Photos That Captured the Most Chilling Moments in History

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The best way for history to live on is through photographs—even the most unsettling moments. The images featured here paint a picture of the world that was at times shocking and disturbing...

Chernobyl, 1986

This is the first and only existing photo of Chernobyl on the morning of the nuclear accident. The heavy grain is due to the huge amount of radiation in the air that began to destroy the camera film the moment that it was exposed for this photograph.

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Radium Girls, 1922

Employees of the U.S. Radium Corp., also known as the Radium Girls, paint numbers on the faces of wristwatches using dangerous radioactive paint. The Radium Girls were told that the paint was harmless, but the women in each factory ingested lethal amounts of radium after being told to "point" the brushes on their lips in order to give them a fine tip.

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The More You Know

  • Polish Soldiers Made A Bear Part Of Their Unit During World War II
  • In Victorian England, people used to take pictures of their dead relatives in lifelike positions to keep as mementos.
  • The sweat of gladiators was thought to be an aphrodisiac. Some ladies even added them into their makeup products.
  • Henry VIII knighted all four of his “Grooms of Stool” — the people in charge of wiping his butt for him.
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