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How Did the Greeks Hide Museum Artifacts from the Nazis?

The Nazis had expected thousands of antiques when they entered the National Archaeological Museum. The only barrier that kept them from stealing the hidden riches was the persistent effort of the museum’s workers.  The Greek Ministry of Culture devised a plan to ensure the utmost protection of their priceless relics. Following their orders, the National …

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One of the reasons tipping spread in the U.S. was because restaurant owners refused to pay black Americans after the 15th amendment.

‘It’s the Legacy of Slavery’: Here’s the Troubling History Behind Tipping Practices in the U.S. These days, the expectation at U.S. restaurants that diners will tip their servers is a key part of the culinary economy: tips subsidize a server or bartender’s salary at the vast majority of the nearly 650,000 restaurants in the country. …

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How Did a Sewer Worker Get Inside the Gold Vault of the Bank of England?

With all the complex underground systems in England it isn’t a surprise to find secret passages that would lead to various places around the city.  In 1836 a sewer worker accidentally discovered an old drain that ran under the Bank of England’s gold vault. He requested a meeting with the upper management of the bank, …

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