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How the Battle of Gettysburg Worked

The Battle of Gettysburg is probably the most famous battle ever fought on American soil -- it's considered the turning point of the Civil War. Did it really start because of shoes?


Are You a U.S. History Expert?

 Are You a U.S. History Expert?

Do you know all there is to know about U.S. history? Find out whether you're an expert at U.S. history by taking our quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Real Events That Sound Just Like Horror Movies

 10 Real Events That Sound Just Like Horror Movies

Real-life events are sometimes just as scary as horror films. Learn about 10 true horrors at HowStuffWorks. See more »

What's the oldest joke?

 What's the oldest joke?

Even the Ancient Egyptians told jokes in hieroglyphs. Learn what the oldest joke is at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Satanic Panic Worked

 How Satanic Panic Worked

Satanic panic caused Americans to worry about cult movements intent on sacrificing children. Learn more about how satanic panic worked. See more »

How did people discover beer?

 How did people discover beer?

Beer is one of the world's oldest beverages. How did people discover beer? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How did people discover liquor?

 How did people discover liquor?

Think of any flavor and there's probably a liquor-based beverage out there incorporating it. Find out how the hard stuff got its start. See more »

5 Massacres Where Almost Nobody Died

 5 Massacres Where Almost Nobody Died

A massacre doesn't have to mean that thousands of people were killed. HowStuffWorks presents five massacres where almost nobody died. See more »

10 of History's Happiest Accidents

 10 of History's Happiest Accidents

Where would we be without the accidental discoveries of beer, penicillin or Popsicles? Here is HowStuffWorks' list of history's happiest accidents. See more »

10 Things That Went Missing Without a Trace

 10 Things That Went Missing Without a Trace

We'll unravel the mysterious stories behind 10 things that went missing without a trace at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Weirdest News Stories of 2013

 10 Weirdest News Stories of 2013

The year 2013 was a veritable bonanza of strange news. Read 10 of the weirder stories from 2013 at HowStuffWorks. See more »