Browsing: Misc

Sometimes we are at a loss for where a top 10 list should go and that means we toss it here. Sure, some lists defy categorization, but Miscellaneous is a category, right?




During their heyday (roughly from the 16th to 19th centuries), highwaymen were considered a special type of criminal, known for their good manners, noble bearing, and, in some cases at least, their scrupulous moral values. Some of the best known operated in Britain, France, and other European countries, as well as their overseas territories. And,…

Celebrities are a big thing in the world, especially in the United States, and enjoy a status almost akin to a sort of royalty. This has led many people to lend to celebrities a false sense of authority, and soon they start considering their favorite entertainer an expert on a subject that the entertainer is,…

In the beginning of World War II, Italy was partnered with the Axis Powers under the leadership of Benito Mussolini. Around halfway through the war, Italy decided to switch over to the Allied Powers. Of course, Germany was not very happy about this betrayal. For nine months of 1943, the Nazi party occupied Rome. Thousands…

European and North American folklore is rife with beloved horror stories of werewolves, vampires, goblins and demons. Yet China has a rich history that has spanned thousands of years of civilization. And with that legacy comes amazing monster legends. In this account, we discover the monsters, legends and lore of ghouls, beasts and devils important…

If the omniscient tome known colloquially as the Big Ol’ Book of Words for Nerds, and officially as The Dictionary, is to be believed, every word located within the well-worn pages of this bastion of the English language means something. But actually, there are a bunch of words many of us use every single day that don’t…

Temples, churches, mosques, shrines, synagogues, and so on are meant to protect us from evil, or at least serve as temporary refuges. Even the demonic gargoyles and grotesques on Gothic Christian cathedrals, as well as their cross-cultural counterparts, are only supposed to remind us of the forces of darkness—never to invite them inside. And that…

When Charles Darwin studied the process of evolution in the 1800s, he realized that animals have a selective breeding process he called “natural selection.” Animals who were born with a predisposition to survive longer in their environment were the ones to survive and mate with one another, passing on their DNA. Because of this process,…

Actions have consequences. Unfortunately, those consequences are not always entirely welcome, intended, or predictable. There are numerous examples of governments, organizations, and even individuals acting with good intentions, only for their efforts to backfire catastrophically. Sometimes the cure can be worse than the disease, as these examples of the law of unintended consequences demonstrate. 10.…

For thousands of years, people have been writing about mermaids, and they are still incredibly popular in modern-day movies and TV series. Virtually every culture had their own versions of the mermaid legend. Sometimes, they are sirens who try to lure men to their death out at sea. Other times, they are trying their best…

In some ways Americans and British people would seem very similar at first glance. We look very similar, wear similar clothes, share the same language, and have some shared historical connections (including one that America is celebrating today). However, beyond just the fact that we use a lot of different words to mean the same…

In April of 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail on its way to New York City, and it was one of the biggest ocean liners of its time. It hit an iceberg, and unfortunately, there were only 20 lifeboats on its maiden voyage, which was not enough to save everyone on board. More than 1,500…

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