Witchcraft used to be everywhere. While there are still places today where the practice thrives, it’s not nearly as common as it used to be. What is still common, and surprisingly so, are objects and artifacts that claim magical properties, made by “witches” of the past and the present. See Also: Top 10 Bizarre Coffins
We’ve all heard the tales of people fainting at the site of something horrifying in a newly released movie (true), and most of us have heard the cliché tale of the audience that ran screaming at the site of the first cinema train hurtling towards the screen (false). When large groups of people come together
We have previously covered famous landmarks and their related facts, but never in a more abstract manner such as this list! So here we are presenting thirty interesting and little known facts about some of the beautiful and significant places on earth. See Also: 10 Secret Rooms Inside The World’s Most Famous Landmarks 10 The
Many years ago we wrote the definitive list of Serial Killers. That 2007 list ranked killers based on a variety of factors, only one of which was death toll. It covered a variety of nations. This new list is a little more precise: focussing on American male killers only and ranking based on verified death
We have a rather arrogant quality about ourselves in these modern times. We seem to truly think we have reached the acme of human society. Well, I hate to be the one to disabuse you of that notion, but I’m going to . . . Almost everything we do has been done better before us.
It is very easy for us in the west to ignore life in remote places. We are, particularly these days, so focussed on our social media driven adrenaline shots (and sometimes our jobs I guess) that we simply have no time to pause. It seems the more technology frees up our time, the less of
Slavery came to an end in 1865, and the world never had to deal with the ugliness of forced labor ever again. Sadly, only part of that sentence is true. The sad fact is, only the African Slave Trade ended in 1865, and modern slavery isn’t just on the rise . . . it’s far
[WARNING: This list contains disturbing images.] Edmund Kemper is a twisted, depraved and frightening serial killer who murdered 10 people between 1964 and 1973. Known as the ‘co-ed killer’, he targeted mainly female hitchhikers; he also killed his paternal grandparents and his own mother. SEE ALSO: 10 Gruesome Items Ed Gein Made From Corpses Following the release of the
The western world has become so multi-cultural that half of our daily discussions now involve terms that are borrowed into English from other cultures or references to people who were not born in English speaking nations. It is, consequently, no surprise that we all pronounce many of these terms wrongly. This fun little list will
These days, you can’t look at much on the Internet without seeing a reference to the term, “OK, Boomer.” It’s a funny, yet strained response Millenials give to members of the Baby Boomer generation when they don’t want to bother trying to convince them of something or sway opinion their way. The Millennials are simply
[WARNING: this list contains disturbing images.] In July 1991, police officers walked into Jeffrey Dahmer’s apartment in Milwaukee where they uncovered one of the most gruesome and chilling crime scenes of all time. A severed human head was in the fridge and two more heads and a torso was found in a freezer. SEE ALSO:
Sex is a natural part of life, a pretty vital one some might say. Philosophers, scientists, and theologians throughout the centuries have all spent more time than you might think considering the mechanics and ethics of sex. Whether it is St Augustine describing how sinful sex is (and how much he enjoyed it as a
Deadliest spiders are a subject that you would think we would have covered long ago, but believe it or not, Listverse has never ranked spiders in this way. We have covered deadly snakes and other venomous creatures, but venomous spiders have be long ignored. Until today. Before we begin let’s just quickly clear up one
In today’s hyperfast political environment, keeping on top of the news can seem a Herculean task. So why not let us do the hard work for you? Every Friday, Listverse rounds up the most essential stories from the week, from the world-changing, to the shocking, to the inspiring. After a six month hiatus, Morris M.
You’re probably reading this outside of China thinking, ‘China doesn’t control me in any way,’ but there’s a good chance the People’s Republic of China has a lot more influence on your life than you may think. While some people may be facing economic hardships due to a trade dispute, or some such political nonsense,
Whether one subscribes to religion or not, it is undeniable that the religious beliefs of individuals and societies have profoundly shaped the world; that influence has left its mark through physical objects large and small. From the cathedral of Notre Dame of Paris to the Shinto shrines of Japan, these material reminders of immaterial beliefs
These days, nearly everyone in the developed world has a smartphone with access to the internet, which means that cellphone apps are more important than ever before. Millions upon millions of apps are downloaded every year, but not every app on your phone is all that important when you think about it. Sometimes, an app
Around 12 million people in the US use vaping pens or e-cigarettes. The device turns liquid, often flavored or containing nicotine, into a vapor to inhale. In 2019, an outbreak of deadly lung disease was connected to the smoking alternative. In all the states, except for Alaska, over 2,000 people became seriously ill and nearly
It’s no secret that hipsters are ridiculed. What is more opaque is the definition of a hipster, but the fact remains that being a hipster is associated with trying too hard to be different. What makes someone a hipster can be as varied as how they get their caffeine, their transportation choices, or their fashion
It’s not uncommon to hear someone passionnante about a cause or goal say they would give their life for it. But for some people put their money where their mouth is by making their death a part of the plan. The following are ten examples of people who achieved their goals with their own demise.
Effective bureaucracy can serve to ensure an administrative process runs smoothly. From schools to local councils, institutions need rules and regulations to maintain some degree of societal order. But problems often arise when those enforcing the rules become tangled in a web of their own red tape. SEE ALSO: 10 Screwups That Changed The Course
It’s been a while since a new Jason movie featured on the big screen or a green and red striped jersey brought terror to our dreams. While those horrors have been left behind in their own era, a host of new scary movies exist to keep us shivering. And as with most movies, the fan
To men in power, Jeffrey Epstein was incredibly dangerous. He’d been a pimp supplying child prostitutes to the wealthy elite, and he’d been caught. He knew things that could bring down some of the most powerful people on earth. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Murder Victims Who Solved Their Own Murders He was tied to princes,
There’s a reason journalists will usually not accept Wikipedia as a reliable source—because the site can be edited by anyone, misinformation and hoaxes are lurking around every corner. While most of these are quickly caught by Wikipedia’s team of moderators, many have gone unnoticed for years. Here are some of the most disruptive cases—that have
Typically, the race for President of the United States of America is a serious affair, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some ridiculous contenders over the years. It’s not unheard of for a professional comic to throw their hat into the race, and seeing as the office was won by an actor and a
[This list has a competition! See the bonus item at the end for details.] We here at Listverse are no strangers to myths that refuse to go away—we spend a lot of time debunking them! From the five-second rule to bats being blind, some of them are believed almost everywhere in the world, despite being
Would you ever expect a government to ban a family film from release? Since they are based at a young audience, family films usually do not contain content that would anger film censors. But these films—which certainly look “kid-friendly” on the surface—were prohibited from being screened in certain countries for surprising reasons that don’t always
The United Kingdom is one of the most recognisable and admired countries in the world. For centuries, it has been on the front lines of history, and to this day, its politics are among the most-discussed in the world. It is easy to assume, as most of us have, that it will always be around.
Perhaps it’s just the nature of the job or maybe a byproduct of the highly partisan political climate in our country but these days every presidency is filled with innumerable scandals. Given that our current leader is embroiled in his own controversies, it might be time to look back at previous administrations. Here are 10
It has been estimated that more than five million Polish citizens were mercilessly killed in Poland during World War II. Approximately three million of the victims were also Polish Jews, whose lives were unnecessarily taken away in the Holocaust. However, the number is merely an estimation, and the loss of life could be much higher.