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For most, history class in grade school was a dry, tedious affair. Memorize names, memorize dates, repeat. But as any veteran Listverse reader can tell you, that’s only because the good parts would never fly in a school curriculum. No matter how many times we learn about the scandalous side of history, there’s always a
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Natural disasters reveal something about humanity. When a storm sends 49 billion kilograms (108 billion lb) of water flying through 251 kilometer-per-hour (156 mph) winds straight into your backyard, you learn something about who you really are. When hurricanes break through the coastline and wreak havoc on people’s lives, human nature also gets uncovered. Sometimes,
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Since the late 1800s, hypnotism has fascinated the general public. People from all over the world either experimented with it or experienced it. In fact, it was a common subject covered in newspapers worldwide on an almost daily basis. Professional hypnotists would travel the continents and perform astounding acts by hypnotizing entire groups of people
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History Radu Alexander August 27, 2017 Sometimes, it can be very difficult to distinguish historical fact from historical fiction. In some cases, the lack of solid evidence makes a definitive conclusion impossible, while in others, new findings keep changing the official story. Academic biases can also muddy the waters at times. Many things in history
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Travel Ben Gazur August 26, 2017 Everyone loves a trip to the beach. The warmth of the Sun on your skin, the fresh air blowing off the sea, the soft sand between your toes, the glowing waves, the chunks of ice, and the hot springs are what make a holiday special. You probably weren’t expecting
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Weird Stuff Adam R. Ramos August 24, 2017 Body piercing has been practiced throughout the world since ancient times for religious, aesthetic, and sexual purposes. While many people choose to display their piercings proudly, in Victorian times, piercings were secretly hidden beneath a prim exterior. Others on this list were forcibly pierced against their will.
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Pop Culture Tiffany Stronghart August 23, 2017 It’s no secret that advertisers sell their products by offering a solution to a consumer’s problem—and in some cases, a problem they didn’t even know they had. For example, people didn’t worry about bad breath until Listerine created mouthwash. Yet, the Listerine-induced halitosis scare resulted in one of
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Humans Huda Abu-Suwa August 21, 2017 We have all seen movies or read books that describe psychopaths. They are often portrayed as cold-blooded killers or rapists or as just pure evil. While this is the case for some psychopaths, not all of them are violent killers. Some psychopaths have normal lives and jobs. If you
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Music Kell Jenning July 17, 2017 Musicians have enjoyed courting controversy since the dawn of the culture surrounding popular music. Whether it’s reactionary, to gain notoriety, or just vacuous attention-grabbing, it usually makes for a strong statement when delivered to a mass audience. Entire subcultures have established themselves by utilizing controversy to drive a particular
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Facts Daniel Kushnir June 17, 2017 Those who live in the Western world often feel as though their civilization is, and always was, the most technologically advanced (and maybe even most important) in the world. However, that is not necessarily true. Many important inventions that we once used, or even still use today, saw their
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Humans Paulina Destarac June 17, 2017 Dreaming, much like binge-watching Netflix, is one of those things we all do, but no one seems to understand why. We don’t dream every time we sleep, and when we do, it’s usually of some random scenario that makes no sense. We sometimes wake up with a vague recollection
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Our World Sam Dunsmore June 16, 2017 Many deserted towns around the world are dangerous to visitors. Several of these places were abandoned after severe environmental damage had occurred, and the residents became extremely ill. Much of the damage and toxic aftermath lingers for years, and these ghost towns can still harm tourists today. 10Picher,
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