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durham county courthouse

from civil rights movement, american civil war posted in history by pete_nice

Outside of the Durham County Courthouse, a statue was erected by the Daughters of the American Confederacy in 1924 to celebrate the soldiers of the Confederate South during the American Civil War.

The statue just kind of loomed there, in front of the institutional housing of regional justice, until August 14th, 2017.

On that day, a group of activists reacting to the events of Charlottesville, VA a couple days prior, took it upon themselves to remove the monument.

From The Atlantic: "In what might seem a blunt metaphor for the fate of Confederate symbols in progressive Southern cities like Durham, the statue tumbled down with barely any effort, crumpling at the feet of its imposing granite pedestal."

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commander islands

from stellar’s sea cow, extinction posted in history by pete_nice

Measuring up to 30 ft long and weighing 8.8-11 short tons, Stellar's Sea Cow was "discovered" in 1741 by the Bering expedition at this location (the only confirmed area where they were ever seen).

A relative of the manatee, the massive sea mammal was a slow-moving and social creature with no teeth (just keratinous plates). True to form, the gentle creature was hunted to extinction by 1768.

Great job, guys.

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gimghoul castle

from secret societies posted in history by pete_nice

Built in 1924 out of 1300 tons of rough stone, this castle is the home of the University of North Carolina secret society known as the Order of Gimghoul.

The Gimghoul Castle (also known as the Hippol Castle) has an origin tale stemming from an 18-year old student, Peter Dromgoole, supposedly killed in a duel over a fair maiden at the location. His blood is said to have stained a rock that guards the castle's entrance to this day. There are other versions of this story that are equally melodramatic.

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wrangel island

from mammoths, extinction posted in history by pete_nice

Located in the Arctic Ocean off the Siberian coast, Wrangel Island is thought to be the last known location for wooly mammoths.

Research indicates that the mammoths were inhabiting the island as late as 2000 BC, which is nearly 5,000 years after they are thought to have gone extinct on the mainland.

Today, Wrangel Island is home to a weather station and to Chukchi (indigenous Arctic) fishing villages.

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ryugyong hotel

from north korea, totalitarianism posted in history by pete_nice

From reddit: "The Ryugyong Hotel is an unfinished 105-story, 330 metres (1,080 ft) tall pyramid-shaped skyscraper in Pyongyang, North Korea. The building is also known as the 105 Building, a reference to its number of floors.

Construction began in 1987 but was halted in 1992 as North Korea entered a period of economic crisis after the fall of the Soviet Union. After 1992 the building stood topped out, but without any windows or interior fittings.

In 2008 construction resumed, and the exterior was completed in 2011. It was planned to open the hotel in 2012, the centenary of Kim Il-sung's birth, but this did not happen.

A partial opening was announced for 2013, but this was also cancelled. As of 2017, the building remains unopened."

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