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Little-Known Facts Even the Biggest Movie Fan Doesn’t Know About ‘Rambo’

Sylvester Stallone as John J. Rambo in 'Rambo: First Blood Part II'

The movies in the Rambo franchise are some of the most beloved action flicks of all time. However, there’s more to them than just mindless…

Canadian Rangers Were the Last Western Military Unit to Equip the Lee-Enfield

The Canadian Armed Forces has a branch dedicated to the surveillance and protection of isolated areas of the north and along the coast. These specialized…

Bell P-39 Airacobra: World War II’s Most Controversial Low-Altitude Fighter

Two Bell P-39 Airacobras in flight

A substantial portion of combat during World War II occurred in the skies as countries developed their aerospace technology. That included the United States, which…

The Surprising Origins Behind These 9 Military Superstitions

AI rendering of two US Army soldiers standing in uniform on a stormy day

The US military is made up of the country’s finest men and women. They’re willing to risk their lives for their countrymen and will take…

The ‘Wild’ History Behind America’s Counterintelligence Service

Bill Donovan inspecting Operational Group members + Portrait of Bill Donovan

William “Wild Bill” Donovan is widely known as the “father of American Intelligence.” His determination to create a centralized counterintelligence unit paved the way for…

How Marie Curie Brought X-Ray Technology to the Front During World War I

Marie Curie holding chemistry beakers

Marie Curie is considered one of the most accomplished scientists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Her discovery of radium and polonium helped win her…

The Gross – But Life-Saving – Chocolate of World War II

Four British soldiers eating chocolate

Chocolate lovers tend to obsess over the treat’s yummy taste. However, it hasn’t always had such a great one. In fact, few know that Hershey’s…

Iva Toguri D’Aquino: The ‘Tokyo Rose’ Who Tried to Help the Allies and Was Convicted of Treason

Three Boeing B-29 Superfortresses flying over Japan + Iva Toguri D'Aquino smiling

Many Americans found themselves stranded abroad during the Second World War. One such individual was a woman named Iva D’Aquino (née Toguri). She spent a…

Cold War-Era Double Agents Who Could Easily Outfox James Bond

Robert Hanssen's mugshot + Robert Hanssen being led by police in handcuffs

The best-known spy of all time is James Bond, a fictional British agent developed by Ian Fleming during the height of the Cold War. While…

These Large Military Aircraft Make Us Wonder How They Ever Got Off the Ground

MD-160 on a beach + Convair B-36 Peacemaker in flight

As with every list about extreme machinery, equipment designed for the military typically ranks high in comparison to its civilian counterparts, which often have far…

The CIA Probably Wishes These Facts About the Agency Remained Classified

Men standing in the CIA's headquarters

With secrecy being one of the CIA’s primary objectives, it’s not exactly surprising that us everyday citizens know rather little about the agency’s activities, even…

Everyday Slang We Didn’t Know Originated In the Navy

Close-up of a ship's wheel

Over the centuries, sailors have created a language all their own to describe objects, people, actions and places. Much of this slang has found itself…