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We often think of ghost towns as forgotten, desolate burgs located in remote areas with little human population. That’s what makes them ghost towns, at least. As we are about to find out, however, that is not always so. There are ghost towns around and sometimes even inside famous, bustling cities. In some cases, people
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Next to eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise, getting adequate sleep is a staple cornerstone to a healthy life. But did you know that sleeping can also be dangerous? There are actually a number of things that can go wrong when you close your eyes and slip into unconsciousness—and for some people, the
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During the Cold War, the American nuclear threat following the drop of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki shifted the Soviet nuclear weapons program into high gear. Immediately after the atomic bombings, the Politburo established a special committee to oversee and expedite the development of nuclear weapons. On April 9, 1946,
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There are few aspects of criminology more divisive than profiling. Some see it as a valuable tool that can provide insight into the minds of killers and actually help apprehend them, while others regard it as mere guesswork or a novelty act akin to a mentalism trick. This list isn’t meant to determine the worth
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While most people think the idea of mind control is something that belongs in the movies, the fact is that various forms of mind control are operating around us all the time. From advertising on television, the Internet, or billboards to repeated mantras spoken in the press day after day to shape public opinion, mind
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Elections are usually the exclusive province of living people. Typically, certain requirements must be met before someone can run for office, such as a minimum age or living in the area one wishes to govern. Having a pulse kind of goes without saying. But none of that has stopped dead people from defeating their living
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In the world of laboratories, foam is not the froth that makes beer look crisp. Appearing as gels, solids, and even at the quantum level, foam is earmarked to improve the lives of humans in remarkable ways. This flexible substance spawns innovation in combat, operating theaters, and robotics. It also fosters a safer environment for
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Virus. The word is usually met with fear and understandably so. These microscopic collections of biological chemicals have been responsible for countless cases of death and sickness. The very mention of a deadly viral pandemic can send entire neighborhoods, cities, or even geographic zones into a state of sheer, frenzied panic. Viruses are invisible to
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In today’s society, it often seems as if you cannot turn on the news without hearing about the ways in which big businesses use their deep corporate pockets and political might to influence politicians and elections. While their presence has become more prevalent, especially in the US as a result of Supreme Court decisions such
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Vampires are not real. The idea that the dead can come back to life and sustain themselves on blood is, from a scientific point of view, laughable. However, there are some humans out there who have vampiric qualities, whether their personalities drain others or they prefer the darkness of night to the light of day.
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They walk among us! No, not aliens. Royals have a long and illustrious history of shrugging off their robes and crowns and getting stuck in with the general public. Sometimes, they did so because they had no choice or because they wanted to suss out what the “real” people thought of their rule. Other times,
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While you’ve probably heard of Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and Susan B. Anthony, history is filled with amazing women whom most people have never heard of. Whether this is due to the misogynistic nature of past historians or simply because people failed to take note of their work while they were alive, many women have
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Metal is one of the most notorious and controversial music genres out there. The genre has been associated with violence, and it’s not hard to see why. To the average listener, metal songs can sound rather hostile and angry. Metal bands are synonymous with loud music, weird costumes, and radical behaviors. Some have even gained
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The Vikings are well-known for fighting and exploring, yet religion and ritual practices were a big part of their culture and everyday life. Their religious beliefs included many different gods and goddesses, so much so that it is considered a “non-doctrinal community religion.” This means that their beliefs and rituals varied among people. Although they
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Humans have been sailing for millennia, but submarines as we know them today are a more recent innovation. It takes a brave soul to journey in one of these claustrophobic underwater vessels, surrounded on all sides by the crushing pressure of the sea. We all know about the Yellow Submarine, but most people don’t know
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Crimes are committed every single day, including murder, theft, and assault. People break into homes and cause countless problems for others. And that’s what we think of when it comes to crimes—people. But as we’re going to learn, humans aren’t the only culprits. Some of the same crimes for which people have been responsible have
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In mid-2018, Chris Martin was having his UK home renovated when he discovered a World War II bunker in his back garden. The two-room concrete bunker found at the Middlesbrough home was large enough to hold up to 50 people. Martin plans to turn the bunker into an office or wine cellar. He isn’t the
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