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Joseph Goebbels was the mastermind behind Nazi Germany’s propaganda machine, and has been hailed as the inventor of marketing strategies that are still in use today, in addition to creating the idea of ‘fake news.’ However, once the Second World War broke out in 1939, problems in Goebbels’ propaganda paradise soon surfaced. Under the constant
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Classical music: It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But there are certain performances that have appeared on YouTube that receive special attention from a wider audience. This is a list of those such performances as selected by me. Before founding Listverse I was studying to be an opera singer at the prestigious Royal College of
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Before we start we have to clear something up: the Dark Ages were not dark; in fact, most of the reasons people think the early Middle Ages were dark are nothing but common misconceptions about the era. In the introduction to Top 10 Reasons The Middle Ages Were Not Dark, I said: ‘[T]he term “dark
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You’re walking down one of Gotham City’s many dark alleys, clutching your valuables when you sense a presence behind you. A mugger? Maybe something worse—the city has been suffering through a veritable plague of enhanced criminals, maybe it’s one of those ghoulish guys and gals? Could it be the dreaded Penguin? Maybe you’ll get driven
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History shows us that assaults on human rights all too often occur during times of extraordinary crisis. The coronavirus pandemic is no different. The British government afforded the cops a powerful, new toolkit with which to detain those accused of violating quarantine rules. Rushed legislation, including the Coronavirus Act 2020, allowed the police to use
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Movies require a ton of work and money to make, so studios attempt to make nothing but hit films. Of course, the reality is, more movies suck than don’t, and the world has been assaulted with thousands of terrible movies over the years. Sometimes, a movie is so bad, it’s actually fun to watch. Ed
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Strange trends in fashion seem like they’ve always been around. From paper dresses to platform crocs, many fashion trends have left people wondering, ‘What were they thinking’? From showing off one’s status to hiding illness are just a couple of reasons for some strange trends throughout history. This list covers 10 of the most bizarre
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Nature’s oddities are entertainment gold. There are chimps using rituals with trees, creatures with strange features, and even unidentified animals. Beyond such curiosities, the darker side of nature has plenty to offer. From bloody and unexplained beach attacks to panda pregnancies that never complete, here are the top ten head-scratchers for today. 10 Weird Epidemics
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There is something a bit weird about company mascots, folk figures and cartoon characters. You get to know them, care for them and, if you have too much time and an overactive childhood-reclamation gland, a feverish need to write fan fiction about them. This list includes some unreal characters that people swear blind actually exist.
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Some horror movies can only be watched once. Others should be watched a couple of times to get the maximum effect of their complex storylines. During the second or third viewing of some horror films, little details make themselves known that were missed the first time around. A lot of effort goes into making a
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The sports documentary miniseries The Last Dance received critical acclaim and captured every sports fan’s imagination as it concluded on Netflix recently. It was a compelling account of what made Michael Jordan and the 1990’s Chicago Bulls great. But there were some obscure facts along the way, which didn’t make the final cut. 10 Of
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It is fair to say that many people are feeling isolated at the moment. Even though maintaining your distance is the best way you can show your love for others at the moment humans are by nature social animals and everyone is missing a little human contact. There have been times in history though where
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Libraries are invaluable bastions of knowledge, technology, and social resources. But there are a few that are home to more exotic collections than your average mystery paperbacks or romance novels. And some have histories more spine chilling than you’d think. Here are ten libraries where you wouldn’t want to spend the night. 10 Creepy Stories
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[WARNING: Contains disturbing footage] Along with being the most frightening tragedy in recent history, 9/11 also is among the most frustrating. The day’s horrifying visuals—planes crashing into skyscrapers, towers collapsing, bystanders running from plumes of dust and debris—were almost exclusively single-sided. TV coverage was largely from afar as journalists sought to remain safe and refrain
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You’re watching a horror movie in the cinema. The movie’s main antagonist, say a big hairy razor-toothed monster, pops up on the screen. Would you hide behind your popcorn? Would you scream. If you are watching any of the movies in this list, the chances are you’d drop your oh-so-expensive popcorn as you double up
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Last April 5th marked the 26th anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain. Dead by an apparent suicide, the Nirvana front man became Generation X’s contribution to rock’s mythic 27 Club. While dying at 27 is hardly something to aspire to, the members of music’s 27 Club have been exalted to legendary status because of
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Humans have been killing each other in droves since the dawn of times. Wars, massacres, genocides and holocausts are depressingly common occurrences in the history of mankind, as many lists on this site can attest. But there were also many times in history when animals were massacred in large numbers — cats, dogs and other
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Students across the globe often gripe about their homework assignments. Those complaints frequently fall on deaf ears because parents expect teachers to guide the intellectual and ethical development of their children. Sometimes, that takes work. And, let’s face it, parents know that kids are often just lazy. But sometimes, the students have a point. Some
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Getting accepted into a gang isn’t a free process. Generally speaking, you’re required to prove yourself first through a ritual known as “initiation.” The methods used are brutal—often beyond comprehension for the average person. Some initiation rites demand that you withstand a beating, commit a rape, or even worse. 10 Notorious Medieval Gangsters 10 Traditional
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Music and mythology seem to be many worlds apart. Yet, fascinating stories have emerged to prove that music is an art laced with mysteries. From satanic messages in “Hotel California” to Robert Johnson’s alleged pact with the devil, it seems that urban legends are an inherent part of fame. Some songs, however, have more horrifying
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It’s generally agreed that ghosts, if they indeed exist, were once living, breathing human beings. And, unfortunately, human beings are more than capable of committing crime. So it may follow that ghosts also seek to transgress against their (former) fellow men. The following ten crimes were allegedly committed by paranormal entities. True ghostly perpetrators or
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In any list of The Greatest Movies ever, the same films seem to crop up over and over again. Sometimes the people who compile the lists have even watched them. And, sure, these are all pretty good films. The first time you watch them. And maybe even the second, or the third. But after that,
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Sometimes the cruel hands of fate also have a sick sense of humor, with destinies twisted in ways that seem particularly wicked. Like a concert pianist crushed by a plummeting Baby Grand, irony can add a layer of macabre mockery to scenarios that would otherwise be simply unfortunate. Other times, defeat or even death seem
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Have you ever wondered what made a place famous? Obviously the answer is the points of interest. Notable landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Rio de Janeiro’s statue of Christ the Redeemer. Natural beauty such as the Jungfrau region of the Swiss Alps or Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Not to mention places
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Everyone has been scrabbling around at the moment trying to stock up their cupboards with food that will last out the lock-down. We’ve all been sniffing things past their use-by date to see if they are still just about edible. Rice and sugar may seem to last forever but even the longest-lasting foods eventually off.
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Islands, in general, are breathtakingly beautiful places located in oceans worldwide. They are the stuff exotic vacation dreams are made of. This, however, does not mean that they are immune to strange incidents or unsolved mysteries. On this list are 10 islands with puzzling mysteries that remain to this day. Top 10 Islands With Fascinating
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