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8 of the Largest Tools in the World

8 of the Largest Tools in the World

From a magnet that can lift an aircraft carrier to a turbine blade longer than a football field, these brawny behemoths get the big jobs done. For every power tool and piece of equipment in the average tool shed or garage, there’s …

Why did European people start eating Egyptian mummies?

Why did European people start eating Egyptian mummies?

Driven first by the belief that ground-up and tinctured human remains could cure anything from bubonic plague to a headache, and then by the macabre ideas Victorian people had about after-dinner entertainment, the bandaged corpses of ancient …

Facts about massacres of Azerbaijanis in 1918

Facts about massacres of Azerbaijanis in 1918

March 31 marks the Day of the Genocide of Azerbaijanis - on March 31, 1918, militants of the Dashnaktsutyun nationalist party and the Bolsheviks began mass murders of Azerbaijanis in Baku and other Azerbaijani cities. The Baku Council - …

Khudavang Monastery (photo report)

Khudavang Monastery (photo report)

The history of the monastery, built in the IX-XIII centuries, is tragic: the Udins, the spiritual heirs of the Albanian Apostolic Church, could not get here for a long time due to the Armenian occupation. The state of Caucasian …

6 Ways Coffee Helped Transform the World

6 Ways Coffee Helped Transform the World

From stirring up coffee house rebellions to supporting the Industrial Revolution, the popular caffeinated brew has fueled global change. History remembers six historical moments …

Saint Valentine bequeathed to us to love

Saint Valentine bequeathed to us to love

The day of romance is here - February 14. Valentine’s Day holds great significance for those in love and people express their affection for their significant other on this day,  …

 8 unusual Winter Olympics sports

8 unusual Winter Olympics sports

Every four years, viewers around the world eagerly tune in to watch familiar Winter Olympic sports such as figure skating and alpine skiing as well as quirkier events such as short-track speed skating and curling. But over the years there …

How Christmas Was Celebrated in the Middle Ages

How Christmas Was Celebrated in the Middle Ages

People in medieval Europe celebrated the Christmas season with 12 full days of feasting and revelry culminating with Twelfth Night and the raucous crowning of a “King of Misrule”, …

Historian Jamil Quliyev would have turned 94 today

Historian Jamil Quliyev would have turned 94 today

Today the Soviet and Azerbaijani historian, Doctor of Historical sciences, Professor, Academician of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Chief editor of the Azerbaijan Soviet Encyclopedia Jamil Quliyev would have turned 94 …