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Nicaragua, or “Nica-wah-wah” if you’re a member of the upper class, is the largest Central American nation. Sandwiched between Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south, Nicaragua is known as “the land of lakes and volcanoes.” Since becoming an independent republic in 1838, the nation has certainly seen its fair share of
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You can find almost anything for sale at auctions. Some incredible items, including human remains, have been sold. Whether at traditional auction houses or online, sellers have parted with body parts, including those of famous people, sometimes for big bucks. These anatomical bits and pieces include a decapitated head, brains, pigtails and hair clippings, teeth,
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The term “kingmaker” is used to describe a person of power and influence who plays a pivotal role in a royal or political succession. They typically rely on their political connections, great wealth, or military prowess to gain an outcome which would not be possible without their contribution. Two other characteristics that generally describe a
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For most of us, our understanding of prisons comes from what we see on TV and in films. From the hazing in The Shawshank Redemption to the underhandedness of Orange is the New Black, much of what we see is fairly realistic. But there is always a bit of exaggeration and artistic license. In the
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Disney has designed a system for their amusement parks that usually runs very smoothly. People love returning to Disney World and Disneyland every single year because there is so much to do and see. However, the sheer magnitude of the number of rides and attractions, combined with the millions of people who come in and
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There will always be the old favorites, but nothing beats the thrill of something revealed for the first time. Such artifacts can deepen the personal stories of famous historical figures and even reveal what they tried to keep private in life. These artifacts open unseen glimpses into expeditions and little-known military traditions. Even more enticing,
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Zoology wasn’t always a precise science. Thousands of year ago, people like Aristotle and Pliny the Elder did their best to compile everything anyone knew about animals into massive, encyclopedic tomes. But they didn’t always get the details right. Before airplanes, cameras, and Google, most people had never seen an elephant. If they wanted to
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Women throwing underwear and screaming doesn’t come to most people’s minds when they think about classical music concerts, but that’s where it began. Long before Elvis, Beatlemania, and Justin Bieber, one man became the first person to fill concert halls with shrieking, fainting, lovelorn women: classical pianist Franz Liszt. They called it Lisztomania—and in the
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Who would sleep with a dead person? Surprisingly, many people have. Sometimes, it happened due to old age, and other times, alcohol was involved. There were cases of intentional necrophilia, and there were coldhearted cases of brutal murder. In every one of the following instances, a living person curled up in bed or on the
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Holiday movies often serve as an emotional reminder of our past. Settling down with the familiarity of a favorite film can be as comforting and warming as a Christmas Turkey, or a glass of eggnog; indeed some holidays may even feel incomplete without them. The following ten iconic films are nostalgic for millions of people
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We usually think of teachers as people who have the best interests of their students in mind. Sure, there are teachers who pick on certain kids or give ridiculous amounts of homework, but we really don’t associate them with criminal behavior. Nevertheless, some teachers become overly attached to their pupils and form inappropriate relationships with
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If there is one constant in human history, it’s the worry that we aren’t having quite as much sex as we could be. There have always been various solutions proposed for such concerns. They’ve often tended toward the ludicrous. Those dry, boring characters you learned about in history class liked a good time as much
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The idea of traveling into space seems cool. Many of us have imagined becoming astronauts—or possibly the first person on Mars—at some point in our lives. Who hasn’t wanted to touch the stars? However, there are some facts that might have made us reconsider if our dreams hadn’t died off, anyway. From the unfortunate consequences
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Over the centuries, certain places, steeped in history, come to symbolize their time, to represent the values a people hold dear, or to stand for a particular lifestyle unique to a city or a country. Such precious places seem irreplaceable. The notion of selling them as if they were mere commodities would strike many as
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McDonald’s has over 36,000 locations around the globe, which are estimated to serve over 69 million customers daily. That’s the second-highest number of locations for a fast-food chain in the world. (Subway takes the top spot.) At that scale, it’s no wonder there have been so many controversies and scandals. Most people have heard of
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What is that foul smell? Do you really want to know? Every day, people follow their noses to make grisly, odoriferous discoveries of dead bodies. Rotten corpses fester, and their funk attracts attention. Even when human remains are concealed from sight, the inevitable fetid aroma they produce betrays their location. Often, our first contact with
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“Aryan” is perhaps the most controversial term in archaeology. Originally a self-identifier of the Indo-Iranian people, “Aryan” referred to a cultural and linguistic group, not an ethnicity. Nineteenth-century scholars misappropriated the term, made it a synonym for all Indo-Europeans, and burdened it with racial connotations never intended by the original users. Of course, we all
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