10 Brutal Horrors Of Ragnarok: The Viking Apocalypse

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The Vikings knew that, one day, all this will end. The Sun will burn out, the world will freeze, and the starving survivors will turn on one another and tear each other apart.

They called it Ragnarok: the end of times, when even the gods would die. They weren’t the only people who accepted that their time on Earth was finite—but these were the Vikings. Their everyday lives were already more brutal and vicious than most people’s concepts of Hell. Their vision of the end had to be horrible to terrify them, and they made what might well be the most brutal apocalypse man has imagined.

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32 Disturbing Photos Of Life Inside Soviet Gulag Prisons

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During the days of Stalin, one wrong word could end with the secret police at your door, ready to drag you off to a Soviet gulag – one of the many forced labor camps where inmates worked until they died.

Some 14 million people were thrown into a Soviet gulag during Stalin’s reign. Some were political prisoners, rounded up for speaking out against the Soviet regime. Others were criminals and thieves. And some were just ordinary people, caught cracking an unkind word about a Soviet official.

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Disturbing Historical Photos That Reveal What It’s Like To Grow Up In The KKK

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The Ku Klux Klan has survived for more than 150 years. Its ideology of hatred and white supremacy continued to keep attracting new members through the Holocaust, the civil rights movement, and on past the election of America’s first black president. It seems unbelievable that hatred could live on for that long, that anyone in the modern world could put on white robes, burn crosses, and still spread manifestos that call for an all-white America.

But hatred often starts at home. Since 1865, countless children across America have been born into the Ku Klux Klan. They’ve been raised by parents who pass down a moral code created in the days of slavery. From birth, these children are fully immersed in the Klan.

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44 Chilling Photos Of Life Inside Fascist Italy

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Before the Nazis, there was fascist Italy. Often overshadowed by the other members of the Axis and treated as little more than a footnote in the history of World War II, Italy was actually the world’s first fascist state.

After Benito Mussolini took power in 1922, life in Italy radically changed. Every person in the nation was forced to sign up as a member of the National Fascist Party, and to swear allegiance to both Mussolini and to the ideals of fascism — and anyone who refused was barred from having a job and ostracized from every part of the state.

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10 Forgotten Tales From The Wild, Wild North-West Of Canada

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The United States wasn’t the only untamed frontier. Just to the north was another Wild West: the vast, cold, unsettled lands of Canada.

The frontier days of the Great White North have never held the mythic status of the American frontier. They were emptier lands, filled, for the most part, with fur traders and First Nations tribes, kept on a tighter leash than the wild settlers across the border.

But as the Americans to the south started to expand further west, and as they began to be lured up north in pursuit of gold rushes, the Canadian West started to become every bit as wild as its neighbor. It turned into a place where liquor, theft, and murder ran rampant—and nothing but a handful of mounted policemen stood between civilization and complete anarchy.

[Read the full article at Listverse.]