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It’s not rocket science • Damn interesting

© All rights reserved. Please do not distribute without written permission from Damn Interesting. An x-ray of a 7 year old girl with the right hemisphere completely removed One of the most dramatic surgical interventions in human patients is hemispherectomy, or the removal or deactivation of half of the brain. This is a last resort strategy often used to end …

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Misdirected missiles • Damn interesting

© All rights reserved. Please do not distribute without written permission from Damn Interesting. A car wrecked in Naco, AZ In April 1929, the Cristero War raged in Naco, Arizona, just above the border in Mexico. The rebels in the conflict had hired pilots and rickety wooden and canvas biplanes to drop homemade bombs on their enemy, the Federales government. …

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Top 10 Mysterious Facts About Russia’s Secret Metro-2 Railway

The Metro-2 system is believed to be one of the most secret subway systems in the world. The line, which supposedly exists under the equally fascinating Moscow metro system, is said to have been used by the elites of the Soviet Union. Some say it is still operational today. Rather than just being a metro system, some researchers suggest that …

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Top 10 Incredibly Dangerous Products You Used To Buy

With a heaping dose of “Health and Safety Hypersensitivity”, any family outing or neighborhood party can turn into a boring, slow-moving hustle and bustle. This grill is too hot, keep the kids away. How deep is this pool? The popcorn is a choking hazard, enjoy a celery soup with your movie. Sometimes you have to live a little. Not with …

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During the Dark Times • Damn interesting

© All rights reserved. Please do not distribute without written permission from Damn Interesting. WW2 night fighter tanks As early as 1943, the German army deployed a small number of special Panther tanks in the European theater of World War II. This Night fighter or “Nachtjäger” tanks were equipped with powerful searchlights, but these lights did not throw any light …

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For your Eyes Only

In the middle of World War II, the British Aviation Department began to publicly extol the virtues of carrot eating. The vitamin A from this vegetable greatly improved pilots’ eyesight, the ministry said, and enabled airmen to see enemy aircraft from a distance and at night. The newspapers have revisited these reports of strategic root vegetable consumption and indeed war …

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Involuntary tirelessness • Damn interesting

© All rights reserved. Please do not distribute without written permission from Damn Interesting. Only one fictional character was ever honored with a front page obituary in the New York Times: Hercule Poirot, one of Agatha Christie’s two recurring detectives. On August 6, 1975, the headline read: “Hercule Poirot is dead; Famous Belgian detective ”. Two months later, the last …

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The damn interesting cabinet of curiosities • Damn interesting

© All rights reserved. Please do not distribute without written permission from Damn Interesting. Damn interesting Curio Cabinet Cover Art Fifteen years ago today, Damn Interesting materialized on this series of intercontinental information tubes. This has made a lot of people very angry and widely viewed as a bad move (with apologies to Douglas Adams). In order to observe this …

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The return of the bandit

Five years ago we at Damn Interesting published an original long-form article entitled The zero armed bandit. It describes how a large, menacing device mysteriously emerged one morning at a popular Lake Tahoe casino in 1980, along with a note claiming the thing was a bomb. But it didn’t look like a bomb anyone had ever seen. The zero armed …

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Top 10 people who mysteriously disappeared from cruise lines

Thousands of people cruise every year to enjoy vacation, vacations, and honeymoons with family and friends. But not everyone returns home from these trips. Several people have disappeared on board cruise lines, leaving their friends and families heartbroken and confused. Here are 10 times that people have mysteriously disappeared from cruise lines. 10 ships that simply disappeared without a trace …

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