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Texas Facts

9 Things You May Not Know About Texas

Celebrate Texas Independence Day with a look at some of the state’s quirks.

Richard I

Richard the Lionheart’s Mummified Heart Gets a Forensic Workup

Researchers have conducted a biomedical analysis of King Richard I’s embalmed heart.

Waco

Waco, 20 Years Later: Where Are They Now?

Find out what happened to the key players in the siege of the Branch Davidian cult compound on February 28, 1993.

1993 World Trade Center Bombing

Remembering the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing

A bombing of the World Trade Center 20 years ago proved to be a frightening prelude to future acts of terrorism.

U.S. Currency

8 Things You May Not Know About American Money

On the 150th anniversary of the law creating a single national currency, explore eight surprising facts about American money.

Egyptian Blue

Ancient Egyptian Pigments Gets a Second Chance to Shine

Once used to decorate pharaohs’ tombs, Egyptian blue might have modern applications in cutting-edge telecommunication technologies.

Alexander II

5 Romanovs You Should Know

On the anniversary of the Romanov dynasty’s founding, meet five lesser-known but memorable family members.

Diamond Heists

5 Giant Diamond Heists

As police investigate Monday’s diamond theft in Brussels, find out about five other major jewel heists of recent years.

Tunguska

The Last Time a Meteor Rocked Russia

Last Friday’s meteor blast recalled the memory of an even more powerful space rock explosion over Siberia: the mysterious 1908 Tunguska event.

David Rice Atchison

The 24-Hour President

As America celebrates Presidents’ Day, learn more about the man whose gravestone reads “President of the United States for One Day.”

St. Valentine

6 Surprising Facts About St. Valentine

Who was St. Valentine, and why do we celebrate him on February 14? In honor of Valentine’s Day, get the facts about this enigmatic character.

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Asteroid Set For a Close Encounter With Earth

An asteroid measuring about 150 feet across will make a historically close approach to Earth on February 15.

Fat-Tuesday

9 Things You May Not Know About Mardi Gras

As Mardi Gras bacchanalia break out in New Orleans and elsewhere, get the facts about this raucous affair.