The Tale of the Arab Spring Break


In 2011, Chris Jeon was a 21-year old UCLA student from an affluent Orange County neighborhood. A brilliant student and dedicated mathematics major, Chris had his eyes set on a lucrative summer internship at the largest asset management firm in the world – a position that would catapult him into the career in finance that he had always dreamed of. But by the end of the summer, Chris would find himself not sitting in a cubicle, but fighting alongside Libyan rebels in their revolution against Muammar Gaddafi.

This is the story of one of the most epic and unlikely summer breaks ever.

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The Gold Star Mothers Club


For those who have never been involved in sending a close friend or relative off to war, it is hard to imagine the myriad of emotions experienced on a daily basis – a mixture of pride and anguish that will never leave a parent, sibiling, or spouse until their warrior comes home. As a reservist myself, I cringe to think of the effect that a deployment would have on my parents. Fortunately, the culture surrounding military families provides for the single greatest support system that could exist around such a massive organization.

But on this day, we remember those who never came home as well as the families they left behind.

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The Meteor Procession of 1913


On the evening of February 9th, 1913, one of the greatest meteoric events of the modern era occurred when tens of millions of people witnessed dozens of brilliant meteors moving slowly across the sky. Beginning somewhere in western Canada and extending all the way to the Atlantic Ocean just east of Brazil, the meteors followed one after another on an almost identical flight path and extended from horizon to horizon, with individual ones being visible for more than 30 seconds. The entire procession took five full minutes to travel all the way across the sky.

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Starbucks Hates America


DISCLAIMER: They actually don’t.

But gullible people on Facebook would have you think so! My dislike for fake stories that circulate on Facebook is well documented, and I feel like I have been bombarded with this particular one lately. Not only can I not believe how many people fall for it, but I can’t believe that it is still circulating after so many years. So my friends, I am going to take a little time to explain why this, as well as many other stories on Facebook, is not true. If you haven’t had the misfortune of seeing this story on your news feed, then follow the break to learn what I am ranting about referring to…

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How James Blunt Prevented World War III


In the summer of 1999, western countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization were in the final stages of negotiating a peaceful end to the Kosovo War. For much of the 90’s, conflicts had erupted between ethnic Serbs and Albanians over the Kosovo region of Southeast Europe, an area occupied by both ethnic groups. NATO eventually intervened in 1998 by initiating an air-bombing campaign that was covered extensively in the media. By June of 1999, a ceasefire had been called and a peace agreement was reached, which included a NATO-led occupation of Kosovo in a peacekeeping role. But it was in the crucial moment between the ceasefire and the peace that probably one of the biggest international incidents ever was avoided.

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The Eternal War of the Japanese Holdouts


This article originally appeared as an *AT* contribution on All That is Interesting. If you like what we write about here, take some time and check out their site!

On September 2nd, 1945, less than one month after the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, representatives from the Empire of Japan signed the unconditional surrender of their country to the Allies. This event, which officially marked the end of World War II, took place on the deck of the USS Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay. Unfortunately for many, the war would go on for decades.

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Largest Weapons of War – USS Theodore Roosevelt


One of the lesser-known trademarks of Abraham Lincoln is how deeply involved he was in the Civil War that was occurring during his time in office. Every President must attend to the politics and economics behind a war effort, but few have ever been so committed to the actual execution of the war as President Lincoln. One of the most famous anecdotes about his administration was that he would spend many hours of every day in the telegraph room at the War Department, working in seclusion while waiting for news from the battlefield. This series, Abe’s War Room, pays tribute to those efforts.

If there is one thing about military weapons that has become clear over the last 100 years, it is that bigger is better. And while conventional military thought has moved in the direction of lethality and efficiency, this has not stopped the major military powers of the world from building absurdly large vehicles and weapons pretty much because they can. Follow the break to read about the largest warship ever.

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The Business of Flag Burning


It seems like on a daily basis, a handful of news networks will always spend at least a brief moment talking about protests happening around the world. More times than not, these protests are in North Africa, the Middle East, or Asia and involve the burning of American flags. The question I’ve posed before is, where do they get all these flags? Sure, some are probably hand-made, but given the massive volume that are burned on a daily basis, there must be an American flag shop somewhere. Well, it turns out I was right: flag burning has turned into a massive business.

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The Most Epic Movie Speeches


Like Lincoln himself, we here at *AT* love great orators – especially the fake ones from movies. These speeches represent some of the greatest and most memorable moments in movie history that Hollywood writers can offer. And while this list is by no means comprehensive, hopefully you’ll agree that they are among the most chillingly awesome out there.

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