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Every year has something that makes it terrible for a large group of people, but it seems that 2020 wanted to up the game by making everyone’s lives miserable from beginning to end. This year has been, in a word, difficult. A worldwide pandemic, wildfires, contested elections, and just about everything that could have gone
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It’s not exactly a secret that many famous songs are based on, or were inspired by, books. The art of storytelling for the sake of entertainment, be it in written or musical form, is ancient and universal, so some degree of cross-over is expected. Discovering what stories influenced certain songs, however, can be fascinating not
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Let’s be honest, we all love a good meme and in recent years memes have exploded into an amazing art form that has helped shape today’s society. Whether it be a silly joke from your friend or a slew of them on your social media, there is no doubt that they have had an effect
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A sociopath is a person (mostly male but sometimes female) who suffers from one of a number of mental illnesses such as borderline, histrionic, or antisocial personality disorder. They are often referred to as narcissists (and all sociopaths ARE narcissists though not all narcissists are sociopaths) or psychopaths and they are frequently found in movies
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One of the best parts of classic James Bond films was the moment Q would pull out some wild new invention for the secret agent to use in his dashing exploits. Would it be a laser watch? Or would we see 007 wielding a set of bagpipes that doubled as a flamethrower? It turns out
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The horror genre has had a spectacular resurgence in pop culture in the past few years. With scary movies, TV series and video games taking center stage in the eyes of general audiences, it was only a matter of time before literature caught up. Since short horror stories and creepy pastas have become a staple
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Social media and the internet has a bad reputation for spreading false information. Anyone with a fringe theory or a conspiracy theory can reach millions. Bad ideas can spread like a virus. But the internet is also the most powerful tool ever invented for the dissemination of knowledge. Not everyone has the time to study
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History will always fascinate modern generations. It hooks the imagination to read about the heroes and heroines of days gone by, horrific wars, tragedies of great ships that sank and unexpected large-scale disasters. A great many historical novels have been written about infamous events that changed the course of history and of course, even back
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Is there anything more nauseating than seeing a normal, everyday object re-made with added diamonds and covered in gold, quadrupling the value without adding any practical value? Ok, maybe a lot of things are more nauseating, but you have to admit it’s pretty gross. If this list proves one thing above all else, it’s that
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Many of us assume that the way we speak “just makes sense.” However, anybody whose brain has ached from trying to sort of direct object word orders or verb tenses in a new language, only to hear local 3-year olds flawlessly rattle off a perfect phrase in that language, has a sense of how aspects
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Art is a subjective thing. Some people look at modern art and see a pile of junk while others stare at a pile of junk and see profundity. One of the biggest misunderstandings about art history is that there has been a steady progression from primitive art to some level of perfection it reached recently.
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Just kidding. Obviously, there is a lot more to countries around the world other than their landmarks, but it cannot be disputed that they are a big part of the reason people choose to travel to certain locations. Some of these landmarks have amazing backstories, while others have fantastic legends surrounding them, drawing in visitors
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Many people believe high-tech problems require high-tech solutions. It’s not quite so. Complex technologies sometimes require simple, low-tech solutions that may cost next to nothing. Cheap here doesn’t mean inferior since these solutions are often better than the more expensive, high-tech solutions. This list is evidence that the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) principle is
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Step aside, #FloridaMan – this one’s for the ladies. Anything guys can do, girls can do better. And in the Sunshine State, “anything” includes narcotics, aggravated assault, public nudity and other inventive ways of ending up in handcuffs. In the era of #MeToo, Florida has evolved with our socially progressive times to become a truly
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It takes a unique soul to become an artist. Some have it, some don’t. But with any artist, sometimes a creative mind can be a burden and drive them into some pretty dark places. Substance abuse and outright violence are common issues, especially with musicians. A study conducted on popular musicians from 1956 to 2006
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Peru is a beautiful and fascinating country with a rich culture and history, but how much do you know about it? If you’ve never been to Peru, odds are you know little about it, which is a shame. The country has featured heavily in the news due to its ongoing political upheaval, but looking beyond
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