Few films are as gripping as those that attempt to realistically capture the horrors of war. If done right, a war film can become iconic, sweeping awards ceremonies and ingraining their lines, performances, and scenes into popular culture. If done wrong, they’re forgotten inside a decade. As is true of so many things, there is
Bank robbers don’t always carry guns and wear masks. Sometimes, we willingly hand over our money to them, falsely believing that they are people we can trust. Yes, we’re talking about bank employees. They often deal with tens of thousands of dollars each day, and it is difficult for some to resist stealing a few
Shape-shifting is a power usually restricted to the pages of a science fiction book or a big-screen horror monster. While most of us will never meet an organism that can radically alter its shape in real life, evolution has provided some organisms with just such an ability. Whether they appear to grow in size, contort
Long after flesh and bone has turned to dust, teeth remain. Of all skeletal tissue, tooth enamel is the toughest and densest. As a result, it is often the last remnant of an organism. An ancient tooth can be used for more than identifying its owner. It can provide a window into a lost world.
Computers and automation are revolutionizing the workplace and the world in general. Chances are that somewhere out there, there is a team of skilled engineers looking at how a machine or piece of software could do your job. There are very few positions that someone hasn’t tried to fill with a robot at his point.
According to recent news stories, Tampa has a serial killer on its hands. This isn’t really surprising since, according to the FBI, there are between 25 and 50 active serial killers at any time in the United States. Globally, there seems to be an almost never-ending stream of murderers. As soon as one is behind
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, and it has become one of the busiest shopping days of the year in the United States. Huge crowds of people rush to grab the biggest and best deals, often leaving their manners at the door as they barge through. The pressure to buy discounted products before the
Vampires are perhaps the most famous mythological monsters in the world. They are human and inhuman at the same time. Their myth can be made to fit almost any desired theme—from aristocrats literally feeding off the poor to sparkly, misunderstood teens. However, vampires are only the most celebrated blood-hungry fiends. Most cultures have their own
For people outside of the complex and exciting world of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin can be hard to understand. Many have brushed it off for years, saying that it was a fad that would disappear as quickly as the value of Beanie Babies. However, with the price spiking in the thousands of dollars for a single Bitcoin,
Giant trees, glowing mushrooms, flowers that look like birds, and plants that are half animal—surely these things only belong in a movie? Think again! Although you probably don’t know anyone who is 3 meters (10 ft) tall and blue yet, Pandora is not worlds apart from our Earth after all. In fact, many discoveries that
All murders are tragic, untimely, and not to be trivialized. Sometimes, though, out of a combination of morbid fascination and the rich tapestry that makes up the human existence, the backstories to them enthrall the public—even for decades after. Whether it’s to assume a person’s identity, to collect huge amounts of insurance money, or even
Medical science and technology are always changing. Advances in equipment and scientific knowledge allow medical procedures to become safer and less invasive so that we can all stay healthy and live longer. However, you may be surprised by how much our medical knowledge has changed in just the last 100 years. Not that long ago,
It’s an inevitable fact of life that people get old. Many times, age and its changes bring about a need for assistance in day-to-day life. Families unable to provide such care may make the often difficult decision to place their loved one in a nursing home, hoping to keep them safe. Over 1.5 million people
The vast expanse of Siberia holds many secrets and dangers. Despite its harsh seasons, humans have lived among the region’s mountains and lakes for millennia. We know comparatively little about these ancient societies, but we’re learning more all the time. Siberia’s permafrost guards the only traces of unknown cultures, unusual graves, and even more unexpected
Modern technology has turned everyday survival from a vicious challenge into a cakewalk. For instance, a weather app can tell you the local temperature in seconds and seeing in the dark is as easy as turning on your phone’s flashlight. How could we possibly do this stuff accurately and easily without electronics and machinery? Well,
Celebrity can be a beacon that draws in madness. When someone’s name flashes across every part of the world, it starts working itself into the lives of people they’ve never met—including the ones they’d never want to. Every famous star has fans who take it too far. There are thousands of people who spend their
We can all agree that our way of life has changed in some pretty astonishing ways over the years. Technological breakthroughs and our understanding of the human mind and body have led the way in making great strides in our modern world. Our ancient ancestors would undoubtedly have a hard time believing what mankind has
It should be no surprise that someone in history has been caught in a lie. Most people lie everyday: “I’ll be there in five.” “I read the terms and conditions.” “You do look good in those jeans.” Any of those sound familiar? But when you tell a little white lie, you don’t expect it to
When it comes to food, there are generally two types of people. Some like to stick with what they know, ordering the same food from the same places every time, while others like to seek adventure and try new things. Part of that adventure is the fact that you can end up with some strange,
Perhaps second only to the Sun, the Moon has been a central and focal point in the skies over humanity since the beginning of time! Or has it? Even today, in an age where bizarre and outlandish stories flow freely around the Internet, some claims about the Moon are right up there with the best
Natural catastrophes remain mankind’s timeless companion. For those who lived before warning systems and international aid, disasters often meant the death of entire villages or a civilization. Archaeologists are drawn to such events because they tend to leave behind time capsules. Abandoned settlements and skeletons give clues to how people reacted to epidemics and the
Perhaps the most famous crime ever committed by men dressed as Santa was a 1927 Christmas bank robbery in Texas, which we’ve previously covered here. However, it’s by no means the only noteworthy Christmas crime that has tarnished Santa’s good image. While we can look back on some and laugh, others are truly horrific. It
Are tattoos just a fad of the times? Hardly. In fact, tattoos were prominent in the good old days of the past, and it wasn’t just the seedy characters getting them. People love to decorate themselves. While stage actors and actresses were getting designs painted on their bodies, there were many other people getting permanent
Some traits are easily recognized as pieces of our DNA. Hair and eye colors, height, and the shape of our noses can typically be found in one or both of our parents. Ailments such as high blood pressure or mental illness have a hereditary factor, too. Most traits commonly associated with our genetics are physical.
People have always had a fascination with predicting the future. From staring at tea leaves to examining animal entrails, self-proclaimed seers have found a myriad of ways to do so throughout history. One object sterotypically associated with attempting to see one’s future is the crystal ball. Crystal gazing or “scrying” is what psychics do when
When it comes to television, you usually know who and what is going on because all the main characters are right there for you to see. On occasion, a character might be able to cover all their lines and get it done completely behind the scenes. These characters tend to be the wise ones—the givers
This is the one white light in the sky you don’t want to go toward. And if you can’t figure that out on your own, the boom of thunder afterward should send you racing for cover. Then again, after you hear how a lightning strike dramatically changed an orthopedic surgeon, you may reconsider. Throughout history,
Islands seem to sit in a place between two worlds. They’re land, but they’re surrounded by sea. The isolation that they offer has been fruitful in fiction but has also inspired folklore around the world. How many sailors have spotted an island on the horizon and wondered if it meant salvation or a supernatural threat?
Sometimes it feels like scientists are getting pretty close to solving every mystery there is. We have theories on wormholes, dark matter, the beginning of the universe, and a whole map of how single-celled organisms evolved into human beings. We’ve solved some mysteries so complex that it boggles the mind to even think about them.
Keeping up with the news is hard. So hard, in fact, that we’ve decided to save you the hassle by rounding up the most significant, unusual, or just plain old mind-blowing stories each week. This week, the news in the United States was understandably dominated by the second hugely deadly mass shooting in barely a