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Hitler wanted to resurrect prehistoric animals so that he and his officers could use them for hunting!

It's known that the Nazis during World War II engaged in numerous scientific experiments, but not all of their projects are known by the public.

One of the lesser known experiments was that Hitler, at one point, was trying to resurrect prehistoric animals so that he and his officers could hunt them for sport.

More specifically, the project revolved around resurrecting the prehistoric animal, wild Auroch cows.

These cows are said to have been seven-foot-tall horned mammals that went extinct nine thousand years ago. Although they are referred to as 'cows,' Aurochs are incredibly hostile and would have been a challenge for any gamesman.

But Hitler didn't want to learn how to resurrect extinct animals JUST for sport. Instead, he wanted to bring back old species that had ties to the ancient Germanic civilization.

Hermann Goering, a man who supervised the project, is thought to have believed that by bringing back animals from Germany's roots, the Nazi party would be seen as something more than a New Order.


Theodore Roosevelt always carried a lethal dose of morphine with him - in case he needed to take his own life!

Even powerful, important people sometimes contemplate taking their own life. In fact, Theodore Roosevelt seemed to have had it on his mind regularly!

He carried a lethal dose of morphine with him for many years in case he had to take his own life.

He had it with him where ever he went as though it were his most prized possession.

The tiny glass vial was small enough to be packed into his satchel with his books and eight extra pairs of glasses and would also be inconspicuous in his luggage in between his other possessions.

He had taken the morphine with him on his travels to the American West, to Africa and finally, to Brazil in 1913, where he came extremely close to finally using it.

Roosevelt and a small group of men were on an expedition to the Brazilian River of Doubt. From the very beginning everything went horribly wrong and three months later Roosevelt was extremely ill with malaria and trapped at an impassable part of the river.

That was when he seriously considered ingesting the lethal dose of morphine.

Although he made it out of the Amazon alive, he never fully recovered and died only five years later.


Alaska was the butt of many jokes for a long time when the U.S. purchased it!

Where the heck did Alaska come from?

It's a vast piece of frozen tundra, unbelievable wilderness and terrifying creatures that really has no business being a part of the United States.

It wasn't won in a war, it wasn't conquered and it wasn't claimed by some American explorers. It was purchased, but it ended up being the butt of many jokes for years!

William Seward was the Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. He was a great advocate for territory expansion and looked northward for the best opportunity.

Before then, though, he made claims to acquire places like British Columbia, the Danish West Indies, the Samana Peninsula of the Dominican Republic, Panama, the Hawaiian Island and succeed in annexing the Midway Islands.

He is best known for buying Alaska from Russia on March 30, 1867. He acquired 586,412 square miles of land, which is more than twice the size of Texas, for the paltry sum of $7,200,000 ($121 million in today's dollars).

He was mocked for the purchase and it became known as Seward's Folly. Seward strongly believed that purchasing Alaska was his greatest achievement, though it would take a generation for the people to realize it!


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When a father asked Xerxes to excuse his son from the army, the king cut the young man in half!

Xerxes I was the king of the Persian Archaemenid Empire and ruled from 486-465 BCE. To say he was a cruel man would be a GROSS understatement.

He wanted to conquer Greece and he spent four years getting enough weapons and supplies together to do this. He also forcefully enlisted every available and able man, from every possible region, to ensure that he would be victorious.

Pythias the Lydian hosted Xerxes and his army in the winter of 481-480 BCE and even offered to add generously to the king’s campaign in the form of money, but Xerxes would have none of it and instead he added to Pythias’ treasury.

Just before the king’s departure, an eclipse appeared in the sky. That was considered to be a very bad omen.

Pythias, who had five sons who were enlisted, became worried. Thinking of how generous Xerxes was toward him, he asked the king to please release his eldest son from duty so that he would at least have one son to look after him when he grew old.

Xerxes saw that as an insult and a doubt in his chances of victory. He took the eldest son from the ranks and cut him in half. He put each half on either side of the road and headed off to the battlefield, marching his troops through the two halves of the unfortunate young man.


Rodney Marks may have been Antarctica’s first murder victim.

The details surrounding the death of Rodney Marks have never been fully determined. What is known is that Rodney Marks had been feeling unwell for at least 36 hours before he died in Antarctica. 

He went to see the doctor several times before he died, but the doctor was never able to diagnose the source of his illness. Later, when Rodney Marks passed away his body was sent to New Zealand to be autopsied. Doctors were trying to evaluate whether his death was due to natural causes or by murder. 

His death was given a lot of media attention because it would be the first murder in Antarctica. New Zealand doctors learned that Marks had died due to methanol poisoning. Although Marks drank frequently, he had no reason to commit suicide by poisoning himself with his job going well and with a new girlfriend. For this reason, officials ruled out suicide, and, of course, the man would not accidentally poison himself. 

The most likely cause of his death was murder, but it was never proven by New Zealand police. Marks’ family were never given a reason for his death, but thanked the police anyway for their efforts. 



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