The Chamizal dispute is a forgotten border conflict between the United States and Mexico concerning 600 acres of land. The dispute lasted about a century and almost caused the assassination of President Taft and Mexico’s President Porfirio Díaz in 1909. The century-long dispute held a lot of twists and turns for both the United States and Mexico.
On September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov was left with a decision that could stop or cause a nuclear war. Petrov had to decide quickly if the Soviet Union would act upon an alarm that had sounded stating five missiles had been launched from an American base.
A small secretive Jewish sect has been highly influential in Turkish history since the Ottoman era. Originally claiming to follow the Jewish Messiah, they nominally converted to Islam but kept Jewish traditions in secret.
Porphyria is a hormone disease that causes sufferers to develop horrifying physical symptoms and light sensitivity. It is believed that severe cases of the little-understood disease gave rise to the legends of vampires and werewolves.
It’s commonly taught that Ancient Romans had special rooms called Vomitoriums and that said rooms were used for the express purpose of vomiting after a large meal. In actuality, though vomitoriums did exist, they were merely very large corridors commonly found in theaters and public venues, that could facilitate a large number of people passing through them. The word vomitorium was used to describe the spewing out of people rather than their lunch.
In the 1930s, Soviet scientist Sergei Brukhonenko embarked on a series of gruesome experiments. Using a device called an ‘autojector’, he and his team managed to keep the body parts of a dog alive after removal, including the head…
Believe it or not, there are currently more tigers in the United States than anywhere else in the world – combined. Over 5,000 tigers are currently kept in captivity in the US, far more than the approximately 3,200 anywhere else.
During the occupation of China, the Japanese army set up the secretive Unit 731. Behind closed doors doctors infected civilians with plague, subjected them to extreme temperature changes, and had them dissected alive.