prison break
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Hilarious Attempts To Break Out Of Prison That Failed

Nobody wants to be in prison — if they do, then the prison’s doing it wrong. Plenty of prisoners have dreamed of escaping and living out their lives in freedom, but rarely do they get very far. In cases like…

flat earth
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What Would’ve Happened If We Had A Flat Earth?

Flat earth. One of the great lies told to schoolchildren is that the whole round-earth thing was first proposed by Christopher Columbus, sailing toward the edge of the Earth in hopes of encountering India. The truth is Columbus knew exactly…

dangerous railways
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These Are The Most Dangerous Railways In The World

Dangerous railways. Nobody is actually really scared of trains, are they? Air travel, sure, and you wouldn’t be too surprised to meet someone who gets a bit nervous crossing oceans or driving on tight roads or even getting on a…

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The Truth About The Dark Side Of Selfies

The dark side of selfies. Our social media feeds are full of self-shot photos of our friends and family looking better than we do, doing things that are more exciting than the things we do, and just generally proving to…

HOTTEST PLACE dallol
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Hell Will Freeze Over Before An Agreement On The World’s Hottest Place

The specific point on Earth that reigns as the planet’s hottest place turns out to be a very complex, loaded question. What defines ‘hottest’ exactly? Do we mean the place that reaches the highest temperature? The place with the highest…

Alone With Their Thoughts
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This Study Shows That People Are Terrible At Being Alone With Their Thoughts!

Alone with their thoughts. In 1654, scientist and philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote: “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Now, there’s some science behind that statement. A study was conducted by the…

Saurian Monster - also known as Thoracosaurus
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And Then There Was The ‘Saurian Monster’ That Terrorized New Zealand In The 1880’s

The Saurian Monster must have left a ghoulish sight in the wake of his macabre stride. It all started in October 1886 when workers found a sheep picked clean to the bones at the Frankton Junction slaughter yards, near Hamilton…

unlucky people
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Unbelievable Unlucky People In The Course Of History

Unlucky people. Have you ever got a sneaky suspicion that the universe is sometimes trigger-happy to assassinate you? However, you haven’t met Ann Hodges. She wasn’t particularly special but she was still in the universe crosshairs. Ann Hodges She lived…

wolf-like creature
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Actual People Accused Of Being Monsters – Peter Stumpp

Peter Stumpp (alternately spelled Stumpf, Stubbe or Stuppe) was a mid-16th century German farmer who was executed on Halloween in 1589. Unfortunately, we only have one surviving account of what happened in the town of Bedburg that autumn, but it’s…

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The Untold Truth About Hypnosis

Everyone knows of hypnosis because of four infamous words: “You’re getting very sleepy.” But aside from old Hollywood films and sideshow parlor tricks, hypnotism is viewed by many psychiatric professionals as a credible form of therapy when added to standard…

grey wolf france
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The Grey Wolf Triumphantly Returns To Southern France

The grey wolf. The battle between wolves and farmers has been going on since the beginning of time, and has been largely uninterrupted over the course of American history. Western Europe, over the course of the twentieth century, has hunted…

Anneliese Michel
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Actual People Accused Of Being Monsters – Anneliese Michel

Anneliese Michel. Born in Bavaria in 1952, Anneliese Michel is perhaps the last embodiment of Satan you’d expect. Michel was part of a devoutly religious family, who believed that she needed to pay penance for her mother’s sins. Her older…

Abhartach
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Actual People Accused Of Being Monsters – Abhartach

Abhartach. Information on just how real this person was is sketchy, but that’s not entirely surprising. Record-keeping from the 5th and 6th centuries leaves just a smidge to be desired. We do know that Ireland was once ruled by a scattering…

crow rides one eagle
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Crow Rides On The Back Of An Eagle In Once-In-A-Lifetime Photos

Crow rides on the back of an eagle. Phoo Chan, a talented California-based bird photographer whose photos have been featured by National Geographic, has captured an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime series of photos of a crow landing and riding on the back of a…

1 h 45 min
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Artist Used LSD And Drew Herself For 9 Hours To Show How It Affects The Brain

Artist used LSD. Countless artists have experimented with the effect drugs have on their work. User whatafinethrowaway, inspired by the “Nine Drawings” series which was the result of an experiment by the US government in the 1950’s, asked her friend…

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This Store Sells T-Shirts With Hilarious Incorrect Quotes!

Hilarious incorrect quotes. It’s safe to say that almost everyone has a t-shirt or two with their favorite band, tv show or a movie. So, if you ever feel like wearing a t-shirt with a logo of your favorite band…

false facts about the titanic
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Facts About The Titanic That’s Not True

False facts about the Titanic. The sinking of the Titanic was a disaster on a monumental scale, ending with the deaths of 1,500 passengers in the frigid Atlantic Ocean. It’s been elevated to one of those moments in history that…

russian army
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Punishments In The Russian Army

These hilarious pictures show what happens to you in the Russian army when you make a mistake. Forgot your rifle? Maybe carrying around a huge wooden rifle will help you remember next time! However, while these photos show the lighter…

Vietnamese People Have the Same Last Name
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Why 40% of Vietnamese People Have the Same Last Name

Vietnamese people with the same last name. The existence of last names in Vietnam dates to 111 BC, the beginning of a lengthy thousand-year occupation of the country by the Han Dynasty in China. Before this time, nobody really knows…

spiders can hear you
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Spiders Can Hear You ‘Walking And Talking’

Spiders can hear you ‘walking and talking’. If you’re already scared of spiders, you’re not going to like this next part. A new study published Thursday in Current Biology found that spiders — specifically a species of jumping spider — can hear sounds…

human eye
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How Many Megapixels Is the Human Eye? The Answer Is Complicated

The human eye. According to scientist and photographer Dr. Roger Clark, the resolution of the human eye is 576 megapixels. That’s huge when you compare it to the 12 megapixels of an iPhone 7’s camera. But what does this mean,…

Pain Relievers In Ancient Times
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Top Ten Pain Relievers In Ancient Times

Pain relievers in ancient times. 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…

The untold truth of Area 51
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The Untold Truth Of Area 51

Area 51 is most commonly thought of as the place where the government keeps UFOs and alien secrets, but no one outside the highest levels of government knows the truths that hide in the top secret base. Only one document…

A 5,000-Year-Old Toy Chariot Was Found!
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A 5,000-Year-Old Toy Chariot Was Found!

A 5000 year old toy chariot was found! The ancient settlement of Sogmatar, which thrived 5,000 years ago, back to the Bronze age, might seem like a world detached from our own. By legend, this is the place where Moses…

New Zealand Library Books Kept Vanishing And Then Reappearing
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A New Zealand Library Books Kept Vanishing And Then Reappearing

Library books kept vanishing and then reappearing. The Auckland Central Library in New Zealand’s largest city has a long history of providing for the city’s homeless population. After a local charity told administrators that the library served as a kind…

green children of Woolpit
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The Green Children Of Woolpit

The green children of Woolpit. One day, out of the woods, two children walked into the English town of Woolpit. This was back in the 1200s, so children mysteriously appearing wasn’t as odd back then—due to, you know, parents having…

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What Life Actually Was Like For A Real Pirate

What life actually was like for a real pirate. In between bouts of pirate-talk and rocking out to Alestorm (or Lazy Town, whichever you prefer), you may have wondered what life would’ve been like if you actually were a pirate….

fire ants
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How Fire Ants Form Towers More Than 30 Ants High

How fire ants form towers more than 30 ants high. Fire ants may not be cute or cuddly, but they have some pretty cool tricks. They can form rafts to survive floods, and researchers have now figured out how they form towers…

digital age
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Scientists Warn That We Are Entering A Digital Dark Age

We are entering a digital dark age You may think that those photos on Facebook or all your tweets may last forever, or might even come back to haunt you, depending on what you have out there. But, in reality,…

Armageddon-Proof Survival Pod
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Armageddon-Proof Survival Pod Proves a Big Hit

The Armageddon-Proof Survival Pod You may be all happy and carefree today celebrating public holidays, but don’t forget about the end of days. Luckily, there’s a way around it – a survival pod built by a Chinese inventor who claims…