Author: Ian Fortey

Emojis have been a staple of internet discourse for decades now. The earliest proto-emojis were just colons and parentheses that people added to statements to vaguely resemble sideways smiley faces. Arguably this grew out of the fact that text offers very few context clues when it comes to mood or sarcasm. The emotion behind the…

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By and large, most people have curious minds. Most of us love a mystery. Maybe not a full on Sherlock Holmesian mystery, but we like to understand why things happen and where they came from. Language can often help with this by giving clues about the origins of things. But language and common knowledge, and…

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America has often been described as a litigious country and there’s no shortage of examples of lawsuits we perceive as frivolous or silly. The thing nearly all lawsuits have in common, whether they have merit or not, is that there is a plaintiff and a defendant and they are two separate entities. That said, every…

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There’s been a big backlash in the media over the last few years against landlords who practice less than hospitable landlording. But it’s hard to be sympathetic to one of the few groups of people still known as lords out there in the world. And while there’s no doubt many landlords are reasonable people who…

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Nearly every ancient polytheistic culture had gods of the weather. Most of us are aware of Thor, the god of thunder, but there were gods of the wind and rain and lightning and more throughout North and South America, Africa and Asia. Weather has always fascinated and confused mankind. And even today, when we can…

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Becoming the President of the United States isn’t easy. Some people devote years to the pursuit and never make the grade like Lyndon LaRouche, who ran for President 8 times and never succeeded. Others show up once and inexplicably win the day. And while being President is impressive all on its own, a number of…

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We told you before about some major disasters in human history that were swept under the rug by the powers that be in order to skirt responsibility or, in some cases, to “keep up morale.” But whatever the reason, there’s no shortage of instances where something terrible happened and those in power chose to pretend…

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People online love exposing secret rooms. Every so often, a new tale goes viral, featuring someone discovering a hidden room with all manner of creepy implications. But usually these stories are just of homeowners or apartment renters finding the mysterious locations and, while vaguely creepy, are not all that unusual anymore. What you may find…

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The financial world is bigger than ever these days thanks to cryptocurrency, which has opened the door for people who historically had little to no interest in finance thanks to the seeming complexity of the stock market. And, let’s be honest, the stock market has long felt inaccessible to most people. Very few people own…

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It’s been said that America is a litigious society, and Judge Judy might agree. But there has long been a pervasive myth that courts are bogged down with frivolous lawsuits even though, statistically speaking, relatively few lawsuits actually meet the criteria of frivolous. That may be because, in between the conception and execution, some people…

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