His armies killed 17 million people — 5% of the 14th century world population

Tamerlane, a Turco-Mongol conqueror — artistic depiction (Image: Pinterest/@Ahmet Sağsöz)

During the summer of 1941, Josef Stalin ordered the opening of the mysterious tomb in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The superstitious locals warned the dictator of the Soviet Union about the curse. The archeologists opened the tomb on the 20th of June 1941. The sarcophagus had the following curse written on the top:

Two days later, on the 22nd of June 1941, Hitler invaded the Soviet Union. Stalin believed the curse and they returned the body to the tomb.

Who was the man able to strike the fear in the hearts of…

Damascus steel, Greek fire, and Ulfberht swords were game-changers

Ancient superweapons (Illustration by Peter Dennis (top), Wikimedia Commons (left), and mokume.com (right))

Technology always played an important part in warfare. Better weapons increased the chances of winning. For example, weapons made of iron were superior to weapons made of bronze. Longbows were no match for guns. Tanks easily overran cavalry.

Every new technology was and still is a game-changer. Let’s have a look at three ancient weapons that gave their owners an immense advantage on battlefields. Interestingly, the technology to manufacture these advanced weapons was forever lost in the sands of time.

1. The unbreakable Damascus steel

The cake created in the honor of the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova

The Pavlova cake (Image:theflavorbender.com)

Every lover of cakes knows the Pavlova cake. The Pavlova is a meringue dessert made of whipped egg whites and sugar. It is light and crisp on the outside and in the middle tastes like a marshmallow. Usually, it is garnished with whipped cream and fruit such as strawberries and kiwis.

The Pavlova cake was invented in honor of the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. She toured Australia and New Zealand during the 1920s with her own ballet company. …

The fantastic story of Franz Sacher, the inventor of the tasty Sachertorte cake

Franz Sacher (left) and his famous invention — the Sachertorte cake (right) (Image: Wikimedia Commons (left) and thefinerthingsintravel.com (right))

Chocolate cakes are the most popular cakes on our planet. After all, how can a person even resist eating chocolate?

The Sachertorte is one of the most famous cakes on our planet. Of course, it is a type of chocolate cake. The basic recipe for the Sachertorte is simple. Besides the chocolate, you need only butter, sugar, eggs, wheat flour, and apricot jam to make this tasty dessert.

Sacher was an apprentice in the court’s…

Lawrence Brooks was born on 12 September 1909

Lawrence Brooks on his 111th birthday (Photo credit: The National WWII Museum)

Lawrence Brooks is a beloved member of his community in New Orleans. He is a guy who likes to tell jokes and makes people feel good through his positive attitude towards life. As it happens, he is also the oldest living veteran of World War II in the United States of America.

For his 111th birthday, Lawrence Brooks received over 10,000 birthday cards. He is one of approximately 500 living super-centenarians worldwide. A super-centenarian is a person who is at least 110 years old.

What happened to the offspring of some of the evilest people in history?

Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun with the Speer and Bormann children (Photo credit: National Archives at College Par)

How did the children of the Nazi leaders remember their fathers? Did they defend them? Did they condemn their murderous ancestors?

Let’s have a look at the children of Heinrich Himmler, Hermann Goering, Hans Frank, Albert Speer, Rudolf Hess, Martin Bormann, and Joseph Goebbels.

Please note that Adolf Hitler didn’t have children.

1. Gudrun Himmler: the daughter of Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS

The Ancient Egyptians worshipped cats so much that they preferred to lose a war than to kill innocent furry friends

The Persians used cats against the Egyptian army (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Ancient Egyptians believed cats were the manifestation of Goddess Bastet. Bastet was a goddess of the home, fertility, and women’s secrets. They believed that slaughterers of cats would inflict plague and other disasters.

The cats were indeed worshipped, but not only because they represented the goddess. The main (and more concrete) reason was that cats were hunting rats and mice. Ancient Egypt was a society that thrived on grain. If you have granaries full of grain, you are always afraid that little rodents will eat your crops. The Ancient Egyptians found cats a perfect solution to their problem.

Mark David Chapman shot legendary John Lennon a few hours after asking him for the autograph

The photo of John Lennon (left) signing an autograph for Mark Chapman (right) (Photo: Paul Goresh)

Sometimes it would be best if certain disturbing photos were never taken. They bring just too many emotions, raise too many questions, and give us an unsettling feeling. One of such photos is the photo of John Lennon signing an autograph for his eventual murderer. The photo was taken by Lennon’s fan, Paul Goresh.

John Lennon

Since alarm clocks were unreliable, people paid knocker-uppers to wake them up on time

Some knocker-uppers used long sticks to reach windows, some short batons to knock on a door, and some used peashooters (Images: vintag.es)

At present we are witnessing an unprecedented rate of advancement in technology. Any other time in history, the rate of change wasn’t so fast as it is today. Biotechnology, space technology, robotics, and artificial intelligence are flourishing!

We are in awe due to almost sci-fi changes in technology we are witnessing. Yet, on another hand, we are afraid of losing our jobs because of machines. Robots and computers never get tired, they don’t need to sleep, take breaks, or go on vacation.

These incredible fortifications protected the skies of German major cities such as Berlin and Hamburg

Flak tower in Berlin at the end of World War II (Image: hogyantortent.com)

On 25 August 1940, the British air forces bombed Berlin. The attack inflicted minor damage upon the city. However, it had a profound impact on Adolf Hitler, the Nazi dictator of Germany. The bombing infuriated Hitler! He ordered the construction of defenses that would save German cities from any future bombing attacks.

Adolf Hitler demanded indestructible anti-aircraft defense

Peter Preskar

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