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For many years, the public didn’t know where The Simpsons lived. Yeah, we knew the setting was Springfield. But in which state? Not only was the Springfield mystery location used for a number of jokes over the years, the show’s writers constantly flirted with the city’s exact location through conflicting descriptions, obscured map locations, and
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Of all the uncertainties in life, death is one of the few things, if not the only one, that is certain. (Some people don’t pay taxes, after all.) Sooner or later, barring some wild advances in medical science, everyone reading this will die. We typically either cremate or bury the deceased, based on religious and
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Everyone makes mistakes. Maybe you forgot to buy milk at the grocery store, or perhaps an important e-mail to your boss went off with a glaring typo in the subject line. At least you can rest assured that life’s little mishaps rarely lead to much greater calamities. Some mistakes, however, are so colossal that they
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We all know World War II was complex; that’s part of what makes it a world war. But three quarters of a century on, it’s all too easy to forget some of the more complicated details of the conflict. People like a simple, black-and-white narrative—Allies vs. Axis, good vs. evil—but reality is rarely as straightforward
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It’s easy to forget that many of the world’s nations only came into existence fairly recently. Think South Sudan and East Timor, for example. We also tend to forget than many once-prominent nations have ceased to exist entirely. Human history is a long narrative of the rise and fall of nations, empires, and the peoples
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Reptilians. Lizardfolk. Sauroids. These are just some of the names associated with this alien race conspiracy. While some dismiss it as nonsense, a growing number of believers are eager to share their knowledge of reptilians living among us. These creatures disguise themselves as humans and often hold positions of power in the world’s governments. Here
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Everyone loves a good story, and history has experienced its fair share of tall tales. Throughout the centuries, both individuals and groups have developed elaborate works of fiction; the most successful of these pulled the wool over the eyes of not only gullible individuals but the general public as well. Some of these hoaxes were
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Great Britain is the source of habeas corpus law and the Magna Carta. The British Empire once spanned the world, and it brought with it forces of modernization that did more good than harm. London has long stood as the financial epicenter of the world. Despite this great and powerful history, all signs point toward
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When we contemplate ancient times, we tend to imagine backward thinking, wacky science, and probably pyramids. But, on more than a few occasions, the ancients hit the nail right on the proverbial head. From evolution all the way to the big bang, so much of modern science has been precipitated by the thoughts and ideas
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In decades past, the dangerous idea that a secret space program exists behind a veil of public disclosure was contained to a few offbeat publications and dark corners of used bookstores. But with the dawn of the Internet, these ideas began to spread, and a cast of characters that had once been threadbare and uncompelling
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Over the years, many household items have been said to be cursed and haunted. They are regular objects you’d find in any home: chairs, mirrors, vases, cabinets, dolls, paintings, and the like. The story always goes that a demon or spirit resides in the item, although the object’s owner may not always know why their
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When you go around calling the United States the “Great Satan” and trying to destroy it in a holy jihad, you’re setting yourself up to some pretty high standards. There’s a whole persona involved in being an evil, psychotic terrorist, and you really have to keep up those appearances. Osama bin Laden did his best
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Magic mushrooms, mushies, booms, and shrooms are all nicknames for the psychedelic mushrooms that can be found worldwide which contain hallucinogenic active ingredients, particularly psilocybin, a powerful hallucinogen with various other properties. In addition to seeing things such as bright-colored lights and trails, users report feeling both an extreme euphoria and a total transformation of
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At this very moment, everything you are doing is being recorded. You are being watched by computer programs and cameras that are monitoring you everywhere you go, in ways the wildest conspiracy theorists wouldn’t have believed ten years ago. It’s worse than you think. You’re probably already aware that everything you do online is tracked,
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Laxatives are not the ideal topic of discussion around a campfire or the dinner table. Frankly, the mere thought of such a bowel-loosening substance tends to make one gag given the explosively pungent end result. Nonetheless, certain historical facts are not only intriguing but distastefully entertaining as are the absurd mishaps and nightmares to which
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Body snatching, the more apt term for corpse theft, reached its height between the 17th and 19th centuries, when a whole industry emerged around stealing corpses from graves and selling them to medical schools. The reason for this was not far-fetched. More medical schools were opening, and they all needed corpses for practicals. At the
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For many viewers, commercials are easily the biggest downside of watching television. They always seem to pop up at the worst possible time, whether immediately following the shocking third-act twist on a basic cable drama or after a snarky reality show host utters the dreaded words, “Right after a word from our sponsors.” No one
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