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A continent now flourishing with economic superpowers, Asia is comprised of countries that were built by centuries of bloodshed. Entire periods of war for unification are a common theme within the East—certainly something unique to the region. Indeed, history is a well-known lover of heroes. Fearsome warriors have been glorified and romanticized since time immemorial.
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Most of us think of insects as creepy-crawly things that are best flattened by a flyswatter. But not all of these creatures fall into that category. The butterfly is one of the most popular types of insect, which is largely because the various kinds of butterfly are beautiful to look at. However, many people don’t
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Between 1934 and 1963, Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary housed America’s most dangerous prisoners. Next to the death penalty, a ticket to Alcatraz was the most severe punishment for hardened criminals. In the 1930s, crime was out of control in the United States. In 1932, for example, there were 631 bank robberies. Gangsters would rob a bank,
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When it comes to the construction industry, there is absolutely no room for error. People’s lives and livelihoods depend on it. All it takes to cause a disaster is one seemingly unimportant mistake caused by human error, corruption, or environmental conditions that weren’t originally considered. Many people die no matter the root cause. The one
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Mankind’s relationship with bees goes beyond the love affair with honey. The sweet treat has its own unusual properties and claims, but bee venom, genes, and fossils are changing many scientific fields. Ancient therapies return to heal (or kill) modern patients, and famous prehistoric events lurk in the insects’ DNA. There’s the oldest honey farm
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Being a member of the British royal family isn’t as easy as it looks. You can’t be political, controversial, or show emotion. And any slipup you do make will be all over the news across the globe in very short order. The queen mother’s motto was, “Never complain, never explain,” but when words fail, actions
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Species do not evolve in isolation. The web of life means that different species must adapt as they interact with each other. Between predator and prey, there might be an evolutionary arms race as each struggles to beat the other. Although the interactions between two species can be far more interesting and involved, both species
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Everyone loves a good Christmas special. But when it comes to Halloween, the choices feel sparse. Anyone can throw on a horror movie, but those can be too nightmare-inducing for kids (and even some adults). What do people watch when they like getting into the spooky spirit? Just the Treehouse of Horror episodes on The
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Several countries have passed laws recognizing the existence of a third or “other” gender, making it seem as if having a sex identity apart from the usual male or female is unheard-of. In certain countries, third or nonbinary genders are only recognized if a person is born with sex traits that fall outside the usual
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The phrase “national army” conjures up a pretty standard image: a large, imposing, and professional fighting force. And if we’re familiar with a modern army at all, it’s probably one of the big ones, e.g. China, Germany, the United States, etc. Yet there are some armies that don’t fit the mold. We might expect the
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Earth and Mars have a lot in common. They have similar terrain, although Mars lacks the considerable amounts of water, oxygen, and atmospheric pressure required to support life as we know it. Compared to our planet, Mars also has less mass and a smaller size—a bit over half the size of Earth or two times
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How can you quantify or qualify serial killers? They are all horrible. They are all awful. They are all worthy of scorn. However, some are upheld as worse than others. Ted Bundy, the charismatic and handsome necrophile, is the archetype of the charming sociopath who managed to convince family and friends that he was completely
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As crazy as it sounds, certain people deliberately choose to live underground. Sometimes, these people form entire communities consisting of thousands of people. Usually, they are homeless and have few options available. At other times, they are forced to live underground due to circumstances beyond their control or because they cannot afford aboveground homes. 10
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Perhaps it’s the influence of the movies, but these days, we tend to expect death to be a solemn, dignified, occasion, where the dying person is surrounded by loved ones who hold their hand while listening to their final words, whispered in a failing voice. The end comes peacefully and unremarkably. Unfortunately, not everyone gets
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Today, silent movies appear to have an old-timey innocence about them. Villains twirled mustaches, and damsels were always in distress but always rescued by a handsome hero at the last moment. Even the tramps seemed whimsical. However, behind the camera, the burgeoning film industry was decadent and dissolute. Movie stars made fantastic amounts of money
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The best companies in the world made their way to success because of smart business decisions and quality products and services. Yet, sometimes, a corporation can’t see the potential in an opportunity knocking on their door, leading to some regretful decisions. Some of these missed opportunities resulted in the start of rival companies, caused existing
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When dealing with items in museum collections or newly discovered artifacts at archaeological digs, it’s easy to get excited and want a close look. However, sometimes, these objects of interest contain deadly surprises. They may be covered in poisonous material or have a lethal substance hidden within. In the past, toxic chemicals were sometimes used
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When we think of collaborations in music, it is easy to point to those with legendary status like David Bowie and Freddie Mercury with “Under Pressure.” But ebbing in the annals of music are a few of the most unexpected joint efforts, which sometimes provide a surprising delight or are otherwise quickly swept under the
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Spies. Secret agents. Experts of espionage. These exciting and elusive characters have been sparking intrigue in the hearts of us average citizens since James Bond appeared on the big screen in a cloud of mystery and a jet-black tuxedo. Stories of heroic feats accomplished by these agents of intelligence spread like wildfire, and nothing excites
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