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5 Things Your Future Grandkids Won’t Believe Were Real

There are some things from the recent past that are so ridiculous that we almost don't believe they really existed. In 25 years, though, they'll seem even more unbelievable. Here's our list of 5 things we'd like to put in a time capsule, so we have proof that they were, in fact, real.

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This Day in History for October 1 – Disney World Opens and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1931 – The George Washington Bridge linking New Jersey and New York opens (More info)

1946 – Twelve Nazi leaders are sentenced to death at the Nuremberg Trials (More info)

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Photo by NOAA via Getty Images
Photo by NOAA via Getty Images
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Experts Call for Better Way to Rate Hurricanes

The Houston Chronicle reports a lot of people in the weather forecasting business say it's time to discard the old "Category 1-5" system of rating the strength of hurricanes.

They say that system -- known as the Saffir-Simpson Scale -- only tells us the storm's wind speed. It says little about the storm's tidal surge which causes the most deaths and property damage.

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source: U.S. Navy Historical Center
source: U.S. Navy Historical Center
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Scientists Explore Civil War Wreck off Galveston

The Houston Chronicle reports the Union Navy's USS Hatteras was sent to the bottom on January 11, 1863, about 20 miles from Galveston. The Hatteras went down while the rest of the Union fleet bombarded the Confederate Garrison on Galveston Island.

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source: Texas Seaport Museum
source: Texas Seaport Museum
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Tall Ship Elissa in Dry Dock for Repairs

The "Official Tall Ship of Texas", the Elissa, has been pulled into a shipyard dry dock in Texas City to get a much needed overhaul - stem to stern, as they say.  Let's just say that at the ripe old age of 135, Elissa's mileage is showing.

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source: Black Confederate Soldiers
source: Black Confederate Soldiers
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Researcher: Blacks Fought for Confederacy

Despite heated denials from many historians, a Palestine historian says he has solid evidence that thousands of black slaves served on the side of the Confederacy in the Civil War.

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Old Stone Fort - Texas State Library
Old Stone Fort - Texas State Library
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Students Find and Study Historical Markers

Studying historical markers is a wonderful way to learn the history of an area -- and the San Jacinto News-Times reports that's precisely what some school kids in San Jacinto County did this summer.

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via Facebook/Texas State Railroad
via Facebook/Texas State Railroad
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Texas State Railroad Under New Owners

The Jacksonville Daily Progress reports months of uncertainty over the future of the Texas State Railroad have been laid to rest.  All the official paper-work has been signed and the historic east Texas railroad is now under new ownership and management.

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