1. Entertainment

    Vikings Season Two Premieres Tonight on History, We Took an Early Look at the Episode

    We got an early look at the season two premiere episode of History's Vikings, which airs tonight at 10:00PM ET. We won't give too much away, but there will be blood. Lots. Of. Blood. Check out the trailer.

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  2. Entertainment

    Why Are Movie Posters So Terrible Now? A Video Retrospective.

    YouTuber GoodBadFlicks took a look at contemporary movie posters and was like, "Ugh, these are the worst." He's not wrong; in this look back at the history of movie-marketing artwork, it's completely apparent that poster art has recently become lazy, boring, and generally awful. Watch the video to see just how dire things have gotten for posters.

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  3. Science

    Watch the Entire History (and Future) of the Universe in Animated Form [Video]

    All of time and space, and you don't even need a TARDIS! You also won't get shot at or need to run away as much danger as the Doctor does. Instead, you only need YouTube channel Kuzgesagt's handy animated guide on the history of everything (that we're aware of), which puts the entire story of the universe into charming, colorful perspective.

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  4. Science

    Vsauce’s Video About Human History Will Scramble Your Brains

    Vsauce takes a unique look at history with the idea that the way we learn it in the educational system creates a bunch of separate little units in our perspective of the world. Don't worry — they'll jam all of those together for you in Our Narrow Slice.

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  5. Weird

    The History of the Foam Finger, and Why Its Inventor is Mad at Miley Cyrus

    I've heard at sporting matches people put large foam hands over their real fleshy hands to show support for their favorite team. It seems like a strange thing to do. Since foam fingers are in the news now, I thought it would be a good time to look at their history and find out why the inventor is mad at Miley Cyrus. Step into the WayBack, Sherman.

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  6. Entertainment

    Know Your Roots: TED-Ed Presents the History of Video Games

    How well do you know your video gaming history? If you need a reminder of how far games have come since the first missile defense simulator came to a radar screen in 1948, look no further as TED-Ed turns its lens on the history of gaming, offering an animated insight on gaming from its primitive origins to the golden age of arcade cabinets.

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  7. Space

    Gamma Ray Burst Irradiated Entire Planet In 8th Century, Would Mess Us Up If It Happened Today

    Researchers in Germany think they have pinpointed the cause of low-levels of radiation indicated in tree rings dating from the eighth century -- a blast of gamma rays that hit the Earth in the year 775 after two far-off "stellar remnants -- like black holes or white dwarf stars --  merged together, causing a release of energy that could be felt from light years away. If that's true, though, then why aren't we all Incredible Hulks right now? Explain that, science!

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  8. Science

    A ‘Penis Worm’ Overturns Evolution Theory, Scientific Naming Processes

    A new study of priapulids, commonly referred to as "penis worms," may have just unraveled a large part of what scientists have believed about evolutionary history. The priapulid belongs is a member of the protostome family, a sub-set of living species defined by the fact that they develop a mouth and anus as embryos. After doing some genetic testing, it seems that priapulids don't actually do this, which means the whole group will need to be redefined by other common traits.

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  9. Science

    Caffeinated “Black Drink” Points to Pre-Colombian Trade Network, Jitters

    Next time you order that extra shot of espresso, know that you are continuing a tradition that has been around in America for thousands of years. Archaeologists recently discovered the residue of a highly-caffeinated ritual beverage known as "black drink" in pottery beakers recovered from Cahokia, the largest Pre-Colombian city North of Mexico. The trees used to produce the beverage, however, are not native to the region surrounding Cahokia and could have only been made available to the city by way of trade. Anthropologists believe that this discovery is indicative of a large North American trade network. Let that simmer as you enjoy that white chocolate mocha.

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  10. Space

    Fact or Fiction: MIT Grad Student Saved Apollo 13

    In an "ask me anything" thread on Reddit, a 97 year old man who allegedly worked on Apollo 1 through Apollo 14 made a claim that Apollo 13's brilliant "slingshot maneuver" idea was not the work of NASA, but that of a grad student at MIT. NASA then covered the whole thing up when they found out that the student in question was "a real hippy type." If this story is true, it completely rewrites one of the most heroic rescue efforts in United States aerospace history; many redditors, however, are calling "BS." Make the jump for the full scoop as well as our take on the matter.

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  11. Science

    Mass Burial Pit in London Connected to Volcanic Eruption

    The discovery of a massive east London burial pit at Spitalfields market in the 1990s was originally said to have been caused by the Black Death or Great Famine of 1315-1317. Turns out, those original declarations were wrong by around a century. New evidence, like radiocarbon dating of the bones, instead links the deaths of the 10,500 medieval skeletons to a massive volcanic event that happened thousands of miles away in 1258.

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  12. Weird

    Learn Why the “City of London” is Not “London” in Just Under Five Minutes

    For some of you (particularly, our U.K. readers) this will probably not come as a surprise, but the "City of London" is not actually "London." In fact, as the great Internet explainer C.G.P. Grey reveals, the City of London is sort of its own thing within what we normally call London today. How this came to pass involves a little explaining about parliamentary democracy, history, and military construction, but it's imparted in just under five minutes.

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  13. Entertainment

    They Still Make Those? A Little History Behind the Walkman

    Yes, they do, in fact, still make those. I was surprised too! Sony even released their newest entry into the Walkman line in Europe just yesterday. The Walkman F800 will be the slimmest ever and will come sporting the Android 4.0 operating system. But where did it all begin? We'll be taking a look at the storied past behind Sony's portable media player and sharing a few of the F800's details after the jump!

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  14. Gaming

    Happy Anniversary Deep Blue, Sorry Kasparov

    On this day, 16 years ago, a major blow was delivered to the ego of humanity when IBM's chess playing computer Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov in the first of the legendary series of games. This was the first time that a computer had defeated a reigning chess world champion in a standard tournament game. Though Kasparov would come out ahead of Deep Blue in the overall match -- two draws and three wins -- it was short lived. When the two next met over a chessboard in 1997, Deep Blue won the match. Deep Blue was a demonstration to the world what modern computing was capable of, and paved the way for other headline grabbing computers like Watson. I, for one, welcome our chess-playing computer overlords.

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  15. Science

    Misery, Interrupted by the Occasional War: The Last 100 Years in 10 Minutes

    As we prepare to close the book on another year, YouTube user derDon1234 threw together a quick look back at the last 100 years of history -- conveniently compacted into 10 minutes. While interesting it's, uh, not exactly uplifting. In fact, it's nearly all wars and explosions, with a few sporting events thrown in for good measure. Also, only one woman was apparently noteworthy enough to make the cut -- and it's Lewinksy. So, while deeply flawed, its a sobering reminder of how far we've come. See the video after the break, but be forewarned that it does contain some graphic images, so watch at your own discretion.

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