Of all the uncertainties in life, death is one of the few things, if not the only one, that is certain. (Some people don’t pay taxes, after all.) Sooner or later, barring some wild advances in medical science, everyone reading this will die. We typically either cremate or bury the deceased, based on religious and
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For many years, the public didn’t know where The Simpsons lived. Yeah, we knew the setting was Springfield. But in which state? Not only was the Springfield mystery location used for a number of jokes over the years, the show’s writers constantly flirted with the city’s exact location through conflicting descriptions, obscured map locations, and
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Everyone makes mistakes. Maybe you forgot to buy milk at the grocery store, or perhaps an important e-mail to your boss went off with a glaring typo in the subject line. At least you can rest assured that life’s little mishaps rarely lead to much greater calamities. Some mistakes, however, are so colossal that they
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We all know World War II was complex; that’s part of what makes it a world war. But three quarters of a century on, it’s all too easy to forget some of the more complicated details of the conflict. People like a simple, black-and-white narrative—Allies vs. Axis, good vs. evil—but reality is rarely as straightforward
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