In some rare intersections of history, the “fog of war” is quite literally the puff of smoke that concludes a magician’s disappearing act. In others, the “fog” is a supernatural explanation conjured by a German soldier’s tortured mind. If you're scratching your head right now trying to remember magic used during WWII in Saving Private Ryan or whether there was a section in your 20th century history textbook entitled "did magicians help the Allies in World War II?", you're not alone. The popular consciousness has all but forgotten WWII witches and all the fabulous and bizarre WWII magic technology; now feels as good a time as any to rectify that. World War II was as much a war of mind games as it was of bullet holes. To counter the swift expansion of the highly mechanized Third Reich, the
Are you ready for something that hasn't happened in America since 1979? No, we're not bringing back ultra-wide bell bottoms – we're talking about a full solar eclipse. In August 2017, the total solar eclipse will be visible to the lower 48 of the United States. And it could likely be another 40 or so years before we see another one.
This sounds fake, but really, it is not. Authorities in South Carolina are advising citizens that it is entirely possible – and probable – that people will see the Lizard Man and/or Bigfoot during the Great American Eclipse, which happens on August 21. The total solar eclipse will bring darkness during the middle of the day – and with that comes the things that go bump in the night. Only they're going to be bumping during the day. So if you live in South Carolina and happen to see any of these creatures meandering around on August 21, take out your camera (with flash), and snap a pic for us.
On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible in totality within a band across the entire contiguous United States; it will only be visible in other countries as a partial eclipse.The last time a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire contiguous United States was during the June 8, 1918 eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon's apparent diameter is larger than the sun's, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometers wide. This eclipse
Solar eclipses are awesome. And hey, if you live in North America, you're in luck! In August 2017, a total solar eclipse will be in full view over parts of the US. Called the Great American Eclipse, this beauty will make its debut on August 21. And if you're interested in seeing it, make sure you bring some protective eyewear because looking at a solar eclipse with the bare eye can cause blindness. Yes, your mother was right. Looking into the Sun too long is not good for your eyes. And a solar eclipse can cause blindness. So if you are planning on checking out the Great American Eclipse, make sure you read up on the appropriate solar eclipse eye protection. Grab your sunglasses (or a real nice piece of cardboard) and get to lookin', people.
We love dinosaurs. As kids, we learned facts about them in science class, marveled at their skeletons in museums, and played out epic dino battles with our plastic toys. But how much of what we were taught about them is actually true? You might be shocked to know that a majority of what we learned about dinosaurs in our youth was actually not true at all. The truth is that the more we learn about these prehistoric animals that roamed the Earth for 150 million years, the more their story is being rewritten. A lot of the things we were taught about dinosaurs or saw in movies are just flat-out wrong. Did you know that dinosaurs were around for a couple hundred thousand years after that meteor impact you read about that supposedly killed them? How about that dinosaurs were not the first repti
Genghis Khan remains one of the most feared and respected conquerors of all time. His biography is shrouded in mystery and contradiction, but the facts about Genghis Khan are that he rose up from almost certain death on the Mongolian Steppe, united his people, and began a series of gruesome conquests that killed millions, and changed the entire course of human destiny. For a figure so polarizing (many see him as an engine of positive change, while others see him as a bloodthirsty monster), much of what we know about him is from outdated history books or Hollywood legend. The real Genghis (which wasn't actually his name) was a contradiction - a religious man who prized loyalty, yet slaughtered millions, including his own family members. Great details are known about how his army operated,