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The history of sport is as old as humankind; we enjoy getting out into the great outdoors, kicking a ball, swinging a bat or racquet, or engaging in some physical activity and competition. The first Olympic Games were held in ancient Greece in 776 BC. Crowds cheered as athletes wrestled, threw, jumped, and ran their
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Tourist accommodation is big business worldwide. Switch on the computer or turn on the TV, and you are bound to find advertisements for the “best hotels.” Most people look for fairly standard options—comfort, good Wi-Fi, breakfast, and maybe a pool or spa. However, in the quest to secure the tourist dollar, accommodation operators around the
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All’s fair in love and war. In times of conflict, people will use any tool at their disposal as a weapon against adversaries, and sound is no exception. Much like the military helicopters in Apocalypse Now blasting out “Ride of the Valkyries” as they swarm ominously over Vietnam, sonic warfare techniques have played a vital
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We might imagine that the idea of hired assassins who murder strangers in cold blood for cash simply comes from the fevered imaginations of Hollywood scriptwriters or, perhaps, from our own nightmares. However, as disturbing the thought may be, it seems that such people really do exist. For some, the job is an unfortunate by-product
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With summer in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere, many are thinking of heading off into the great outdoors to enjoy a camping expedition. Traditionally, this will mean packing the tent and sleeping bags, finding a nice spot beside a river or in the mountains, and relaxing for a few days. A meal by the
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Once home to the ancient Romans, Italy is a great window into the past. Using archaeological discoveries, the view spans from prehistoric times to just a few centuries ago. There are hidden chambers, mysterious cave rituals, and possibly even assassinations. More intriguingly, some of Italy’s unique finds are also its strangest—metal streets, fossilized crawling, and
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Most fans of American colonial history know about the harrowing disaster of Roanoke or the many problems faced by the first Jamestown settlers. What is less known, however, is that European attempts to settle North America started almost a century before the Jamestown colonists first landed in Virginia. Despite numerous attempts between the 1520s and
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Medical dramas are spreading across US television networks like wildfire. From Chicago Med to The Good Doctor, it would seem that people yearn to understand the complex and fragile nature of the human body. Through the power of television, we are given a glimpse of the mysterious world beneath our own skin. We learn about
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The female orgasm is a part of human evolution that we simply haven’t been able to wrap our heads around. It flies in the face of all evolutionary theories for sex we currently have, and no matter how much we’ve tried figuring it out, any decisive explanation as to why it exists still eludes us.[1]
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Many people dream of getting away from it all and starting again. For most, this is just a pipe dream. Some might leave their home, their jobs, and even their families and make drastic life changes, but for a few people, even this is not enough. They decide that in order to start again, they
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The giraffe ranks among the most familiar of the zoo and park animals. Even so, giraffes continue to harbor surprising facts. The creatures can turn black or white and make inexplicable noises at night. They even ogled a Chinese emperor during the 1400s. There are funny things in their armpits and a puzzling disease creeping
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As far as we know, every animal must rest at some point. We didn’t used to think so. Some animals, like the dolphin or bullfrog, simply have sleep habits that look an awful lot like not sleeping to the human eye. But even those that don’t sleep at all still rest. Most insects enter into
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History is replete with people who’ve accomplished great things and were duly recognized. From Nobel laureates to soldiers decorated for valor, many exceptional persons have been honored for their actions. But what happens after that recognition? Being honored once doesn’t mean the rest of your life will live up to your one great accomplishment. Even
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These days, the word “stranger” is mostly one-dimensional. It conjures up the image of a blurry-faced human who might do something criminal if shown too much trust. However, some do earn our trust for no apparent reason. People even tell their secrets to strangers. This field is also rich for experiments. Sociologists have buzzed strangers
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Several famous photographs of Adolf Hitler are forgeries. While Hitler did fake some of his photos for propaganda purposes, authors, social media users, and the media have also made their own fakes for different reasons. Some were even faked while Hitler was still alive, and he had a hard time proving they were forgeries. Some
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Everyone loves going to a concert. There is a certain thrill to seeing your favorite artist live and up close in front of your very eyes. Even in the biggest of stadiums, you can feel completely at home surrounded by people who share a love and appreciation for something. But what happens when gigs go
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Fashion has changed quite a bit from our hunter-gatherer days, when the most fashionable thing someone could wear was anything at all. What we wear now has less to do with adapting to the environment and more with self-expression and what everyone else is wearing. Modern fashion has been a long time in the making,
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The European Middle Ages lasted a thousand years, running roughly from AD 500 to AD 1500. A lot of history took place during this time, but textbooks often fail to reconnect the living with the past as much as artifacts do. Some items prove that certain things never change—people cheated at games, carried deadly weapons,
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The 19th and 20th centuries were a period of unprecedented change in human history. In 1807, the Napoleonic Wars were raging; in 2007, smartphones were becoming a thing. No other era in human history comes close to matching this rate of change. And in no other place was this change faster than in Europe. As
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It’s an oft-repeated notion: Everything on Earth has already been explored and how awesome it would have been if we had been born in the Age of Exploration. In a consistently shrinking world due to technology and advanced research tools, that does seem to be true. After all, why would we be thinking about going
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There are countless reports of compassionate mailmen who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, helping residents in their time of need. Be it a kind gesture, a listening ear, or saving someone’s life while on the job, such stories echo the essence of what it means to be a good person. The
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