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Ponzi scheme: An investment swindle in which high profits are promised from fictitious sources and early investors are paid off with funds raised from later ones. - Named after Charles Ponzi (1882-1949), a speculator who organized such a scheme during 1919-1920. He was neither the first nor the last person to float this or a similar scheme, just someone who did it on a massive scale. There is a long, long list of Ponzi schemes in history. Earliest documented use: 1920.

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War Without Mercy

Before bomb pilots dropped these steel arrows on the enemy. - http://www.facebook.com/viralpx

A Dutch woman who survived the "Hongerwinter" the Hunger Winter of 1944-45 when the occupied Netherlands was denied any food or fuel by the Germans.

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How Nikolay Vavilov, the seed collector who tried to end famine, died of starvation

Nikolay Vavilov collected more seeds, tubers and fruits from around the world than any other person in history.

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15 Examples Of Why Mugshots Were Way Cooler In The 1800s

Despite the fact that his mugshot screams "it wasn't me," George spent two years in jail for forgery and "uttering."

"The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amun by Howard Carter. (In 3 volumes) The man who found the tomb of boy King Tut.

Mrs. Alma B. Little. Arthur Little, a druggist, sought to divorce his wife Alma in 1914-15, because she "concealed Negro blood in her veins." Mrs. Little was a pale blonde, and denied that she had any African ancestry. She came to New York to visit the anthropologist Franz Boas, who pronounced that "If this golden-haired blond really has Negro blood in her veins, not a husband in the world can feel assured that his wife is not a Negress." The couple divorced on grounds of cruelty instead.

Jack the Ripper. The most well known serial killer of all time, notorious for the savagery of the murders, the chaos that ensued, and, most of all, for remaining unsolved to the present day.

Demonic entity photographed during a séance at Retchford House, 1933. The medium, Elizabeth Stolwort, had been reported missing a week after the events that night and was eventually found in a woodland nearby her home. Massive blood loss was the cause of death due to several deep lacerations across the body and both eyes had been violently gouged out. Others who had attended the sitting suffered from mental breakdowns or hallucinations, two had commited suicide. The Retchford house was…

Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, who were not allowed to be buried together.

COVERT SCIENCE-On the afternoon of August 7th 1999, London police received over 36 reports of a gigantic sea serpent in the Thames, “at least 200 ft long and 5 yards across,” according to one panicky witness. Despite all the sightings, no one managed to get a picture—or so it was thought. That day photographer John Collins was taking aerial photos of London from a private plane. He didn’t notice the object at the lower right until he examined the photo later. "Hoax or Smoking Gun?…

Hosni Mubarak, Saddam Hussein, and Yasser Arafat pose for a photo during a meeting in Baghdad, 1988

Susan B Anthony was arrested by a U.S. Deputy Marshal for voting on November 5 in the 1872 Presidential Election two weeks earlier. She had written to Stanton on the night of the election that she had "positively voted the Republican ticket—straight...". She was tried and convicted seven months later. The sentence was a $100 fine, but not imprisonment; true to her word in court ("I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty"), she never paid the fine for the rest of her life.

The Only Woman Electrocuted in Georgia's Electric Chair Such is the story of Lena Baker, an African-American mother of three, who was electrocuted at the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville. She was convicted for the fatal shooting of E. B. Knight, a white Cuthbert, Georgia mill operator she was hired to care for after he broke his leg. She was 44 and the only woman ever executed in Georgia’s electric chair. For Baker, a Black maid in the segregated south in the 1940’s, her s...

Susan B Anthony pummeled and arrested for attempting to vote in 1872. She was fined 100 dollars for registering to vote.

Annie Edson Taylor was an American adventurer who, on her 63rd birthday, October 24, 1901, became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She is pictured with the cat she sent over the falls in the barrel a few days earlier to test its strength.

Catherine (Kate) Eddowes (14 April 1842 – 30 September 1888) was one of the victims in the Whitechapel murders. She was the second person killed in the early hours of Sunday 30 September 1888, a night which already had seen the murder of Elizabeth Stride less than an hour earlier. These two murders are commonly referred to as the "double event" and have been attributed to the mysterious serial killer known as Jack the Ripper

Quanah Parker and his wife Tonasa, 1892. Quanah Parker (ca. 1845 or 1852-2/23/1911) was Comanche/Scots-Irish from the Comanche band Noconis ("wanderers" or "travelers"). He was the son of Comanche chief Peta Nocona & Cynthia Ann Parker, a European American, who had been kidnapped at the age of 9 and assimilated into the tribe. Quanah Parker led his people on the reservation, where he became a wealthy rancher & influential in Comanche and European American society.