Cults are a fascinating subject matter, perhaps because they tell us something about human psychology, interactions, and our need to belong to something bigger. Or maybe they fulfill our morbid curiosities? Either way, as far back as the 1930s, the film industry has looked to sects, communes, and secret societies as a source of inspiration
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It’s common for avid readers to think, “Wow, I hope this novel gets a film adaptation someday,” after delving headlong into a new book. However, movies and TV shows based on literature can often be a gamble, as the adaptation medium is dicey at best—looking at you, Netflix. Thankfully, there’s a far better track record
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P. T. Barnum is famous for saying, “There’s a sucker born every minute!” It’s as true today as back in the mid-1800s when Barnum supposedly first made this outrageous claim. Everyone likes to believe they’re too smart to fall for a con. But there will always be people who fall under the spell of a
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How would you choose to die if you could? Homer Simpson seemed to believe he would die either by “too much happiness”—sounds okay, right? He also predicted he may die in a “naked girl avalanche” (“Treehouse of Horror XV”—S16E01). Sound good, lads? When you think about it, probably not… Such choices are beyond our control.
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Christmas, Halloween, Mother’s Day, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving; we’re all familiar with these holidays. Some may even be considered our favorite holiday! But what about every other day of the year; here are 10 holidays no one celebrates. Related: 10 Holidays With Twisted, Dark, And Unusual Histories 10 Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (January 25th) Ah,
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When it comes to dance music, nothing gets a crowd moving like an iconic funky bass line. The low-frequency vibrations from a thumping bass guitar get folks out on the dance floor or moving around the kitchen while making dinner like nothing else. Funk was a musical style that evolved from a base of jazz
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As bizarre as it may seem, a number of women have married serial killers. According to psychologists, some wed such murderers due to a sexual paraphilia known as hybristophilia. Professor John Money, a sexologist, explains that such wives are sexually aroused at being with a person who’s been convicted of having “committed an outrage or
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Nothing else compares to the terrifying idea that the human body can burn itself without external causes. This phenomenon is known as spontaneous human combustion. Spontaneous human combustion is when a human body supposedly catches fire due to heat created by internal chemical activity but without proof of an external ignition source. The scientific community
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Operas are known for being over the top, but some of them are so crazy that the plot points can distract from the singing. If you guffaw at a Hollywood musical (think My Fair Lady or La La Land!) because of its singing and dancing between dialogue, then opera is very silly because it features
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People who kill generally operate alone. Sometimes, however, an entire family turns to violence. Some of these acts are crimes; some are the by-products of actions that are bound to cause death and suffering. When it comes to family, there are bonds of loyalty. These bonds can make a family partnership an extremely effective unit,
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To an outsider, Scotland is a place that can often be associated with stereotypical things like tartans, haggis, bagpipes, and Mel Gibson’s portrayal of William Wallace in Braveheart. In reality, however, it’s a far more interesting country than that. It’s one with a number of strange curiosities that you may not be aware of—curiosities such
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When does it start—this freaky desire to want to get creeped out from time to time. Does it start in high school? Middle school, or are we born hardwired to crave it? Most everyone has heard the story of the teenage couple parked on a secluded lane when suddenly an arm with a hook for
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There are still some mysteries in the world, despite vigorous debunking, ongoing investigations, plain old skepticism, and in some cases, a scary lack of clues or information. On this list are just some of these. Related: Top 10 Mysteries And Crimes Solved By The Internet 10 The Child Eater of Bern Switzerland is a popular
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Movies have captured our attention and appealed to our emotions ever since Thomas Edison first invented the motion picture camera. At their best, movies have not only tapped into the human imagination and created fantasy worlds of monsters, extraterrestrials, and superheroes that have scared us and put us on the edge of our seats, but
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The dictionary defines a nomad as “a member of a people having no permanent abode, and who travel from place to place to find fresh pasture for their livestock.” While this definition captures the gist of being a nomad, the modern nomad might have slightly different priorities. Many choose this lifestyle to get away from
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Everything you know about plastic recycling is false, and most of it is from the very people fighting against plastic recycling. They have made up their minds to either lie to you straight up or give you half-truths that make you underestimate the problem. Those “people” are the oil and plastic industries. Yes, oil. Plastic
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On July 10, 2008, the App Store was introduced to the world, and the way we consume and interact with technology has never looked the same. Apps became the go-to new format for brands and businesses to reach their audience. The introduction of apps has been the catalyst for all kinds of weird and wonderful,
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The expression “as American as mom and apple pie” has painted a picture of nostalgic wholesomeness since its first usage during World War Two. And each May, we celebrate our mothers and their contribution to our lives. But while most of them are angels of wisdom and compassion, there have been a few notorious moms
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People are reported missing all the time, leaving authorities and loved ones to piece together clues and come up with theories. Sometimes, there are logical explanations, But other times, there are no clear theories, and the mystery remains unsolved. Not all these disappearances were of the forever kind, but they definitely are all strange and
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A poet, a painter, a novelist, an inventor, a scientist, a movie director, an actress, a chess master, a rock star, and a business magnate, all enormously successful in their professions and world famous, had something else in common as well: each was a recluse. Why, we might wonder, could men and women with so
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No matter whether it’s a first birthday, the first day of school, getting your driver’s license, or getting married, milestone moments are such an important part of life’s journey. They are often the most recalled memories when we look back, and they are the memories that spark joy within our hearts. While no one rite
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