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Seduction, theft, threats, burglary, breaking and entering, arson, sexual assault, rape, attempted robbery, attempted murder, and murder: these are all crimes Peter Kurten, also known as the Vampire of Dusseldorf and the Dusseldorf Monster, would eventually be convicted of. Hidden beneath his mild-mannered exterior and gentle demeanor was a diabolical maniac filled with lust and
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La Belle Epoque was a period of peace and prosperity for France between the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and World War I. It was characterized by flourishing arts and literature, numerous scientific and technological advances, and a pervasive optimism and joie de vivre. The term itself was coined later, when people growing up under the
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What would a woman do to have a baby? Apparently, a lot. The pressure to have children has forced some women to steal other women’s babies and pass the kids off as their own. Sometimes, the babies are kidnapped from the hospital or the homes of their mothers. In the most extreme cases, however, an
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Was that movement you spied from the corner of your eye just your overactive imagination? Did your bedroom curtains flutter because of the slight breeze outside? Is the thump you keep hearing in the middle of the night just the house settling? Or are there moments when the unseen collides with the tangible to make
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The art of war has evolved dramatically with the advent of contemporary technologies. One thing about war, however, hasn’t changed. To win, it is still essential to keep the true strength of your forces and the extent of your arsenal hidden from your opponent. The most important military secrets are only disclosed to the select
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Citizens of the Stone Age do not often get their due. Popular misconceptions paint them as cave dwellers who invented nothing but the club. The Stone Age holds an enormous slice of human history, starting roughly 3.3 million years ago until around 3300 BC. Discoveries from this massive era revealed more about extinct human ancestors.
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We always hear about the daring and miraculous prison escapes attempted by various men around the world, but there are many women who have managed to escape as well. Their methods and motivations vary as much you’d expect any other sampling of prisoners to. The same is true for the nature what crimes got them
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The earliest-known dictionary in the English language was The Elementarie, a list of 8,000 English words compiled by Richard Mulcaster and published in 1582. Before then, Latin had been the only respected language of learning. The first alphabetical dictionary, A Table Alphabeticall, was written by schoolteacher Robert Cawdrey in 1604. Every year, hundreds of new
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Since the dawn of civilization, humankind has sought various ways to alter its consciousness, its experiences, and its perceptions. The methods and mediums with which we can do this are nearly endless. From betel nut, a spicy nut that’s chewed as a stimulant in many cultures in Central and Southeast Asia, to “speedballing,” injecting a
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Ancient Greece is undoubtedly one of the most impressive pages in history. The sheer complexity and length of Greek culture left behind a trove of ruins and art. But the most remarkable are the unexpected realities, behaviors, and skills that big ancient Greek projects tend to reveal. Lost cities, strange relationships with earthquakes, battles, and
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Between hard-core sex scenes, posing for photos, adult film conventions, and Internet stardom, porn actors and actresses are slowly but surely becoming household names. With estimates as high as $14 billion in annual income, the adult entertainment industry is no joke. It’s estimated that the business brings in more money per year than Yahoo, Google,
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The English language is the lingua franca of a large swath of the world. Approximately 20 percent of the world’s 7.5 billion people speak English, either as a primary or secondary language. Of those, 360 million individuals claim English as their native tongue.[1] As a dominant international tongue, English has its peculiarities. The language has
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Psychopaths both intrigue and frighten us to the core. The media and movies often paint larger-than-life portraits by using far-reaching claims and describing these supposed mental illnesses with exaggerated traits. With estimates of the number of psychopaths ranging as high as 3–4 percent of the population, you probably know several of them right now without
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The Lady in White is a popular ghost tale relayed from generation to generation in many countries around the world. Of course, there is no solid evidence that any of these spooky stories have any substance in truth whatsoever, but this hasn’t stopped thousands of people retelling them over Halloween or around the campfire. In
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Over the course of the last century, the public imagination has been simultaneously enthralled and terrified at the prospect of extraterrestrial involvement in human affairs. Ever since rumors emerged that the secretive Vril Society in Germany had successfully channeled beings from other stars in a trance state, and schematics were unveiled of what appeared to
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Whatever your personal opinion may be on the sport of bodybuilding or whether “roid rage” is a thing, you have to admit there have been an extraordinary number of murders, assaults, and other violence associated with members of the sport, both male and female. In a great deal of these cases, the offenders were described
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Renowned for its beautiful architecture, scarily advanced technology, and strong tradition, Japan remains one of the most fascinating countries to culturally dissect. However, it is the nation’s eccentric game shows, colorful anime, and unusual gadgets that seem to generate considerable attention. The same fervent interest lies in Japanese food. Japan’s gastronomical delights have evolved through
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The popular images of the Middle Ages do not always focus on the deeper side of ordinary life. Yet, these often ignored moments can be extraordinary. Researchers are beginning to understand that nothing can be taken for granted with medieval citizens. Far from being unintelligent farmers, people during medieval times had complex behaviors, mysteries, and
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These days, commercial airline travel is often a stressful experience. Between the delays, the ever-changing rules concerning what you can bring on the plane, and those miraculously shrinking seats, the moving walkways leading to the airport’s parking lot have never looked better. Then there’s the fact that you’ll probably have to go through the whole
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Jellyfish are simple beings. They do not have brains, bones, lungs, or intestines. They do have organized tissues and a nervous system and are the oldest known multi-organism creature. These gelatinous swimmers have been around for more than 500 million years, making the existence of dinosaurs seem recent and short-lived. They are found in every
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We all know the Mayflower as the famous ship that transported the English Puritans to America. The ship was at sea for 66 days before arriving and carried about 130 passengers and crew.[1] Today, we refer to the colonists who made the trip across the Atlantic Ocean on the Mayflower as the Pilgrims. The passengers
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