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In 1976, gambler Barney Curley managed to win $2.6 million on a single horse race.
On June 26, 1975, professional gambler Barney Curley pulled off one of the most famous betting coups in all of sports. With careful planning and skillful execution, Curley and his compatriots won just over IR£300,000 (or about $2.6 million today) on the “slow but steady” mostly unknown horse named Yellow Sam. Curley’s father, Charlie, had been a grocer before sinking [...]
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It shouldn't come as too much of a shock that Casual Friday originally started as marketing technique to sell Hawaiian shirts.
Today, Casual Friday is a day when the conventional dress codes of most offices are cast aside in favour of denim jeans, comfortable t-shirts with movie slogans on them and shirts with the sleeves rolled up. But few people realise that this time-honored tradition of “sticking it to the man” forcing you to wear a noose around your neck four [...]
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Swift Nick Nevison is a legend among thieves after he rode 200 miles in one day just to establish an alibi.

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One of only two highwaymen sufficiently dashing to have earned a place in Lord Macaulay’s famous History of England, in the summer of 1676, John “Swift Nick” Nevison famously galloped from Kent to York, a journey of about 200 miles, in a single, very long day- all to create an alibi. Like much of his life, little is definitively known [...]
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There are over 8,000 statues in China's famous Terra Cotta Army and yet each one is unique.
Zack D asks: Is it true that the terracotta army soldiers are all unique? More than two thousand years ago, the man who unified China, established a single system of writing and currency, and began construction of the Great Wall, ordered that a 20 square mile underground city, to be later filled with the finest treasures and protected by thousands [...]
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When people hear cockney for the first time, it can come as quite a shock. Here's your chance to understand it.
In this video from Anglophenia, Kate Arnell explains the interesting origin of Cockney and the meanings and origins behind various Cockney slang. For more videos like this, be sure to subscribe to their channel. If you liked this video, you might also enjoy: How Dick Came to be Short for Richard What is the Origin of the Word “Tip”, as [...]
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No one really knows what Nazi Germany's one-man tank was for, but we know it's unique.
During World War II, Nazi engineers designed and built a number of revolutionary super or “wonder weapons” (wunderwaffe), including a wide array of aircraft, guns and ships. Among these weapons is a mysterious small, round tank named the Kugelpanzer (literally meaning “spherical tank”). This odd little tank was never seen in the European theater, and very little is definitively known [...]
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It takes a lot of work to create a warship. Sometimes that doesn't pay off when the ship sinks its first time out.
With irony equal to that of the unsinkable Titanic drowning on her maiden voyage, the Swedish warship, Mars, called “the Matchless,” was set afire, her armament exploded, and she sank during her first major sea battle. Lost for nearly 450 years, Mars has recently been found in the Baltic Sea, and archaeologists are giddy with the discovery. In the 1560s, [...]
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The Exploding Anti-Tank Dogs of World War II!

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During WWII many innovative weapons were created and promptly put into action. One of the more unique, and wildly inhumane, were exploding anti-tank dogs. These dogs, usually Alsatians, were also called “Hundminen” or “dog mines.” They were trained to carry explosives on their bodies to enemy tanks, where they would then be detonated. No, it did not end very well for the dogs in question.

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The fantasy world died a little bit on September 2, 1973, when legendary writer J.R.R. Tolkien passed away.
This Day In History: September 2, 1973 Author, poet, philologist, scholar, and professor, J. R. R. Tolkien is often lauded as the father of the modern fantasy novel. Ranked sixth on a list of top post-WWII British writers, he was also the fifth top-earning dead celebrity in 2009 according to Forbes magazine. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January [...]
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Ma Mandelbaum was the Queen of the Thieves in the 1800s and never spent a day in jail.
Over a 20-year career in post-Civil War New York, Fredericka “Marm” Mandelbaum is estimated to have fenced as much as $10 million in stolen property (around a quarter of a billion dollars when adjusted for inflation). Sitting at the center of a vast crime web the spanned large areas of the United States, Ma Mandelbaum was then known as “the [...]
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The legendary Oregon Trail was first successfully crossed on this day, 1836.
This Day In History: September 1, 1836 Americans Narcissa Whitman and her husband, Marcus (a physician) in 1836 headed west with another couple, missionaries Henry and Eliza Spalding, on their way to Oregon. The foursome made the grueling trip with a caravan of fur traders for most of the journey for protection. Along the way, Narcissa and Eliza became the [...]
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It's not every day that someone with tuberculosis and a cocaine addiction pens an American classic.
In the fall of 1885, poet, essayist, travel writer and novelist, Robert Louis Stevenson, had a nightmare so terrifying that his tossing about impelled his wife to wake him up. Rather than being grateful, however, Stevenson chastised his bride, barking: “Why did you wake me? I was dreaming a fine bogey tale.” A longtime sufferer of consumption (see: Why Tuberculosis [...]
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