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Many variables determine how well a movie does at the box office. They include the quality of the script, the talent of the director and the actors, the caliber of the cinematography, the contributions of other crew members, the movie’s publicity, and critical and audience responses, to name a few. Sometimes overlooked, another factor in
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We all are accustomed to tales of supposed hauntings after private tragedies; the jilted bride appearing in her wedding dress even though she threw herself out of a window 100 years before; the victim trying to communicate their distress 30 years after their murder. But what of events that affect hundreds, if not thousands, of
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There’s nothing so pleasurable that humanity can’t turn it into a contest. Even the joys of a simple meal have been co-opted into a sport by making consumption competitive. Competitive eating, as it is known, has grown in recent years and has spread across the globe. There are contests for almost any food imaginable—and some
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Thanks in large part to modern technology, anyone can be his own master in learning just about anything. An Internet connection is the cord between us and the wealth of knowledge online about any particular subject. Beyond that, all it takes is initiative. But the Internet and formal education are not the only ways to
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“The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that it is difficult to tell whether they are genuine.”—Abraham Lincoln. Darn right. It’s not just an Internet problem, either. You can often see the same mistakes in these old-fashioned information storage devices called books and newspapers. We think we know what these quotes mean and where
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When people attempt suicide, they mostly have one motive in mind. More often than not, however, suicide attempts do not go to plan. It’s estimated that for every successful suicide, there are 33 attempts.[1] In the best-case scenario, the survivors will be given the help and support they need. In the worst case, the effects
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There are thousands of reports of strange lights in the skies, even of close contact with apparent vehicles from other parts of the galaxy. But reports of such craft crash-landing and being recovered by our collective governments are a little more few and far between—not to mention a lot less believed. Regardless, there are many
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It’s common knowledge that Jesus died a violent death after being nailed to a cross and hung to die. But what’s not as commonly known is that His disciples also died extremely violent deaths. Some of them died almost like Jesus did. Others died similarly but with a few differences. Still others died completely different,
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Well-known cheese-eating surrender monkeys and wearers of onion strings. These slightly xenophobic stereotypes about the French are widespread wherever English is spoken. And with good reason. France is a terrible country that looks down its nose at the rest of the planet while making a noise like “haw hee haw hee haw.” Despite this horribleness,
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Drinking and partying are synonymous with the lavish lifestyles of Hollywood’s elite. From the posh bungalows of Malibu to the sprawling mansions of the Hamptons, it’s common to see the rich and famous drinking bottles of Dom Perignon while dining on elaborate surf and turf spreads. This is probably why the entertainment industry is notorious
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On February 2, 1959, things took a macabre turn in the Ural Mountains. Nine experienced hikers died under what many consider to be questionable circumstances. The area in which they died would later be named the Dyatlov Pass in honor of Igor Dyatlov, the team’s leader. Investigators at the time never found conclusive evidence of
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Armed and equipped with military weapons and supplies, today’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams often resemble a military, rather than a police, force. Questioning the need for such militarization, critics suggest that it encourages police to think and act like combat forces rather than peacekeepers. SWAT teams frequently invade US citizens’ homes in the
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In the 1900s (a simpler time), it was estimated there were only 1.6 billion people on Earth. By the 1950s, we’d doubled that number, and by the 2000s, we’d managed to hit six billion.[1] A study in the journal Global Environmental Change projects that the global population is going to peak at 9.4 billion later
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Google is one of the biggest forces on the Internet. When we want to look something up, we Google it. When we want a decent browser, we download Chrome. We check emails on Gmail, watch videos on YouTube, write self-promoting bull on Blogger, and read list-based websites on our Android devices. When you think about
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A hoax is a prank, joke, or a desire to deceive, and history is full of them. In the early 1900s, hoaxers preferred to wow audiences with miraculous feats, such as in the case of the mechanical Turk, which appeared to be a wooden, mechanical man who could play chess and beat his opponents but
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20 hertz to 20 kilohertz: the range of frequencies humans are able to hear. Sound is a natural constant, as essential and expected as the light we see and the air we breathe. From good music to blaring alarms, our daily lives are full of these vital vibrations in familiar forms. However, there is more
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There is no denying that flashy or highly unusual artifacts are fascinating. As the world of archaeology turns more glitzy, these items hit the headlines more than their dull, unglamorous counterparts. But history holds no such prejudice. Sometimes, it’s the more mundane artifacts that tell us the most about our ancestors and how they lived.
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In today’s society, fortune-telling typically involves tarot cards, palm reading, and horoscopes. These modern practices are tame compared to what went on in the past. Throughout history, people have been just as obsessed with trying to figure out what will happen in the future as they are today. In ancient times, many different forms of
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Autumn shadows grow long. Skeletons peek through house windows. Scary costumes fill store aisles. But what about that other part of Halloween—the one that claims this is All Hallows’ Eve? Any Church calendar notes that Halloween falls just before All Saints’ Day, but how do holy and creepy go together? This list will look at
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When people speak of weather control and cloud seeding, many minds turn to conspiracies and dark corners of the world’s governments looking to cripple their enemies with a flood, hurricane, or both. And, as limited as it is, there is some documentation showing that government departments have at least looked at the possibility of such
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