Inside the Great Dismal Swamp, Where Enslaved People Once Roamed Free

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From the 1760s until the Civil War, escaped enslaved people—sometimes known as maroons—made their homes in the Great Dismal Swamp, located on the border of Virginia and North Carolina. Its dense thickets, scorching heat, and poisonous snakes kept slave-catchers out—and freedom-seekers in. For the past decade, archaeologist Dan Sayers of American University has been studying the swamp, looking for remnants of the self-sufficient communities that once lived there. Recently, Great Big Story caught up with him and historian Eric Sheppard, whose ancestor, Moses Grandy, is believed to have found refuge in the swamp. You can find out more about their amazing stories in the video below.

21 Widespread Myths About Animals, Debunked

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No, that nasty-looking wart on your finger didn't come from a toad. And yes, giraffes really do need more than 30 minutes of shut-eye in a day. Chances are that one of the "facts" you've come to know about your favorite animal isn't a fact at all. (Cats can swim and dogs do see colors—though in a different way than you probably do.)

Since our fuzzy, furry, finned, and winged friends can't always speak for themselves, Mental Floss Editor-in-Chief Erin McCarthy is here to clear up 21 widespread animal myths. So gather up your pets and check out this week's all-new edition of the Mental Floss List Show. You can watch the full episode below.

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17 Signs That You’d Qualify as a Witch in the 1600s

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Are you a woman? Do you have a birthmark? Do you enjoy spending quality time with friends without a chaperone? You might just be a witch! At least that's how the thinking went in the 1600s, when now completely normal behaviors could have seen you accused of witchcraft.

Grab your broom and the pointiest black hat you can find, and join Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy as she shares 17 signs that might have branded you a witch during the 17th century in this week's all-new edition of the Mental Floss List Show. You can check out the full episode below:

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