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American tourists arrested in Rome for defacing the Colosseum

Who takes off their clothes at sacred temples, attaches padlocks to world heritage sites and carves names into historic artifacts?<p>Tourists, of …

World War Two hero's wedding ring returned 70 years after it was lost

The wedding ring of World War Two special operations airman John Thompson has finally been returned to its rightful owner after it disappeared when he was shot down over Albania<p>​More than 70 years after he went missing in action during an RAF special operations mission, the mystery surrounding the …

History

New researchers continue the search for the ancient missing city of Atlantis

From UFOs and the Bermuda Triangle, to crop circles and the Loch Ness Monster, there are many fascinating unexplained phenomena in the world.<p>For author Mark Adams, his obsession of late has been the lost city of Atlantis, the island that Plato wrote about in an allegory about the hubris of nations. …

Two American Women Arrested For Carving Initials Into Colosseum: Cops

ROME — A pair of American women were arrested after allegedly scratching their initials into the brickwork of Rome’s Colosseum and taking a selfie in front of their carvings, local police told NBC News on Monday.<p>The women — identified only as a 21-year-old and a 25-year-old — used a coin to carve a …

Third ancient site of Khorsabad 'attacked by Isil' as coalition strike on Syria oil refinery kills 30

Iraqi minister concerned over demolition of third ancient site in northern Iraq by Islamic State jihadists<p>Iraq's government is investigating reports that the ancient archaeological site of Khorsabad in northern Iraq is the latest to be attacked by the Islamic State militant group.<p>Adel Shirshab, the …

John Oliver reveals the stunningly racist history behind why some U.S. territories can’t vote

In Guam and American Samoa, you can serve in the U.S. military but <em>cannot</em> vote. Here’s why<p>On Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," host John Oliver exposed the over 100-year-old racist ruling that decided that those born in the U.S. territories -- Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin …

Oklahoma AP history class under fire for omitting 'American exceptionalism'

An Oklahoma lawmaker is pushing a bill that calls for the state to ban Advanced Placement history classes in the state's public schools because -- among other issues — he claims the courses omit "American exceptionalism."<p>House Bill 1380 — which would ban funding Advanced Placement history courses — …

The Liber Linteus: An Egyptian Mummy Wrapped in a Mysterious Message

In 1798, the French under Napoleon Bonaparte launched a military campaign in Egypt. Along with soldiers and military personnel, Napoleon brought a …

How Disasters, Emergencies, and Survivalism Are Shaping Home Design

You peer warily out of the single window in your zombie-proof steel box. The street seems deserted—except for a lone figure who is staring at you …

East Village

Oklahoma’s demented fight against AP history

A new bill would fight teaching “what’s bad about America”<p>It may not be true that history is written by the victors, but in certain places, they're making a hell of an effort to make sure it's at least taught by them. In Oklahoma this week, a legislative committee took aim at Advanced Placement …

Israel’s largest-ever cache of medieval gold coins found by amateur divers

Israel on Wednesday unveiled the largest collection of medieval gold coins ever found in the country, accidentally discovered by amateur divers and dating back about a thousand years.<p>The find was made two weeks ago near the Israeli port city of Caesarea and consists of some 2,000 coins, weighing …

Days later, fans struggle with Seahawks' Super Bowl loss

SEATTLE (AP) — As shocking as it was, the Seattle Seahawks' last-minute loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl Sunday was probably not …

'Sex toys' dating back 28,000 years made from stone and dried camel dung

The sex toys dating back 28,000 years: Ancient phalluses made from stone and dried camel dung started trend for sex aids<p><b>A siltstone phallus found in</b> …

Art, Meds, and Fuel—The Surprising Historical Uses of Ancient Mummies

Mummies are a familiar image in modern Western culture, sometimes silently resting in glass museum cases, or other times shuffling along on two …

The fantastical beasts of ancient Greece

We think of the Greeks as the orderly people who gave us drama, democracy and philosophy. But the fearsome creatures in Hellenic art reveal a dark side, writes Alastair Sooke.<p>What do you think about when you hear the words ‘ancient Greece’? The conventional view is that the ancient Greeks provided …

Artist Virtually 'Paints' Ancient Drawings Onto Modern Homes Around The World

Muralists need a lot of things that aren't easy to come by: money, connections, and a wall for starters. Polish artist Maria Umievskaya realized she could approximate the reach of a public artist without any of these resources, using only the internet. Her virtual series juxtaposes clean modern …

The ancient Greeks actually had a drinking game, and it’s more hardcore than beer pong

<b>You think you’re so original because you and your mates invented a drinking game in university, don’t you?</b><p>Well, you were 2,000 years late to the …

Alcohol

Throw Wine In 3-D Re-Creation Of Ancient Greek Drinking Game

Move over, quarters, kottabos is in the house, thanks to additive manufacturing<p>For the most part, people love a good drinking game. We've taught robots beer pong and we'll even watch celebrities play them on TV. So it really shouldn't be a surprise that our ancestors partied as hard as we …

Hoard of 5,000 Anglo Saxon Coins Worth Over $1.5 M Discovered by Amateur Metal Detectorists

Amateur treasure hunters struck it rich when they unearthed a massive hoard of more than 5,000 silver coins during a Christmas gathering on farmland …

Six Clay Seals Discovered In Israel Linked To Era Of Kings David And Solomon

A Mississippi State University archaeological team uncovered six official clay seals at a dig in southern Israel -- offering some support for the reigns of King David and his wise son Solomon as found in the Hebrew Bible.<p>The seals, or bullae, were found at a site near Gaza called Khirbet Summeily …

Q&A: Obama's free tuition plan for community college

WASHINGTON (AP) — Did somebody say "free tuition"?<p>President Barack Obama's plan, called "America's College Promise," seeks to make two years of …

These GIFs Show the Freakishly High Definition Future of Body Scanning

General Electric<p>1 of 4<p>General Electric released images on Wednesday from its first clinical trial of a next generation body scanner that captures …

Our System Is So Broken, Almost No Patented Discoveries Ever Get Used

We all know the patent system is broken.<p>But most people believe that the biggest problem with it is abusive litigants who extort so-called “license …

Innovation

1/1000 Of The US Now Controls More Than 1/5 Of The Wealth

Forget the 1% — the real winners of the post-collapse economy are America's top one-thousandth.<p>Using data gleaned from tax returns to estimate the distribution of household wealth in the United States since 1913, economists Emmanuel Saez, of UC-Berkeley, and Gabriel Zucman, of the London School of …

Tiny wearable could keep your kids from getting brain damage

LAS VEGAS — Football in America is under attack after the revelation that concussions cause serious brain damage rocked the NFL. Youth participation has plummeted in the last two years but the folks at Linx have a new solution that will help parents keep track of when their kids are getting pounded …

Look At The Crazy Designs For The World’s First Underwater City

A Japanese company thinks we should all go sleep with the fishes in its sustainable “Ocean Spiral” city.<p>As coastal cities face growing threats from rising sea levels and urban planners debate where to build next, a Japanese company has an unconventional proposal: Maybe the cities of the future …

Sea Level

Teacher Matches Kids, Doodle for Doodle

A teacher of the eighth and ninth grades in Thailand named John doesn't discourage doodling on tests and assignments. On the contrary, he encourages …

Help NASA Identify All The Light Pollution Ruining Your Night Sky

We have a love-hate relationship with well-lit cities. On the one hand, illuminated landmarks are alluring and magical. On the other, they’re just wasteful and obscure the stars. One man’s light show is another’s light pollution.<p>As the International Space Station orbits the Earth, it takes …