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Today more than ever, we are hammered by information overload. The more facts thrown at us, the fewer we process and remember. Wouldn’t you love to find a way to cut through the clutter to get to the really good stuff? We believe that Listverse does that for you at least three times a day.
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Ring-tailed bandit, masked bandit, night raider, dumpster panda, guardian of the galaxy, or whatever you choose to call them, raccoons can be quite the nuisance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the raccoon a major carrier of the rabies virus in the United States, second only to bats.[1] Raccoons, which can attack if
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It may come as a surprise that the practice of a bail bondsman is almost exclusively found in the United States and the Philippines. If a defendant released on bond fails to appear in court, the bond agent is allowed by law to apprehend the runaway in order to bring them to the jurisdiction of
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While nothing compares to the pressures of having a real job, life at college is extremely stressful. So it should be no surprise that our parents and grandparents spent much of their university lives blowing off steam and hiding from work. The need for a pressure valve and the fact that students have far too
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Some individuals have been granting their bodies immortality for millennia. Although these people are not alive, certain preservation techniques allow autopsies to be performed as if the deceased had died recently—even though the person has been dead for thousands of years! The process of preserving the flesh has been seen in ancient cultures since before
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When someone says “Bermuda,” what comes to mind? Lost World War II-era pilots? UFOs? Gateways to other dimensions? Mysterious disappearances? What about a great place to visit? Not everyone picks the latter. Bermuda is more than just a certain eponymous triangle. The archipelago has an interesting history, rich culture, and many beautiful sights. Here are
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After finding itself on death’s door in the mid-1990s, Apple Inc. has had one of the greatest second acts in business history. The iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad product lines rocketed Apple back to the top of the tech industry. Despite accusations of lacking innovation and coasting on Steve Jobs’s legacy following his death in
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Genetic disorders are passed down from generation to generation. Sometimes, only one parent passes down the faulty gene, which creates carriers of a genetic disease. Some carriers of certain genetic disorders have been proven to be more resistant to certain viral or infectious diseases. Although many genetic disorders can be very harmful, there can be
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Firefighters don’t get recognition for sitting around and picking their noses. They get it for being seriously badass. They run into burning buildings, save children from high-rises, rappel down roofs like ninjas, and perform a host of other acts of courage across a variety of dynamic scenarios. In this list, we’ll cover real-life firefighters who
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With those big eyes and fluffy tails, it’s easy to forget that squirrels are part of the rodent family. Some people even wish they could have them as pets. However, squirrels have a secret. They can actually be pretty aggressive and dangerous under the right circumstances. They’re all around us—up in the trees, scurrying past
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Recreational marijuana use didn’t become an issue in the United States until after the Mexican Revolution in the 1910s, when immigrants arriving in the US brought with them their intoxicant of choice. “Marijuana” was Mexican slang for a psychoactive variety of the plant Cannabis sativa, of which a non-psychoactive variety known as hemp had been
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In April 2018, Pope Francis made an announcement about the importance of baptism in Christian life. The baptismal process, he commented, represents a significant change in a person’s life. Many Christians celebrate that baptismal process as a type of entrance into their religion. John the Baptist is considered by many to have started the tradition
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The Cheka, GPU, NKVD, MGB, and KGB. These are just a few of the names and acronyms for the same thing: the terrifying secret police apparatus of the Soviet Union. Following the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, Russia’s Communists used repressive violence to quash any semblance of political resistance. During this reign of terror, the various
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They say that nothing stays hidden forever. Indeed, we’re finding the answers to long-running questions on a seemingly regular basis. Even the truth behind the world’s most enduring secrets might someday see the light of day. It’s impossible to predict when new developments will happen in old mysteries. A chance discovery here, a deathbed confession
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Certain places in the world are having problems with that one thing most of us prefer not to discuss: poop. When you visit these places, there is the likelihood (but not a certainty) that you will find feces just lying around. Even if you don’t, you definitely won’t miss the unmistakable stench. These malodorous issues
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North Korea is a living Hell. Suffice to say, there are probably few countries more depressing to live in or write lists about. Given the choice, you’d probably take writing the list. In any case, pack a couple of Vicodin and a bottle of whiskey, because we’re off to Best Korea! You’ll need all the
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In the 16th century, Christians were afraid of puppets, even believing that they were demonic because it was impossible to identify the source of a puppet’s voice. With a reboot of Puppet Master underway and the legacy of other scary films’ puppets like Billy in Saw, it’s safe to say that many of us are
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Terrorism has been a buzzword for people in the media and the government ever since the infamous September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001. According to Merriam-Webster, a terrorist is defined as “an advocate or practitioner of terrorism as a means of coercion.”[1] This can be pretty broad but
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