These days, there are numerous commercials of girls diving into pools or frolicking through wildflower fields, all because they can, thanks to their awesome tampons and other feminine products. But the first pads were not invented until 1888, and even then, it wasn’t an everyday item. Women oftentimes could not afford the product, and it […]
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Sometimes, it seems like the rich and famous can get away with anything. It almost seems like, if someone is rich enough, they can kill someone, get convicted, and only have to pay a fine. It seems like it because it actually happens. Some celebrities have literally killed people and gotten away with it. We […]
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Archaeological discoveries have found that horse racing dates way back to the civilizations of ancient times. It was an official event at the Greek Olympic Games which were held in the year 664 B.C. Its basic premise has remained largely unchanged for thousands of years. Here, we are going to take a look at the […]
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This is a compilation of ten of the most debated and outrageous cases of women and their cons, crimes, and lies. Some of these cases were highly reported on and covered for months, even years. Others are less known but just as shocking. 10Rosemary Crossley: Facilitated Communication In the early 1990s dozens of families with […]
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The British Empire was big. Very big. Starting with a few colonies in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, it grew steadily through the 17th and 18th centuries. It suffered a setback in 1776 when some North American colonies decided that they preferred looking after themselves. But it kept on growing. By 1922, the British […]
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This list uncovers some amazing feats in architecture and technology, one of which has taken at least a decade to create. The building of all these structures was a major undertaking which is still taking a toll on some property developers and investors. Some of these sites are stunning and remarkable while others are slightly […]
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Comedians find humor in the darkest subject matter and comment on society, exposing harsh truths. Most of us would be hard-pressed to say they should not have the right to say their piece. Others, however, say comedy should be curtailed. Read this list and make up your own mind. 10Mona Shaikh Photo credit: LA Weekly […]
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Pythagoras, the man behind the Pythagorean theorem was more than just a mathematician. He was a spiritual leader with followers who thought he'd been sent from Heaven. For the Pythagoreans, math was a religious experience and some equations were divine secrets, unfit for public eyes. When your middle school teacher showed you how to find […]
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The axolotl (pronounced “ax-oh-lot-ul”) is truly one of the strangest, most unique animals in the world. With their tiny black eyes, wry little grins, and fancy headdresses, they certainly look different than most animals. What we can't see from the outside, though, are some of the amazing powers that they have and some of the […]
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The ability to control rain has fascinated us from time immemorial. While we achieve this today by spraying clouds with chemicals, in the past we used some downright bizarre methods that might or might not have worked. In Kursk, Russia, women threw strangers into rivers or drenched them in water. In Armenia, it was the […]
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The past is filled with curious stories about umbrellas. For example, in 1911, a man picked up a dropped umbrella inside a church in Paris. He noticed the knob on it was rather large and found that it unscrewed. Not resisting curiosity, the man unscrewed the knob and saw something inside it. He carefully placed […]
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Most of history comes from what gets written down. But what we know of our past is only a sliver of everything that happened. A great deal of where we came from was never etched into a stone and, today, has been lost. We don't know what's missing from the patchwork of history. But every […]
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With drugs fully capable of curing erectile dysfunction hitting the shelves in 1998, it would seem that people would move away from ingesting rare plants and animals for sexual purposes. Unfortunately, this is not the case, largely due to local culture and the cost of said pills. Men have sought a cure for sexual dysfunction […]
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Not every moment in the Second World War was a glorious act of heroism. When the whole world went to war, it meant that a few people signed up who were not exactly brilliant tacticians. When young men go to war, not everything they do is a bright idea, and that led to some stories […]
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The Topeka State Hospital, often referred to as the Topeka Insane Asylum, opened its doors in 1872 to the medically and criminally insane. For over 100 years, reports of abuse and murder came out of the hospital, and it eventually closed its doors in 1997 due to the abuse and overcrowding. During its operation, the […]
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Being a criminal defense attorney can be hard. In addition to navigating a system designed to fail our clients, we often have only bad facts to work with. And when “he didn't do it!” isn't a viable defense, the world's defenders have to get creative. 10Mo' Money, Mo' Problems Photo credit: ANC In 2013, Texas […]
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Too often, it might appear as if Egypt’s dunes no longer deliver Giza-grade delights. While it would be extremely difficult to top the famous pyramids, incredible discoveries are still being made. New ruins reveal vast, rich tombs and even when the plague came to Thebes. Even modern places such as Cairo’s museum and slums deliver […]
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There is something equally fascinating and repulsive about human remains. Whether they emerge as part of a murder investigation, an archaeological dig, a horror film, or a Halloween outfit, we connect with the dead human body on a number of different levels for a variety of reasons. What is especially interesting is the way different […]
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Man explored the world long before the days of Columbus and Magellan. Even in the earliest moments of human history, when the known world was little more than what extended within sight, there were men who were sent out to explore the unknown. When the first explorers set out into unknown parts of the world, […]
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Humanity has been extremely lucky to get this far. Considering how incredibly fortunate we have been in many ways, it's easy to come up with ideas for why we have not yet found intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. However, there have been multiple occasions when the human race was almost confronted with an apocalyptic […]
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As some of you may be aware, we are launching a brand new site redesign this year. The main focus of the redesign is speed, stability, and ease of use. It will also involve a style refresh. One very significant change we are hoping to introduce is the removal of Disqus for our commenting platform […]
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It is believed that the continent of South America broke free from the supercontinent Pangaea more than 220 million years ago. Since then its countries’ populations continued to grow and flourish even during hard times. Today, because of the rich history and diverse culture found here, millions of tourists flock to well-known sites including Macchu […]
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Ancient cultures like the Chinese and the Greeks looked up at the sky in awe and racked their brains to figure out just what was going on up there. They made remarkable breakthroughs, but things really ramped up in the 20th and 21st centuries as technology advanced. Some of those discoveries might be unfathomable to […]
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We've already covered lesser-known members of the Kim family dynasty. There are plenty of higher-ups in North Korea who aren't part of that bloodline, though. You might be surprised at how many you've seen tailing Kim Jong Un during public appearances or representing North Korea at international events. Ever wondered who those people are and […]
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Spiritualism, the belief that the living may contact the deceased, has made many people a small fortune, so much so that it appears as though almost anyone could set up a show, either on the road or in their homes. It was popular among the poor and the wealthy, among the uneducated and the highest […]
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Death is one of the most intriguing and sometimes mysterious aspects of mortality. People have been dying since, well, forever, and scientists have found some pretty interesting information about the death process. Some are cool, some are thought-provoking, and some are just plain bizarre. 10How We Die The leading cause of death around the world […]
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In the early days of feminism, women known as suffragists demanded the right to vote through peaceful protests, but by 1903, it was clear that the peaceful path wasn't working. Emmeline Pankhurst led the Suffragettes into a new wave of violent, militant action, declaring, “No measure worth having has been won in any other way.” […]
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The line separating Homo sapiens and Neanderthals is thinning. Scholars are no longer even sure if the two are different species. While Neanderthals are long-extinct (and possibly a subspecies of modern humans), archaeology is proving that they had a lot in common with people today. From makeup to personal quirks, keeping the kids occupied, and […]
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We generally associate most companies with specific goods and services. For instance, we associate Shell with oil, Nokia with phones, and Nintendo with games. But these companies and a host of others never started in the niches they’re famous for today. In fact, some predate their niches and only got involved due to bizarre reasons. […]
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Ancient adolescents lived in a very different world than today. From the time of prehistory to New World colonies, some lived extraordinary lives. They suffered from sickness and unjust treatment and expressed themselves in art and pranks. But perhaps the most revealing stories come from the teenagers who never lived to grow old. How they […]
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Each country has its own dark history filled with crimes where the killer was never brought to justice. It's unlikely that we'll ever find out who murdered these ten people. Even if we did, the perpetrators would be long dead, since these crimes occurred roughly a century ago. Even so, they show us that murder […]
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Teotihuacan, at its prime, was one of the largest cities on earth, filled with massive pyramids that rivaled the wonders of the Egyptian pharaohs—and everything about it is a mystery today. Little to nothing was written down to tell the story of Teotihuacan, but little hints in the ruins left behind have uncovered some of […]
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History is full of strange crimes, crazed criminals, and skilled impostors. Listverse has covered many of these odd historical events and personages, from the lesbian nun scandal, to the woman who posed as the Maid of Norway and was burned alive for her efforts, to the mass murderer who claimed to have sodomized more than […]
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When the topic of crime cinema comes up in conversation, it is easy to think of many popular classics from the past. Films like The Godfather, Scarface, Goodfellas, Heat, and Chinatown tend to dominate the talk around the water cooler as being the true cream of the crop. What about the unsung heroes of the […]
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For most people, the word “sleep” conjures up peace and relaxation after a long day. However, your body undergoes many changes during the hours that you are unconscious. From undoing the day’s harm to preparing for the day ahead, the human body is constantly sorting, repairing, and refreshing. So next time you wake up feeling […]
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From 1978 to 1995, the Central Intelligence Agency ran a secret program called Stargate. Their goal was to create an army of what they called "psychic warriors"—men with superhuman abilities who could use their powers to look inside enemy bases, manipulate the physical world, and peer into the future. This wasn't just a few renegade […]
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Tales of gladiatorial combat have enthralled for thousands of years. From books and paintings to films and television shows, the image of a gladiator with a sword and shield fighting for their life has intrigued and inspired many. However, as the fighting became more popular, the crowd wanted more. Gladiator battles became diverse, and a […]
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Not every monster suffers for their crime. Sometimes, even when a criminal gets caught and is found undeniably guilty, they can still be released back into society and their normal lives. Within our legal systems, there are a whole series of loopholes, technicalities, and strange standards that are ripe for catastrophes. And when the system […]
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When we think of "human," we tend to have pretty strict ideas of what they will be like. We assume that they will have a head, two legs, two arms, five fingers, so on and so forth. There are, however, people who do not fit those guidelines, but are still without a doubt just as […]
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Wacky as it may seem to some, there could be other forms of life out there. All around the world, people from various nations believe in aliens, and there are frequent sightings to further convince us that aliens could exist. Here, we have narrowed down a list of 10 out-of-this-world festivals that take place internationally […]
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Tradition holds that in the unfortunate event of a maritime disaster, the captain is the last to leave, if not going down with the ship. At what point, however, does their survival instinct defy an implicit custom that, albeit honorable, seldom ends well? The following ten captains broke from tradition, leaving not only their reputation […]
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A lot has happened in the world of science in the past 10 years. From water on Mars to memory manipulation to a crazy thing called “dark matter,” everything on this list proves that if the next decade is anywhere near as important for science as the last, we are truly living in exciting times. […]
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Politics might feel like a zoo, especially during election season and the years' worth of media coverage leading up to it. But in the end, the candidates are still A number of animals have run for political office over the years—or more accurately were run by enterprising humans. In some cases, these campaigns are […]
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Just about everyone heard the stories when they were kids: masked maniacs, ghosts, alien abductions. The details may have changed from telling to telling, but urban legends have a way of sticking around. Especially the ones that truly terrify you. Subscribe to the Listverse YouTube Channel, or read the original list here. Discover more chilling […]
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On August 21, 2017, the most talked about event in human history will occur. A total solar eclipse will sweep across a wide swath of the world. This will be the first total solar eclipse to pass over North America in the 21st century as well as the first to pass over the continental United […]
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Suicide is an action that is hard to understand because, for most, all of our efforts and basic instincts are aimed at preserving and enhancing the lives we live. A tragic choice, suicide not only ends the lives of those under intense mental and physical strains, but it also causes lasting trauma to the loved […]
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De-extinction, while the definition is self-evident, refers to the resurrection of extinct organisms. Many articles on the subject cannot discuss this process without satirically mentioning Jurassic Park. Which leads me to question, is this where the partnership of technology and biology may lead us one day? Did Michael Crichton novels foretell this? Many scientists from […]
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In America’s nascency, black people had it rough for sure. The majority endured a joyless life of servitude and hard labor under the heel of severe plantation owners. Some plucky African Americans, however, managed to escape this dire fate and went on to live illustrious lives acquiring wealth and status other colonists would envy. These […]
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When it comes to archaeological mysteries, the spotlight tends to shine on popular cases that have been circulating for decades. Stonehenge, the Sphinx, and the Nazca Lines remain highly read subjects. Sometimes a new mystery makes a media splash, but most fall through the cracks, perpetuating the notion that great enigmas do not surface as […]
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The most well-known fact about pi—normally rounded to 3.14159—is that it represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi is also an irrational number, so it is incapable of being written as a simple fraction. Therefore, pi is an infinitely long, non-repeating decimal, making it one of the most interesting […]
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As the 105th anniversary of its sinking approaches, it’s clear that the Titanic shows no signs of fading from society’s collective memory. Over the past century, a great number of legends and stories about her and those aboard have been told and repeated. Some are true, and some are factually distorted and have become cemented […]
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“Alibi” used to mean some sort of evidence that proved a person was elsewhere when a criminal act had taken place. However, thanks mostly to police shows, the term has become so prevalent that both the Oxford and Cambridge Dictionary consider it, informally, an excuse for something bad. That prevalence has made most criminals think […]
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The first and last royal family of Russia was the Romanovs. Tsar Nicholas II had four daughters and one son. His daughters were Anastasia Nikolaevna, Olga Nikolaevna, Tatiana Nikolaevna, and Maria Nikolaevna. His son was Alexei Nikolaevich. The absolute rulers of Russia took the throne in 1613 and left the throne in 1917. Since this […]
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Getting to the Moon was a fantastic achievement, and the technology was amazing. It also had the added complication of involving human beings. At the time, the astronauts and rocket engineers were often portrayed as almost superhuman. In reality, they were just as flawed as the rest of us, so not everything that happened fitted […]
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Whether you’re a believer or an atheist, you’ve probably heard of the Ark of the Covenant. Either through teachings of the Bible or by watching Indiana Jones fight off Nazi troops in order to obtain it, most people are familiar with the divine relic of legend. To some, however, the Ark is far from mere […]
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Everyone knows certain things about the ocean. It is beautiful and vast, with charismatic dolphins and daunting sharks swimming around, but what you've seen on TV and in movies is far from the whole story. We know this because even though the ocean covers over 70 percent of our Earth, the fact is that we […]
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A deck of playing cards may look simple, but hidden among the pips, suits, numbers and portraits are surprising secrets, some of which are hundreds of years old. That box of pasteboards in bold, primary colors is one of the most recognizable things in the world, but the more we look, the more it seems […]
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The Romans are perhaps one of the best-studied ancient nations. Modern fascination remains steadfast because the complexities of their culture guarantee that for years, archaeologists will continue to peel back new, unknown layers. There is no end in sight when it comes to figuring out how the ancient Romans really lived, loved, and died. New […]
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The Nazis seriously wanted to showcase the superiority of Germany and the Aryan race. And what better way to do that if not with architecture. The architectural style of the Nazis imitated that of ancient Rome, which Hitler hoped to surpass in development. His aim was to totally modify Berlin's landscape and rename it Germania, […]
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When people think about the properties of rocks, odor is not one of the things that comes to mind. Rocks and minerals aren’t known for what they smell like. Most handbooks and manuals of mineralogy make no mention of odor. In general, it’s true that most rocks don’t smell, but there are some that do. […]
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Is the CSI effect real? Some legal and criminal experts have opined that the popularity of forensic TV shows, particularly the CSI franchise, has had a detrimental effect on the justice system. Specifically, they complain that juries have come to expect forensic evidence in every case and are less likely to convict without it. In […]
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Games used to be so simple. Get the high score. Eat all the pellets. Just run to the right until the level ended. Simple. Those days are long gone, replaced instead with game mechanics that go beyond anything you would likely imagine. Don’t believe it? Well, would you have ever thought there would be a […]
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Our ancestors would have found the fairy tales we tell our children incredibly tame. These days, we keep our stories censored—devoid of sex, devoid of the disgusting, and devoid of the bizarre. When people first started telling folktales, though, they were trying to make sense of the world around them—and the disgusting and the bizarre […]
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Sending prisoners to "Old Sparky" was serious business in one of America's oldest prisons. After all, Sing Sing, located in New York State, had a gruesome reputation to uphold and the executioner was paid a pretty penny to flip that switch. In the early 1900s, newspapers across the world printed reports on the latest criminals […]
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Ever wondered whether Japanese Samurai could beat Spanish Conquistadors? Or if the Roman Legion could fight an ancient Chinese army, or if an army of War Elephants would stand a chance against modern artillery? Some of those "who would win" battles that we love to wonder about do not have to be imagined—they have played […]
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There is something intriguing about the sight of an island in the distance. These small parcels of land surrounded by miles of open ocean on all sides are steeped in a sense of mystery, a new land to explore. No less interesting is the history of the inhabitants of these islands who have formed a […]
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Natural, beautiful, and often beneficial, plants are a part of our everyday surroundings. From the shade given to us by the large oaks to the pleasant scent of the rose, plants bring about a feeling of pleasure for most people. But not all plants are out to make humans happy or shade us from the […]
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Finding the truth in our history is like trying to solve a crime after arriving at the scene 2,000 years too late. We analyze the evidence left behind, we listen to the witnesses, and we make our best guess—but we rarely know for sure what really happened. There are few better examples of just how […]
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An airport is not an ideal home. Unfortunately, some people have no choice but to live in one. A few simply aren’t allowed to leave until their paperwork is sorted out. Others have nowhere else to go. The following people spent weeks, months, and even years calling an airport home. 10 Zahra Kamalfar Photo credit: […]
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The Japanese ninja of the 15th and 16th centuries remain the most well-known ninja in history. But what is known about them? In many ways, they were highly successful in keeping their lives and skills secret. Ninjutsu—the art of stealth, combat, and infiltration—was carefully passed on. Today, the idea of the ninja has been so […]
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Over the course of 100 days in 1994, Hutu extremists brutally massacred 800,000 Tutsi Rwandans. It was one of the worst genocides in human history, and while it happened, UN Peacekeepers impotently watched it happen, under direct orders not to interfere. The whole world watched as we failed to stop a genocide—but that was only […]
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As a public defender, I have seen firsthand the unspeakable abuses that those incarcerated in the United States are forced to endure. This group includes those convicted of crimes and pretrial detainees who are presumed innocent. Fortunately, you needn’t be on the front lines to bear witness. As the tide turns on prisoners’ rights, respected […]
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Ancient Egypt is mostly recognized for its pyramids, hieroglyphs, and mummies. A rich culture that lasted for over 3,000 years before Christ, it left behind tons of relics, which provide insight into the civilization. Thanks to translations of documents and inscriptions as well as beautiful images, we know a lot about ancient Egyptian life. Thanks […]
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Mr. Black is dead, and his killer was not Miss Scarlet or Professor Plumb. It was the butler, in the conservatory, with a lead pipe! Though the butler is not one of the original suspects in Clue, there are many other fictional settings in which the butler is the one who committed the crime. Arthur […]
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Everyone craves excitement. Some people find their thrills in little things like having a second glass of wine. Other people get their dopamine buzzing with adventurous activities. As far back as we can look, humans have been pursuing adrenaline rushes. Here are ten extreme sports from history that show our ancestors were willing to risk […]
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Too many times, the idea floats that commerce in the past wasn’t as interesting as it is today. Archaeologists beg to differ. There’s nothing like stumbling upon an ancient business and seeing the tools a surgeon held, how wine was made, or even ancient customers who took shelter. Even better, newly discovered workshops reveal mysterious […]
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From an outsider's perspective, it is very difficult to imagine why anyone would join a cult of their own free will. There are thousands of cults in existence, with millions of members all over the world. According to multiple psychologists and sociologists, there is no stereotype of the sort of person who would join a […]
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It is the belief of some that as humanity advances, so to do our moral values. When we look at history, this becomes evident. Slavery was once practiced and accepted as legitimate all over the world, whereas today it is all but eradicated. In the realm of criminal justice, we have seen a slow but […]
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We eat, and then our body breaks down what we ate, absorbs wanted nutrients, and gets rid of the unwanted residue as sweat, urine, and feces. It’s no big deal, and it’s part of what makes us . . . us. Feces is known by several names around the world, and most of us don’t even care about what […]
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There's a difference between the person we show to the world and the person we show to the people who love us. There's a whole other side of a person that comes out in love letters. In letters to those who care for us, the real self comes through because we know we're writing words […]
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Compared to most subjects, linguistics can seem pretty democratic. Fields like physics, math, and history deal in the abstract, in otherwise unobservable things or events. Linguistics, on the other hand, deals with something that we all have an intimate knowledge of. However, this means we tend to hold a lot of assumptions or even outright […]
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Human skeletons can be strange, even in the most normal of positions. Ancient bones have a particular knack for dropping jaws and not just their own. Societies who lived long ago sometimes buried their dead in strange ways for reasons that defy even what the experts know of their culture. But enigmatic skeletons are not […]
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They can be soulful, they can be sad, and they can reach millions of hearts. Great photos say more than a volume of words can. Photos have the ability to record miracles and disasters. Children have often been pictured in both, from joyful moments to tragic ones. They speak directly to the heart without barrier […]
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The jungles and forests of Earth have terrified the human race for years. There’s just something unsettling about not knowing what could be lurking behind the next tree. That hasn't stopped us from exploring them and searching for the lost cities and treasures rumored to be inside. In recent years, the world has become a […]
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Some secret languages exist in the world today, spoken and understood only by those in the know. These various secret tongues are employed by a diverse range of groups, including traditional healers, professional wrestlers, citizens of specific communities, and even criminals. Here are ten secret languages explained in detail, complete with links to some dictionaries […]
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Keeping up with the news is hard. So hard, in fact, that we have decided to save you the hassle by rounding up the most mind-blowing events each month. In the US, “news” in March meant “trying to keep track of just what the heck is going on with healthcare.” But while Washington was bickering, […]
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It does not matter how many history classes we take, documentaries we watch, or books we read, we know nothing about history. After hundreds, if not thousands, of years of retelling and exaggeration, accounts of objects and events end up as little more than vague rumors riddled with inaccuracies. Even the most basic historical "facts" […]
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The consensus within the scientific community is that the first fully-functional quantum computer will be ready in roughly ten years—an event so significant that many experts are calling for a countdown to Y2Q: "years to quantum." Most people at least somewhat familiar with the basic ideas of quantum mechanics identify the field with a general […]
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When it comes to murder weapons or freak accidents, we do not usually look for suspects in a candy dish or bakery. Chocolate, caramel apples, and bubble gum seem so harmless. However, throughout the years, some of the most horrific and shocking deaths can be traced back to candy and other fateful dessert choices. From […]
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Throughout history, a few remarkable women managed to rise to the top of male-dominated societies and take power in their own right. Their names echo through history: Hatshepsut, Cleopatra, Wu Zetian. But it was more common for powerful women to need to cloak their rule through male puppets. These women have largely been forgotten today, […]
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The squiggly, microscopic tadpoles that helped conceive us all don't get a lot of thought. They swim around the uterus looking for an egg to fertilize. Guys can produce anywhere from 20 to 100 million of the little buggers, and they produce about 1,500 a second. Scientists have even made sperm in the lab from […]
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The lowly sock. We don't often think of it as a pivotal part of our daily attire. But when socks matter, they really matter. Whether as mechanical prevention for debilitating injuries like blisters or frostbite or as an indicator of social and economic status, socks carry more importance than just the weight of our bodies […]
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Chang and Eng Bunker, the original “Siamese Twins,” lived a very interesting and storied life together. Those lives sadly ended in an ironic tragedy not even Shakespeare could come up with. The conjoined twins were much more than just an interesting “oddity,” since they had a stellar stage career together as world-class acrobats, were successful […]
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From guillotine earrings worn by ladies of fashion to guillotine toys constructed for young children, the widow, as it was called, held the public in fascination and fear. People screamed for its use and, at the same time, worried about whether it caused unnecessary pain. Guillotine executions were an industry unlike any other. Tens of […]
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We tend to think of history like a comic book: we have heroes, we have villains, the end. But that is not how real life works. People are too complex to be boiled down into one easily digestible image. However, that has not stopped history from conveniently forgetting a few things about some of its […]
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The Shaolin are a historically secretive people. From their humble beginnings in the Henan providence of China, their culture has continued to push the limits of the human mind, body, and spirit. After a terrible fire in 1929, much of their scarcely recorded history was lost. But a monk named Jin Jing Zhong compiled decades […]
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Yellowstone National Park ranks as the #1 best national park in America. Santorini, Greece, is a bucket list destination, honeymoon location, and dream vacation spot. The African Safari has more to see than we can ever see in one trip. Yet, these locations have more in common than their uncommon beauty. The history of their […]
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You walk into a room, and the door suddenly slams behind you. You hear gas hissing. A sinister eye stares hungrily at you from a hole behind you while you gasp and scream for your life—just before you die. That was H.H. Holmes on a good day. Even before Jack the Ripper stalked foggy streets […]
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There have been many unidentified flying objects sighted throughout history. This list details some of the earlier sightings that have been written down or passed on. Some are exciting, and some are just plain weird. Several surprisingly big names have reported UFOs throughout history. 10 Edmond Halley Photo credit: Richard Phillips Astronomer Edmond Halley, who […]
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While a human's olfactory sense is significantly weaker than many animals', we can still detect billions of different scents. And we expect things in nature to smell a certain way. Fruits smell sweet, flowers smell pleasant, and animals smell earthy. But some plants and animals smell nothing like we would expect, and their scent can […]
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