British cuisine has received a lot of criticism and outright mockery over the years. Of course, it doesn’t help that some of the traditional dishes have absurd names like “Toad in the Hole” and “Spotted Dick.” “One cannot trust people whose cuisine is so bad,” French President Jacques Chirac was overheard snarkily commenting to Vladimir
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The bathtub scene from Breaking Bad is iconic. Walter White and Jesse return home to find drops of steaming acid fizzing through the ceiling. Then, without warning, the ceiling caves in, and pieces of a half-dissolved corpse come cascading into the room below. The pair peers up through the debris and sees that the bath
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Ambergris is a solid, waxy, and very mysterious substance formed in the intestinal tracts of sperm whales. The name comes from the French “gray amber,” and the peculiar origins of ambergris and what it actually is have been debated for centuries. Ambergris only forms in the intestinal tract of sperm whales and not in any
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For centuries, nations around the world have set aside a customary day to honor fatherhood. A traditional Catholic holiday, Father’s Day has been recognized in some way dating back to the Middle Ages. Father’s Day traditionally took place on March 19, the date the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of St. Joseph. In the United
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Gambling is a risky game of chance that results in an uncertain outcome, but we love it! People from around the world spend thousands visiting casinos to take care of that urge of wanting to gamble. Trying to run a casino is very similar to gambling. Sometimes it pays off, and sometimes it won’t. Some
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From attaining long-term financial gains to job stability and career satisfaction, colleges are generally safe places where students pass through searching for fulfillment in life. While it’s true that most colleges have been able to achieve just that—producing top talent and exceptional graduates who have gone on to impact their community positively—they have also been
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Arguably one of the most famous rulers to have ascended to any throne in human history was Tutankhamun (1341–1323 BC). What sets the 11th Pharaoh of Egypt apart from many others is that he rose to power before his tenth birthday. After a nine-year rule over Egypt, Tutankhamun is suspected of having died of either
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To balance the recent list of 10 landlords who murdered their tenants, it’s time to shine a light on those not-so-great tenants. Although the facts in criminal cases are the same, defense and prosecuting attorneys interpret them differently. According to the former, their clients are almost always not guilty or, at most, committed their crimes
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Can we all just agree to disagree? Yes, I have a degree in English, and I took my fair share of Shakespeare classes in college. Who doesn’t love a good Elizabethan tragedy? However, I can’t read about star-crossed lovers and plots of revenge all the time. Sometimes I just need some brain candy. It doesn’t
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Name a holiday when evil spirits are all around you and magic and mysticism is celebrated. Not Halloween, but Midsummer. In the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year falls around June 21, when the sun’s rays are perpendicular to the Tropic of Cancer at 23°30′ North latitude. It is called the summer solstice
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In our everyday lives, we use our eyes, ears, skin, and even our nose to help us traverse the environment and make decisions. Our senses are our friends, and we use them from sniffing the milk container to checking if the street is safe to cross to avoid a disaster. These abilities are common among
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Monsters and witches, haunted mansions, and science experiments gone wrong—these were just a few of the bone-chilling subjects for some of Great Britain’s most famous authors, poets, and playwrights. But while these writers created characters and settings that could be unsettling, their source material was often even more disturbing. From grim folk tales to nightmares
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The James Bond movie franchise has given us some great gadgets—some of which we wish we had and others that aren’t so practical but still pretty cool. But real life has given us some neat gadgets too! Sure, we may not have access to a dagger shoe or a mini-rocket cigarette. Still, innovations in technology
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One of the most reviled and macabre professions within human history is that of the sin-eater from the Victorian era. With job responsibilities that included taking on the ultimate burden for the good of others in their community despite significant and lasting consequences to themselves, it is easy to understand why. As part of a
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Film directors have been interested in space since the beginning of cinema, kicking off with Georges Méliès’s A Trip to the Moon in 1902. From grappling with inventive sci-fi concepts to attempting to realistically capture the astronaut experience, filmmakers have a challenge on their hands when telling tales set amongst the stars. This list compiles
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Pharmaceutical companies run exhaustive trials before they can release a drug onto the market. This is a matter of common sense. No one wants a repeat of the thalidomide scandal of the 1950s and ’60s when some women took thalidomide for morning sickness. The result of the “biggest man-made medical scandal ever” was 10,000 children
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Eastern Europe is rich in history and natural beauty. Many different cultures have influenced it, from the Ancient Greeks to the Ottomans and the Soviets. So it, therefore, has an unusually complex history filled with war, bloodshed, and mystery. Eastern Europe’s most famous ruin is Pripyat, the town abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, but
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As long as there are famous people, conspiracy theories will closely follow. Sometimes it doesn’t even matter what they do or don’t do. Someone somewhere will come up with a theory for it. Remember Pizzagate and how Justin Bieber allegedly confirmed that he too was a victim of child sex trafficking by adjusting his beanie
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Gambling has been around in human society for thousands of years, and it is easy to see why. If you have ever been to a casino or even bought a lottery ticket, you know gambling can be a thrill. However, most of uswouldn’t take it to the level of the people on our list below
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No matter whether you enjoy a classic cola, root beer, or lemon-lime soft drink or prefer a more specialized version such as a Cherry 7-Up or Code Red Mountain Dew, there is something unmistakably delicious about carbonated soft drinks. In fact, the global carbonated beverage market brought in a whopping $408.9 billion in 2019, with
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