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Fixing the New Year: How We Left the Lunar Calendar Behind
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Before the Julian calendar, Romans used a lunar calendar that led to dates that moved around across different seasons. The New Year wasn't fixed. So how did we ...

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Poveglia Island’s Haunting History
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Poveglia Island is one of 166 islets in the Venice Lagoon off the eastern coast of Northern Italy. Locals are afraid of the place and say it's an "island of ...

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The Mystery of the Elongated Skulls
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Many cultures around the world have been creating elongated skulls for thousands of years, but the exact reasons why are still a mystery.

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The Kidnapping of Charley Ross
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American crime lore has made the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., the most infamous of kidnappings for ransom in history. But it was not the first. The ...

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The Disappearance of Paula Jean Welden
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Paula Jean Welden vanished into nowhere on December 1, 1946, in Bennington Vermont. This is a mystery that would haunt the sleepy town forever.

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Dracula’s Castle – Is the Real One in Transylvania or Scotland?
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Most people believe Bram Stoker based Dracula's castle on Bran Castle in Transylvania, but there is evidence that it may have been Slains Castle instead.

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Prester John Legend: Where Was The “Exotic” Land of This Christian King?
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Prester John was a legendary man who ruled over lands filled with riches and exotic animals. Could he have been a real person? If so, where was he from?

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Stonehenge: The Enduring Enigmas
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Stonehenge is the story of the enduring mysteries of very ancient monuments built by very ancient people. What exactly is the purpose of this place?

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Mysterious Clava Cairns of Scotland
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Mysterious stone structures once used for astronomical and burial purposes still stand near Inverness, Scotland. These are the Clava Cairns.

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Attack on Lady Florence Dixie: “Saved by Her St Bernard”
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During the purported attack on Lady Florence Dixie, her St Bernard saved her from two assailants dressed in womens clothing.

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How the Darien Scheme Changed the History of Scotland’s Independence
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William Paterson dreamt to establish a Scottish colony and international trade post at Darien, Panama. Did the Darien scheme cause Scotland's lost freedom?

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Celtic Goddess Brigid and the Story of the Enduring Deity
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The Celtic goddess Brigid changed into St. Brigid of Kildare in 450 AD, but she never lost her goddess qualities. How did the ancient deity survive so long?

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Witch Prickers of 17th Century Inquisition
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Witch prickers drove long needles into accused witches in public in search of the devil's mark hoping to convict someone of being a witch.

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Lady of the Swamp: Margaret Clement
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They called her "Lady of the Swamp." Margaret Clement lived around the swamps and one day she vanished. Murder was suspected, but where was her body?

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History of Dracula: Bram Stoker’s Real Inspiration
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What is the real history of Dracula? Where did Bram Stoker get his inspiration for his vampire? It seems Vlad the Impaler made only a small contribution.

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