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Watch a Claymation Mark Twain Take Tom, Huckleberry, and Becky to Meet Satan

If going on adventures with Tom Sawyer was one of your childhood dreams, let this video crush your eight-year-old fantasies.This 1985 claymation clip is part of an animated film called The Adventures...

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This Map Shows The Future of Your Immortal Soul

If you’re worrying about the state of your mortal soul, this handy graphic by François Georgin could help you.Published in 1825 in Jean-Charles Pellerin’s print shop in France, 3 Roads to Eternity...

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How the Hidden Sounds of Horror Movie Soundtracks Freak You Out

You’re sitting in the movie theater; it’s pitch black except for the dim glow on-screen. Nothing scary has happened yet—but you see a person walking, alone. You feel an overwhelming sense of dread. A...

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The Real Electric Frankenstein Experiments of the 1800s

On November 4, 1818, Scottish chemist Andrew Ure stood next to the lifeless corpse of an executed murderer, the man hanging by his neck at the gallows only minutes before. He was performing an...

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The Most Halloween Police Photo of 2016

Earlier this morning, the police in Olathe, Kansas, posted the photo above to their Facebook page with very few details, only saying that a road in town was closed because this truck had gotten stuck...

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Jumpstart Your Halloween With These '90s Horror TV Intros

Happy Halloween! If you’re having trouble getting into the spooky spirit, there is a surefire way to fill yourself with that unique seasonal mix of dread and fun that you had before it was crushed by...

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Salem and the Rise of Witch Kitsch

Stroll through the downtown of Salem, Massachusetts, and you'll quickly run into the city's most contentious piece of public art. Nine feet tall, made of polished bronze, and planted right in the...

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15 Amazing Photos from the Boston Mayor's 1980 Halloween Party

The late Kevin White, longtime mayor of Boston, is best known for steering the city through tumultuous times. During his twelve-year tenure, White oversaw fraught school desegregation efforts,...

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6 Infamous Places of Political Corruption

By this time next week, the 2016 presidential election will be over, for better or worse, and regardless of the outcome it will no doubt go down in the history books as one of the most stressful and...

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Voting Booths Were a Radical 19th Century Reform to Stop Election Fraud

Voting booths aren’t spaces that voters give much thought: you’re in, you vote, you’re out. That’s how it’s meant to be. They are designed for quick exits; one 19th century law stipulated an...

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Watch This Cute Squishy Caterpillar Launch a Stinky Attack

 Activating the black swallowtail caterpillar defense mechanism! These guys have antennas that pop out and release a stinky- cheese like smell to scare away predators! #blackswallowtail #caterpillar...

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Inside the Strange Sport of Paramotoring, in Which Competitors Risk Life and...

Risk is a part of everyday life. Even basic tasks, such as commuting to work or eating, involve a minimal amount of danger.Yet some people prefer activities that involve an inordinate amount of risk,...

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The Best Political Cartoon In History Is This Fake Banknote from the Panic of...

Blur your eyes, and the banknote above looks normal enough. It has the right proportions. It's covered in intricate line drawings, so as to discourage counterfeiting. It's got serious-looking slogans...

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A Map of Some of the Most Disastrous Elections in History

Democracy has never been a smooth path. Starting with the ancient Greeks and modified by ancient Romans, the idea of holding elections is still relatively new. After all, it wasn’t until fairly...

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How a Forged Sculpture Boosted Michelangelo’s Early Career

If you’ve seen any of Michelangelo’s artworks in person, you have probably felt the same awe that millions of pilgrims to the Sistine Chapel have experienced, while staring up at his singular ceiling...

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Lose Yourself in 12 of the Most Extraordinary Labyrinths Ever Built

In Fontanellato, near Parma, Italy, 1.85 miles of bamboo spread across 17 acres of land to create the Masone Labyrinth. If you reach the center, you’ll be greeted by a plaza with a pyramid—assuming you...

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How to Make a Clock Tick

Shop the styles in this video: the Carleton, the Glancy, the Wheelwright, and the Beckwith. As unusual as it may be to see a centenarian grandfather or cuckoo clock these days, finding someone who...

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In Deadwood, Men Wore Fake Five Dollar Coins on Their Wrists to Show Off

In the 1880s, the U.S. Mint tried an experiment: it created a 5-cent coin, made of nickel, that featured the head of Liberty in its design. The nickel wasn’t the only coin at the time to feature that...

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Please Tell Us About Your Panic Dreams

Whichever 2016 presidential candidate you support or don't support, we can probably all agree that this election is causing a lot, a lot, a lot of anxiety.With the election less than a week away and...

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The Animal Kingdom's Oddest Ways of Handling Anxiety

In 1646, scholar and polymath Athanasius Kircher took a break from inventing new projection devices and studying the blood of plague victims to try and hypnotize a chicken.Kircher held a hen down on...

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