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One of the worst parts of adulthood is noticing all the death and destruction around us. When we need some comfort, we can always turn to the precious memories of childhood to brighten our day. However, even those can be tainted by the problems of the real world. The only thing worse than realizing your
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Go to Europe, and you’ll discover that many ancient churches contain relics, e.g. bones or other body parts of long-gone saints. Many Americans regard the veneration of relics as a quaint or even macabre Old World custom. However, they do the same thing. In the US, though, they don’t save bits and pieces of holy
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The international sporting events of the Olympic Games are a testament to the unwavering dedication of leading athletes around the world. Participants spend their entire lives training and competing, honing their skills and rising to the tops of their games in order to be able to call themselves Olympians. And yet, only some will get
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The world’s fair is an international exhibition meant to allow nations to showcase their achievements to a massive audience. All world expositions are built around a theme which can be general (industry, aviation) or more specialized like the inauguration of the Panama Canal at the 1915 San Francisco Expo. These fairs are also known for
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Australia is home to some of the most terrifying animals in the world. Although it’s true that Australians are used to such hazards and mostly take them in stride, not all dangers can be extinguished by looking inside your shoes before you put them on. Sometimes, our imaginations concoct more than venomous snakes and spiders
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We go to museums to view items that have historical, cultural, and scientific significance to us. Or items that stimulate our curiosity. Items like human body parts. There are museums that actually display these body parts. Many of them belong to famous people, and the stories behind them are usually out of this world. And
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To quote Indiana Jones, “I hate snakes.” The fear of these slithering creatures is so common that it is considered to be part of human instinct. Every once in a while, people are bitten by venomous snakes while camping and hiking. But considering that there’s an antidote for nearly every type of venom on the
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Most organs are a necessity, if not to live, then to at least have a high quality of life. Major advancements have been made in lab-grown organs,[1] but for now, we still need to rely on donors to meet our transplantation needs. Unfortunately, all across the world, demand exceeds supply by far, and this is
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Dessert is either the reason you ate your meal in the first place or an afterthought when you convince yourself that you have just enough room left for a fun and tasty indulgence. Desserts rarely cost what we pay for our meals and almost never require a bank loan to get. That hasn’t kept some
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Few buildings are more recognizable than the White House. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has epitomized US democracy since 1800, when President John Adams moved in. From the days of unceasingly trying wars to global turmoil, the walls of the White House have undoubtedly witnessed unprecedented moments in history. Something you may not have thought about is
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Usually, when a deliveryman comes to your door, you’re happy to see him. The vast majority of the time, he’s simply dropping off something you’ve been waiting for or maybe something you ordered while drunk and then forgot about. It’s usually a quick and painless exchange that’s not even worth remembering. But sometimes, you end
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It has been said that one cannot dig a hole in Rome without encountering the past. But the same rich heritage makes the whole of Italy a smorgasbord for archaeologists. New discoveries about famous landmarks are always great. Yet, the richness of ancient Italy rests in the forgotten moments of ordinary life. Celebrations, workshops, and
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Childhood should be a time of play and whimsy when everything is easy and parents take care of the hard stuff. But some children are faced with extraordinary challenges that would probably defeat their older counterparts. Others possess unusual characteristics and abilities that we wouldn’t expect to see in a child. Each of these 10
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Prison can be deadly for its inhabitants. Many people assume that prisoners are the only ones who engage in violent activity and the only ones who kill behind bars. But that’s not always the case. Guards can easily lose their tempers when dealing with unruly or mentally disturbed inmates, and they can frequently attack the
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The United States government has long been accused of withholding lifesaving treatments from the people it serves. Concerned citizens have looked on in dismay as supposed wonder drugs and innovative therapies have inevitably earned the ire of public institutions like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Subsequent sanctions imposed
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The solemn grounds of a graveyard evoke a range of emotions for many people. Usually, it involves the various stages of grieving for our family and friends who have died. Though it’s true that most of us will be laid to rest in a cemetery when our time has come, it is inconceivable to think
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Today, most news stories concern crime and corruption. These disturbing tales seem even more sensational due to their constant coverage on social media and mainstream media’s 24/7 news cycle. With so much negativity in the world, it’s easy to feel jaded. Although superheroes don’t actually exist, these 10 stories show that one person’s extraordinary kindness
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When people think of Adolf Hitler, the first thing that usually comes to mind is that he was one of the most evil men in history, responsible for the deaths of over six million people. They don’t tend to think that he was a man who inspired the love and often fanatical devotion of quite
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The flowing watercourse of a river can be a remarkable sight for those who relish the beauty and excitement of natural streams. There are, however, countless rivers around the world that are marred by unspeakable tragedy. The following list delves into the history of these waterways, examining a myriad of inexplicable deaths, grisly murders, and
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Sometimes, being dead isn’t so restful. In the recent past, this could mean wild dogs digging up your remains, as often happened in the early 1900s of Australia. Or maybe it entailed ghouls dressed in men’s clothing taking shovels to your brand-new burial plot. Many people in the past distrusted cemeteries because they attracted the
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