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The deadly irony of gunpowder

In the mid-ninth century, Chinese chemists, hard at work on an immortality potion, instead invented gunpowder. They soon found that this highly inflammable powder was far from an elixir of life — they put it to use in bombs against Mongol invaders, and the rest was history. Eric Rosado details how gunpowder has caused devastation around the world, despite the incandescent beauty of fireworks.

10 common historical misconceptions

Knights didn’t need cranes to get into their horses, Medieval people have much shorter lives and Lady Godiva didn’t ride naked. Find out 10 more common historical misconceptions by watching.

American Propaganda Posters From WW2 (10 pictures)

During World War II (1941–45), American propaganda was used to increase support for the war and commitment to an Allied victory. Using a vast array of media, propagandists fomented hatred for the enemy and support for America’s allies, urged greater public effort for war production and victory gardens, persuaded people to save some of their material so that more material could be used for the war effort, and sold war bonds.

The elephant funeral

A villager offers flowers to a female adult elephant lying dead in a paddy field in Panbari village, India. The elephant was hit by a train and killed while crossing railway tracks with a...

The Mexican army’s Museum of Drugs (27 pictures)

The Mexican army’s Museum of Drugs, which isn’t open to the public, is designed, according to Capt. Claudio Montane, to educate military personnel about the historical roots and modern-day methods of the drug trade the army has been called upon to fight. But after spending a couple of hours there, it’s strikingly clear that the fight is very far from over. Deborah Bonello for the Los Angeles Times.