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Students of the bizarre know to expect the unexpected… but cats that give people an edge in business? Predicting death by what a person can and cannot smell? True tales, kids. Strange links are everywhere. Some have fascinating explanations, like Scooby-Doo’s connection to the RFK assassination. But plenty of others remain steeped in speculation and
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The music to come out of the small island country of New Zealand is as eclectic, varied and unique as the people themselves. Influenced by rock, pop, jazz, blues, hip-hop and the Maori people, New Zealand’s music inevitably gets its own creative kiwi interpretation. Here are ten tracks, some well-known, others not so much, to
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Let’s face it: 2020 has been fairly miserable thus far. The only thing that seems to knock a lethal pandemic from world headlines are riots and looting amid protests against police brutality. We need some positivity right now – a reminder of Western Civilization’s myriad accomplishments to counteract our current rough patch. Top 10 Reasons
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Since 1955, the Guinness World Records have been documenting and cataloging numerous feats, achievements, and characteristics of the world and its people in an annual publication. While numerous records have been documented, most are broken after a while, with many being broken numerous times after their initial recording. There are some that have never been
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The rock and roll lifestyle is not known for following the rules. Usually, this amounts to merely trashing a hotel room. A few musicians took it a bit further. These hardened criminals impacted some of the most celebrated music ever recorded while committing heinous acts. Their talent is undeniable it, but these 10 composers would
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When serial killers are caught, they are removed from society. However, the lasting physical evidence of their crimes, the house in which they committed their murders is often left for all to see. They are often known as ‘Houses of Horrors’, a somewhat tabloid term, but one which succinctly describes their morbid, inerasable past. Sometimes
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Nowadays fact checking is an easy task. Hoaxes, Pranks, and Scams are everywhere, and most people have learned how to spot them instinctively. Information travels the globe nearly instantly and most everything printed or posted online will be vetted by hundreds or thousands of people. However, before the information age when word traveled slow it
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Neiman Marcus is the first American department store to go bankrupt during the coronavirus shutdown. “Prior to COVID-19, Neiman Marcus Group was making solid progress on our journey to long-term profitable and sustainable growth,” said CEO Geoffroy van Raemdonck in a statement. “However, like most businesses today, we are facing unprecedented disruption caused by the
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Hannibal took his war elephants over the Alps. Did he, though? Turns out that yes, yes he did. But we tend to take these little nuggets of trivia as fact a bit too often, allowing for many examples of factoids, imbalanced narratives and even out-and-out revisionist lies to become part of our collective understanding of
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No joke – the comedians on this list seriously shine in dramatic roles. The ground rules: to qualify for this collection, actors needed to start their mainstream careers in comedy. That dismisses, for example, Whoopi Goldberg, who regularly appeared in dramas like The Color Purple early in her career. Also, only movies where the actor
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Joseph Goebbels was the mastermind behind Nazi Germany’s propaganda machine, and has been hailed as the inventor of marketing strategies that are still in use today, in addition to creating the idea of ‘fake news.’ However, once the Second World War broke out in 1939, problems in Goebbels’ propaganda paradise soon surfaced. Under the constant
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Classical music: It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But there are certain performances that have appeared on YouTube that receive special attention from a wider audience. This is a list of those such performances as selected by me. Before founding Listverse I was studying to be an opera singer at the prestigious Royal College of
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You’re walking down one of Gotham City’s many dark alleys, clutching your valuables when you sense a presence behind you. A mugger? Maybe something worse—the city has been suffering through a veritable plague of enhanced criminals, maybe it’s one of those ghoulish guys and gals? Could it be the dreaded Penguin? Maybe you’ll get driven
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Before we start we have to clear something up: the Dark Ages were not dark; in fact, most of the reasons people think the early Middle Ages were dark are nothing but common misconceptions about the era. In the introduction to Top 10 Reasons The Middle Ages Were Not Dark, I said: ‘[T]he term “dark
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Movies require a ton of work and money to make, so studios attempt to make nothing but hit films. Of course, the reality is, more movies suck than don’t, and the world has been assaulted with thousands of terrible movies over the years. Sometimes, a movie is so bad, it’s actually fun to watch. Ed
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History shows us that assaults on human rights all too often occur during times of extraordinary crisis. The coronavirus pandemic is no different. The British government afforded the cops a powerful, new toolkit with which to detain those accused of violating quarantine rules. Rushed legislation, including the Coronavirus Act 2020, allowed the police to use
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Nature’s oddities are entertainment gold. There are chimps using rituals with trees, creatures with strange features, and even unidentified animals. Beyond such curiosities, the darker side of nature has plenty to offer. From bloody and unexplained beach attacks to panda pregnancies that never complete, here are the top ten head-scratchers for today. 10 Weird Epidemics
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Strange trends in fashion seem like they’ve always been around. From paper dresses to platform crocs, many fashion trends have left people wondering, ‘What were they thinking’? From showing off one’s status to hiding illness are just a couple of reasons for some strange trends throughout history. This list covers 10 of the most bizarre
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Some horror movies can only be watched once. Others should be watched a couple of times to get the maximum effect of their complex storylines. During the second or third viewing of some horror films, little details make themselves known that were missed the first time around. A lot of effort goes into making a
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There is something a bit weird about company mascots, folk figures and cartoon characters. You get to know them, care for them and, if you have too much time and an overactive childhood-reclamation gland, a feverish need to write fan fiction about them. This list includes some unreal characters that people swear blind actually exist.
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The sports documentary miniseries The Last Dance received critical acclaim and captured every sports fan’s imagination as it concluded on Netflix recently. It was a compelling account of what made Michael Jordan and the 1990’s Chicago Bulls great. But there were some obscure facts along the way, which didn’t make the final cut. 10 Of
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