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A lot of media tend to view news and history through the lens of countries and their big, powerful cities. Though that makes sense from the standpoint of simplicity, too often, it leaves out the ground-level turmoil that boils up in small towns and villages. We know about the Boston Tea Party, but what about
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Have you ever woken up to feel an eery presence in your bedroom? Do you believe that you’ve been abducted by aliens or visited by a withered old crone or a humanoid cat figure during the night? Is it normal for you to wake up unable to move, speak, or breathe? If you answered “yes”
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Even more than most artists, musicians can be a fickle bunch. Whether out of rivalry, jealousy, entitlement, or insecurity, famous musicians tend to drum up a lot of drama. As long as there have been popular musicians, they’ve been quick to throw shade at each other and their works. Many of the most famous musical
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It’s not called “show fun”; it’s called “show business.” Movies are made to make money. It doesn’t matter if you’re Michael Bay, churning out explosion porn year after year, or Charlie Kaufman, making convoluted meta-narratives about yourself making movies; every director has to eat. Producers find ways to cut costs that help to increase the
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History is littered with amazing discoveries, whether accidental or as the result of a thorough search. With each discovery, a little puzzle piece of ancient history, or even modern history, slots into place and gives us a little more insight into how things used to work and a world long forgotten. Related: 10 Strange Archaeological
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As far as free speech goes, May 10, 1933, was one of Western Civilization’s saddest, most frightening days. That’s the date the newly-empowered Nazi Party led a wholesale literary immolation—participated in by university students and broadcast on radio stations throughout Germany—at Bebelplatz, the square of the Berlin Opera House. Some 25,000 volumes of books deemed
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One could be forgiven for believing that every crime is a Machiavellian scheme acted out by masterminds or a twist-laden story that turns out to be a tragic miscarriage of justice by an evil state perpetrated against “the little guy.” Thanks, Netflix. The truth is that most crimes are quite simple, both in the action
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As the Halloween season approaches, several images come to our minds: witches, monsters, haunted houses, horror movies, a full moon, and overflowing amounts of candy. It is that time of year where we indulge in all things macabre and spooky. And now you can add another unexpected activity to your October fright-filled festivities—Ballet! How many
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We tend to think of history as a book that has been written. So to find out anything, all you have to do is look up the facts, and you can find what you want to learn. But to the frustration of historians, history is riddled with mysteries. Some of the things that are unknown
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The Great Lakes, inhabiting over 152,800 square kilometers (95,000 square miles) and filled with 27.3 quadrillion liters (6 quadrillion gallons) of water (no, really!), collectively make up the largest body of fresh water on earth. More than 170 species of fish (and perhaps one Loch-Ness-like creature) lurk beneath the surface, and its waters have claimed
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Movies fail when they create villains with thin or nonexistent motivations and justifications. Bad guys who are just bad for the sake of badness tend to suck the drama and tension right out of stories. But there’s a problem on the reverse side, too; sometimes villains are created a little too sympathetic and reasonable, and
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Fire is a powerful element that the human species has long manipulated. We use it for cooking, warmth, and light, among many other things. It has been a lifeline in the ever-changing world. However, what happens when a rare few no longer use fire as a helpful tool but instead use it as a deadly
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Everyone wants to build something with their lives and leave it behind in the right way. But some, whether because they’re crazy, rich, or most often both, leave their vast estates behind with some thick strings attached. Far from the usual bequeathals to spouses and kin, these eccentrics use their deaths to settle scores, atone
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Every culture in history has created its own bestiary of otherworldly and mythical creatures. And the deeper you get into mythology, the weirder the monsters are. From the giant to the tiny, the ethereal to the subterranean, the sagely to the fiendish, if you can imagine it, it most likely exists in lore. Except we
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Cartoons are loved by children and even adults across the world. While many of them may seem innocent, sometimes they push the boundaries a little too far. Some of the most popular cartoons have seen episodes and entire collections censored and banned in different countries for several reasons such as violence, drinking, smoking, sexual scenes,
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The existence of the paranormal is a controversial subject. There’s been no reputable scientific evidence to support the existence of what we call supernatural, which leaves many people to believe that all allegations of hauntings and paranormal phenomena are fake and even baseless. Staunch believers, however, would disagree. Pointing to evidence they think wasn’t properly
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For the ultra-wealthy, money is no object. Instead, it’s many objects: golden mammoth skeletons, rooftop pools full of Patron, and jetpacks for their butlers (I assume). But when the one-percenters inevitably get sick of soaking in their own opulence, they vacation in search of fresh, new luxuries at the finest resorts in the world. Luckily,
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