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Coming-of-age rituals occur when someone who was considered a child is transformed into an adult in the eyes of society. This is usually done through some sort of test or celebration, though it varies greatly around the world. Modern-day rituals are common, and many of these extend far back in history. Examples of these ceremonies,
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Alcohol often gets a bad rap. Check the number of accidents caused by drunk drivers or the people in prison for offenses they committed after they got too drunk. However, alcohol also has its good qualities. By that, we mean that it has saved the lives of several people and animals. Most of the time,
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Inside the world of extinct animals is a special club—species with dangerous looks. To get a meal or avoid becoming one, both predator and prey refined physical traits to interesting effect. From fangs in whales to herbivores with a taste for meat and carnivores unlike anything seen today, ancient animals were survival specialists. Recent fossils
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The world has seemingly descended into chaos and confusion, as economic woes, political uncertainty, mental illness, and violence grip the world. These are safe and uncertain times, or so it seems, and our first responders, from EMTs to the fire department, are on the front line of dealing with the world’s chaos. When someone needs
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That cute emoji could get you in trouble. In the past few years, there has been an increase in emoji-related convictions. This happens because emojis can be used in place of real-life objects. For instance, sending a gun emoji to a person could be considered a death threat. Others involved in noncriminal issues have received
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Many already know about the infamous Emerald Triangle on the Lost Coast. Cannabis farms in this area of Northern California have remained hidden from detection for decades within the dense redwood forest. The tallest trees in the world are the perfect canopy of cover and a natural guard against intruders. Marijuana growers could thrive in
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Food is not only a necessary part of life but one that plays a very important role in many different cultures, religions, and homes. It can bring people together, whether bonding over creating a new dish or passing down recipes from one to another. Food can be an indulgence for some, a reward for others,
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Weed remains a firm favorite of recreational smokers. Not considered as damaging as drugs whipped up in a seedy laboratory, marijuana hides behind a “natural” look. However, this leafy habit can induce some hair-raising side effects. From heart attacks and shrinking brains to first psychotic episodes and the loss of happiness, pot may not be
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When we think of sunken cities, most of us think of Atlantis. According to Plato, it was a city of immense wealth, being rich in natural minerals and lush vegetation. Atlanteans were said to have built fantastic temples, displayed wealth, and created magnificent statues to the gods. Having once been a privileged and favored people,
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Our genes do more than just determine our characteristics. They also influence other unbelievable things like our lifestyles, spending habits, eating preferences, and smelly armpits. That sounds weird, but it’s true. This is the result of the way that evolution works. People with the most favorable genes survive, while people with unfavorable genes die off.
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Police use a number of different interrogation techniques to extract confessions from suspects. There is no one-size-fits-all method, so they have to depend on a diverse range of tactics. Sometimes, they even employ multiple techniques on a single suspect. Some interrogation methods lead innocent people to claim guilt for crimes they never committed and have
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Behind the beady eyes and nighttime “ribbit” lurks a fascinating creature. Frogs and toads hop a weird line in life. They take buffalo taxis and use dating websites. Throughout human history, froggy feet have also left memorable prints, having inspired everything from famous novels to some of the earliest pregnancy kits. Centuries of studies could
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There’s just something inherently fascinating and creepy about people in masks. Perhaps you’ve read the Goosebumps book or loved the film The Mask. On the other hand, perhaps you’re thinking of a creepy masquerade ball or the emotionless, bloodstained visage of Michael Myers. But there really is something extra horrifying about masks that it’s difficult
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Supposedly, it is the job of art to provoke a reaction in its audience. Unfortunately, some people have a more extreme response than others. For example, people with Stendhal syndrome may experience anxiety, disorientation, nausea, hallucinations, and temporary madness brought on by exposure to art. Sufferers feel overwhelmed in the presence of what they perceive
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Human beings have always been fascinated with magic and myth. We like to believe that we might stumble on something that will make us extra special, be it alien parents or scientific experiments with unforeseen consequences. Sometimes, we like to believe that ordinary objects are imbued with supernatural powers that will heal the sick, curse
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Every drug can have side effects, but we don’t usually pay attention to the labels on the bottles, probably because generally, only a minority will experience the side effects. And they’re not usually that terrible—maybe a rash or a bad bout of diarrhea. However, some drugs have some weird and often nasty side effects, like
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History, unfortunately, is littered with the crimes of men and women. A small fraction of these killers have been labeled “butchers” due to the intense savagery of their exploits. One of these criminals, the so-called Butcher of Mons, murdered five people between 1996 and 1997. This unknown killer’s crimes happened in the small nation of
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Cicada 3301. Many have heard of it, and the few who haven’t will eventually learn about the secret group that has turned heads. With puzzles, cryptic books, and a scavenger hunt around the world, this secret cult goes the extra mile. Why? Although that’s a very good question, even conspiracy theorists are having a hard
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The lives of nuns can be surprisingly rich, and not just with spiritual experiences. Far from living out their existence in convents, these women can do amazing things. Historically, they have left behind mysterious cases of satanic possession and also worked on some of the greatest scientific projects. Modern nuns experience miracles, save endangered species,
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Several countries have disputed borders. This can be a problem for mapping services because they will usually need to give the territory to one country or label it as disputed. Google Maps is the most popular mapping service, so it is no surprise that the company often gets caught in the cross fire. Most nations
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Serial killer Ted Bundy has been a main topic of conversation following the release of Joe Berlinger’s Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. The shocking docuseries used archival footage of the depraved killer’s trials and featured interviews with those affected by his crimes. Often overshadowed by his crimes, Bundy’s trials are among the
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Crows are no ordinary birds. They have sparkling intelligence and a highly social nature. It took strange discoveries to prove just how far a crow’s mind can reach. Researchers made the birds go through kidnappings and tested fables and dead crows on them. The results were remarkable and, sometimes, a little creepy. From displaying abilities
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