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Around 550 BC, ancient Persians invent the grape sno-cone by pouring grape juice concentrate over snow that was kept cold for the summer months. 
In 499 BC, the Greco-Persian Wars begin, kicking off thousands of years of bloodshed and tension between Europe and the Middle East/Persia region.
After World War II, the UK, US and Soviet Union begin directly influencing Iranian politics, with the US exerting incredible influence over the country and Iranian culture, slowly making Persia more and more Western.
In January 1979, the last Shah of Iran was exiled, starting the Iranian Revolution, which expelled the Shah and all Western powers from the country. The long game to capture Persia’s sno-cone technology seems to have been lost.
Later that year, the Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine was launched, bringing quick and easy sno-cones to the world.
Now see the top picture? That’s a yakhchal, an ancient Persian building that was specifically built to keep ice and snow from the winter months cold so they could make their grape sno-cones in summer.
Now look at the bottom picture. See Snoopy’s hat? You always wondered about that hat, right? Maybe it was supposed to be a dollop of sno-cone, or maybe some Devo reference? Ha ha, no.
HE IS THE SNO-CONE KING. HE CAN DO ANYTHING. 

Around 550 BC, ancient Persians invent the grape sno-cone by pouring grape juice concentrate over snow that was kept cold for the summer months. 

In 499 BC, the Greco-Persian Wars begin, kicking off thousands of years of bloodshed and tension between Europe and the Middle East/Persia region.

After World War II, the UK, US and Soviet Union begin directly influencing Iranian politics, with the US exerting incredible influence over the country and Iranian culture, slowly making Persia more and more Western.

In January 1979, the last Shah of Iran was exiled, starting the Iranian Revolution, which expelled the Shah and all Western powers from the country. The long game to capture Persia’s sno-cone technology seems to have been lost.

Later that year, the Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine was launched, bringing quick and easy sno-cones to the world.

Now see the top picture? That’s a yakhchal, an ancient Persian building that was specifically built to keep ice and snow from the winter months cold so they could make their grape sno-cones in summer.

Now look at the bottom picture. See Snoopy’s hat? You always wondered about that hat, right? Maybe it was supposed to be a dollop of sno-cone, or maybe some Devo reference? Ha ha, no.

HE IS THE SNO-CONE KING. HE CAN DO ANYTHING. 

This day in 1989, one man stopped an entire line of Chinese tanks live on television as Tiananmen Square in Beijing erupted in protest against Communist Party corruption

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Artist regrows Van Gogh’s lost ear via his ancestor’s DNA

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Artist Diemut Strebe made a living replica of Vincent van Gogh’s ear, grown from genetic samples provided by Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent’s brother Theo. They share about 1/16th of the same genes, including the Y-chromosome, passed down the male lineage.

So not actually Vincent Van Gogh’s ear if you want to get super technical about it— it’s a replica of his great-great-grandnephew’s ear, but that really doesn’t make it less badass.

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83 old slang phrases we should bring back

Come for the genital slang, stay for gems like “hot as a half-fucked fox in a forest fire”.

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100 year old negatives found in chunk of ice in Antarctica

For the past 100 years, a box of never-before-seen negatives has been preserved in a block of ice in Antarctica. Recently, Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust came across the 22 exposed, but unprocessed, cellulose nitrate negatives during an attempt to restore an old exploration hut. The negatives are believed to be from Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Ross Sea Party, a group that was stranded in the hut during a blizzard when their ship blew out to sea. They were eventually rescued, but the box remained buried until now.

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A Principal in 1815, condemning the limitations of ‘modern technology
Damn kids these days and their newfangled “paper”.

A Principal in 1815, condemning the limitations of ‘modern technology

Damn kids these days and their newfangled “paper”.

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This is Conrad Heyer. Born in 1749, he’s the earliest born person to ever be photographed
Taken in 1852, this is a photograph of Revolutionary War veteran Conrad Heyer at the ripe old age of 103. While plenty of people had been photographed by 1852, Heyer is the earliest born person ever to have had his picture taken.
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This is Conrad Heyer. Born in 1749, he’s the earliest born person to ever be photographed

Taken in 1852, this is a photograph of Revolutionary War veteran Conrad Heyer at the ripe old age of 103. While plenty of people had been photographed by 1852, Heyer is the earliest born person ever to have had his picture taken.

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Ken Kesey’s son is planning a sequel to his dad’s legendary acid-fueled bus journey, only this one will be funded via Kickstarter

Ken Kesey’s 1964 drug-fueled trip from California to New York with a group of friends on a psychedelic bus named “Further” has become a cornerstone of 1960s counterculture legend. The One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest author was on his way to NYC anyway for the debut of a new novel, so he got some people together dubbed “The Merry Pranksters” and they drove across America, freaking out the normals in the process. Now in 2014, Kesey’s son, Zane is looking to re-create the journey, funded in the 21st century way— through Kickstarter.

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How do you dismantle a building made of human bones? No one really knows, but someone’s got to try

Just outside Prague is one of the Czech Republic’s biggest tourist attractions— the Sedlec Ossuary, or “the bone church”, a small Roman Catholic chapel that’s decorated with the bones of an estimated 40,000 to 70,000 victims of both the Black Death and the 15th-century Hussite Wars. Now, the church needs extensive renovation or the whole thing is going to collapse. The problem is that no one knows how the bones are held together and no one has ever done a full renovation of a building made with hundreds of thousands of human bones— everything from skulls to pinky finger bones.

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If you missed it the first time around, here’s the best explanation for why the moon landings could not have possibly been a hoax, in case you have to debate the topic with a total moron some time this week

tl;dw: While the technology to send humans to the moon certainly did exist in 1969, the technology to have faked such a thing did not. Ta-da.

The first recorded instance of the F-word in English, a monk expressing his displeasure with an abbot
Or, creating a to-do list.
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The first recorded instance of the F-word in English, a monk expressing his displeasure with an abbot

Or, creating a to-do list.

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Scientists discover the ancient Egyptian secret for moving massive stones across the desert

For centuries, how exactly ancient Egyptians moved massive stone blocks weighing over 2 tons and massive statues across the desert with fairly primitive technology. As it turns out, the Egyptians didn’t make a secret of their secret— it’s right up there in the painting. See it? 

They moved stones on flat sleds with an upturned front edge, but if you try to drag a heavy sled across sand, the sand will build up in front, Now see the guy standing at the front of the sled? He’s pouring water on the sand. Because as it turns out, just the right amount of water increases the stiffness of the sand and reduces the force needed to pull the thing by half. Or you can just say it was aliens.

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The five stages of inebriation, an Australian photographic primer in drunkenness from the 19th century
It may be hard to believe now, but in the 1860s, Australia went on a serious prohibition kick, and to illustrate the ugliness of the drunk man, a group from New South Wales published a series of five photographs, comically illustrating the five stages of inebriation. Nailed it.
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The five stages of inebriation, an Australian photographic primer in drunkenness from the 19th century

It may be hard to believe now, but in the 1860s, Australia went on a serious prohibition kick, and to illustrate the ugliness of the drunk man, a group from New South Wales published a series of five photographs, comically illustrating the five stages of inebriation. Nailed it.

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