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Although they’re not always given as much attention as the boys, ancient women do receive their fair share in forensic anthropology. Their stories, told with bone and reanimated flesh, can be as unique as their faces. It’s amazing how much we can learn from ancient facial reconstructions of women. Whether they are witches, saints, powerful
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Being gay has always being a controversial topic, so it’s no surprise that governments and researchers have always looked into ways of finding out who is gay and who isn’t. Over the years, they have researched and created several inventions and tests that supposedly distinguished between a gay and a straight male. Many of these
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In the age before television and nature documentaries, taxidermy was a way of studying and preserving the natural world by stuffing and mounting animal skins to often produce a lifelike appearance. Specimens, small and large, were collected by scientists and naturalists alike. Taxidermists have a long and sometimes noble history. As far back as ancient
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Ice! Anders Breivik! Fish! The invention of the word “slalom!” A socialistic nightmare or wonderland, depending on how much you like Bernie Sanders! What could the subject of this week’s list be, you ask? It could only be the fascinating country of Norway. Let’s see what the frozen land of happiness has to offer. 10
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Serial killers sometimes use aliases to keep from being easily identified. Most of the time, their fake names will complicate investigations and throw the police off their tracks. Other times, it provides them with an easy getaway whenever they are arrested for other crimes. If having a serial killer around is scary, having them operate
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Throughout human history, the arbitrary borders which divide our countries have been fluid, changing over time. As of 2017, there are nearly 200 countries in existence. But there have been many more which did not survive. They were wiped off the face of the Earth for a number of reasons. But their ill-fated bids for
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From the Loch Ness monster to the September 11 attacks, conspiracy theorists have an alternate explanation for everything. In the US, one of the most historic events is the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. It is a day remembered with a mix of sorrow and conspiracy theories. We have official
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The unknown doesn’t tend to stay unknown. After all, there are quite a few very smart people out there, constantly endeavoring to document and understand our world and its mysteries. Often, they’re the ones to turn to when something seems inexplicable. We rely on experts for answers, but sometimes, they’re as baffled as we are
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A child being kidnapped is one of a parent’s worst nightmares. Possibly even more heart-wrenching are cases wherein a completely defenseless infant is abducted. Sadly, it can get even worse than that. Some people are willing to do anything for a baby. Each of the following were so desperate for an infant that they kidnapped
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Famous people who’ve witnessed public executions include writers, who recorded accounts of their experiences in letters, diaries, or books. Their skill with the written word preserves the horror of these bizarre spectacles, allowing us today to gain a sense of the shock, revulsion, and fear they felt as they watched condemned prisoners being burned alive,
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Most of the world’s islands are well-explored, their secrets learned long ago, but a few remain mysterious. Islands shown on maps for centuries suddenly appear to vanish. Dangerous, top secret facilities on remote islands are abandoned or destroyed. Sometimes, islands behave in ways seemingly inexplicable to those who discover or study them. An island seems
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Creepy dolls have been making a comeback on the big screen for a while now. Such films include The Boy and Annabelle as well as Chucky in the recently released seventh Child’s Play movie, called Cult of Chucky. For decades, inanimate objects coming to life have scared the daylights out of people, and as the
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Although pranks seem more popular than ever and have even been the focus of the television show Impractical Jokers (2011–present), such tricks can be dangerous to their perpetrators and their targets. Jail, injury, psychological trauma, lawsuits, and even death have resulted from some of these mindless hijinks. As demonstrated by these 10 Halloween pranks that
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In 2014, police officers in Tenerife, Spain, were alerted to the presence of a gorilla outside Loro Park zoo. The police sent a veterinarian over who thwarted the attempted zoo escape with a tranquilizer shot. The story spun in a different direction when the vet realized that the supposed gorilla was actually a human in
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Imagine a chain of four tiny islands just off the Eastern coast of Africa. Close to Madagascar, these islands are home to a multitude of unique animals, volcanoes, and sparkling blue waters. Also, the politics are insane, the volcanoes might blow at any moment, and nobody can remain in charge for long without fighting off
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Music is as integral to the human experience as anything else, perhaps even predating language itself. Though the human voice was probably the initial choice for prehistoric man, instruments have been found which date back more than 35,000 years. Mythology has been similarly ubiquitous throughout human history. As such, myths have built up to explain
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Video games are a favorite pastime of children and adults alike, and with the expansion of the Internet, gaming has become bigger than ever. It’s hardly an obscure hobby enjoyed only by a fringe group of potentially dangerous weirdos. With that being said, video games have a long and disturbing history of being tied to
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People are superstitious, and animals can get mixed up in their beliefs, sometimes to the point of endangering species. Few animals, however, have been the subject of as many superstitions as black cats. Black cats are famous, infamous, and full of paradoxical reputations. Here are some of the more far-fetched ideas about the ubiquitous midnight
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German criminologist Stephan Harbort once conducted a study looking at the factors which contribute toward escaping an encounter with a serial killer. After examining over 150 German killers and their individual crimes, he obtained an interesting statistic. On average, these murderers initiated contact with 31 potential targets before getting a victim under their control. This
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A lot of people get frustrated at work. Whether it’s a demanding boss, lazy coworkers, or the threat of layoffs, it can be difficult to put in eight hours every day in a tense environment. But most people soldier through. People who work in the postal service, however, have a tendency to snap and shoot
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