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History has been plagued by outrageous bans. Governments often claim that their attempts to control the lives of their citizens are done for good and honorable reasons, such as national security, morality, or personal safety. Even so, many actions or items have been banned for unjustifiable or downright silly reasons. Certainly, there’s an element of
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Suicide is a tragic reality that will affect most of us at some point in our lives. Those of us who have already had experience with suicide often struggle to understand how it reached that point, but we also know how Earth-shattering and devastating it can be for those left behind. But as difficult as
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Pets have become a near-ubiquitous part of the human condition, and most pet owners will talk at length about the joy their pets give them. Some animals have even been known to do extraordinary things, such as save their owners in emergency medical conditions or put killers behind bars. But there’s also a darker side
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For most, history class in grade school was a dry, tedious affair. Memorize names, memorize dates, repeat. But as any veteran Listverse reader can tell you, that’s only because the good parts would never fly in a school curriculum. No matter how many times we learn about the scandalous side of history, there’s always a
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The world’s oceans make up around 70 percent of this planet, and only 5 percent of them have been explored. That means that the vast majority of Earth is made up of deep, dark waters with mysteries waiting to be discovered. Even with the small amount of ocean exploration that has been completed, some incredible
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Scientists frequently uncover unusual and intriguing fossils, but some finds are more spectacular than others. Recent ones include a slimy, slug-like hermaphrodite that exudes disgusting mucus; a balloon-shaped organism with a spiked body, mysterious lizards; and a decidedly bizarre filter feeder. One strange animal is even reminiscent (to paleontologists, at least) of a character played
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Natural disasters reveal something about humanity. When a storm sends 49 billion kilograms (108 billion lb) of water flying through 251 kilometer-per-hour (156 mph) winds straight into your backyard, you learn something about who you really are. When hurricanes break through the coastline and wreak havoc on people’s lives, human nature also gets uncovered. Sometimes,
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The ever-prolific field of archaeology continuously churns out new and significant discoveries. When you imagine such finds, perhaps you envision scientists down in the dirt, using small brushes to uncover tiny bone fragments or shards of pottery. Such seemingly insignificant bits can, of course, rewrite history. Archaeologists have been cataloging discoveries that can fit in
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Do you remember 2012, or more accurately, the decade or so beforehand filled with prognostications of the coming apocalypse? Obviously, the world didn’t end. But failed doomsday predictions have never stopped new ones from being made. So take heed: You don’t want to make plans, tell everyone you’re coming, and get dressed up to the
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Many believe that patients before the early 20th century had to endure dental repairs, tooth extractions, or general surgery in agony, largely unrelieved except by slugs of whiskey or wine. Archaeology suggests that such was not the case—at least, not for everyone. Some of our ancient ancestors were quite creative when it came to medicine.
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Since the late 1800s, hypnotism has fascinated the general public. People from all over the world either experimented with it or experienced it. In fact, it was a common subject covered in newspapers worldwide on an almost daily basis. Professional hypnotists would travel the continents and perform astounding acts by hypnotizing entire groups of people
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There is no doubt that science has made incredible breakthroughs in the past 100 years. This is especially true in medicine and biological engineering. From lifesaving vaccines to revolutionary surgeries, science has vastly improved our quality of life. Progress requires researchers to innovate new solutions to age-old problems. Behind every medical discovery, there’s a laboratory
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There are many thousands of UFO sightings on record. Similarly numerous are accounts of alleged encounters with cosmic beings from another world. But when incidents are reported that share such a particular and precise detail as being paralyzed by a laser or light beam, it not only lends a certain amount of credibility, but it
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Ghost stories are scary because they tackle the unknown. History is interesting because it recounts real events that actually happened. The fascinating medium between the two are natural events that we have yet to understand. While we are constantly learning about how our world works, we often run into naturally occurring “miracles” that escape our
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It is fairly common these days to see people demanding “more democracy” or proclaiming that “this is what democracy looks like” at rallies, protests, and riots. At its base, “democracy,” which comes from demos (“people”) and kratos (“power”), simply means “rule of the people.” The Greek origins of the word highlight the fact that ancient
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