Month: June 2021

Children’s TV Performers: they’re colorful, cute, and cooky, and unfortunately sometimes, downright creepy. Maybe it’s because we’re no longer kids ourselves and the charm has worn off. But unlike the Wiggles, entertainers extraordinaire with a very serious jazz-hands-for-pictures policy (to prevent even the slightest insinuation that they’re inappropriately touching a fan), there are many, many
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These days, it seems Hollywood only wants to make sequel after sequel or remake something classic. When the latter occurs, odds are, it’s going to suck compared to the original. There’s little hope that a remake will be as good or better than the movie it’s based on. That said, it does happen… rarely, and
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Joe Rogan is a wildly popular podcaster, and his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience is routinely one of, if not the, most listened to podcasts in the world. It’s easy to see why; Rogan speaks with a level of candor and Han Solo-esque nonchalance that can be endearing at times. His ability to be open
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The inspirations for famous writers’ horror stories are often as interesting (and horrific) as the tales themselves. Certainly, such is the case in regard to the chilling classics on this list, which were written by such heavyweights as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Rabindranath Tagore, Sir Winston Churchill, Ray Bradbury,
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Insects are fascinating creatures. While they’re considered creepy or unsettling by some, they’re among the most diverse and interesting animals, often armed with a wide variety of defence mechanisms, survival tactics, and highly unique appearances. Most of us are used to house flies and wasps, perhaps the widely recognisable ladybug beetle, but few are aware
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The 1990’s were packed with blockbuster movies with such notables as Home Alone (1990), Pretty Woman (1990), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Jurassic Park (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Clueless (1995), Independence Day (1996), Mission: Impossible (1996), Titanic (1997), Saving Private Ryan (1998), and The Matrix (1999). And the original songs written for
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Museums are not everyone’s cup of tea, but they are essential in the ongoing quest to preserve history for future generations. Museums have also come a long way and many are incorporating technology to make their tours as interactive as possible. Because of the current coronavirus lockdowns, most museums are closed, but many offer amazing
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The Cecil Hotel, built by William Banks Hanner, opened its doors on December 20, 1924. It cost, what is equal today, almost $14 million, and it truly was a grand building in its heyday. Over decades, however, its infamous legacy has replaced any notion of glamour and luxury. Instead, the horrendous acts of violence and
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From afar, celebrities look like they have it all, from perfect looks, great skills, fame, and the money to boot. But since we are all human, celebrities have their own limitations that make them unique and special. This list dives deep into the world of celebrities, showing that they battle the same insecurities as most of
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Fans of musical theatre know that every show is an opportunity to fall in love with incredible characters, get lost in thrilling tales, and witness great talent at work. For most of us, singing along to music in “The Producers,” “Les Miserables,” “Phantom of the Opera,” or even “Hamilton” is almost instinct at this point.
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The first intentional human artwork was cave paintings from 30,000 BCE. The first photograph was taken sometime in the 1820s; the first movie was shot in 1888. What is thought to be the first true video game ever created was Tennis for Two by physicists in 1958; the first (and also eerily similar) commercial video
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As England’s longest river and spanning 215 miles (364km), the River Thames has shaped British history. From medieval times to modern-day London, the ancient waterway has captured the attention of visitors and residents alike. The river is well-known all over the globe and has somewhat of a reputation. It was originally called Tamesis, which is
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The American Civil War was exceptional in its brutality and the loss of American lives. It took place in the violent sweet spot in history after the American adoption of guerrilla warfare, rifled weapons, and repeating weapons, and before the proliferation of modern hygienic and medical standards, as well as the invention of antibiotics. This
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You’re reading this on your desktop/laptop/tablet/phone, most likely in a durable building, wearing insulating clothing (I hope), maybe eating some refrigerated food. At the same time, any number of other technological marvels work to keep you safe/comfortable/happy/healthy, and this all makes it crystal clear that the one area in which humanity reigns supreme is invention.
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When it comes to television in the United States, network censors are often on-hand to rule on certain plot points to ensure the American public isn’t traumatized by whatever might be offensive. While these standards have relaxed over the years (you can now see a toilet on TV!), some episodes slipped by the censors only
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Underwater diving isn’t just a recreational activity, it’s an important trade with many industrial applications. Commercial divers are fearless professionals who work in dangerous environments. Most divers specialize in one type of underwater work, with the big bucks going to those who aren’t afraid to take on significant health and safety risks. Here’s a list
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Astronomy is a fascinating thing. The more you learn about the universe, the more you realize there is to know. Discoveries often throw up more questions than they do answers. But the great secrets of outer space are not all hidden in black holes and far-off galaxies. Some of them are a lot closer to
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D.C. comics began in the 1930s, and over the last century, has grown into an entertainment empire that spans comics, television, animation, movies, and oh-so-much merchandise. It has built a vast and fervent fan base who tend to be both heavily invested and outspoken. As a result, D.C. fans created a veritable anthology of fan
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Cannibalism is a taboo line that many dare not to even think of crossing, even in hypothetical situations of extreme desperation or survival. Within it are plenty of moral, ethical, and downright sanitary dilemmas. Of course, that isn’t to say that it hasn’t happened, and even happened in ways that exceed our collective wildest imaginations.
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Every day, we face new challenges that force us to improvise, adapt, and overcome. Whether we are at home, in the wilderness, or out in the ocean, an accident can endanger our lives and reduce our chances of survival. According to survivalists, preparation is the first step towards conquering anything, especially when we can’t control
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Over 30 years, the United States has averaged over 600,000 missing person cases per year. As the U.S. is only one of 195 countries globally and given that many missing persons are not reported, we can only guess at the number of people around the globe who go missing each year. It is certainly in
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Let’s face it: to the world, looks matter. Everyone wants to be attractive, and the people who society considers attractive generally have it easier. It shouldn’t be that way, but it is—because society is problematic. And for better or worse, the concept of looking good is tightly interwoven with skinniness.  The quest to be skinny
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