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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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,
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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?
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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.
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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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