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Why Do People Fall for Pseudo-Profound Bullsh*t?

In the immortal words of Dan Sperber, “All too often, what readers do is judge profound what they have failed to grasp,” but until now we’ve never …

The anarchic experimental schools of the 1970s

<b>In the 1970s, idealistic young activists created a wave of experimental schools - no compulsory lessons, no timetables, no rules. So what happened to the kids who attended these free-for-alls?</b><p>You wait an age for the green man to let you cross Liverpool's Scotland Road.<p>It goes back to 1971. The …

Famous Cases of Journalistic Fraud: A Reading List

Bill Green | Washington Post Ombudsman | April 19, 1981<p>In 1980, Janet Cooke made up a story about an 8-year-old heroin addict, won the Pulitzer Prize …

Journalism

How One Magazine Shaped Investigative Journalism in America

The following story comes recommended by Ben Marks, senior editor for Collectors Weekly:<p><i>Doris Kearns Goodwin’s most recent history,</i> The Bully Pulpit<i>,</i> …

Secret Shots of Hitler's Bunker

Starting in 1987, Robert Conrad risked his freedom to secretly photograph Adolf Hitler's decaying bunker in what was then East Berlin. Disguised as a …

'I DID betray my country': Fifty years after Profumo's resignation, Christine Keeler confesses she passed secrets to Russians

• Keeler, now 71, claims she helped friend Stephen Ward uncover secrets<br>• In a new book, she says: 'However I dress it up, I was a spy'<p>By<p>The woman at the …

Diary of top Nazi Rosenberg recovered in US

US officials are preparing to unveil 400 pages salvaged from the long-vanished diary of Alfred Rosenberg, a Nazi minister who played a crucial part in Hitler’s extermination of Jews and other minorities during the Second World War.<p>The pages, found at the US home of an academic, are said to contain …

World History

Edward I - a summary

Edward I of England, Hammer of the Scots, born 17 June 1239, was at 6 foot 2, a giant of a man for the time, earning him the nickname Edward …

World History

James I - a summary

Charles James Stuart was born on June 19th, 1566 at Edinburgh Castle. He was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots and her second husband Lord Darnley. …

The ruins of Normandy: Unpublished color photos taken in northern France in 1944 show the devastating impact of the Allied Force's battle to defeat the Nazis in World War 2

• A series of never-before-published color images of the devastation in northern France after the D-Day landings have been released by LIFE.com<p>By<p>The …

The Birth of Henry VIII

Over half a millennium ago, the child who would one day reign as Henry VIII was born June 28, 1491 at Greenwich Palace, London to parents, Henry VII …

Gottfried Leibniz: Philosophy In An Hour

Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz was the archetypal caricature genius. He lived a life rich in incidents of high farce, of whose nature he was seldom …

The Night of the Long Knives - Hitler purges the Nazi Party

The Night of the Long Knives was Adolf Hitler’s great purge, ridding the Nazi Party of those he distrusted, together with anti-Nazi figures within …

Robert the Bruce - a summary

Few figures from the time of the First Scottish War of Independence (1296 to 1328) are more confusing than Robert the Bruce. Feted as a Scottish hero …

Don’t cry for Box and Dropbox: Amazon’s real targets are Google and Microsoft

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Bonga1965/Shutterstock<p>It’s fair to ask how Amazon Web Services’ new Zocalo service will affect Box and Dropbox, but I’m …

Get to Know Your Saddle's Anatomy

You're in contact with your bicycle saddle for the majority of your ride. Learn the ins and outs of saddle anatomy to find one that works best for you.<p>Bicycle saddles take the brunt of complaints from uncomfortable riders—and of more than half a cyclist's weight. They also rank as a high-wear …

15 Proven Ways to Get Faster

Here are 15 tips from top experts, recent scientific research and our own savvy staffers that will turbocharge your training without taking more time

101 Cycling Tips to Completely Transform Your Bike Life

Ride better, get stronger, be happier, go faster, look nicer, stay safer, get fitter, smile wider, and lots more<p>Want to be a better cyclist? Just ride. Every time you turn the pedals, you naturally improve a little. Of course, one well-placed tip, trick, or nugget of wisdom can help you achieve …

How to Prevent and Recognize Skin Cancer

Crisp tan lines shouldn't be a badge of honor. Here's why—and how to shield yourself from the sun's harmful rays.<p>In August 2007, Amber Neben's husband noticed that she had a mole on her back. Something about it—the irregular shape, the mottled color—seemed off. After observing it for a couple of …

Lezyne launches New Tire Inflation Accessories, Including New Hand Pumps, CO2 Inflators, and Tire Levers

While Lezyne makes numerous high quality accessories for cycling, some of our favorite items in their product line are pumps. Recently announced, the …

Train Your Way to a Happy Stomach

How riding your bike more could keep tummy troubles at bay<p>Regular exercise can be good for your belly, and we’re not just talking about getting rid of a muffin top. A study published in the latest edition of <i>Gut</i>—an international journal on gastroenterology with a fantastic name—suggests that …

Ten great ghost towns in the West

Student Rickrolls his teacher in this ingenious quantum physics essay

Quantum Mechanics

There Are Some Totally Legit Reasons to Hate The Beatles

Like, what if you just don't like them? Or you're afraid of Ringo being an alien from the future sent to destroy humanity as we know it?<p>Earlier this week, my esteemed colleague Dan Ozzi posted a piece on this very website entitled “Shut Your Dumb, Stupid Mouth About the Beatles Being Overrated.” If …

Guitar

Analysts: Credit Card Hacking Goes Much Further Than Target

The holiday season data breach at Target that hit more than 70 million consumers was part of a wide and highly skilled international hacking campaign that's "almost certainly" based in Russia. That's according to a report prepared for federal and private investigators by Dallas-based cybersecurity …

Robert the Bruce Battle of Bannockburn letter discovered

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/983000/983029_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518161678_2e52785d68fb90c8d3746b2a96d2ee66<p><b>A copy of an unknown Robert the Bruce letter from the build-up to the Battle of Bannockburn has been discovered.</b><p>The letter, sent in 1310, asks English King …

British History

Farhud memories: Baghdad's 1941 slaughter of the Jews

<b>On 1 June 1941, a Nazi-inspired pogrom erupted in Baghdad, bringing to an end more than two millennia of peaceful existence for the city's Jewish minority. Some Jewish children witnessed the bloodshed, and retain vivid memories 70 years later.</b><p>Steve Acre witnessed the bravery of his Muslim landlord …

Islam

D-Day: How technology can bring history to life

As a new Channel 4 programme retells the events of D-Day in real time, Harry Mount investigates how this massive project came together.<p>Can the modern age - with all its staggering technological advances - shed light on something that happened almost 70 years ago? That is the premise of <b>Channel 4's</b> …

D Day