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Broken, venal, dysfunctional: The GOP clown show, Hillary’s challenge, and our dangerously frozen democracy

Mitch can’t fix the Senate. Boehner can’t control his caucus. GOP’s a disaster; Democrats have no soul. Now what?<p><i>“We ought to start with the view that maybe there are some things we can agree on to make progress in this country… the Senate needs to be fixed… We’re going back to work and actually</i> …

5 Things You Learn Hanging With the Taliban

Today we take it for granted that if it happened, there'll be photos of it. So when you're seeing video or pics taken from right in the middle of a …

South Sudan

5 Insane Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Someone

There's this magic trick that TV and movie detectives do where they glance at a stranger and suddenly know their life's story ("Burns on your …

Sex and the City

6 Tiny Mistakes That Shaped Huge Parts of Modern History

History books are a parade of great people planning wars and inventing shit and in general dictating what the world is going to be like for the rest …

George Washington

7 Insane Conspiracies That Actually Happened

People love a good conspiracy theory. The JFK assassination plot, aliens crash landing at Roswell, the 9/11 truth movement and charges of government …

Tom Cruise

6 Insane Conspiracy Theories (That Actually Happened)

As we've demonstrated before, the only things crazier than the stories concocted by the paranoid are the real conspiracies history's creepiest movers …

Civil Rights

5 Conspiracy Theories You Won't Believe (Really Happened)

If you can honestly say that you've never encountered a delusionally paranoid conspiracy theorist, then welcome to your first day on the Internet …

Human Rights

10 Amazing Subterranean Structures From the Ancient World

From ancient cisterns and water systems to mysterious caves, underground crypts, subterranean temples and even entire cities built beneath the earth, …

Did Humans Walk the Earth with Dinosaurs? Triceratops Horn Dated to 33,500 Years

A Triceratops brow horn discovered in Dawson County, Montana, has been controversially dated to around 33,500 years, challenging the view that …

Ten Mysterious Undeciphered Codes and Inscriptions

From Neolithic tablets containing the oldest known system of writing, to a series of letters scrawled on the back of a dead man’s book, some of the …

Adolf Hitler, a name which brings connotations of death, warfare, murder, misery and the attempted extermination of an entire race. Yes, the Nazi …

Secrets of modern mercenaries: Inside the rise of private armies

We don’t know all the details about the opaque world of military contractors. An expert lays out the real story<p><i>The market economy as such does not respect political frontiers. Its field is the world.</i> <i><br>—Ludwig Edler von Mises</i><p>The private military industry has surged since the end of the Cold War and is …

7 'Ancient' Forms of Mysticism That Are Recent Inventions

So you want to add some meaning and depth to your life that just isn't provided by playing another round of Bananagrams. Why not adopt an ancient, …

James Cameron

7 secrets of the Bible you may not know

Over the centuries, billions of people worldwide have been led to believe that the Bible is the literal "Word of God" and represents history …

Egyptian mummy mask discovered to contain verses from the Bible

An Egyptian mummy mask has been found to contain a text with purported verses from the New Testament Gospel of Mark, which is being touted as the …

The Psychology and Economy of Conspiracy Theories

Why do people believe in conspiracy theories, and who's profiting from the industry they've created?<p>Within hours of the <i>Charlie Hebdo</i> massacre, internet forums were buzzing with alternative explanations for the attack. "The official story doesn't add up," people typed furiously into their keyboards. …

Cicada: Solving the Web's Deepest Mystery

Marcus Wanner needed a little adventure in his life. A skinny 15-year-old brainiac with wire-frame glasses and wavy brown hair, he was the eldest of …

7 Secrets to Knowing Your Higher Self

by Asoka Selvarajah Each of us is connected with the Divine. The Higher Self within us far transcends the understanding of our conscious min...<p>Recent …

Has Science Just Admitted Planet X/Nibiru Exists? Believers Say Full ‘Nibiru Disclosure’ Is Coming

Astronomers may have inadvertently revived the Planet X/Nibiru cataclysm conspiracy theory that dominated the internet a few years ago. Following the …

The History of the World According to Assassin's Creed

Based on a true story. Kinda.<p>Since 2007, approximately 4,500 Assassin's Creed games have launched on console and mobile. One of the most intriguing …