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Group members have a bizarre influence on each other. They have false memories, flow like rivers, and lose IQ points together inside a room (but not outside). Misconceptions can also influence a crowd but not in a good way. Indeed, they sometimes convince a gathering to turn deadly or to stay near danger. There are
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Given that so many publications today have become overly politicised and preachy, as well as living on borrowed time in the wake of internet media, you’d be forgiven for thinking that nobody in their right mind buys magazines anymore. Despite this slow death, some super niche mags are still doing it the old fashioned way—providing
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Every day, millions of scientists around the globe get down to business researching things to improve our understanding of the world we live in. Some discoveries lead to new treatments for deadly diseases or new explanations for strange phenomena. Others teach us useless facts that are fun to know but serve no real purpose. However,
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Filmmaking is hard. Hundreds of complex elements must come together smoothly to create an experience for the audience that lasts only a couple of hours. So it’s not surprising that things occasionally go wrong. The more ambitious the project, the more likely that errors will occur. Sometimes, great movies are made despite the risks. Other
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The English language is notoriously difficult to learn. First, it is full of strange idioms, like the sayings about not crying over spilt milk, looking a gift horse in the mouth, or having egg on your face. Second, it is shocking, stupefying, formidable, and distressing that we have so many synonyms. Many of these difficulties
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Good guys vs. bad guys. Superheroes, villains, and gods with bulging muscles all form part of the action. What more could we ask for when it comes to movies such as Iron Man, The Avengers, Spider-Man, and Thor? Some fans delight in finding Easter eggs in their favorite superhero flicks or discovering clues that may
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Few things furthered the steady march of history as substantially and exponentially as the Age of Discovery. From the early 1400s through the late 17th Century, Europeans powers took to the seas in search of new land, new riches and new ways to get to far-flung destinations. From the Caribbean to the Americas to Africa
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Boredom is generally considered to be an unpleasant and unwanted emotion that we must escape from the moment it arises. Some psychologists, however, believe that boredom is good for you, as long as you don’t allow it to go on for too long. Boredom can foster creativity, de-stress us, inspire new ideas and motivate us
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Over the years, cameos have become such an integral part of movies and TV shows that you can hardly watch anything without expecting a celebrity or director to pop up briefly in one of the scenes. Sometimes cameos are meant for pure comic relief, and at other times they serve as Easter eggs to be
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Adoptive Parents are heroes in the eyes of our society. They take in children whose families cannot care for them and give them homes, food, clothes and other basic essentials. At least that is what they are supposed to do. In some (thankfully few) cases adoptive parents choose to neglect, abuse and even kill the
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The association between Italian Americans and the Mafia is as strong as the association between Italian Americans and pizza. Thanks to a long history of films, books and TV shows focussed on mob families like the Corleones and the Sopranos, as well as a host of real stories covered in films like ‘The Untouchables’, ‘Goodfellas’
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Wedged between Poland, Belarus and Latvia, the northeastern Europe nation of Lithuania may, at first, seem easy to lump in with its Baltic brethren. And while countries in this formerly Soviet-controlled region certainly have their similarities, Lithuania has a distinct culture and diverse array of customs all its own. Despite having less than three million
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The cube is a rock star among geometric shapes. These blocks can deliver medicine, move on their own, and allow humans to meet with intelligent dinosaurs. (Watch out, some of them are crabby.) Besides toppling along the cutting edge of technology, cubes can reveal more about the past. Some of the most intriguing cases involve
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Some movies exist for the sole purpose of freaking people out. Or just grossing them out. To achieve this, some studios spend a lot of time on creating truly creepy props. On this list are just some of the movie props that have given viewers more than a few chills over the years. Warning: Some
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