Month: November 2021

“Mafia,” as the term is used today, refers to many well-structured hierarchical organizations dedicated to criminal pursuits within specific geographical areas. Journalists, police, and others write and speak of the Sicilian mafia, the American mafia, the Canadian mafia, and the Mexican mafia, among others. The term is even employed to denote city crime families, such
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Almost three-quarters of our blue planet is covered in water, and—for an equally accurate and verifiable statistic—absolutely every inch of it is terrifying and evil. Much of Earth’s water is unexplored, deep, dark, frigid, and home to nightmare-inducing creatures that float through the seas like slimy ghosts. Even the shallows we’re familiar with can come
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Despite pleas from movie-goers for studios to stop releasing remakes, they just keep being churned out. From an audience’s perspective, reboots rarely surpass the original, but they usually pay off financially for studios. But surely some movies deserve to be remade? This is a list of 10 books that have previously been made into a
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Nature has produced some truly epic survivors. Cockroaches that can survive their head being ripped off, bacteria that can thrive near the center of the Earth, and tardigrades that live through pretty much anything. However, for every evolutionary winner, there is a loser—some awkward, sluggish, goofy thing that somehow snuck under natural selection’s radar to
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Ah, murderers. There’s just something so interesting about the worst people in history. We’re obsessed with what motivates them and how they work, especially with the weird little quirks that all the major ones seem to have. There are calling cards left on the scene, cryptic notes to authorities, and others, but the best serial
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Every minute, five hundred hours of video are uploaded to YouTube, making it the most saturated market since Starbucks opened a store on seemingly every block in Manhattan. Travel-themed YouTube channels are not so much a niche as a big gaping hole with an “Everybody Welcome!” sign, meaning some travel YouTubers are now venturing into
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We should all know that mass production by giant corporations has resulted in a great many questionable ingredients finding their way onto and inside of us. It’s rare these days to use any product with only one or two ingredients, as most dedicate the majority of their ingredient list to long biochemical names with no
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Video games, TV shows, and films all portray modern-day warfare in a variety of ways, but which ones are the most realistic? When it comes to the war and military genre, the field is ripe for the picking. Oversaturation in various media forms provides a litany of portrayals—some accurate and some a complete departure from
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Serial killer cannibals are everywhere these days. Not literally all around you (well, maybe) but all over media. They feature heavily in podcasts, documentaries, reenactments, and lists like these, but this list is dedicated to a secret that none of them know: they aren’t the worst cannibals ever, far from it. (So you can rest
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Hundreds of new films are released in theaters each year, but some movies never even make it through the production phase. Then there are movies that were completed filming, but for some reason, were never released to be seen in cinemas. Some saw creative differences between those who worked on the film, while others just
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The human body is a mystery. And as far as science and medicine have come—and it is incredibly far—the chemical machines that we are are simply too complicated to master in every infinitesimal, intricate way. Physicians still encounter mysteries daily, and some of them have been seriously strange. Patients have made impossible recoveries throughout history
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As stated on ourworldindata.org, “You need not look much further than the animal world to find behavior that is truly fascinating.” One needs only to tune into Planet Earth or open a National Geographic magazine to see animals engaging in quirky, fascinating, or even eerily human-like behavior. Like us, they subvert expectations that others have
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock since before the 1950s, you’ve heard of The Guinness Book of World Records. It is the most authoritative source for world records of all kinds. The guidelines for submitting a world record are relatively loose. Technically speaking, anybody can apply for almost any record, as long as it
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From the common saying of the phrase “Break a Leg” to the absolute refusal to mention a certain play involving certain witches and certain Scottish kings, theater folk are certainly superstitious folk. Then, it should come as no surprise that almost every live performance theater has a resident ghost. Haunted hotels and spectral cemeteries often
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Our definition of “weird food” is so subjective that it’s difficult to define and call something as it is. At the age of ten, my brother thought that mashed potatoes were a weird food. Most of the world questions the U.S.’s obsession with peanut butter. “Weird” is a cultural and personal culinary designation. Even still,
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Time has this weird habit of marching forward, constantly and without end. Despite that, people have spent all of human history fighting its effects. Sometimes that means great strides in medicine, genetics, and hygiene. Sometimes, though, it means rubbing bull semen on your forehead and setting your back on fire. There is a disgusting or
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On September 8, 1966, Star Trek (often referred to as The Original Series) aired on NBC for the first time. The episode was called “The Man Trap,” and it featured a woman who could morph into a rather gruesome salt vampire, both shocking in appearance and behavior. It also grabbed the attention of the American
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Roughhousing leads to tears, and let’s be honest, so do pranks. The internet and early-2000s television have given us the notion that pranks are lighthearted, always silly, and even when it backfires, hilarious. The truth is that pranks are more like that April Fools’ episode of SpongeBob SquarePants where Squidward viciously pranks SpongeBob, dragging him
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3-D printing has come wildly far in the last decade. In the aughts, commercial 3-D printers mostly made monochrome plastic baubles that only ever sat on your desk as conversation pieces. Modern 3-D printers can now print the baubles, the desk they sit on, the house that holds the desk, and even half of the
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Hyperrealistic cakes started hitting the meme scene a handful of years ago, ultimately culminating in a TikTok challenge to guess if it’s cake or real. And while we “oh and ah” at these cake achievements, sometimes, when you see that cross-section, you don’t really want to eat it. Not to mention that most of these
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No, Lee Harvey Oswald wasn’t, per his infamous claim, a patsy. Instead, he was a killer—and overwhelming evidence supports this. By contrast, the endless conspiracy theories trying to take the smoking gun out of Oswald’s well-trained hands remain just that: theories. But just because Oswald almost certainly committed the deadly deed himself doesn’t mean he
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Whether you’re slowly ascending that three-hundred-foot chain lift hill or blasting out of the station faster than a sports car on the Autobahn, roller coasters are quite potent in drawing out thrill-seekers and daredevils to get that quick hit of adrenaline. Usually, the hallmark of any amusement park would be the tallest and fastest roller
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Careful, online daters: the phrase “I have a hobby” no longer means “I collect Funko Pops.” From playing magic sports to risking death for a selfie, from paying to be waterboarded to following strangers into the woods, “I have a hobby” can now be anything. Our culture is changing around us more quickly than ever,
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Death is one of life’s great constants, but not all corpses end up in a tomb or urn on the mantelpiece. Whether turned into a landmark, mummy, art exhibit, or a magical talisman, some cadavers meet a more unusual fate. Here are 10 bizarre ways human remains have spent time outside of the grave… Related:
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