Month: December 2022

Film directors are more than just the people who shout “action” and aim the camera. They have a hand in the visuals, story, script, and acting of every production, bringing all elements together to make something better than the constituent parts—or that’s the idea. Sometimes directors overstep their bounds, misjudge the material, and churn out
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Thanks to human conflict, there is no shortage of forts, bases, and shelters. Those that are abandoned have a certain attraction, a sense of mystery that calls to urban explorers and researchers alike. This list looks at deserted places with interesting backgrounds or current situations. From the station in Antarctica that scientists keep abandoning to
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Condiments like ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise, along with other sauces, can be found at barbeques, picnics, and almost any given restaurant or fast-food establishment, with choices and variations seeming somewhat endless. While not a proper dish on their own, these sauces can create the perfect flavor pairing when added to hamburgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches
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Every story includes a protagonist and an antagonist, whether apparent or not. We all have favorite heroes and villains, from paperback novels to Oscar-winning films. Some of the most memorable stories include such dynamic opposing characters that a rivalry is born. Great rivalries can inspire us to do great things. And some of the most
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Stone has been mankind’s partner since the beginning of time. Different stones were turned into the first tools, used as weapons, and carved to create the first idols of veneration. There is an otherworldly quality to stone—a seeming immortality in its unchanging appearance. While the rest of the world grows and decays, a stone stays
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Weren’t Jaws and Jurassic Park fantastic? I can never venture into water or a forest without imagining some shark or dinosaur, let alone a ghoulish-eyed strange creature, creeping up and turning me into dinner in the most excruciating way. And let’s not mention giant irradiated bugs, zombies, and human-hunting aliens. Why do we watch these
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There is a bottomless hole in the ground about 9 miles (14.5 kilometers) west of Ellensburg, Washington. At least, that is what a man who went by the name of Mel Waters claimed to exist on his property when he called into a popular paranormal radio show in 1997. People are still talking about the
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With Christmas here, the decorations adorning the shop shelves, and mince pies at the ready, we all know that a staple of the festive holidays is the warm memories that remind you of loved ones. We yearn for the fun-filled antics of running across town for last-minute shopping and the quite often hilarious moments that
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If you studied the Gilded Age in history class, the women you learned about were probably reformers like Carrie Nation, Ida B. Wells, and Jane Addams—advocates for change with hearts of gold and nerves of steel. But they weren’t the only ambitious women shattering stereotypes in the late nineteenth century. A rash of female con
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The Interpol Stolen Arts Database houses an immense list—over 52,000 records—of stolen works of art, along with pictures and descriptions of each piece. Countries all over the world contribute records of stolen treasures—certified with police information—in an effort that spans oceans, crosses continents, and transcends borders. In the billion-dollar black market, it’s no surprise that
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Colombia, Poland, Venezuela, Ireland, Sweden, Morocco—the list goes on. For hundreds of years, Scottish soldiers have taken the opportunity to earn money by fighting in foreign lands. In other words, they were mercenaries. Sometimes these Scottish soldiers of fortune supported established monarchs, while on other occasions, they fought with rebels anxious to upend the status
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To win a Nobel Prize is one of the greatest honors in the academic world. Scientists, writers, politicians, journalists, and more are nominated each year to receive the coveted award at the Nobel Prize Ceremony, held in Stockholm. While the Nobel Prize Foundation’s committee is busy deciding who will be recognized for their outstanding contributions
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The world of advertising is wildly competitive for your attention. Most people despise ads and prefer to skip or mute them if they can (thank goodness for ad-free streaming TV!). The first thing a commercial has to do is grab your attention, and advertisers will do nearly anything to do so. Sometimes these stunts go
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The potential of wars to wreak death and destruction surely places them among humanity’s worst traits. We all know the staggering cost to human life that the two World Wars and other devastating conflicts have wrought. However, not all of history’s wars have been violent. Here are ten surprising wars in which nobody died at
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The Emerald Isle of Ireland is undoubtedly a beautiful and historic place, filled with amazing cities, gorgeous landscapes, and a thriving culture that stretches back centuries. However, with that storied past come some bloody, spooky, and troubling interludes. So, what are the ten spookiest mysteries in Ireland? Let’s dive in and find out! Related: Top
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While interruptions of plays, concerts, and other live theater events may not be that uncommon, it is unusual for a shocking or tragic incident to take place in the middle of a performance. Sometimes, these moments are caused by accidents or sudden emergencies, but often they are intentional actions by people who want to disrupt
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Addiction: the compulsive urge to continue doing something regardless of its possible adverse outcomes. Every human is unique, with their likes and fantasies. Some like to travel, and others love to stay indoors. From introverts to extroverts and everything in between, we learn to co-exist through our likes and dislikes. When it comes to addiction,
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Death is a huge part of many cultures, with the beliefs surrounding what happens after we pass on causing wars, discussions, and speculation for millennia. Of course, one of the most famous festivals that honors the dead is Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, but there are plenty of other interesting death-related
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The United States is a melting pot for other cultures. Immigrants from across the world have long traveled to America for a new beginning. Many struck it rich, raised families, and contributed to American society. Along the way, they brought customs and traditions from their old homes. For millions, that meant sharing old recipes and
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or that is what Andy Williams merrily proclaims in his hit song that crashes face-first into all stores at the beginning of the festive season (and in some cases even before that). What is never mentioned in all the joyous writings of the jovial holidays and endless
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