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Resting on the Moon since 1999

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Eugene Shoemaker (Source: Atlas Obscura)

Humanity has seen only a handful of people that actually had the honor to step on a different planet, but at present, there is only one person who is “buried” on a different planet. The name of the soul that now rests on the Moon is Eugene Shoemaker, an astrologist who had worked with NASA since the 1960s and became famous when a comet that crashed on Jupiter in 1994 received his name (Shoemaker-Levy Comet).

The reason this comet became so famous is that this was the first time in human history that we had the chance to witness a planetary collision. …


Blood brother/sister pact

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The Norwegian warrior Örvar-Oddr bids a last farewell to his blood brother, the Swedish warrior Hjalmar, by Mårten Eskil Winge (1866). (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Commonly known as the ultimate ritual of friendship, the blood brotherhood pact has been known as one of the oldest traditions in humanity, symbolizing the positive relationships you have with another human. To remove any confusion for those who may not have heard of this term before, this has nothing to do with actual brothers or sisters. Instead, it is a pact between good friends that seeks to make their friendship ascend to the next level of brotherhood by combining their blood.

This was usually done by having both participants make a cut into the palm of their hand and then shake hands, which would combine the blood, hypothetically sealing their friendship. This pact or ritual was followed very religiously throughout history and even brought to modern history as a trend that thankfully died before the creation of the World Wide Web. …


A new player within the Cold War

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China’s first atomic test on October 16, 1964, in Xinjiang. Mao wanted to prove the nation was a global power. (Source: Shout China Morning Post)

The famous “Arms Race” from the Cold War-era describes the tensest moments of the 20th century, as every major nation was preparing for a potential World War III. As I have mentioned previously in many of my articles and history podcasts, the Cold War is seen as a war of intimidation through the showcasing of military power as well as a nation's potential to conquer the world or (from a different perspective) to bring the world to an end.

Since the start of the Cold War, China kept very quiet. Many historians argue that they had, in fact, been under the influence of the Soviet Union, and in a way, this can not only be represented by the communist ruling of Mao Zedong who was the Chairman of the People's Republic of China. The Soviet Union did not only see plenty of resources within the country, but also a large workforce, capable of being transformed into a military power at any given time. …

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Andrei Tapalaga ✒️

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