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Following up on my recent list “Ten Odd News Stories Out of New Zealand,” I thought I’d look over what we call “The Ditch” to my Australian neighbors and see what oddities are turning up in the headlines over there. Turns out, the Aussies have some rather strange goings-on over their way, too, and here’s
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Not all heroes wear capes, as the saying goes. Advances in animal DNA technology now stand at the forefront of forensic science. Enhanced testing techniques and ever-expanding databases are helping law enforcement agencies to catch criminals. In recent years, the hair, fur, feathers, blood, and other bodily fluids from cats, dogs, birds, and other animals
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What could be more peaceful than a typical English village? Cottages with rose gardens, games of cricket followed by tea on the lawn as church bells ring in the distance. It’s an image that Agatha Christie took and turned on its head with her classic novels featuring murder and intrigue in the fictional village of
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An island is an idyllic destination for millions of travelers worldwide. Especially when the said island is sun-drenched with white sand beaches and surrounded by nothing but turquoise ocean. However, those with an adventurous side seek out the more obscure islands that harbor a secret or two, which makes for a fascinating visit every time.
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For thousands of years, our ancestors gave way to their creative expression by creating figures of all sizes from bone, antler, ivory, and stone. The world’s oldest sculptures are often small enough to fit into the palm of your hand and do not come without their fair share of controversy. These incredible works of art
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Hold on—most people don’t even know what the metaverse is. Here’s a little backstory, plus some Metaverse 101 thrown in for good measure. The word metaverse is a mash-up—Meta comes from Greek and means “next” or “beyond.” So metaverse means the next universe or beyond the universe. In 1992, Neal Stephenson authored the sci-fi novel
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The saying goes, “the truth always comes out in the end.” And for the most part, through life’s twists and turns, that saying seems to ring true. But when it comes to cold-blooded murder and strange disappearances, the families and friends left behind are not so sure. Some cases take many years to solve. And
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“Going postal” is a relatively new phrase in the English language. It became widespread when a string of United States Postal Service workers decided to let their frustrations out on anyone around them. The most famous was in 1986 when Patrick Sherrill killed 14 and wounded six before killing himself. When several more postmen committed
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Meetings are not usually interesting. Anybody who has worked an office job knows that there are far too many of them. Some of the world’s most successful businesspeople have attempted to make them as short as possible in the belief that they otherwise do more harm than good. People sitting around a desk, arguing over
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Congratulations! You have already survived several doomsday predictions. If you haven’t, it’s only a matter of time before you get to hear the end-of-times calls. The concept of the apocalypse is not new. If anything, apocalyptical calls have played a central role in several religious and scientific predictions for centuries. But, what is even more
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Rationalizations of the “real” nature of paranormal encounters have become more prominent in the public consciousness than straight-up belief. Past trauma, suspected meteorological phenomenon, or visual hallucinations brought on by ingesting two fistfuls of weird mushrooms found growing on the side of the interstate are far easier statements for us moderns to take in than
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You’ve probably heard of famous Gen Z child prodigies like Greta Thunberg, JoJo Siwa, Simone Biles, Emma Chamberlaine, and Billie Eilish. From popularizing viral dance videos to never having lived without the existence of the internet, children from Generation Z are known for many things. Although many older generations peg these “zoomers” as being overly
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In the nearly 150-year history of professional baseball in America, only a small handful of active players have been murdered. These boys of summer were cut down in their prime, unable to outrun fate despite reaching the pinnacle of their sport. Stricken from stardom far too soon, their heartbreaking deaths leave baseball fans wondering: what
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Florida gets a bad wrap, and no more so than the Florida man, known on an international level as an entertaining party game. You type “Florida Man” and your birth date, and voila! You laugh at the idiot in the article who attacked his daughter with pizza, the man who mistook the bank for a
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After ocean swimming was popularized in Victorian Britain as a health activity, beaches transitioned from places where people worked or foraged to places of recreation and enjoyment. Today, beaches are regularly featured in picture-postcard images as idyllic places of coconut palms, white sand, pretty girls in bikinis, kitesurfers getting big air, and surfers riding perfect
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The 1970s are now recognized as “Hollywood’s Second Golden Age,” and it’s hard to argue with it. The Godfather, Jaws, Star Wars, and hundreds of other fine films came out in that decade. But there are some films from notable directors starring famous actors that are more or less unknown today. These movies were well-regarded
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Emotion and physicality are cornerstones of any sport, but when competition is fierce and tensions are high, things can sometimes get out of hand. Bad blood, nationalistic pride, and revenge can all result in chaotic situations on the pitch, ice, court, or even in the stands. Other times, it’s simply a matter of hotter heads
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If Donatien Alphonse François, the Marquis de Sade, were alive today and wrote film scripts instead of novels, he might have written the screenplays for the ten bloody, disgusting horror movie franchises on this list. Each of them is exploitative, taking sex and violence to extremes that are both horrific and revolting. These pictures are
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Performance art is known for many things, and weirdness is definitely one of them. While this list of weird live art looks at the (sometimes bizarre) inner-workings of artists’ minds, we’re steering clear of the blatantly offensive and inflammatory works that the art form is often cited for. Instead, we’re looking at “the weird” as
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Dark, dreary, and abandoned places almost automatically gain reputations for being haunted and scary. But somehow, the threat of unseen entities becomes even scarier when they’re associated with beautiful buildings and sunny locations. On this list are some of the most stunning places you can visit, all with scary ghost stories surrounding them. Related: 10
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In the world of popular culture, diets have been consistently talked about since far before the Golden Age of Hollywood. There are trendy diets that caught on and stuck around for years, like the Atkins diet or the Master Cleanse. And then there are the ones that are just myths, like Jackie Kennedy eating one
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