Author: Christopher Stephens

Christopher M. Stephens is a professional writer and tour guide with a passion for creating captivating content. He holds a Master of Science from Royal Roads University and a Master of Community Planning from Vancouver Island University. He leads birdwatching tours for Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours in British Columbia, Canada.

Professors fill a highly regarded role in society, being seen as trusted and learned professionals. They are also viewed as typically non-violent and progressive individuals, with high intellectual acumen, self control and integrity. Yet, stereotypes of occasional “mad professors” sometimes come true, in a far, far worse way than depicted in fiction. Here, we discover…

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The Wild West of the United States sets the stage for famous gunslinger films, but Australia is a land where convicts were exiled, creating the opportunity for new lives of crime to get established. Today, we profile the most notorious (and some lesser known) colorful miscreants in Australian history… 10. “Mad Dog” Daniel Morgan With…

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The urban environment can be scary. While the dangers of the outdoors and wilderness survival are well publicized, city planners, businesses and the public alike struggle with how to mitigate the dangers with which the urban environment is fraught. Let us now explore the chilling survival dangers that may face us vulnerable humans in the…

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England is a country within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland that is not only of modern linguistic, cultural, political, and legal influence and relevance worldwide, but also the site of fascinating anthropological occurrences of historical intrigue. Now, we discover the mysterious ancient archeology of England going well beyond Stonehenge… 10. Maiden…

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War is the manifestation of the most extreme levels of human conflict, as tensions culminate in mass violent action. In such circumstances, rules, codes of honor, and care are frequently sacrificed as the goal of triumphing over an opponent — whether civil or international in nature — becomes central. Yet it is worth noting that…

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The global human population is defined by diverse adaptations that lend us evolutionary advantages as a species. Let’s discover some fascinating facts about the adaptations that make human beings interesting. Discover who has Neanderthal DNA, how malaria changed some of us, and why one amazing island population evolved breath-holding superpowers… 10. Melanesians Can Have Blonde…

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The urban environment is powerful and evocative, reflective of the people, places and times that saw the construction of specific communities. Cities can be iconic, but they can also be overrated. They say you should never meet your heroes, but in this list, you might come to the conclusion that it’s equally unwise to visit…

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“What will they think of next?” may be a phrase uttered in response to the latest bizarre lab creation or engineering feat. But you may find yourself astounded by the novelty, sheer ingenuity, or even horror of adaptations that simply take natural sciences to the next level. These are a few of the most shocking…

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Success among nature’s diversity of species is usually about passing on your genes. While most species try to avoid being eaten, are sure to eat and pursue the chance to reproduce, sometimes these goals collide in unexpected ways. Today, we discover 10 self-destructive animals that have embraced success or taken an unusual approach to life…

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We may call some catastrophes “accidents,” but in other cases decisions are made — by those ordinarily trusted to make the right call — that are so poor they become truly remarkable in their negligence. In this account, we profile 10 shocking disasters and significant crises that were brought about largely through some extraordinarily bad…

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Unsolved mysteries like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster continue to entice the minds of the imaginative. Yet our planet is inherently bizarre, as Earth is not just any normal world. Weird natural phenomena already proven to exist on Earth are certainly more than sufficiently bizarre to astonish us. In this account, we’ll talk about…

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Elevators. These vertical transport machines in buildings worldwide might seem mundane, but certain elevators cross the bounds into the extreme by their sheer exceptionality. In this account, discover the 10 most noteworthy elevators constructed worldwide, ranging from a lift inside a giant aquarium, an elevator that crawls up the world’s largest dome, and the fastest…

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Submarines are already remarkable as vessels that travel under the surface of the water, but certain machines stand out as especially bizarre and amazing, often holding world records. In this account, we discover submarines so large they could launch aircraft, and even a submarine that could itself fly. We dive to new depths to discover…

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Canada is the second largest country on Earth, and home to natural and cultural heritage features that are of great interest and global noteworthiness. This list focuses on a nation that happens to be the author’s own, and one that’s also widely stereotyped for everything from maple syrup and language idiosyncrasies to giant tree-eating rodents.…

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The National-Socialist German Workers’ Party, first called Nazis to liken them to backward, unlearned workers by those resisting the movement, were behind abuse and genocide on an unprecedented scale. In addition to the tragedy are many odd, puzzling, and occasionally conflicting facts and hidden truths that even the most casual student of history should know.…

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Superpowers may be the stuff of science fiction, but certain animal species possess superpowers–or at least engage in activities that we might attribute to superheroes or, sometimes, supervillains. From starting fires, strategically bleeding from the eyes, protecting other species at sea, living as a snake that gets airborne, and being a walking incendiary weapon, here…

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Our world presents many dangers. Yet some individuals, through a combination of factors in their favor, have overcome incredibly strong odds that were not in favor of their survival… and lived. In this account, we profile 10 of the most incredible and shocking cases of human survival worldwide. Whether by luck or innovation, survival is…

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While we don’t think of them in the same way as cars or even commercial airplanes, trains are a staple mode of transportation and may be the very definition of the “standard routine” at times, being guided by rails. Yet rail and train construction is often anything but standard or routine, and is sometimes hatched…

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