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That Time A Horse Became Empress Of Rome

Only in <i>Crusader Kings II</i> could a horse rise to power and, after decades of war and conquest, restore the might of the Roman Empire.<p>Normally <i>CKII</i> is a</i> …

Could Ancient Greek Myths Hint at Contact With South America?

The ancient Greek myth of Cadmus battling a snake could be an allegory for the discovery of the Amazon River, said Dr. Enrico Mattievich, a retired …

Ancient History

Not Just 'Deez Nuts': 15 Unpresidential Candidates

From 'Mary Jane' to 'Buddy the Cat' to 'Dank Ass Kaptain Kush,' here are America's unlikeliest 2016 candidates<p>Last week, a 15-year-old Iowa prankster …

Ronald Reagan

BMW creating performance wheelchair

BMW is working on a new high-performance vehicle featuring lightweight carbon fiber construction and improved steering and braking performance.<p>There will be no engine, though, because this is a racing wheelchair.<p>It's BMW North America's latest project for the U.S. Olympic Team. The wheelchair will …

Bobsled

Bugs Bunny at 75: Watch the First-Ever 'What's Up, Doc?' Moment

Pie<p>The "pye"—as it used to be spelled—is a venerable dish, which can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece and Rome. But those pastry-based …

Why Asia is still fighting over World War II

Okinawa had fallen to American troops, but Mr. Tsuboi doubted that Japan's defeat was imminent. "I firmly believed the emperor was God, and I was ready to die for him," he says.<p>Suddenly the young man was swept off his feet and hurled 30 feet by a deafening blast — the fury from the first use of an …

The reckless plot to overthrow Africa's most absurd dictator

In December, a handful of middle-aged American immigrants attempted to topple the autocratic ruler of the Gambia. They had few weapons and an amateurish plan. What possessed them to risk everything in a mission that was doomed to fail?<p>After the coup failed, the raids began. On New Year’s Day this …

Africa

Celebrity politicians

Why The Pig Is The Most Loved And Most Loathed Animal On The Plate

In 1849 an American farmer watched a sow give birth and was moved to record a diary entry: "Pigs! Pigs! Pork! Pork! Pork!"<p>The writer's enthusiasm — dug up by historical geographer Sam Bowers Hilliard for Hog Meat and Hoecake, his examination of Southern foodways — is understandable. Swine reproduce …

Pigs

Mapping the U.S. by Property Value Instead of Land Area

Troubling inequities are revealed when you look at the country by total property values.<p>Cartograms are fun tools for swapping out land area for some other variable. For certain figures, especially data that swing wildly at one of the end of the spectrum or another, cartograms are ideal. They’re …

Housing

Grateful Dead end long, strange trip in Chicago

<b>Chicago (CNN) —</b> "You know our love will not fade away."<p>The chants and claps from Buddy Holly's classic song, one of the last the Grateful Dead say they will ever play with one another, echoed through the Soldier Field tunnels as a nation of Deadheads sang goodbye.<p>The Grateful Dead have always been …

Rock Music

Greek debt crisis is the Iraq War of finance

Guardians of financial stability are deliberately provoking a bank run and endangering Europe's system in their zeal to force Greece to its knees<p>Rarely in modern times have we witnessed such a display of petulance and bad judgment by those supposed to be in charge of global financial stability, and …

The Battle of Waterloo, as it happened on June 18, 1815

On this 200th anniversary, experience the historic clash of Wellington and Napoleon in real time - just as it unfolded two centuries ago<p><b>• Follow 'live' updates from 200 years ago</b> <b><br>• All times are approximate due to historical uncertainty</b> <b><br>•</b> All pupils should study the Battle of Waterloo<p>END:<p>By the end …

World History

Inside Walt Disney's Ambitious, Failed Plan to Build the City of Tomorrow

Before EPCOT there was Project X, Florida's first utopian metropolis.<p><i>The future is forged by pouring a stiff drink, kicking back, and taking a second to question everything. We here at Esquire.com love a crazy-idea-that-just-might-work, so this week, we're paying tribute to the forward-thinkers of</i> …

Walt Disney Company

David Letterman: Happy at Last

When he stopped being miserable, he knew it was time to go<p>I feel like I'm talking too much. You tell me some stories."<p>It's 10 till seven in a …

Comedy

The History of 'Thug'

The surprisingly ancient and global etymology of a racially charged epithet<p>Last night, as Baltimore erupted with riots and violence and anger, the city's mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the events sweeping the city. The mayor talked about "the evil we see …

The Most Unique Natural Wonder in Each State

You don't have to travel far to find some truly magical landscapes.<p>Typical tourist destinations like theme parks and resort towns certainly have their charms, but sometimes, Mother Nature creates jaw-dropping attractions of her own. From caverns that feel like a cathedral to mesmerizing springs, …

Marco Rubio's running: 6 things you probably didn't know about the senator

Sen.<p>Marco Rubiobecame the third officialGOPpresidential candidate Monday, confirming to a group of donors that he is running for the nation's highest office, according to Associated Press.<p>A formal public announcement in Miami is expected later in the day.<p>In the meantime, here are six things many …

Fidel Castro

Beyond the Colosseum: Roman Amphitheaters Outside of Rome

You’ve crossed the Colosseum off your list, so now what? The Roman Empire at its peak stretched around the Mediterranean and up into Europe, building thriving cities all the way. These 10 destinations boast some of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres outside Rome.

Italy

MacBook Review Roundup: Major Design Appeal, but Too Many Key Compromises

Apple's upcoming ultra thin 12-inch MacBook with a Retina display has been overshadowed by all of the Apple Watch news that's been surfacing over the course of the last week, but the super slim device is set to launch online and in-stores on Friday, April 10, alongside the Apple Watch.<p>Ahead of the …

MacBook Pro

Apple Watch: the definitive review

The Apple Watch is an extraordinarily small and personal device. It is designed to participate in nearly every moment of your day, but almost never directly interact with anyone else. It knows when you’re wearing it. You can talk to it. You can poke it — and it can poke back.<p>Every so often, the …

World's most visited palaces and castles | CNN Travel

Castles

The top 10 wearables you can buy right now

This year's CES was awash in wearables and while many of them took the form of wrist-worn fitness trackers and smartwatches, the genre has expanded beyond the basics. While some iOS users may be holding out for the Apple Watch in April, there's still a great selection of cross-platform devices …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Past the Centre Pompidou: the unsung museums of Paris

If there's one thing that rivals a Parisian's obsession with food, it's art. This passion for art, and culture in general, is reflected in the vast number of museums in Paris. According to the municipality there are well over 100 of them, one of the highest concentrations in the world.<p>Everyone …

The Death of the Three-Time Candidate

Serious presidential contenders used to run multiple times; today they can't. This is why.<p>You have to give him this much: The man was determined to be president, and he had no problem outpacing his opponents. He spent years crisscrossing the nation by bus, rail and plane. No room was too small, no …

Government

Creation Museum: Bill Nye Debate Sparked Funding 'Miracle'

Ken Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum who last month debated TV personality Bill Nye "The Science Guy" pitting his Biblical literalism against Darwinian evolution, says the highly publicized showdown has been like manna from heaven for a foundering $73 million Noah's Ark theme park.<p>"It was a …

Ancient gladiator school discovered in Austria

An ancient Roman gladiator school has been discovered in Austria, complete with cell blocks, a training arena and a bath complex, archaeologists say.<p>The buried remains of the school at the site of Carnuntum, near Vienna were detected not through excavations but through remote-sensing techniques. …