Author: Dustin Koski

Dustin Koski is the proud co-writer and producer of the anthology podcast The Vanishing Point with his brother Adam. He still hopes to escape from Wisconsin someday.

Americans will never stop fearing crime on a profound, primal level. Their news media will make sure of that. Even if crime in their region drops to zero, they will fear that the nation at large is on a slippery slope. A 2019 gallup poll showed that while 38% of people believed that crime was…

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Animals seem like they shouldn’t be that complicated. “Animalistic” is generally shorthand for being simplistic, if not savage. Yet there are shades to their mentality as varied as there are in human societies. There are also complexities and surprises in their relationship to humanity. Domesticated or feral, invertebrate or vertebrate, the animal kingdom is a…

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Americans will never stop fearing crime on a profound, primal level. Their news media will make sure of that. Even if crime in their region drops to zero, they will fear that the nation at large is on a slippery slope. A 2019 gallup poll showed that while 38% of people believed that crime was…

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The Iron Age is generally accepted to have been the final age before solid, written history in the development of human society. This doesn’t mean that a society arriving at Iron Age was necessarily a sign of progress. That’s just one of the many counterintuitive things to be learned about this period, or rather these…

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Animals seem like they shouldn’t be that complicated. “Animalistic” is generally shorthand for being simplistic, if not savage. Yet there are shades to their mentality as varied as there are in human societies. There are also complexities and surprises in their relationship to humanity. Domesticated or feral, invertebrate or vertebrate, the animal kingdom is a…

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The image of sailors as being particularly mentally unbalanced has a surprising degree of official confirmation. As far back as 1815, Sir Gilbert Blaine, the Royal Navy’s Physician of the Fleet and the Prince Regent’s personal doctor, reported that sailors were roughly seven times more likely to go mad than the general population. Considering the…

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Today when your average person is asked to imagine a Druid, their mental picture is probably a sinister hooded figure that belongs in a cult. So what insidious schemes did they carry out for the Celtic peoples settled from Ireland to France? What ghastly rituals did they perform  to invoke dark aid or for routine?…

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The Iron Age is generally accepted to have been the final age before solid, written history in the development of human society. This doesn’t mean that a society arriving at Iron Age was necessarily a sign of progress. That’s just one of the many counterintuitive things to be learned about this period, or rather these…

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Is there any greater irony than an authority figure harming those they’re trying to look after through a safety measure? A penguin parent smothering their hatchlings through protectiveness. Ed Gein’s mother psychologically warped him in an attempt to keep him free from sin. The entries on this list all had equally counterintuitive results, and in most cases…

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Some days, we as humans can find even our own anatomy a little perplexing. The extra bumps and ridges, the body parts you don’t even think about until they start acting up. If someone were to go from considering that to these animals, their head would really begin to spin. In the cases of the…

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The image of sailors as being particularly mentally unbalanced has a surprising degree of official confirmation. As far back as 1815, Sir Gilbert Blaine, the Royal Navy’s Physician of the Fleet and the Prince Regent’s personal doctor, reported that sailors were roughly seven times more likely to go mad than the general population. Considering the…

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Is there any greater irony than an authority figure harming those they’re trying to look after through a safety measure? A penguin parent smothering their hatchlings through protectiveness. Ed Gein’s mother psychologically warped him in an attempt to keep him free from sin. The entries on this list all had equally counterintuitive results, and in…

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It’s the largest hot desert in the world. At 3.5 million square miles, it’s over half a million more in size than all of Australia. If you were to combine all the deserts in North America with Asia’s Gobi Desert, you could still fit three of those combined deserts inside the Sahara, and likely be…

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In 2021, the US Air Force announced that in order to drive recruitment it would resort to propping up veterans as social media influencers. It’s questionable how effective that will be, even more so after TopTenz helps spread the word about why the US Armed Forces aren’t something people should want to join if they…

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It’s the largest hot desert in the world. At 3.5 million square miles, it’s over half a million more in size than all of Australia. If you were to combine all the deserts in North America with Asia’s Gobi Desert, you could still fit three of those combined deserts inside the Sahara, and likely be…

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Some days, we as humans can find even our own anatomy a little perplexing. The extra bumps and ridges, the body parts you don’t even think about until they start acting up. If someone were to go from considering that to these animals, their head would really begin to spin. In the cases of the…

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There’s a common impression that people in the past were less intelligent than they are today, since beliefs were widespread back then which are almost universally dismissed today. Yet John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin reported in 2011 that over the last 20,000 years, the average size of a human brain shrunk from 1,500…

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John Lyly’s proverb “All’s fair in love and war” hasn’t resonated so much since he wrote it in his 1578 novel Euphues for no reason. A commander would be in a pretty difficult situation if they had to explain that they let an enemy inflict losses on them out of some abstruse sense of fairplay.…

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John Lyly’s proverb “All’s fair in love and war” hasn’t resonated so much since he wrote it in his 1578 novel Euphues for no reason. A commander would be in a pretty difficult situation if they had to explain that they let an enemy inflict losses on them out of some abstruse sense of fairplay.…

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In past TopTenz lists of badass women, we’ve often featured exclusively those that were in the military. While we don’t regret our choices and this list will feature many more, we’re going to widen the scope for this one. A person doesn’t need to be carrying a weapon to be a badass, though it sure…

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