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New York City: the home of gritty, groundbreaking, independent film. Unlike Los Angeles, New York offers filmmakers more artistic freedom with their work. Here, they are not bound by the pressure from major Hollywood studios; and while budgets may be lower, the results of financial restraints are often rewarding. Many hip, young directors draw inspiration
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Despite what certain mainstream media outlets might lead one to believe, America is not going to hell in a hand basket. Pockets of radical protestors-turned-rioters and would-be vigilantes do not speak for the less vocal, more peaceful majority. Recently we explored America’s ten most dangerous cities. And while it’s undeniable that the US has its
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You may think that you can use any color that you want. But there are some colors that can be very hard to get your hands on. Whether they’re toxic, outdated, illegal, or copyrighted, there are some colors that are simply off-limits. Top 10 Little-Known Facts About Color 10 Mummy brown In the 16th century,
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We know that the geography of a country has a huge role to play in its social and economic progress. Quite a few regions around the world have always been relatively better-off than others due to the inherent advantages afforded by their starting position on the map—like arable land and natural borders. It’s not really
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Oxford University is one of the greatest universities in the world, topping the world rankings in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.[1] It’s also one of the most popular: the university receives five applications for every place. Despite its fame, however, many of us don’t really know how the university works. Its history, traditions and achievements
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Famous landmarks and other locations around the world draw millions of tourists every year. Even now after lockdown, many of these places can still be toured virtually, cementing their overwhelming popularity. Every so often, however, a landmark also becomes infamous as the location where someone was spotted or encountered for the very last time before
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The coronavirus has touched all of us. People, businesses, and entire countries are feeling its sting, even months after the initial outbreak. In these times, it’s important to know what has been affected and how. From travel to video games, industries spanning all areas of life have been impacted, sometimes in interesting and unexpected ways.
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In all of human history, the most devastating weapon has been the nuclear bomb. With just one piece of ordnance, a military can (and has) wiped out entire cities. Still, the engineers who make weapons weren’t done with those early models. In the years since the bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, scientists and engineers
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Nowadays, if Jennifer Lawrence suggested that dragons are real and live in a secret kingdom beneath Tulsa, Oklahoma, nobody would really bat an eye. Some might even agree: #smaugisundertulsa #jlawmotherofdragons Celebrity culture seems so broken that possessing wacky, easily debunked, and even dangerous ideologies or cultish beliefs could now be considered a prerequisite for being
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What comes to mind when you think of suburbia? Most of us envision average people going about their quiet, mundane lives without much interference or excitement. But what if there was more to that than meets the eye? Filmmakers like David Lynch are known for peeling back the curtain of small-town America to reveal the
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Often, facts are stranger than fiction. In fact, sometimes real-life stories are more terrifying than those in horror movies. Some are equal parts horrifying and tragic. All of them serve to remind us yet again that there is true darkness to be found in our world, far beyond what our imaginations could ever conjure up.
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[WARNING: This list contains disturbing footage.] Archaeological finds have shown that people have been modifying their bodies in interesting ways for much of human history. Body modification remains popular today, and while it can be something as ubiquitous as an ear-piercing or tattoo, some cultures have taken it a step further. The cultures that appreciate
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We have all dreamed about winning the lottery and how we would spend the money, but very few people actually see that dream turn into a reality. Unfortunately, about a third of people who do win a lottery find themselves broke within just a few years. They become obsessed with the lifestyle and blow their
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Ah, Los Angeles! Home to Hollywood, once the mecca of all things movie-related. One of the most cinematic cities on the planet, L.A. has inspired great filmmakers across the globe for decades. From the dreamy Sunset Boulevard to the mysterious Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles has provided the perfect backdrop to some of the most iconic
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It’s tough being a teenager. Not quite an adult, but no longer a child. All that peer pressure and puberty. All those raging hormones. It’s no wonder, perhaps, that teenagers are moody. Prone to tears and drama. And bad poetry. You’re only young once, thank goodness. If you are still a teenager, you might want
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The United States is in the waning weeks of an exceedingly bloody summer.[1] Homicides were up 37% from May to June in 20 large U.S. cities.[2] In New York, the murder rate is up 30% over 2019, and Chicago just suffered its most dangerous month since the early 1990s, including 106 people shot and 14
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Throughout history and into modern times humans have had to contend with and try to survive disasters both natural and man-made. And the aftermath of these disasters doesn’t always only include mop-up operations and memorial services. Often there are ongoing fights against misinformation and more notably, conspiracy theories that inevitably rear their heads. Top 10
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Animal crimes against humans are real. There are monkeys that mug, sharks that snatch, and foxes with foot fetishes (no shoe is safe). But besides the usual snatch-and-runs, truly crazy situations are going on out there. Some primates run a genuine extortion business, a thieving cat raised funds for other cats, and an octopus took
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Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Give a hero a modified nail gun and a box full of nails, and he could take over the world. Some people—mostly normal, everyday people—get into the news for showing some form of above-average heroism. Pulling people from burning buildings, catching toddlers who fall
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Science is a serious business. The search for knowledge requires dedication, patience, and rigorous analysis of the facts. When the hard work is over and a new entity has been discovered, a scientist gets to celebrate the crowning moment of his achievement by putting a name on what he has found. For most scientists, this
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Everybody knows that you collect $200 when you pass go, but there is so much more to learn about Monopoly than just the gameplay. The popular board game has been around for more than 80 years, which means there is a lot of history behind the game. There is much controversy over who created the
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Even if you manage to eat a square three meals a day, there comes a point at say, three in the afternoon, where your stomach is going to get a little rumbly, and you’re in danger of becoming hangry. What comes to save the day? A snack! But what happens if the tidbit you reach
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