Author: Ed Hatchet

Ed travels the world (wide web, mostly) to write lists for you to read over breakfast. For more of his stuff, click here.

Beyond the stereotypes we have for the world, how do other countries see each other? Representing every continent but North America, here are 10 of the most interesting — ranked by mutual animosity. 10. Swedes — Norwegians The Swedish see Norwegians as cheerful, open-minded, naive country bumpkins. They also think they’re beautiful and cute-sounding. It’s…

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Currently, as far as we know, there are nine countries with nuclear arsenals — the nine most dangerous nations on Earth: the US, Russia, China, the UK, Israel, India, Pakistan, France, and North Korea. Collectively, the axis of evil. And madness. And war. And ecocide. And abuse. And vacuity… You get the idea. The point…

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Despite their knuckle-dragging, backwards-looking territorialism, the war machines of the world are under constant pressure to stay one step ahead of the times. If they don’t, they lose wars. In theory anyway. It doesn’t always hold true in practice. These ten weapons from the distant past have all been deployed on modern battlefields — sometimes…

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Earth’s magical ecosystems might be on their way out, but they’re still full of awesome surprises — like these ten animal behaviors, each of which is so totally opposite to what you’d expect that they’re practically oxymoronic. 10. Flying squid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMq89roPycI Often mistaken for flying fish, there are at least six known species of flying…

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Freedom of religion tends to be taken for granted in the West, despite being illusory in practice. Every government in the world intrudes on religion and, contrary to what you might expect, it’s at least as bad today as it has been in the past. It’s just more bureaucratic. Ranked by how widely they’re banned,…

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Advances in bio-engineering have made it theoretically possible to do just about anything to plants. In fact, many of the plants we have today have already been modified beyond all recognition from what they used to be. Carrots were originally white, scrawny roots; peaches were salty and cherry-sized; watermelons were small and bitter; and eggplants…

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Ireland has a rich tradition of weird and wonderful creatures – but it’s not just fairies and leprechauns. Some denizens of the Irish Otherworld are truly horrifying. Like these 10! 10. The Abhartach https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn5-qXAJMNM Long before Irish novelist Bram Stoker came up with Dracula, Ireland had the blood-sucking Abhartach. Once an evil wizard king from…

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We all know about woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats, but such is evolution that all species have some pretty weird ancestors. Often they look nothing alike. From the least unexpected to the most, here are 10 of the weirdest of all. 10. The short-necked giraffe The giraffe’s prehistoric forebear was roughly the size of a…

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In the origins of country names, we find all kinds of surprising hidden histories. America, for example, comes directly from the name of Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci—yet how many people have even heard of him? Sometimes, in light of events since their founding (or “discovery” and naming by colonial powers), national names also conceal a…

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Who doesn’t like dragons? Despite having never existed, they’ve left their mark on human history. Here are the 10 most culturally important dragons in the world. 10. Zilant You may not have heard of it, but Kazan is one of the most important cities in Russia. Capital of the Tatarstan Republic, an independent khanate, it…

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They’re man’s best friend, but how many humans know what makes their dogs tick? Probably not enough, that’s how many. And given how much of their behavior is intended to communicate—with us, no less—we ought to have our tails between our legs.  Here are 10 things you’ve seen your dog do but haven’t the faintest…

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Cats aren’t dogs; they’re not man’s best friend. But while it may seem like your cat is an a-hole, they’re an a-hole with excuses at least. From treating you like crap to torturing wildlife, here are 10 things your cat does explained. 10. Sleeping All Day Cats sleep an obscene amount of time by human…

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Think of a notorious crime boss from history and you’re probably picturing a man. Al Capone, Pablo Escobar, El Chapo, Lucky Luciano, Carlo Gambino, the CIA…  However, plenty of women have been in charge – and not just as madams of brothels. Here are 10 of the most notorious. 10. Cheng Chui Ping, “Sister Ping”…

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