Month: December 2021

The experimental film genre goes back as far as film history takes us. One of the first experimental films was done by Thomas Edison’s assistant, William Dickson, on the kinetoscope called “Monkeyshines No. 1” around 1889 or 1890. In fact, you could say all early silent cinema was experimental as the filmmakers were literally figuring
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Most eerie tales are set in scary locations and include creepy details such as unseen fingers about to trace a burning image on your cheek or loud unexplained thumps sounding up from various parts of the house, making it impossible to fall asleep. Others are based on old urban legends about killers with hooks for
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Despite what you’ve been told, not every job has to be boring, bland, and…office-y. There are so many jobs that hardly anyone knows about, even ones that are actually enjoyable! If you’ve been thinking about switching jobs, why not choose one that’s a little out there? Here are ten jobs that you didn’t know you
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“Sex sells” is a saying that is as old as your grandma. You know the centerfolds and pictures designed to let the imagination run a little wild. For decades, sales have thrived on sexual fantasy. But in the dot-com era, people now have the option to make their fantasies a reality. As my brother-in-law says,
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Cryptocurrency. Some say that crypto technology is revolutionizing the modern world. Others dismiss it as a flash in the pan fad doomed to collapse. The anonymous digital coins aren’t tied to any state or government or physical commodity, which is why die-hard crypto fans love them so much, and why many countries are trying to
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Over the millennia, religions have behaved like organisms. They’ve interbred, evolved, gone extinct, and been replaced by newer rivals. Even the staunchest of religions with their sacred texts (literally) set in stone have mutated over the years, morphing and adapting to new societies, politics, and philosophies. This flexibility has led to tension between competing ideologies,
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Music unites people, but it can also be incredibly divisive. Especially on a platform such as Listverse, which is visited by a wide variety of people, all with their own valid opinion on what constitutes good music. Some prefer rock and hate pop; others might go the opposite direction or even choose classical music above
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Having a cult following as a celebrity doesn’t always imply Charles Manson and Jim Jones. Sometimes it just means that you have a loyal group of fans who love to see everything you’re in. Why? Because you’re quirky, good at what you do (unless you’re Tommy Wiseau), probably have something to do with science fiction
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Christmas is a time of kindness and charity. It’s the season of giving, and there are now more ways to give than ever. Whether you celebrate Christmas, another holiday, or no holiday at all, this cold, dark time of year is an excellent occasion to spread warmth far and wide. This year, instead of exchanging
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Swears are fun and all, but, similar to what Cookie Monster says about cookies, “They are sometimes words.” Now, of course, every family and social situation is different—some people don’t care if the F-bomb is their child’s first word or if sh–t is uttered by students. But generally speaking, we refrain from swearing in front
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We’ve all heard at least one ghost story in our lifetime. It seems that everyone and every place has come in contact with the paranormal. Statistically, around 45% of Americans believe in ghosts, and as many as 18% of the American population says they’ve actually come in contact with a spirit. That’s a pretty significant
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Japan is an ancient country full of deep traditions and strong cultural values. Christmas is a newcomer to the country, with most Christmas practices starting in the 20th century. With no religious ties to the holiday, the Japanese people looked at Western traditions and chose which parts of the season they wanted to copy. The
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Everyone loves a good story, whether factual or fictitious. This is why popular authors sell and why people love poring over history books. Earth itself has a fascinating history, and so do the 195 countries that dot our blue and white spinning globe. Inside these countries are several places with their own unique history and
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Roller coasters are still heralded as one of the easiest and safest ways for adrenaline junkies to get their fix. Whether they’re hitting 100+ mph speeds or ascending lift hills higher than 300 ft., it’s very easy to find excitement in these wonders of engineering. However, sometimes it’s too expensive to break the height or
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Pretty soon we will get the opportunity to share gifts and tasty food with our loved ones, bathed in the multicolored hues of twinkling lights wrapped around a fir tree…Christmas is weird when you think about it. Wonderfully weird. Whether you are religious or not, one unifying ritual that most of the world still enjoys
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Cave diving is insane. That may be the shortest and most subjective opening sentence in Listverse history, but it is also supported by a mountain of evidence. A gruesome, water-logged, decaying, lightless mountain of evidence, scattered and wedged into thousands of cramped, jagged chambers beneath the Earth. Combining the isolation and desolation of cave exploring
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The brain is a remarkable part of the human body. It is believed that the human brain can generate about 23 watts of electrical power, which would be enough to light a small lightbulb. Even though there are some amazing facts about the brain, there is still so much that we are still trying to
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More than any other artistic medium, video games are constantly reinventing themselves. Every week, developers release a new game with its own unique controls, goals, and interface. The movie experience, on the other hand, is one-size-fits-all; if you know how to watch Alice make her way through Wonderland, and you’ll do just fine watching Freddy
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One of the best aspects of modern society and its extensive interconnectedness is that like-minded people can meet more easily than ever. Thanks to the internet, entire communities that might never have met previously have formed and evolved into organizations. There are conventions, festivals, and expos for almost everything you can think of. For most
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Christmas is a traditional holiday celebrated all over the world. The family reunion, the massive Christmas feast with turkey, roast beef, and salmon, Yule logs, and the eagerly anticipated moment when the presents are opened at the foot of the tree… Traditions vary greatly depending on the country. Here are ten practices that seem to
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They’re hiding among you right now. They could be mowing the lawn next door, downstairs preparing your dinner, or even reflected in your monitor as you read this, but rest assured: they are among you. They are criminals, and not just people who drive 45 in a 35 mph zone; there are murderers, traffickers, and
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Our visual panoramas of our countries’ and territories’ terrains and vistas shape our sense of belonging, yet the world is always transforming. Tectonic activity, air currents, moisture, heat, and people all work together to reshape what we accept as familiar terrain, stripping away immense ravines, creating new land with steaming molten rock, and moving the
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