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Enforcing Prohibition in the US was hard enough without ‘cow shoes’

You’re a bootlegger in the US during Prohibition - or perhaps you make moonshine to meet the never-ending demand for alcohol. Either way, you need to cover your tracks to and from illegal distilleries hidden in the countryside. What do you do? Make new, non-human tracks instead. With a special addition to a shoe - a metal strip with wooden blocks cut to look like hooves - it was possible to make a footstep look like a cow’s. The jig was up, however, when a pair of ‘cow shoes’ were found and reported in the newspapers in 1922.

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In AD 79, Pompeii was wiped out by a huge volcanic eruption that buried it beneath a thick carpet of ash and debris. We look back at fateful day – the day an entire Roman city died – and find out how the ruins offer us a glimpse into the lives of everyday Romans. Plus: Globetrotter Marco Polo meets Mongol warlord Kublai Khan; how the Night of the Long Knives made Hitler untouchable; inside the Victorian freak show; and all you need to know to survive an Edwardian dinner party