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Villa Rose

The Villa Rose Looks Like a Two-Story Family Home in the Swiss Countryside, but it is Actually a Military Installation with Massive Guns

The Villa Rose is one of the twelve fortresses that were built to defend Switzerland from invasion during the Second World War. But did you know what was so special about the Villa Rose? The Villa Rose looks like an innocent, pink, two-story family home in the Swiss countryside. However, it is a military complex …

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Julius Caesar

The Romans Dug Tunnels Under the Spring That Supplied Water to the Gallic Fort During Julius Caesar’s Seige

Julius Caesar was a Roman statesman and a member of the First Triumvirate. He led the Roman armies in the Gallic wards before ultimately defeating his rival, Pompey. But did you know how the Roman army accessed the Gallic Fort? During Julius Caesar’s siege of a Gallic fort, the Romans dug tunnels beneath the fort’s …

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Wilhlem Canaris

Wilhelm Canaris was Sent to Coerce Fascist Spain to Join the Axis Power in World War II. He was Secretly Against the Nazis. Spain Did Not Join the War, and Their Government Gave Caranis’ Widow a Pension in Gratitude

For nine years, Admiral Wilhelm Canaris ed Adolf Hitler’s military intelligence service, the Abwehr. He is one of the Third Reich’s most intriguing personalities. Many people regard him as a traitor who leaked German attack plans to the enemy, resulting in the deaths of German soldiers. Others consider him a leader who did everything he …

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Hollywood

Hollywood Reporter Published a Column Criticizing Actors for Speaking Out Against Hitler and Nazi Germany

The Hollywood Reporter is an American magazine focusing on Hollywood film, TV, and entertainment. It was founded in 1930 by William R. Wilkerson in Los Angeles, California. But did you know that the firm used to criticize celebrities who spoke against Hitler? In 1937, The Hollywood Reporter ran a column criticizing actors for speaking out …

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George Washington

A Thief Attempted to Steal the Skull of George Washington from Mount Vernon, He Mistakenly Stole the Skull of Bushrod Washington Instead

Following George Washington’s death in 1799, the US government announced its intention to move his remains to the US Capitol, where work on a crypt in the basement would connect to a glass-enclosed vault where his body would be interred. What happened in the failed attempt to steal George Washington’s Skull? An effort was made …

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Plebis

The Secessio Plebis was a Form of Revolt That was First Introduced in Ancient Rome, This was When the Commoners Banded Together to Go Against Corrupt Ruling Class

There was a tight class structure in ancient Rome. Senators, patricians, and equestrians were members of society’s top strata, the wealthy elite who could afford to enjoy lives of leisure and luxury, and there was the lower class or the peasants. While the class system was very defined, it did not stop the commoners from …

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Braxton Bragg

Confederate General Braxton Bragg Served as Both a Commander and Quastermaster During the Civil War, He Would Request Supplies to Himself and Then Deny Them

General Braxton Bragg is generally considered one of the worst generals during the Civil War. Most of the battles he engaged in ended badly. After the war, he returned to Louisiana and discovered that the Union Army had taken his plantation. He ended up being an engineer at the New Orleans Waterworks. But did you …

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Aunt Sammy

The US Department of Agriculture Created the Character Aunt Sammy, for a Radio Show for Housewives

During the Roaring Twenties, radio became a worldwide sensation. However, not everyone was drinking counterfeit liquor while listening to jazz. Millions of housewives tuned into Aunt Sammy’s show for homemaking suggestions, tactics, and recipes. She became their favorite radio personality. But do you know who Aunt Sammy is?  Aunt Sammy is Uncle Sam’s wife. She …

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Jean Boulet Set the World Record for the Highest Altitude Reached in a Helicopter

The typical altitude at which an older helicopter can travel is between 12,000 and 15,000 feet. Today, most helicopter manufacturers limited their machines to about 20,000 to 25,000 feet. But did you know that in 1972, someone set the record at about 40,000 feet? Jean Boulet achieved the world record for the highest altitude reached …

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Midgley

Thomas Midgley Jr. Suffered from Lead Poisoning After Trying to Prove that Tetraethyllead was Safe by Inhaling Its Vapor

The petroleum-based fuel gasoline is made from crude oil and other liquids. Gasoline is mainly used as an engine fuel in automobiles. But in the early 1920s, tetraethyllead was discovered and mixed with gasoline to minimize internal engine knocking. But did you know the engineer who discovered tetraethyllead tried to prove that it was absolutely …

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