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After 163 Years, India Sends Its Last Telegram

Thousands crammed into India's telegram offices on Sunday as the 163 year old service shuts down for good

The original Smokey the Bear ad

It’s a Good Thing We Have Smokey: These 1940s Fire Prevention Ads Are Something Else

Replacing racially charged and aggressive World War II imagery, Smokey the Bear is an iconic character


Today in 1948, the U.S. Air Force Accepted Its First Female Member

The first recruit to the Women in the Air Force (known as WAF) was Esther Blake who enlisted on the first day it was even possible for women to do so


The Creator of the Computer Mouse Never Received Any Royalties

Though Engelbart revolutionized computing in 1967 with the invention of the mouse, he never received any royalties from his creation


This July 4th, Celebrate Two Million Years of Grilling

The advent of open fire cooking began with Homo erectus

Happy 315th Birthday to the Steam Engine

Three hundred and fifteen years ago today James Savery's patented the steam engine


Unlooted Royal Tomb Found in Peru

Polish archaeologist Milosz Giersz was terrified that looters would make their way to the site, so he and his colleagues excavated the site in secrecy

Ruins of Leptis Magna

Here Are the Treasures Libyan Violence Is Keeping Archaeologists From

Libya’s civil war might be over, but the aftershocks of the revolution are still reverberating through the country


What Was in the Mysterious Woman Suffrage Party Safe Box?

For as long as anyone can remember, the safe box - marked simply "Woman Suffrage Party" has sat in the council's New York City office

In Medieval Times, Popular Dog Names Included Little Hammer, Fortuna and Bo

Dogs and cats have been with us for centuries, and so has our habit of giving them affectionate names


This Just-Discovered Mayan City Once Held 35,000 People

The ancient Mayan city of Chactun was once a metropolis with around 35,000 inhabitants. It was abandoned 1,000 years ago, and lost to scholars until now

The Beck’s Edison Bottle

Beer Bottle Meets 19th-Century Phonograph, Makes Beautiful Music

Engineers and music experts in New Zealand tinkered with the concepts behind Thomas Edison's original phonograph to make a beer bottle sing


German’s Longest Word Is No More

Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften, or an insurance company that provides legal protection, is now the language's longest word

The Clovis people were known for their distinctive stone arrowheads.

How Two Retirees’ Amateur Archaeology Helped Throw Our View of Human History Into Turmoil

Through decades of excavation near their cottage Anton and Maria Chobot unearthed artifacts of the Clovis people


Navy Dolphins Turn Up a Rare 19th-Century Torpedo

Called a Howell torpedo, the old military relic was a marvel in its day, and only 50 were ever made

The reconstructed face of Richard III

A Bust of Richard III, 3D-Printed From a Scan of His Recently Exhumed Skull

A forensic art team reconstructed Richard III's face

Another Mayan Ruin in Belize. Not the one that was destroyed.

Mayan Pyramid Destroyed to Get Rocks for Road Project

The construction company building the road appears to have extracted crushed rocks from the pyramid to use as road fill

The brighter colored and thicker lines indicate a higher bio-invasion risk.

Mapping the Routes of Invasive Stowaways

Singapore, Honk Kong, New York, Long Beach, CA, and the Panama and Suez canals are the areas most at risk from invasive species

Cavemen Used Some of the Same Words We Do

Our modern language still has some remnants of the grunting cavemen who came before us

Citizens of East Dennis, Massachusetts, filed this petition against the repeal of the Personal Liberty Laws in 1860.

African-Americans Sent Thousands of Anti-Slavery Petitions in the 18th and 19th Century

The petitions lend insight into the lives of African Americans during this tumultuous period in U.S. history, and now they're being digitized

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