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  • The Prison Special: One Last Push for Women's Suffrage

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    Erin Blakemore
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    In 1919, suffragists went on a train tour highlighting the inhumane prison sentences served by so many women who fought for the right to vote. The story of the Prison Special isn't as much a tale of triumph as a reminder of how bad it can get right before victory.
  • The Prison Special: One Last Push for Women's Suffrage

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    Erin Blakemore
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    In 1919, suffragists went on a train tour highlighting the inhumane prison sentences served by so many women who fought for the right to vote. The story of the Prison Special isn't as much a tale of triumph as a reminder of how bad it can get right before victory.
  • Can your eyes beat these optical illusions?

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    1 Sep 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Can your eyes beat these optical illusions?Common Optical Illusions and Their Possible Explanationsmentalfloss.com
  • Back before rigid cardboard containers, cigarettes were only...

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    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Back before rigid cardboard containers, cigarettes were only sold in soft packs. Distributors needed something to keep the packs from bending, so cards were added as stiffeners. W.D.& H.O.Wills started a trend of adding simple illustrations in the late 1880s, thus transforming the cards into collectables. A popular series called “Did you know?” posed intriguing questions and answered them on the back of the card (they were like old fashioned Big Questions). Did You Know? 25 Tidbits from Vintage Cigarette Cards
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  • The Prison Special: One Last Push for Women's Suffrage

    Erin Blakemore
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    In 1919, suffragists went on a train tour highlighting the inhumane prison sentences served by so many women who fought for the right to vote. The story of the Prison Special isn't as much a tale of triumph as a reminder of how bad it can get right before victory.
  • 12 Fantastic Drawings of Fictional Creatures from a 17th Century Book

    Hannah Keyser
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Published in 1658, 'The History of Four-Footed Beasts, Serpents and Insects' presents a catalog of the known animals at the time in several volumes
  • 7 Unique Tattoos of Lesser Known Masterpieces

    Therese Oneill
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    tumblr / Wikiart If you want a tattoo that is memorable, it’s reasonable to select a work of art that has stood firmly in the minds of men for generations. Familiar names like Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and Picasso call up popular images known the world over, and these are the pictures usually selected for inking. But for a tattoo that is both memorable and unique, why not examine the lesser known work of the great artists? You might find a piece of brilliance that speaks more to your individuality, like the tattoos below. 1. Edvard Munch’s Girl and Death All right, I know you love The…
  • 60 of History’s Strangest Royal Epithets

    Paul Anthony Jones
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    For every William the Conqueror there’s a Vlad the Impaler. And for every Richard the Lionheart there’s an Albert the Peculiar. Sixty of the most bizarre—and in some cases the most unflattering—epithets from history are listed here.
  • 10 Female Gangsters You Should Know About

    Kristy Puchko
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Though organized crime tends to be a boys' club, there have been a slate of deadly women who have broken into its ranks.
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  • The Prison Special: One Last Push for Women's Suffrage

    Erin Blakemore
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    In 1919, suffragists went on a train tour highlighting the inhumane prison sentences served by so many women who fought for the right to vote. The story of the Prison Special isn't as much a tale of triumph as a reminder of how bad it can get right before victory.
  • 12 Fantastic Drawings of Fictional Creatures from a 17th Century Book

    Hannah Keyser
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Published in 1658, 'The History of Four-Footed Beasts, Serpents and Insects' presents a catalog of the known animals at the time in several volumes
  • 7 Unique Tattoos of Lesser Known Masterpieces

    Therese Oneill
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    tumblr / Wikiart If you want a tattoo that is memorable, it’s reasonable to select a work of art that has stood firmly in the minds of men for generations. Familiar names like Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and Picasso call up popular images known the world over, and these are the pictures usually selected for inking. But for a tattoo that is both memorable and unique, why not examine the lesser known work of the great artists? You might find a piece of brilliance that speaks more to your individuality, like the tattoos below. 1. Edvard Munch’s Girl and Death All right, I know you love The…
  • 60 of History’s Strangest Royal Epithets

    Paul Anthony Jones
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    For every William the Conqueror there’s a Vlad the Impaler. And for every Richard the Lionheart there’s an Albert the Peculiar. Sixty of the most bizarre—and in some cases the most unflattering—epithets from history are listed here.
  • 10 Female Gangsters You Should Know About

    Kristy Puchko
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Though organized crime tends to be a boys' club, there have been a slate of deadly women who have broken into its ranks.
 
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  • Back before rigid cardboard containers, cigarettes were only...

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Back before rigid cardboard containers, cigarettes were only sold in soft packs. Distributors needed something to keep the packs from bending, so cards were added as stiffeners. W.D.& H.O.Wills started a trend of adding simple illustrations in the late 1880s, thus transforming the cards into collectables. A popular series called “Did you know?” posed intriguing questions and answered them on the back of the card (they were like old fashioned Big Questions). Did You Know? 25 Tidbits from Vintage Cigarette Cards
  • Although Taylor and Burton’s love affairs were highly publicized...

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Although Taylor and Burton’s love affairs were highly publicized and their love letters quoted in various biographies, this was one she kept to herself. Written three days before he died, Taylor received the note when she arrived home from Burton’s funeral. She kept it by her bedside for the rest of her life and was buried with it at her request. The Objects 10 Celebrities Took to the Grave
  • Exo Turns Crickets Into Protein Bars

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Exo Turns Crickets Into Protein Bars
  • Harriet Tubman never lost a slave in 19 trips on the Underground...

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Harriet Tubman never lost a slave in 19 trips on the Underground Railroad. One of her secrets for not getting caught was drugging kids with opium to keep them from crying.
  • A new direct-to-video release called Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy...

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A new direct-to-video release called Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy finds the Mystery Machine gang in their natural habitat: a spooky old castle inhabited by a nefarious villain. When Daphne has a run-in with said villain, he hexes her with a curse that causes her to grow from a size 2 to a size 8—a size that’s still smaller than that of the average American woman. 11 Controversies Caused by Cartoons
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