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Is D.B. Cooper still alive?

It's one of the biggest unsolved crimes in U.S. history: How did a mild-mannered man single-handedly hijack a plane and make off with $200,000 in cash? Could he still be alive?

Who won the Cold War?

The annals of history offer many perspectives on the Cold War's victor. Some say the U.S. won; others claim there was no winner. And some assert that the former USSR brought itself down.

How Delta Force Works

Delta Force is the U.S. military's most elite tactical combat group. Yet the government refuses to deny its existence. Does a well-funded secret force that, allegedly, answers only to the president make the U.S. more secure or more vulnerable?

Are there dead bodies on Mount Everest?

It's kind of like a graveyard up there. Only the dead aren't buried. They're frozen in time -- with climbing ropes still around their waists.

Who was the real Count Dracula?

Bram Stoker's Count Dracula was inspired by a 15th-century Romanian prince. If you thought Dracula was scary, you may not want to read any further.

Top 10 Shark Attack Stories

"Jaws" scared movie audiences into staying away from the water. But for some, especially some free-diving abalone hunters, a bloodthirsty shark isn't just a story.

What's Mutual Assured Destruction?

During the Cold War, the U.S. and USSR stockpiled weapons but never started a nuclear war. What held them back from launching a strike for nearly 40 years? Could two nations embroiled in conflict have made a mutual agreement not to strike?

How to Survive a Plane Crash

A plane crash is every air traveler's nightmare. But there are things you can do to better your chances of making it out alive. We've uncovered some plane crash myths and the real-life stories of survivors.

What was the Christmas Truce?

World War I lasted more than four horrific years and took the lives of 8.5 million people. So why did soldiers spontaneously put down their guns and shake hands? And why did they start fighting again?

What's the difference between archaeology and grave robbing?

In "The Raiders of the Lost Ark," Indiana Jones competes with grave-robbing Nazis for the lost Ark of the Covenant. But what defined Dr. Jones as legit and the Nazis as grave robbers?

5 Modern Abandoned Cities

Imagine empty freeway tunnels and hospital corridors littered with unattended medical equipment. What's wrong with this picture? There are no people.

How Campaign Finance Works

Presidential candidates could raise as much as a billion dollars for the 2012 election. Where does this money come from -- and where does it all go?

Why don't we live underground?

Potatoes. Moles. Time capsules. Some things just belong underground and thrive in that dark, airless environment. Humans have long preferred topsoil to the subterranean, but some designers are looking to change that.

How One-hit Wonders Work

The very term conjures up images of red balloons, burning beds and Eileen and Mickey spinning right round like a record. How do artists become one hit wonders?

Is what we're recycling actually getting recycled?

The waste collectors threw your recyclables into one big bin on their truck. How do you know your recyclables are being recycled? And what happens to them next?

Top 10 Movies About Time Travel

If you know what a "flux capacitor" is, then you obviously know how time travel works. But do you know which time travel movies are worthy of this list?

How Cannibalism Works

One piece of diet advice is not to snack until you're hungry enough to eat an apple. But what about consuming human flesh? Is cannibalism about hunger, power or desperation? And is it alive and well in our modern world?

What did the Nazis have to do with archaeology?

In "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," Dr. Jones battles the Nazis for the Holy Grail. Did the Nazis really have an interest in archaeology? And if so, what fueled it?

How Daredevils Work

Daredevils plummet over Niagara Falls in a barrel, jump over tractor trailers on a motorcycle and skydive from dizzying heights. Explore the flashiest and most daring stunts that daredevils have to offer.

How did writing evolve?

Long before sonnets, sestinas and short stories were historical accounts of kings carved onto clay tablets. Who were the first writers and what did they scribble?