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Their titles are well known, their subscriber bases large, their monthly sales number in the millions. They represent a huge cross-section of American readers. Among them are publications by watchdog groups and magazines aimed at young women, African-Americans, and young men. Others offer humor, satire, and parody that amuse many and offend some. A couple
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Nature breaks records all the time but there are events so unique that they deserve their own list. Some are creepy. Like when fog killed thousands in London and the aftershocks of an earthquake rattled Washington State for a century. When not making people run for their lives, the weather can also brew events like
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In Ken Burns’ nine-part World War 2 documentary, the aptly named fifth episode, “FUBAR,” describes the powerlessness of Allied soldiers fighting Germany and Japan. “On both sides of the world,” the narrator says, “a generation of young men will learn a lesson as old as war itself — that generals make plans, plans go wrong
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Global or nuclear war. A stray meteor on a collision course with Earth. Famine. Pestilence. A shift of the Earth on its axis. A long-term global power outage. Extreme weather. Massive floods. Human error. Any number of catastrophic events could bring Doomsday upon us. We’re ready, though, or as ready as we can be, at
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The justice system was founded on the principle that every crime or injustice has a fitting punishment. In ancient and modern societies, punishments ensure that wrongdoers pay for their crimes. In most cases, these punishments included, and still include, paying fines and carrying out set tasks to make restitution. Worst-case scenario, public execution aimed to
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Did you know over half of the infectious diseases humans experience come from animals? Scientists estimate that animals spread over six out of every ten known infectious diseases! Many are deadly and can lead to outbreaks, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. When the harmful germs in animals transmit to humans, this is known as
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Ah, Disney. We all know it, we grew up with it, we all love it, and we all watch in horror as it monopolizes entertainment by gradually consuming every studio and franchise we’ve ever loved. Disney is everywhere and even scarier- it’s all connected. Like one big, tangled web that has slowly covered every bit
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If you’re old enough to remember the days before much of television was provided by ad-free streaming services or your DVR/Tivo could zip right through them, you’re old enough to remember commercials. With commercial-free programming becoming the standard for television audiences, many people see those advertisements as nothing more than a nuisance to skip. But
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Whether it be getting a sub 10 second time in the 100m sprint or scoring three goals in a soccer match (a hat trick), there are many feats in the sporting world that can draw awe and adulation from fans. But there are a few select feats, a few ultra-rare accomplishments, that truly elevate sporting
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There are plenty of once-popular dishes from around the world that fell out of favor, but then there are those that you can’t eat — ever. This can happen for various reasons, including a business going belly up or a lawsuit resulting in a discontinued product. Whatever the reason, there’s a chance you might have
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In a world full of extraordinary things viruses might just be the strangest. They are intimately involved in the lives of all organisms but they may not technically be alive themselves. Yet, as the last year has proved, they can have dramatic effects on living things. A single virus can grow exponentially into a world
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Before it was revealed that the Cottingley Fairies were just cardboard cut-outs, people were mesmerized by these delicate little creatures who were seemingly stumbled upon by two young girls who presented five photographs they claimed to have taken of the fairies. There is something awe-inspiring about creatures of myth, whether it be their sheer size,
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In television, killing off a character must be done just right. Too minor a player and no one cares; too major a character and everyone cares too much – unless it’s done with flare. The element of surprise is key. For example, despite it being arguably the greatest series ever, Breaking Bad didn’t shock audiences
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Churches are places of refuge and respite for the faithful. They are the often- preferred buildings in which marriage vows are exchanged and sorrowful farewells take place. Some modern churches host lively praise and worship sessions before rousing sermons are given, while others prefer solemn hymns. During religious holidays, these structures are the sacred places
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On February 9, 2013, the body of 21-year-old Canadian student Elisa Lam was discovered at the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Her death, while tragic, was not entirely shocking, as she had been missing for two weeks. The circumstances surrounding her death, however, continue to leave us feeling baffled and, to be honest, a
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While the smallest organisms capable of killing a human fall on the bacteria and virus branches of the tree of life, they aren’t what many would call a “creature.” There are plenty of proper animals that have been killing folks for hundreds of thousands of years. Granted, most of the deadliest animals in the world
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The paintings of the old masters are more than just pretty portraits. A closer look has revealed hidden codes, fascinating bloopers, and original designs that the world has never seen. From a unique sketch that escaped Michelangelo’s pyromania to numbers in the Mona Lisa’s eyes, here are 10 rare finds involving well-known painters. 10 Amazing
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Showbiz is a particularly odd industry. It’s a multi-billion dollar business that mashes together the talents—and egos—of actors, writers, directors, musicians, digital artists, and corporate tycoons. The crème-de-la-crème of this melting pot gather in Hollywood, where money, fame, and awards raise the stakes of their performance to a global peak. It’s no surprise in Hollywood,
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The Victorian Era spanned the length of Queen Victoria’s reign in England, lasting from 1837-1901. This age in English history is known for the economic, cultural, technological, and religious change that it fostered. As with any profound social change movement, many of the English felt crushed beneath the wheels of progress. With older ways of life
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Whether his books inspired you to read or try green eggs, Dr. Seuss has become a household name for generations. Although well-known to many as the author of their childhood, Theodore Geisel was much more than the man behind the rhyme. Throughout his life, he created content that was entertaining and odd, but occasionally controversial
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Most Westerners think of Vietnam as a place of war and conflict, and for much of its history, that’s not far off. Still, the modern country has a deep cultural history and is a fascinating place. This list aims to highlight some of the more interesting facts about the country, focusing on its history and
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We always expect athletes to give it their all. At their best, sports competitions showcase both inherent physical talents and the virtue of hard work. When our teams win or an athlete takes gold, it examples the culmination of God-given ability and tireless training. But sometimes tragedy strikes before the final bell or finish line.
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In 1927, The Jazz Singer was released which marked the end of the silent-film era. The film was lauded for revolutionizing the industry as it was the first motion-picture to include synchronized speech, music and sound effects. As such it was also the first in what would become a long line of musical films, including
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