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Mayan people call for end of doomsday myth

The Guatamalan government has been accused of perpetuating the doomsday myth for financial gain. As the end date of the ancient Mayan calendar approac…

Col. Charles Halt claims US UFO coverup

Colonel Halt has accused the federal government of covering up evidence of extraterrestrial visitation. The former Air Force officer who famously reco…

The Monastery under the Lake

In 1939, the Soviet government began damming the Volga River in Russia. The flooding that resulted left the entire Makaryevsky Monastery underwater except for the belfry. That and the artificial island later built around it are what you see in the above picture. You can view more pictures of this beautiful oddity at the link. Link -via [...]

Why Aren’t There B Batteries?

Reader Donna wrote in wondering why there are AA, AAA, C and D batteries, but no B. Well, there used to be, but they’re not really needed anymore. Getty Images Around the time of World War I, American battery manufacturers, the War Industries Board, and a few government agencies got together to develop some nationally uniform specifications [...]

Is It Really Illegal to Remove Your Mattress Tag?

Spoiler Alert: It is not. But here’s why that warning is on there in the first place. At some point, most of us have heard that we’re not supposed to remove the tags from our mattresses, under penalty of law. Most of the tags even say something like “It is unlawful to remove this tag!” The [...]

Are Mermaids Real? 11 Myths the U.S. Government Has Addressed

Usually the government sticks to reality, but there are a number of times where agencies have investigated or weighed in on more mythical ideas. From mermaids to Santa Claus, here are 11 legends that the government has acknowledged, even if just to deny. 1. Mermaids Late last month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published a [...]

World War I Centennial: Confusion Reigns in Constantinople

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to [...]

US government: "mermaids don’t exist"

In an unusual announcement the US government has assured people that mermaids most likely don’t exist. In a statement from the National Ocean Service …

10 Science Policies That Could Make the World Better

Admit it, if you’re a scientifically-minded person, sometimes things the government does just drive you absolutely nuts. That’s why this list of 10 science policies the government should start enforcing is so great. Here’s one I think we can all agree on: 8. Every Study That Uses Public Funds is Published Publicly This is as much to [...]

The Scandalous History of Arlington National Cemetery

UPI/Kevin Dietsch /LANDOV Arlington is some of the most hallowed ground in the United States. More than 400,000 fallen servicemen and women are buried there and are honored with a service every Memorial Day. But despite its great importance, the cemetery has had more than its share of scandals over the last 148 years. Illegal Beginnings Arlington isn’t [...]