Letter Written By A “Possessed” Nun

Over 340 years later, scientists have finally deciphered this rambling message using a decryption program they came across on the deep web. The letter was supposedly written by Sister Maria Crocifissa della Concezione at the Monastery of Palma di Montechiaro in the early hours of August 11, 1676. Learn more: Letter Written By A “Possessed” […]

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Syphilis Really Was Rife In 18th-Century English Cities

Understanding historical rates of disease could be very useful for those working to control the same diseases today. Unfortunately, detailed epidemiological record-keeping is a recent invention. However, the coincidence of two remarkably detailed studies of the city of Chester and its surroundings in the 1770s have given scientists a unique snapshot of the era, and […]

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Science Museum vs The Natural History Museum

London has two of the most glorious and wonderful museums the world has ever seen: the Natural History Museum – full of dinosaurs and volcanoes – and the Science Museum, full of bright lights, rockets and shiny things. It’s difficult to say which is best, but a Twitter user @Bednarz decided to ask them anyway. […]

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Chicken Egg With Something Very Odd Inside

Texas farmer Gary noticed a strange phenomenon with one of his chickens from the farm. His seven-month-old chicken named Gertrude started laying very large eggs that contain something quite odd. Despite the strange occurrence, Gertrude does not seem to have been harmed and the egg yolks have a normal taste. Learn more: Chicken Egg With […]

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Strange Cliff Face Appears To “Lay Eggs” Every 30 Years

One of these mysterious cliffs can be found in a remote corner of Qiannan Buyei and Miao Autonomous Region in China’s southwestern Guizhou province. The nearest village contains just 20 households, but has become well-known for its strange egg-laying rockface (video below). So far, they have collected around 68 of these odd rocks. Discover more: […]

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Three Family Members Die After Falling Into Acid-Belching Volcanic Crater

When it comes to volcanoes, most people worry about a pyroclastic flow from a supereruption, or an outpouring of lava, taking them out. Unfortunately, it’s the more subtle elements of a volcanic system, like mobile gases and vapors, that many more people should be wary of. As a particularly grim case in point, three members […]

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4,300-Year-Old Statue Head Depicts Mystery Pharaoh

This sculpture of an Egyptian pharaoh was found in the ancient city of Hazor in Israel. It was constructed around 4,300 years ago, at a time when pyramids were being built in Egypt, and was smashed apart when Hazor was destroyed around 3,300 years ago. Discover more: 4,300-Year-Old Statue Head Depicts Mystery Pharaoh

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Ancient Action Figures

Military brats of ancient Rome probably played soldier to pass the time. That’s according to new evidence from Vindolanda, a fort found just south of Hadrian’s Wall. Discover more: Ancient Action Figures

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19 of the World’s Oldest Photos Reveal a Rare Side of History

It’s often said that a photo is worth a thousand words, touching people at a deeper level than even the best, most eloquent, writing. Even the world’s oldest photographs, those that may seem so very distant from today’s high-tech society, may tug at your heart strings or give you a sense of belonging. Here, Live […]

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Scientist Slams Climate Change Deniers In Brilliant Viral Post

The overwhelming consensus on climate change in the scientific community is that it’s real, and it’s man-made. The most commonly-cited figure is that 97.1 percent of scientific studies support the view that climate change is caused by humans. Even though this is an overwhelming consensus, it has still left room for climate-change deniers to claim […]

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