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July 3, 1844

On July 3, 1844, the last pair of Great Auks were killed. The Great Auk was a large, flightless seabird that lived in the islands of the Northern Atlantic around northern Scotland. Unfortunately for these large, penguinesque birds, they were delicious, easy to hunt, and their feathers and down were extremely profitable. Even though Britain … Continue reading

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July 26, 1931

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1931, a swarm of grasshoppers (the Rocky Mountain Locust) started their destruction of millions of acres of crops in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. The swarm was so thick and large it blocked out the sun as it flew from place to place. The swarm was so large it … Continue reading

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