. After all, it takes some serious guts and training to journey into the Himalayas to find a lake that sits 16,000 feet above sea level. Located in the north of India, Roopkund was discovered by a forest ranger back in 1942. Google Earth Horrifyingly enough, he quickly realized that the lake was filled with human skeletal remains. Flickr / Abhijeet Rane Concerned that these were the bones of Japanese soldiers left for dead during World War II, he notified the British, who later launched a mission to check out the area. Upon further examination, researchers determined that […]

12 Ridiculous Jobs That Thankfully Don’t Exist Anymore

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTAT_ATF’); }); Everyone complains about work every now and then. It’s impossible not to. Most people are expected to undergo at least four career changes by the time they turn 32. For those of you looking for a new career path or just standing around the water cooler complaining about your current job, remember that thanks to technology and other advancements, the possibilities are endless. (After all, a “social media specialist” was not a thing a few years ago.) Although we have our fair share of bizarre jobs, these 12 occupations from the past are pretty odd, too. 1. Rat Catcher Wikimedia Commons It’s pretty self-explanatory, but rat catchers would travel the streets of London during the Victorian Era, catching mice and rats with their bare hands. Sometimes, they used poison and terriers to help them out. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); 2. Body Snatcher Wikimedia Commons Also known […]

Every American Should See These 32 Rare Historical Photos

Every American Should See These 32 Rare Historical Photos

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTAT_ATF’); }); Even if you’re a history buff that is well-versed on historical events, you’ve probably never come across or seen any of these rare photos. They’re from different periods of U.S. history and honestly, every American should see them to truly appreciate our nation. Looking at old photos is like stepping back in time, so let’s travel through history together with these 32 incredible pictures! 1. John W. Young jumps with joy after becoming the ninth person to walk on the Moon as commander of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972. Charles M. Duke Jr. took this picture. The LM Orion is on the left. April 21, 1972. Wikimedia Commons googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); 2. U.S. President John F. Kennedy receives the annual White House Thanksgiving turkey from the National Turkey Federation, just three days before his assassination in Dallas. Wikimedia Commons 3. Ham the Chimp — […]

8 Disgusting Facts About Ancient Rome That Will Make You Nauseous

8 Disgusting Facts About Ancient Rome That Will Make You Nauseous

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); Ancient Rome was a pretty amazing place. Between 753 BC and 476 AD, Romans were among the most technologically and culturally advanced people on Earth. Despite them forming the basis of modern society, Romans held a number of pretty insane beliefs and practices, at least by today’s standards. Here are a few of the most disgusting. (If you’re in the middle of eating lunch, maybe you should save this one for later.) 1. The Poop Sponge iStock Rome was one of the first cities in the world to have what we might consider an advanced plumbing system. Public toilets in Rome were commonplace. While this might seem like great news, these public toilets weren’t without their downsides. For example, they were hardly ever cleaned. When you were done, instead of toilet paper, there was just a single sponge on a stick that everyone in the public […]

What's Inside This Book Will Totally Change Your Perspective On These Famous Sites

What’s Inside This Book Will Totally Change Your Perspective On These Famous Sites

If you’re a travel buff, you know that there’s nothing more satisfying than standing in the shadows of famous landmarks. There’s something special about craning your neck to see the top of the Eiffel Tower or approaching the Statue of Liberty from the harbor. Beloved sites like these become benchmarks of exploration — monuments to the sense of wanderlust that sends people thousands of miles across the globe each year. But when it comes time to conjure up images in the mind’s eye, these landmarks present the most complete versions of themselves. We see the Taj Mahal’s famous dome in the reflecting pool. We see Tower Bridge looming over the Thames. We do not, however, see their skeletons. But this book by Wolfgang Wild and Jordan Lloyd (of Retronaut and Dynamichrome, respectively) is about to change your perspective on the landmarks you thought you knew. Dynamichrome The Taj Mahal, Agra […]

These Impressive Underground Shelters Will Keep You Safe In Style.

These Impressive Underground Shelters Will Keep You Safe In Style.

A new perceived threat followed World War II and the Cold War. A fear of getting hit by the nuclear “big one” became a way of life for Americans and other countries all over the world. School drills telling kids to hide under desks didn’t quell the nerves of some families. With paranoia lurking everywhere, underground shelters began to pop up across the globe. Author and photographer Richard Ross sought these shelters out during his travels and documented them for his project, “Waiting for the End of the World.” These impressive structures transformed over the years into tourist attractions, comfortable living spaces, and even a night club. They look a lot better than you’d expect from places where people would wait out the end of the world.. Charlie Hull’s Shelter in Emigrant, Montana Shelter in Livermore, California Underground City in Beijing, China “The Trendy Griboyedov Club” in St. Petersburg, Russia Public […]

6 Times The U.S. Backed Murderous Dictators For Its Own Interests

6 Times The U.S. Backed Murderous Dictators For Its Own Interests

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How Your Favorite Household Items And Appliances Have Evolved Over The Past 100 Years

How Your Favorite Household Items And Appliances Have Evolved Over The Past 100 Years

For the last decade, it seems that every day has resulted in an awesome new invention. Not only are new gadgets being created constantly, but other incredible discoveries are occurring, as well. Deep brain stimulation could help people with Parkinson’s live normal lives. Advancements in virtual reality could help people explore places they never thought possible. Familiarizing yourself with today’s technology is amazing enough, but when you realize where it all started, it’s almost unbelievable. You’ve probably seen or used each of these everyday items, but you’ll be amazed at what the very first version looked like. WOW. 1. A baby carriage then… Wikimedia Commons These old timey strollers were invented in the 1700s. The Duke of Devonshire asked architect William Kent to design something that would let the Duke transport his children around. …and a baby carriage now. Flickr / Napoleon Cole Children now can ride around in both […]

In Honor Of International Women's Day, Here Are Some Incredible Women To Watch

In Honor Of International Women’s Day, Here Are Some Incredible Women To Watch

The road to gender equality has proven to be an arduous one, but it’s always been paved by incredible women doing equally incredible work. By railing against the systems that have traditionally kept women under thumb, exceptional writers, activists, scientists, and politicians have made it their mission to call these systems into question, and ultimately undermine them. To honor these amazing monuments to solidarity and strength, the United Nations dedicates March 8 to the annual celebration of International Women’s Day. We have a long way to go, but these women prove that we’re in powerful, capable hands. 1. Roxane Gay Getty Images This professor, activist, and best-selling author has dedicated her life to deconstructing systems of oppression as related to gender, sexuality, class, and race, and she’s revered in social justice circles for her nuanced understanding of the complex intersections between them. You’ve probably heard of (and hopefully read) her […]

7 Lesser-Known Serial Killers We Should All Learn More About

7 Lesser-Known Serial Killers We Should All Learn More About

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); Like many people, I have always been deeply fascinated by serial killers. Before you take that the wrong way, let me explain. I don’t mean to say that I idolize serial killers or condone their actions in any way. The heinous crimes they commit disgust me as much as the next person. However, I do think there is a lot to gain by studying the darkest side of humanity. Taking another human’s life is the most unnatural thing a person can do, yet it comes as second nature to serial killers. Why? The answer is unclear, but must lie somewhere in the lives and minds of the murderers themselves. Killers like Jack the Ripper, Ed Gein, and Jeffrey Dahmer have been discussed for years, but here are seven lesser-known serial killers that we should all learn a little more about. 1. Westley Allan Dodd Wikipedia googletag.cmd.push(function() […]

This Is The Haunted, Bloody History Of Alabama's Fort Morgan

This Is The Haunted, Bloody History Of Alabama’s Fort Morgan

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineSlot(‘/37886402/VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’, [728, 90], ‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF_5812ba71e07b1’).addService(googletag.pubads()) googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_MB”, “VN_”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_SC”, “VN_ORGN”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_TS”, “TS_D”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_AT”, “VN_ORGN_PG_D_REV_1.0_ASYNC_DEFAULT”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_CC”, “VN_ORGN_D_UNK_118219_A”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_PG”, “1”); googletag.enableServices(); googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF_5812ba71e07b1’); }); Named after Revolutionary War hero Daniel Morgan, Fort Morgan was built on the site of Fort Bowyer in Mobile Bay, Alabama. Construction on the masonry star fort began after the War of 1812 and was completed in 1834. It was widely known as the best example of military architecture in the New World. Used in the Civil War, World War I, and World War II, Fort Morgan has definitely seen its fair share of battles and bloodshed — and it’s even said to house some ghosts. The fort was constructed into a star shape by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which made it easier to defend. African-American slaves did most of the work, and many of them are said to linger there in death. Wikipedia During the Civil […]

7 Times The Examination Of Bodies Led To The Discovery Of Ancient Crimes

7 Times The Examination Of Bodies Led To The Discovery Of Ancient Crimes

Archaeology may not be the swashbuckling, adventurous endeavor that the Indiana Jones franchise would have us believe, but it can have its spooky moments. Sure, archaeologists don’t usually get into bar fights with Nazis over ancient relics, but they do have to deal with a lot of skeletons. Piecing together the lives and deaths of those who lived thousands of years ago is an important part of the job, and every once in a while, they come across an ancient death with disturbingly dark story. Here are a few of the weirdest archaeological finds of all time. The Headless Vikings Wikipedia In 2009, a mass grave of 51 Viking warriors from the first and second centuries A.D. was discovered in England. It is believed that the Vikings were executed by Anglo-Saxons after traveling from far-flung nations. Why were they there? No one really knows for sure. Colorado Genocide Getty Images […]

24 Heartbreaking Photos Of What Child Labor In The U.S Once Looked Like

24 Heartbreaking Photos Of What Child Labor In The U.S Once Looked Like

Did you know that children as young as 14 can apply for their working permits in the U.S.? Any child worker under the recommended age is considered illegal and goes against the U.S.’s strict child labor laws. Despite these regulations, it might surprise you to learn that over 200 million children around the world, under the age of 10, are still being put to work in 2016. Of that number, more than half of these children are slaving away in hazardous work environments such as factory jobs or other places where they are forced to operate advanced machinery. While child labor in the U.S. has become an almost silent issue, during the height of the Industrial revolution, putting your son or daughter to work was the only option for staying afloat during tough economic times. Children as young as three put in long days for very little pay. And while […]

Almost Everyone Takes These Extremely Simple Things For Granted. Do You?

Almost Everyone Takes These Extremely Simple Things For Granted. Do You?

Like most other people, I take many things for granted on a daily basis. I often forget to stop and appreciate the little things in life. Honestly though, who takes the time to appreciate these major contributions to society? People gloss over these advancements every day and forget that they can’t live without them, no matter how simple they seem. 1.) Spices and Seasonings Salt was the major driving economical force for the vast majority of human history. It preserved food in a time before refrigeration. In fact, we derived the word “salary” from “salarium,” which was the money that Roman soldiers used to buy salt. Similarly, sugar was first found in New Guinea around 10,000 B.C. and rapidly made its way to Asia (and eventually Europe). Soldiers in traveling war parties would discover the “kind of honey, like salt” phenomena and rave about it back home. Finally, pepper was the […]

These Quotes From Apollo Astronauts Might Make You Believe In Aliens

These Quotes From Apollo Astronauts Might Make You Believe In Aliens

When Americans first landed on the moon back in 1969, it inspired a wave of excitement about space travel. Many believed that this excitement would lead to settlements on the moon, which would make mankind an interplanetary species. Sadly, that never happened. Could that be because the first men on the moon weren’t alone up there? It sounds like an outlandish claim, but judging by these NASA transcripts from the Apollo missions, there might be some truth to it. Apollo 8 iStock Here’s an excerpt from that mission: 03 16 44 39 LMP: There’s a strange light down there.03 16 h4 45 CDR: Is it a bonfire?03 16 24 47 LMP: It might be campfires.03 16 h5 03 C5: How does it look? Apollo 11 WIkipedia This one is especially scary. 03 08 20 18 IRP: That’s a spectacular crater.03 08 20 23 CDR: Did you shoot some pictures while […]

These 15 Ridiculous Rules For Women Used To Be Enforced On College Campuses

These 15 Ridiculous Rules For Women Used To Be Enforced On College Campuses

Most of us think of college as a place where we can finally become independent from our parents’ rules and live how we want. However, before (and during) the 1960s, being in college didn’t exactly mean that people could make their own decisions as adults, especially when it came to women. The term in loco parentis, Latin for “in the place of a parent,” was a doctrine that many universities followed so parents would feel better about letting their children go to school. While strict rules and regulations were put into effect for both male and female students, it’s clear that women were on a much tighter leash when it came to higher education. Here are some of the most ridiculous rules that college women had to follow back in the day. 1. At Wellesley and Oberlin, if a man and a woman were in a dormitory room together, they […]

13 Presidents And Presidential Candidates When They Were Young (And Super Hot)

13 Presidents And Presidential Candidates When They Were Young (And Super Hot)

Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and if you found yourself dateless this year, don’t you worry. Right on its heels is the second most romantic holiday of the year: Presidents’ Day! While people usually picture presidents as being old, wrinkly, and decidedly unattractive men, we spun the wheels of time and found some pictures of our favorite commanders-in-chief when they were young. This first one should be easy, since this president kept his princely smile into his 40s. Tumblr / ManCulture That’s right. It’s the Massachusetts man with the ass, John F. Kennedy! I’ve never wanted to be a corncob pipe so badly! Which smoking-hot head of state did this cat turn out to be? Pinterest / ReaganMoody It’s Ronald Reagan! You’ll never guess who this tall drink of water is (who also happens to be holding a tiny drink of water in this photo). Pinterest / lifeofexcess […]

If You Don't Know Much About Mustard Gas, You'll Be Horrified By Its Effects

If You Don’t Know Much About Mustard Gas, You’ll Be Horrified By Its Effects

Among the cruelest tactics of war is the use of chemicals to kill or incapacitate soldiers. Mustard gas, or sulfur mustard, is just one of these debilitating agents that is relatively easy to produce, and its blistering effects are incredibly painful. It was developed as early as 1822, but it wasn’t first used until World War I when the German Army deployed it in 1917 against British and Canadian soldiers in Belgium. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); But this awful form of chemical warfare is not just a thing of the past. The gas got its name from its yellow-brown color and its mustard-like scent, and can be released into the air as a vapor. You can become exposed to it through skin contact, eye contact, and/or inhalation. Wikipedia googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); The agent can also be dispersed through aerial bombs, land mines, rockets, or artillery shells. It has been […]