Over the course of history civilisation has made many startling discoveries and uncovered lost treasures of previous generations, often heralded as amazing achievements. Every once in a while, mankind manages to flip the situation around and lose forever something that was either precious or rare. Our list today looks at ten items that were somehow
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For the most part, pregnancies in people are pretty simple. Whether it’s natural, in vitro, or through surrogacy, the steps remain the same. Take an egg and some sperm, get them together, and nine months later… okay, it’s an oversimplification, but you get the idea. Of course, not every pregnancy is the same, and some
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Most of us try to accomplish necessary life tasks in the easiest way possible. Rube Goldberg, however, entertained the world by drawing cartoons of machines that accomplished simple tasks in the most complicated, humorous way possible. His machines used everyday objects, in addition to humans or animals, in a creative, convoluted way that really would
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Dolphins are not only the sweet-natured, lovable mammals we have all been led to believe. They also have a darker side—with some disturbing tendencies that may just surprise you! When you hear the word “dolphin,” you might picture a cute, silvery mammal frolicking happily in the ocean with his dolphin friends. Or perhaps you imagine
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Tales of human remains dissolving in acid fill us with a special dread. Given that homicide investigations need bodies, acid baths will always be a hit among murderous fiends. In some cases, unfortunate people accidentally dissolve themselves in acid. Acid steals our identity and reduces us to undifferentiated organic matter—reminding us that eventually we return
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Anyone with even a passing interest in etymology will be well aware that many English words come from Latin, the language of ancient Rome. While English is officially considered a Germanic, rather than a Romance language (the latter being languages rooted in Vulgar Latin rather than those best suited to whispering endearments to your sweetheart,)
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We all know comic books have had a massive influence on pop culture. Fans can find their favorite superheroes and supervillains plastered on t-shirts, mugs, stickers, toys, posters, and hundreds of other kinds of merchandise. But what are some unexpected — or even shocking — things that were inspired by comic books? This list highlights
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We all know that sugar is delicious but not the healthiest thing to eat. We’re starting to understand its role in weight gain and other health complications. But why has it taken so long? And why haven’t we found better, safer alternatives yet? Here are some reasons the sugar industry works so hard to keep
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Alchemy is an ancient and subtle art. For thousands of years alchemists performed research into the ultimate nature of reality to find ways to produce everything gold to immortality. While alchemy came to be seen as a foolish endeavour that was hunting after things that were never there the work of alchemists produced chemicals and
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It’s a pretty big deal being first, but it’s an even bigger deal to be the one credited with launching a genre. In our top 10 list for today, we’ll be looking at movies that weren’t necessarily the first of their kind but were, rather, influential enough to standardize industry-genre standards. We’re talking about everything
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In today’s world the rise of transportation and exportation has opened the doors to numerous locations across the planet making our contact with other people more frequent than ever. It is easy to see how viral outbreaks might easily spread in such conditions, but what you might not realize is that global pandemics are not
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The United States Congress is en route to doing something truly incredible: passing a major bill along bipartisan lines. In mid-August, the U.S. Senate – a body currently split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats, and which requires 60 votes to pass most legislation – passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill to update the country’s roads,
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[WARNING: This list contains disturbing recordings.] In 2017, a pilot flying over Western Australia noticed an SOS made of rocks in a remote location. Realizing that somebody could be stranded in this hostile environment, the pilot reported it to police, who launched an investigation. The mysterious SOS was later revealed to have been created four
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Is it true that a group of journalists stole the Empire State Building for just one day? How did police catch the thieves that stole one of Norway’s most famous paintings? Did anyone ever locate the Stradivarius violin of one of the most well-known concert violinists of the 20th century? Everyone knows that famous artwork
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We can all agree there are a variety of things no one in this world wants to do and getting electrocuted is right at the top of that list for most people. This unfortunately does happen to people though and we always see the movies where people get zapped, but have you ever wondered what
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As we approach the 20th anniversary of the most devastating terrorist attack on American soil, we’re reminded of the day’s cascading tragedies. Four hijacked planes. Two imploded skyscrapers. The seat of the most powerful military on Earth bursting into flames. Nearly 3,000 people died that day in plane crashes, building collapses and desperate leaps from
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Plastics have become the ‘bad guy’ of materials recently, largely because they don’t degrade easily or quickly. People throw plastics away and they clog up landfill sites or create unsightly litter. This creates a major problem for a lot of wildlife. Marine animals, in particular, often get tangled up in waste plastic. Even worse, tiny
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The combination of adaptation and natural selection produces some beautiful, graceful creatures. It also leads to some animals with totally bizarre body parts. Did sponges lose their brains? What’s so bizarre about the mantis shrimp’s seemingly telescopic eyes? Why do the sheepshead fish’s teeth appear so uncanny? What made researchers think of origami when they
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Do you throw a pinch of salt over your left shoulder if you spill a saltshaker at the dinner table? This odd little tradition is meant to ward off the Devil who, apparently, will lurk over your shoulder if you spill salt… I think. This is because, according to many famed daemonologists, spilled salt is
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Extortion not only sullies the reputations of the accused, but it also typically results in serious time behind bars and may include thousands of dollars in fines for the extortionists themselves. Such crimes frequently make the news, especially when their victims are as famous as the actors, models, producer, celebrity chef, late-night television host, and
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As we look to the stars, a common hope is that we will find planets like our own, able to support life as we know it. However, a search for habitable Earth-like planets is one that takes a lot of patience, as conditions needed to support life are rare. In fact, the space beyond our
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For better or worse, serial killers continue to fascinate us. You can find their stories in every medium, from books, television, and podcasts. We’ve all seen or heard the gruesome tales of Bundy, Dahmer, and Ridgeway. However one name stands out not only for the sheer scale of his crimes, but the fact that he’s
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Every comic book enthusiast has their favorite character. When it comes to comics snagged for the big screen, nothing makes fans quite as happy as when a characters’ importance as portrayed in the comic universes is mirrored in the movie. Studios who nail the results are raking in the cash, especially now that countless DC and Marvel films are released
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