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Top 10 Insane Facts About Sigmund Freud

April 10, 2020 | Articles, Blog | 100 Comments

Top 10 Insane Facts About Sigmund Freud

Top 10 Insane Facts About Sigmund Freud 10. Drug Abuse Sigmund Freud abused drugs, and when we say
that, what we mean is that Freud really, really, really liked cocaine. Freud loved cocaine so much that he discussed
it openly with his fiancé, and performed experiments centered on cocaine with himself
as the subject. While that may be the greatest excuse for
drug use ever, he also did write several papers on the wonders of this drug, touting its use
in all sorts of things, including anesthesia. However, he did enjoy the high that the drug
gave him, and definitely used it for more than just medicinal reasons. 9. Misogyny Freud had a bit of a problem with the ladies,
which is a bit of an understatement. A better question would probably be what problem
he didn’t have with women. Freud believed that women’s problems stemmed
essentially from them not having a male sex organ, and felt that women didn’t have a
good sense of justice. He also considered women to be weak socially,
to have a jealous nature, and to be exceedingly vain. Freud was also known to believe women to be
the problem in society, especially when it came to sexual tension between the genders. 8. Psychosexual Theories
oedipus Freud had a collection of very strange theories,
many of which are pretty much discredited today. His main belief was that young children, even
infants, had unconscious sexual feelings. Among these were various stages of fixation,
such as oral, anal and phallic. Someone with an oral fixation gained in this
early stage may end up constantly needing to chew on something, or have something in
their mouth, while someone who wasn’t raised properly during the anal stage could be anal-retentive,
which is where the expression comes from. He also had theories involving the Oedipus
Complex, which had young boys attracted to their mothers, and the Elektra Complex, which
had young girls attracted to their fathers. 7. Cancer Many people may not realize that Freud had
a very long running battle with cancer. This was mainly due to his constant habit
of smoking cigars, leading to mouth cancer later in life. At one point Freud managed to actually quit
for over a year, but eventually went back to the habit again full-time. According to some, he smoked as many as twenty
cigars in a typical day and had to go through 34 operations, still eventually succumbing
to cancer. Despite Freud’s knowledge of psychology,
he was unable to ever truly break the habit. 6. Father Of Psychoanalysis Freud is famous for being the inventor of
psychoanalysis, though some argue whether he was the first to use the method. Freud, though, was unquestionably the first
to popularize the method, and influenced many great psychologists such as Carl Jung. Psychoanalysis often involves attempting to
understand a patient through their childhood development and greatly involves the unconscious. His psychoanalysis has been criticized, and
still enjoys a certain controversy among the psychology community today. His beliefs have always been considered controversial,
but his contribution to the field of psychology and his influence cannot be denied. 5. Womb Envy Some of Freud’s contemporaries were women,
and a bit more feminist than he was (then again, it sounds like just about everybody
is more feminist than Freud.) In response to his belief that many of women’s
ills belonged to the fact that they did not have a penis and were jealous of men for having
one, a female contemporary came up with the alternate theory of womb envy. Also known as vagina envy, this is an alternate
theory that states men are actually jealous of women, because they do not have a womb
and thus cannot create life. To make up for this jealousy, men try to construct
businesses instead so it feels like they are creating something. One feminist even makes the argument that
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is essentially a story about a man with womb envy. 4. Dream Theories Sigmund Freud placed a lot of importance on
the unconscious, so perhaps not all too surprisingly he had quite a hang up on dreams. Freud believed that dreams had parts that
you remember, and those that you did not. His theory was that what you actually remembered
was just something that represented what you were actually thinking during the dream, and
that it was meant to disguise the true thought. Freud even wrote a book on dreams called,
creatively titled “The Interpretation of Dreams.” His main belief at the time was that dreams
are a way of fulfilling things we wish we could do while conscious, but were unable. 3. The Unconscious Freud was one of the first to really propose
serious theories on the unconscious, and it was truly a cornerstone of nearly all of what
he believed. The unconscious, for our purposes, is supposed
to be all of the processes in our brain that we perform without really thinking. However, Freud saw it as much more than this. He believed that the unconscious drives how
we behave, often acting on feelings that have been repressed inside us since he were very
young. He believed very strongly that nearly all
actions that people performed were the result of unconscious processes, which would mean
that our free will does not perform quite the way we first thought. While it is certain that we do have an unconscious
mind, it is hard to say just how many of Freud’s theories regarding it are actually true, or
even have elements of truth to them. 2. Oral Fixation There is a popular story that Freud was once
with a class smoking one of his favorite cigars when one of his students suggested that perhaps
his constant need to have something in his mouth meant that he had an oral fixation,
basically pinning him with his own made-up disorder. To this, Freud famously replied “sometimes
a cigar is just a cigar.” Funnily enough, it turns out that some people
have investigated this quote and discovered that the entire thing probably never even
happened. However, as we mentioned earlier, Freud did
indeed love his cigars. He was been quoted as saying that cigars were
essential to his life, and he believed that they improved his work. In short, if oral fixation is real, he clearly
had it, sassy comeback or none. 1. Polyglot A polyglot is someone who can speak many languages,
basically a super linguist. And Sigmund Freud was a serious polyglot,
with a strong knowledge of German, Italian, Greek, English, Spanish, Hebrew and Latin. For those of who aren’t counting, that is
a grand total of seven languages, which makes us look bad as most people are lucky to be
proficient in their own language. Freud was also quite the little genius, already
reading Shakespeare at the tender age of eight. He was also accepted into a prestigious high
school and graduated with honors, eventually proving himself as the kookiest psychologist
ever to walk the Earth.

10 Dark and Depressing Facts About Slavery

April 10, 2020 | Articles, Blog | 100 Comments

10 Dark and Depressing Facts About Slavery

Slavery is one of the most evil institutions in the
world, and a horrifying habit that humans over the ages have continued to regress to. We have evidence of slavery as far back as
recorded history goes, and it is quite likely it existed even before then. Some people like to think that in our modern
age, slavery is being stamped out. While it is technically illegal in all countries
today, it actually exists in some form or another in most countries in the world, just
under a different name. The truth is that there are more slaves now
than ever in recorded history, and it may be harder to stamp out now than in the past. The problem is that much of it has gone dark,
deeply under the table, or involves legal loopholes where people are not technically
called slaves, but might as well be as far as practical purposes go. The world of slavery is a very dark place,
and fears the light that is shed upon it. 10. One of the Most Common Ways Children Are Sold
Into Slavery is By Their Own Parents In many parts of the world children being
sold into slavery by their own parents is incredibly and horrifically common. Some of the worst countries for this are countries
like India and Cambodia, where there are many people living in poverty and desperation,
who traffickers and those looking for slaves of their own are all too happy to take advantage
of. Most of these parents cite financial desperation
for why they sell their children, or sell their children’s sexual services. They will act as if it hurt them to do it,
and state that they had debts and no other way, but it still seems like a horrible thing
to do to your own child. It is a sad state that the world is in that
there are so many people living in such desperate poverty that they would sell their own flesh
and blood for money, but it is one of the chief ways that children end up in slavery
around the world. Sadly, while these parents often show some
remorse, they clearly did not care enough to do whatever it takes to take care of their
child, and put their child first, which is what a parent who truly loves their child
would do. Unfortunately this type of problem is very
hard to solve, as a region having people so hard-hearted that they would do such a thing
has very many institutional problems that will take a great many years and a great amount
of effort to fix. 9. When LGBT Youth Are Kicked Out By Their Parents
in the USA, They Often End Up as Sex Slaves Some parents in the United States are so convinced
that being gay is evil that they literally stop loving their son or daughter when they
tell them they are gay. Many young teens tell their parents they are
gay and get kicked out of the house for their announcement. Not only is this already a very sad and morally
questionable thing to do to a child, but to make matters worse, they are consigning a
child who loved them, their own flesh and blood, to a possibly horrible fate. Young LGBT kids are literally some of the
most vulnerable in our society. They are often already ostracized at school,
their families have kicked them out, they are struggling with their identity, have no
one to help them, and they are scared. This makes them prime targets for predators,
and statistics have shown that many young LGBT orphans end up trafficked and used by
others for sexual services, almost always involving some form of coercion along the
way. The youths tend to go along with far too much,
because they have no more parental guidance, and no one to help them get by. When a predator comes along telling them they
can help, it is far too easy for them to accept their “guidance” and then find themselves
in a horrible situation they cannot get out of. Knowing this, anyone who truly loves their
child could not imagine kicking them out, no matter how much issue they might take with
them coming out. 8. Even in the US, Parents Sell Their Children
as Slaves, or Sell Their Sexual Services Most people would like to think of the United
States as a place where parents are a bit more enlightened and would not sell their
own children into slavery. However, the sad truth is that even here in
the good old United States, an alarming number of trafficked children have reported either
being sold as slaves as young children, or having their sexual services sold by their
parents when they were very young. One girl recounts being trained as a prostitute
and forced into the lifestyle starting at six years old, and her mother manipulated
her by telling her that she would be a prostitute for mommy if she loved her. People have also been caught just straight
up selling their children, and sometimes seem to have little remorse for the action. Some people see a way to make a profit, and
sadly do not care about their own flesh and blood. The underworld of child slavery is alive and
well in the United States, and unfortunately, it is aided and abetted far too often by the
children’s own parents, who sometimes train them as they grow up solely to be used for
sex. 7. In India, Many Children Are Born Into a Form
Of Hereditary Debt Bondage Amnesty International and other organizations
that track global slavery put the number of enslaved people around the world at roughly
30 million, and recent statistics show that roughly half of the modern day slavery originates
in India. And we don’t mean India is taking people
from other countries and holding them as slaves, we mean they are gladly keeping large amounts
of their own people in slavery. Part of the problem is things like the caste
systems, which often put people in forced social obligations where they are not truly
free in terms of their actions. And another part of the problem is things
like forced marriages, which are their own form of slavery. However, the vast majority of it comes from
something called hereditary debt bondage. Especially in rural areas, farmers often have
to take out loans from landowners or others in the area, and often cannot ever properly
pay them back. They end up working their entire lives for
very little to try to pay back loans, and often die without ever having done so. In the United States and many countries, this
debt would not carry on. In India, though, it is hereditary and oftentimes
villagers in many rural areas are born owing large amounts of money to local landowners,
and hence owing them their labor until they can pay the debt off. Unfortunately, the way these debts are structured,
it is unlikely they ever will be paid off, ensuring that generations to come will continue
to be born into slavery, working for free to enrich a nearby landowner. 6. Despite Major Company Promises, Chocolate
is Still Harvested by Brutally Controlled Child Slaves The Ivory Coast and Ghana produce almost all
of the world’s chocolate, and nearly all of the work is harvested by brutally controlled
child slaves. While the governments have technically made
it illegal, this is really on the surface only, and child labor is still the rule of
the day, with brutal beatings and harsh working conditions a regular way of life for the children
of the area. The chocolate companies, in order to fight
bad press, have claimed that they would stop child labor, but they keep pushing back their
deadline for when they would bring an end to it, and it has now been about 15 years
since their promise, and things aren’t getting better. The chocolate companies will have you believe
that the reason is because they cannot control the governments of those countries, and simply
cannot force them to make the changes fast enough, but this is really a falsehood. The truth is that even just Nestle alone dwarfs
the GDP of both of the biggest chocolate producing countries, and those countries rely on the
big chocolate manufacturers for business. If they wanted to put real pressure on the
child slavers they could, but profit is more important to them than morals. 5. Much of Online Porn Features Enslaved Women,
Often From Southeast Asia or Eastern Europe Porn is considered a totally victimless vice
by most people, and in a lot of situations this is indeed the case. For example, if you know it was properly and
legally made in the United States, you know no one is being trafficked or used as slave
labor. However, much of the porn available online
comes from very questionable sources all over the world, and it is hard to estimate just
how much of it involves people who were coerced into what they are doing. Unfortunately many of the countries like Russia,
China, and regions like Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe produce a lot of porn and are
also known for being some of the worst for trafficking in the entire world. In the Philippines, they have had a recent
problem where young girls are tricked into revealing small amounts of themselves online,
and then are blackmailed further until they are in too deep and forced to show more and
more. In other words, they are being tricked into
slavery online, and starting out forced into online pornography. After that, they are slowly graduated to being
forced to perform physical acts and being entirely under the control of gangs of traffickers. And while most people tend to think of sex
slaves as only being used as prostitutes, some trafficked victims, such as some in Japan,
are also forced to work as nude dancers. Slavers do not limit the people they abuse
to just one avenue of exploitation, but try to use them as fully as possible. The world of trafficking is a very evil and
cruel place. 4. Some Electronics Manufacturers in China Imprison
Their Workers and Treat Them Like Real Slaves Foxconn is a company in China known for making
lots of products for Apple, and being one of the worst employers in the world. The international light was shed on them when
it came out that people were being forced to work 12+ hour shifts, were not being allowed
to leave, were forced to live on campus, and that suicide attempts and actual suicides
were common. The world called on Apple to force Foxconn
to clean things up, but they really only made token efforts in order to save as much face
and get the attention off their backs. Even after the entire thing was over, they
felt that the scrutiny was unfair and undeserved. The main complaint and issue was that they
used mostly student interns, who were basically slaves. While they could leave at any time, they were
basically forced against their will to work for Foxconn by their schools, because they
had a worker shortage. If they did not work, they were told they
would not graduate. When suicides became a problem, instead of
fixing the long, abusive work days, they installed nets to stop the jumpers so they wouldn’t
lose valuable slaves to the concrete below. As far as Foxconn is concerned, students are
a resource for making phones, and education comes second. To imagine how crazy this really is, imagine
if a university in the United States told you that you would not graduate if you didn’t
go work as an intern at a local factory for free – learning absolutely nothing that
has to do with your area of study. 3. Child Trading is an Under the Table But Far
Too Common Practice That Helps Trafficking Thrive One of the most bizarre and horrible things
on our list is the people in the United States who have basically made a game out of exchanging
children that they don’t want anymore. These people are known for adopting children,
usually from outside the United States and that often have behavioral problems, and trying
to raise them as their own. They quickly get frustrated because they are
not cut out for it, and instead of doing a reasonable thing like contacting a proper
foster agency about the situation, they take part in something called “private re-homing”
where they go to online bulletin boards and advertise the kid as if they are an unwanted
pet. These children are then given away with nothing
more than a notarized statement saying who the child’s new guardians are, with no real
vetting of the new parents and no real paper trail for the authorities to follow. As you might imagine, many of these children
end up disappearing, trafficked away to be a slave, because some parent out there treated
a kid as if he was a puppy that they could just trade away. While there are attempts to shut these people
down, they will always find ways to communicate with each other, and have helped create the
vast network of underground slave children in the United States. The sad thing is that while all of these people
are criminally negligent, most of them seem to truly not understand the gravity of their
actions or what an awful thing they are doing to the child. 2. Au Pairs in the USA are Usually Treated as
Slaves and Have Little Legal Recourse Au pairs are foreign workers who come to the
country and live with a family for a time, helping them with domestic duties such as
babysitting, cleaning and cooking. The idea is that the au pair will be given
meals, a very small stipend to buy things occasionally, and of course will not have
to worry about rent because they have a place to live. Unfortunately, au pair programs are rife with
abuse, and many au pairs are basically treated like chattel – slaves to be used as needed,
and threatened into submission if necessary. Many au pairs report being denied meals they
are legally entitled to, and told they will have to buy their own. Many have been screamed at and abused horribly,
only to have very little legal recourse, as it is usually their word against the hosts. To make matters worse, complaining either
to the host or to anyone else usually ends up with retaliation and threats to send them
back to their home country right away. The sad thing is that au pairs are basically
the new indentured servants, and are treated with almost no respect at all. It is a program that needs a huge overhaul
to prevent the rampant abuse currently plaguing it. 1. The Spartans Were Brutally Cruel and Horrible
to Their Slaves – The Helots The Spartans were known for being incredibly
powerful warriors, and for great bravery on the battlefield. But when it came to their slaves, the Helots,
they were incredibly cowardly. The Helots were bound to the soil, serving
on their master’s land, unable to be sold or bartered. They worked for the Spartans and had no rights,
but they also outnumbered the Spartans greatly. This left the Spartans constantly worried
that the Helots would revolt one day and bring about their downfall, so they made plans to
keep them constantly in check. They would regularly patrol around the borders
of the Helots’ land, looking for anyone who looked aggressive or troublesome, and
would routinely humiliate and mistreat the Helots in order to keep them firmly in their
place as slaves. However, their crowning blow to the Helots
to remind them regularly who was in charge, and to keep their numbers down, was ritual
slaughter. Once a year a day would be declared to kill
Helots without any legal consequences, and many Helots would be slaughtered by young
warriors practicing their stealth, in order to keep the Helots terrified and keep their
numbers thinned. Their fear was not entirely unwarranted, as
the Helots did attempt more than once to change their situation, although they were never
given their freedom.

10 Futuristic Technologies We Actually Need

People watch sci-fi movies and get excited
by the crazy ideas presented. Some of them even go on to become scientists or inventors,
and many have helped bring the world inventions that mimic what they once saw in movies. In
a way, these people are making a specific vision of the future happen, but some of these
inventions aren?t really practical and are really more a form of wish fulfillment than
they are moving humanity’s scientific advancement forward. But there are many inventions humanity
could actually use, in a practical sense, that are also really cool and wouldn’t seem
out of place in a science fiction movie… 10. An Accurate Breathalyzer-Type Device To
Know If Someone Is High On Marijuana Today, law enforcement everywhere has a difficult
task on their hands when it comes to the roadways. They have to not only deal with drunk drivers,
but drivers who are high on heroin, meth, and now (legally in many states) marijuana.
And this raises a really difficult question for the police: How do you know if a driver
is under the influence of marijuana, in a way that wouldn?t be instantly thrown out
in any court of law in the country? The roadways need to be safe, but it’s no use prosecuting
someone if you don?t have evidence that will hold up. Now, a small startup does have a device they
are testing with law enforcement that can also test for alcohol as well, but it’s
limited. The device can only tell if you’ve smoked within the last two hours. This isn?t
exactly the futuristic level we were talking about, but it likely would be a lot of help,
and may be enough to keep the roads safe for the time being. While some people may dispute
that they would be safe to drive sooner, two hours is a pretty reasonable window of time,
especially for state regulation. 9. Home Security Systems That Use Carefully
Targeted Infrasound To Scare Off Intruders Today, we have a lot of state-of-the-art security
systems but most of them are just concerned with motion detection, cameras, making loud
noises, and so forth. And, of course, all of them alert law enforcement. However, some
have already considered the use of infrasound detection in order to help find intruders,
and with that in mind, infrasound could help us in an entirely different way. Instead of
guard dogs, actual guards, or weapons and the legal liability they can involve, if infrasound
could be properly weaponized you could essentially scare people off your property. Infrasound, often known as the ?fear frequency,?
usually stirs up the fight or flight feeling in people, and in the absence of anything
to fight, most people just? run. A properly designed passive system that could detect
and target intruders could theoretically use inaudible sound in order to keep your property
safe and secure — almost like a magical spell that deters intruders. And as we know,
it doesn?t get much more futuristic than something your enemies cannot distinguish from magic.
Infrasonic detection could snuff out intruders quietly and alert the police if needed, but
the active component would likely scare them off before they even broke a window or got
up to any other shenanigans. It might even help deter teenage vandals from your property
or, to put it another way: it might finally get those young punks to stay the heck off
your lawn. 8. The James Bond ?Fingerprint? Gun, For Which
Only A Partial Prototype Exists In the recent James Bond movies with Daniel
Craig, Q gives Bond a special gun that can’t be fired without his handprint. Now, while
there isn?t anything like this in real life, a German company did try to make a prototype.
However, it involved a separate watch and the whole thing was all rather cumbersome.
This technology, if it could actually be implemented in a way that truly worked well on a consistent
basis and didn?t require any extra components, could revolutionize gun safety in the modern
world, and especially in America. Of course someone looking to hurt people could
still use their gun to do so, but they couldn?t use their dad?s gun, a friend’s gun, and
so on. And, a huge amount of gun deaths are tragically accidental, like when a kid gets
his hands on a parent’s gun and, sadly, it goes off. Technology like this would keep
your firearm from being used against you by someone who took it, and avoid horrible accidents
that would scar you for life and destroy your family and relationships. 7. An Exercise Bike — Or Bike Switching
Station — That Powers A Home Generator As You Use It At the moment, this is the stuff of fantasy
because of the amount of power it would (or more to the point, wouldn’t) generate. A
bike-powered generator could fuel, say, lights for a little bit… and that’s about it.
Some people have done the math and it really doesn?t sound like much. However, our imaginations
have always wondered about how much power we could get from our own work, and many of
us think of hand crank emergency radios as a good analogy. Still, those don?t use very
much power at all, and that’s the real problem. While powering some lights is within the realm
of reason, the biggest reason people want electricity after a disaster is heating and
cooling. Those things require a much more significant
amount of power, and thus it’s quite difficult to actually get enough to make a real difference,
or do anything for any significant amount of time. The amount of effort, in comparison
to what you actually get in terms of cooling, or heating, might not be worth it. If a bike
with enough gears and an efficient enough system was created so that a small family
could, at least, generate enough power to keep themselves warm, or cool, as needed,
it would be an incredible help in any kind of big disaster. 6. Ferromagnetic Roadways And Walkways For
Practical Hover-Vehicle Technology Not long ago, people saw the demo of the Hendo
Hoverboards and got very excited… only to quickly crash back down to earth. The Hendo
Hoverboard could hold several hours worth of charge, and really and truly hovered above
the ground. It was a dream come true to many (especially those of us who have been waiting
for Hoverboards since Back to the Future II), until the realities of the project hit. Now,
it was a genius bit of engineering and did use some clever new techniques, but it was
basically maglev technology, which requires a surface with metals that interact with magnets
to actually do anything at all. In other words, unless it was on top of the right metal surface,
it was just a big hunk of expensive junk you could stand on. This meant you could use it
nowhere other than places specially constructed its their use. However, if we had ferromagnetic roadways,
we could have hoverboards, hover cars, and other hover technology. With the precision
of maglev technology, we could likely cut down greatly on accidents while increasing
our overall speed and efficiency at the same time, which is a big win-win. Of course, this
would be ludicrously expensive, but in the long term, if built right, it would probably
also last a lot longer than our current roadways. 5. Researchers Are Looking Into Ways To Use
Our Own Body Heat To Charge Our Phones Several years ago, people latched onto an
article about some very experimental ideas to use a small device in your pocket to generate
energy from your body heat, and some magazines started wildly speculating that you would
have body heat-powered smartphones before you knew it. However, several years of fast-moving
technology later, we really aren?t any closer on that front. The good news is, researchers
are looking into it now for real, and not just looking at something that theoretically
could get there for unrelated reasons. If something like this could be designed,
it could at least help with supplementary power. It’s possible it would only be enough
to slow down the battery degradation, and not charge it enough to go much farther, but
with battery technology bottlenecked every little bit could help. This would allow us
to push our phones just a little bit further without resorting to bulky and cumbersome
backup batteries and the like. 4. If We Could Create A Truly Energy-Efficient
World, Much Fossil Fuel Use Would Be Eliminated Today, there’s an incredible amount of energy
used that is simply untapped. This source is motion, in general. Whenever something
is moving, a certain amount of force is used. Some of that energy is transferred (energy,
as we know, cannot be created or destroyed). If we could truly harness all kinetic energy
from movement, especially all of our movement throughout the day, and not waste any energy
potential around us, we could greatly cut down on our reliance on fossil fuel and other
energy sources. One company that found its way onto Shark
Tank?called Tremont Electronics?designed a special device that could help charge a smartphone
while you walk. They are working on other smaller products, but are also thinking big.
They hope to one day secure the funding to test their technology to make ?wave farms,?
where energy is generated by using the motion from… well, waves. That was probably obvious.
With this kind of technology, we could take green energy to an entirely new level most
people never before imagined. 3. Affordable Water Filtration Infrastructure
That Removes Pharmaceuticals And The Like ? Today, the water infrastructure of some of
the biggest countries — including the United States — has some huge deficiencies. And
we aren?t even talking about places like Flint. But a huge amount of pharmaceutical?byproducts
are ending up in the water supply. Unfortunately, many water filtration plants are not properly
equipped to clean this stuff out of the water. Even those sites that can get most of it out
often only boast success rates of about 95%, which doesn?t sound so great when you realize
the other 5% or so is pharmaceutical byproducts in your water. To make matters worse, the FDA doesn?t really
even have proper guidelines for this yet in the USA, and there really isn?t a standardized
technology, much less a standardized system or set of methods get water to a safe level
across the country. Part of the problem is people aren?t even sure what a safe level
is with some of this stuff, as hormones have even ended up in the water can have effects
in incredibly low concentrations, which we don?t even fully understand yet. If someone
could invent a filtration method that could get this stuff out entirely (or, at least,
almost entirely), and get water to a safe level — that could be easily implemented
across the country — it would be an incredible help to humanity. 2. Sound Technology That Allows You To Filter
And Hear Only What You Want To Hear Hearing aids allow deaf people, or those hard
of hearing, to hear. There are now special prototype speakers out there that can direct
sound to an almost pinpoint degree, to the point where it will only be heard in one small
location. Now, the second technology is fairly new and experimental, but with a little tweaking
the two could be combined into an incredible invention. If you could truly direct sound
accurately enough, you could make a device you could fit in your ear that could block
out everything except for the sounds you did want to hear. Imagine having a device where you could tell
it to listen only to the TV in front of you, and not anything else that might be going
on in the background. You could also use it to pay better attention to a conversation
without worrying about background noise, or just shut out people or things that are bothering
you in your environment. Let?s face it: All of us need our peace and quiet sometimes,
and almost everyone would use this. 1. Even In The Year 2018, In The Fanciest
Cars, You Won?t Find A Truly Accurate Gas Gauge It’s fairly amazing to think that, even
in the year 2018 — when most vehicles now are decked out with all of the most ridiculous
new gauges and sensors and features — the one thing that’s stayed pretty much the
same is the gas gauge. It still operates on the same principle with the floater mechanism
where, on inclines, you may think you have more (or less) gas than you really do, and
overall even when you think it?s full, it often really isn?t. The truth is your gas gauge is actually designed
to lie to you, mainly because car manufacturers think you enjoy the crazy game of trying to
figure out how much gas you have left at any given time, and like going for broke — psychologically
speaking. They also like to give you the false sense of security you get when you think it’s
full when it really isn?t. Apparently, people really enjoy that feeling and don?t like how
quickly the full meter would truly go away. Now, we believe that in 2018 people are grown
up enough to accept the truth and enjoy the convenience of a truly accurate gas meter.
It would lead to fewer people being stranded on the road, as they’d know the exact percentage
at any given time — if this theoretical design was done right — and it would just
be a great convenience for everyone in general.

Parents in the 1980s Thought Dungeons and Dragons was Actually Evil…

When you hear the words “Dungeons and Dragons,”
you may think about an epic role-playing adventures with your friends. Even if you’ve never played the game yourself,
you’re probably at least familiar with it because of movies and TV series like Stranger
Things. But in the 1980s, some Christian parents thought
Dungeons and Dragons was the work of the devil. They believed that the fictional spells children
learned in the game were actually real, and it was like a gateway for joining a Satanic
cult. If you thought witch hunts ended with the
Puritans in Salem, think again. The so-called Satanic Panic had parents worried
that Lucifer himself was ready to steal the souls of teenagers everywhere, and he was
using demonic entertainment to lure them in. Whether it was through heavy metal music,
Ouija boards, or video games, nothing even remotely fun was safe from fundamentalist
Christians. Now, this idea didn’t just come out of nowhere. It took quite a few years for society to quietly
slip backwards with their progress in logic and scientific thinking into a full-fledged
fear that demons were coming to get their children. After the horrific killings of serial killers
like Charles Manson, and an uptick in awareness about cults, people had a difficult time digesting
how this kind of evil could exist in the world without a real Devil to blame for it all. Every time people turned on the news, something
else horrible was happening. For fundamentalist Christian groups, this
was a sign that the end of days was upon them, and the battle of good versus evil was just
around the corner. It was a perfect opportunity for new hyper-Christian
groups and so-called experts to appear, and people found comfort in believing that they
were one of the good guys. One of the instigators of this movement was
a conspiracy theorist named John Todd. He claimed that he was raised in a family
of real witches, and it was only through the power of Christianity that he was able to
escape the clutches of the devil. He claimed that the Illuminati and Satanists
were trying to come after Christians, and that there was a war on the horizon. This was all fiction, of course, and Todd
changed his name more times than a catfish on a dating app. One of his many lies was that Dungeons and
Dragons had contributed to his occult upbringing, and that it was a sort of guide book on how
to do real-life magic. For anyone who has ever actually played Dungeons
and Dragons even once or twice, you’ll know that you’re more likely to fall asleep waiting
for your turn than to feel compelled to do Satan’s bidding. But that didn’t stop parents from completely
misunderstanding how the game worked. But these fears became justified in the minds
of parents when the game began to be connected to a series of murders and suicides. One of the most notable cases happened when
a Michigan State University student named James Egbert III disappeared from his dorm
room. James enjoyed computer programming, and played
Dungeons and Dragons with his friends. Kids in that area spent a lot of time exploring
tunnels that went under the local power plant, so when he went missing, Egbert’s parents
hired a private detective named William Dear to find him. Since Dear knew about these tunnels, he decided
to check to see if Egbert had gone there as well. Sadly, he was right, and he found the body
of James Egbert, who had committed suicide by shooting himself. The fact that someone who was so young and
with such a bright future ahead of them chose to take his own life is a hard thing for people
to wrap their heads around. Instead of recognizing that he was suffering
from depression, and he had a history with drugs, the media used D&D as their scapegoat. He was playing this “evil” game. They tried to claim that he and his friends
live action role played their games in the underground tunnels, and that when his character
died, he needed to die, as well. For anyone who has ever played the game, you’ll
know that it’s relatively easy to just pull up a new character sheet, but parents decided
all on their own that this was the reason why he died. The Tom Hanks movie Mazes and Monsters was
made based on the story. In the film, the players don’t just sit
around rolling dice. They take the game out into the real world,
and Hank’s character, who is based on James Egbert, becomes brainwashed into believing
the game is all too real. Sadly, the deaths and suicides related to
D&D did not stop there. But as the owner of Dungeons and Dragons pointed
out during a 1985 interview with 60 Minutes, millions of children played D&D during the
1970s and ’80s, and 5,000 kids committed suicide in America in 1985 alone. So if one or two kids just so happened to
play the game, it was a coincidence. And as they rightly pointed out, school sports
or TV wasn’t getting the blame for their deaths, even though there it was even more
likely for teens to share those kinds of hobbies. Just like every fear-mongering epidemic in
the media, there is always a so-called expert witness. In this case, it was a psychologist named
Thomas Radecki. He called Dungeons and Dragons “violence
worship” and even tried to claim that he witnessed kids summoning demons and astral
projecting while they played the game. When asked for proof of the mental disorders
caused by D&D, he cited Mazes and Monsters, which we have already established is a complete
work of fiction. He later formed a group called the National
Coalition on Television Violence. In the end, Dr. Radecki wasn’t exactly a
saint, himself. He ended up going to prison on charges related
to drugs. Despite the logic that was right in front
of them, Christian parents still tried to ban the game, and they raised their children
to stay away from it. One Evangelical comic artist named Jack Chick
wrote a story called “Dark Dungeons” about a young girl who gets pulled into the “cool
crowd” of D&D players, and she also loses touch with reality. He claimed that the game was training for
practicing the occult, and that children would eventually be invited to partake in Satanic
rituals. In the comic, he claims that if you truly
love Jesus, you would go and burn all of your rock music and expensive D&D materials right
away. In 2014, a group called Zombie Orpheus Entertainment
decided to make a movie based on Dark Dungeons. While they decided to play out the story exactly
how it was portrayed by Jack Chick… it is clearly a parody. It’s easy to see how ridiculous the concept
is that someone could get addicted to D&D like drugs and alcohol at a college party. But, of course, as the number of D&D players
around the world has grown to 20 million people and counting, and the world still hasn’t
caused a portal to Hell to open up below us, the idea that the game was to blame for death
and destruction fizzled out of the memories of the public. Now, the culprit for brainwashing young people
happens to be video games. If we can learn anything from the Satanic
Panic, it would be that fundamentalist Christian groups are going to find a way to blame the
devil for nearly every new thing kids happen to love, and it’s best to use your logic
before you fall prey to fear mongering.

10 Disturbing Facts About the Manson Family

In August 1969, the followers of Charles Manson
committed some of the most horrific murders in American history. The series of crimes, collectively known as
the Tate-LaBianca Murders, provided a wide-ranging aura of intrigue that involved psychedelic
drugs, sex orgies, ritualistic killings, celebrities — and all centered around a diminutive,
failed musician named “Charlie.” The cult consisted primarily of young, disaffected
women, who inexplicably fell under Manson’s hypnotic spell. He then convinced his charges to believe that
The Beatles song “Helter Skelter” contained a coded message to unleash a violent race
war (the name actually refers to an amusement ride in England). Nonetheless, the vehement racist hoped to
instigate an impending social apocalypse by framing the Black Panthers for his own misdeeds. Afterward, Manson envisioned ushering his
brethren into an idyllic New World order as the messianic figurehead — in other words,
Intro To Cult 101. The 5-foot-2 habitual criminal would spend
most of his adult life in prison before dying in 2017 at the Corcoran maximum security prison. It’s imperative, however, to note the vilified
felon didn’t actually commit any of the notorious homicides forever tied to his name. Instead, he convinced members of his ‘Family‘
to carry out the massacre, producing a haunting legacy which still lingers 50 years later. 10. Summer of Blood On a typical warm, summer evening in Southern
California, actress Sharon Tate (Valley of the Dolls, The Beverly Hillbillies), who was
eight months and a half pregnant, rested at her Beverly Hills home along with friends
Abigail Folger (heiress to the Folger coffee fortune), her boyfriend Wojciech Frykowski,
and hair-stylist-to-the-stars, Jay Sebring. Tate’s husband, acclaimed director Roman
Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown) was away on business, preparing for his next project,
a film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. But over 5,000 miles away, a much more sinister,
blood-soaked tragedy was unfolding that would soon make headlines worldwide. Shortly after midnight, “Tex” Watson,
Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Linda Kasabian descended upon on the gated property
at 10500 Cielo Drive in an exclusive Benedict Canyon enclave. The French-Normandy style mansion was believed
to be the home of music producer, Terry Melcher (son of Doris Day), who Manson believed had
snubbed him regarding a fizzled record deal. To prevent any outside intervention, Watson
scaled a nearby telephone pole, cutting the wires to the house. Stephen Parent, an 18-year-old friend of the
house caretaker, became the night’s first victim after encountering the intruders while
exiting the grounds in his car. Watson shot the teenager dead with a .22 revolver,
then led the group towards the house for more carnage. Meanwhile, Kasabian kept a lookout at the
bottom of the driveway as Watson, Krenwinkel, and Atkins quickly dispatched the occupants
in the house. Tate had desperately pleaded for the life
of her unborn child, to which Atkins responded, “Look, bitch, I have no mercy for you. You’re going to die, and you’d better
get used to it.” The cold-blooded assassin, also known as “Sexy
Sadie” used Tate’s blood to write the word “pig” on the front door, heeding
Manson’s instructions to leave behind “something witchy.” The next day, an expanded Manson-led posse
broke into a house near Hollywood, where supermarket owner Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary
were brutally killed. In a span of fewer than 24 hours, the killers
inflicted 169 stab wounds and seven gunshot wounds while leaving behind more blood-stained
messages. 9. Circus Trial The People v. Charles Manson, Susan Atkins,
Patricia Krenwinkel, and Leslie Van Houten began on July 24, 1970, in downtown Los Angeles
(Tex” Watson, conspicuously absent from the proceedings, had fled back to Texas but
would be eventually arrested, tried and convicted). Right from the start, the case produced a
chaotic scene in and out of the courtroom as an army of reporters clamored to cover
the dramatic spectacle. Always the showman, Manson carved an “X”
into his forehead (he eventually turned it into a swastika) to symbolize having been
being X-ed out of society. Fellow defendants Atkins, Krenwinkel and Van
Houten followed suit, burning the same mark with heated bobby pins; they soon generated
headlines of their own by acting out in the courtroom, laughing and chanting in Latin
while the prosecutors presented the gruesome evidence. Linda Kasabian chose to cut a deal and became
the prosecution’s star witness in exchange for immunity. She also incurred the wrath of the main attraction,
who made a throat-cutting gesture towards her. Other highlights included witness tampering
by various Family members, the disappearance of Van Houten’s lawyer (authorities later
him found dead) and an acrobatic Manson jumping over the defense table towards Judge Charles
Older, and shouting, “In the name of Christian justice, someone should cut your head off.” At the risk of nitpicking, Charlie also threatened
to kill his lawyer, Irv Kanarek. The excruciatingly long trial took over six
months to complete, aided by the relentless stonewalling of Kanarek, who registered nine
objections in the opening statement alone (there were 200 objections by Day 3 when the
press stopped counting). Finally, on January 25, 1971, the jury found
the defendants guilty of murder. All four received the death sentence but eventually
reduced to life terms after the California Supreme Court abolished the death penalty
in 1972. At her sentencing, the highly-spirited Atkins
expressed her remorselessness by screaming, “You’d best lock your doors… and watch
your own kids.” Lead prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi wrote about
the trial in his the best-selling book Helter Skelter. “I couldn’t conceive of the jury coming
back with a not-guilty verdict,” Bugliosi said. “But I did fear a hung jury. One juror, out of fear—because they all
knew the Manson Family was still on the streets—could have balked. When the jury came in, I watched Manson. His hands were trembling. He’d convinced the Family members that death
was beautiful. But that was all BS.” 8. Charles in Charge In the months leading up to the deadly summer
of ’69, the Family found refuge at Spahn Ranch, a derelict property northwest of L.A.
named after the 80-year-old, half-blind owner. The sprawling 55-acre compound had been used
as a TV and movie set for a number of shows, including Zorro, The Lone Ranger, and Bonanza. And it was there that Manson took center stage
as director and star in his own bizarre production that could have only happened in the shadows
of a city where the angels left a long time ago. All the inhabitants squatting at the ranch
were required to follow a strict set of rules — a rigid system that gave Manson complete
control over his subjects. Items such as reading glasses, books, calendars,
and clocks had been forbidden as part of an effort to build an insular bubble devoid of
time or reality. Female members were instructed to maintain
a slim figure by restricting their food intake, but were given a steady diet of alcohol and
LSD; they were also coerced into having group sex and provide domestic chores for the men. For an unknown troubadour, Manson relished
his exalted status; at the very least, he personified the life of a bona fide rock star,
replete with long, shaggy hair and groovy buckskin threads. The commune dwellers routinely listened to
his rambling, incoherent sermons — made more palatable while under the influence of
strong drink and hallucinogenics. The warped lessons stemmed from Manson’s
hodgepodge philosophical views, ranging from Dale Carnegie to Adolf Hitler with a dose
of the Biblical fire and brimstone for good measure. Additionally, the man who claimed to be both
Jesus and Satan had spent 150 hours in a course on Scientology but reportedly deemed the teachings
as “too crazy” even for him. 7. Creepy Crawling Organized excursion raids dubbed “creepy
crawling” served as a prelude to far more terrifying mayhem. The Family randomly infiltrated Los Angeles
area neighborhoods, breaking into private homes while the occupants slept. Once inside, they engaged in mischievous shenanigans
such as re-arranging the furniture and petty theft. As a skilled manipulator, Manson used the
exercises as a means of gradually normalizing home invasion. Moreover, the practice gave his loyal minions
new found confidence to overcome any fears or apprehension towards future diabolical
actions. Wearing all black clothing and hoods, the
intruders saw the adventures as a lark — while unwittingly being groomed and conditioned
for what Bugliosi referred to as “dress rehearsals for murder.” For most rational people, it’s difficult
to understand how anyone could be so easily hoodwinked by an unscrupulous con man. However, his rise and fall reflect a common
fate experienced by other charlatans throughout history, in which a well-timed confluence
of factors can provide fertile conditions for dissent to grow. 6. Dennis the Menace It’s not surprising that Beach Boys’ drummer
and established hellion, Dennis Wilson, would pick up a pair of young female hitchhikers
and take them to his Sunset Boulevard abode. However, when the girls turned out to be Manson
acolytes Ella Jo Bailey and Patricia Krenwinkel, it was only a matter of time before the Good
Vibrations ran out once their master showed up in the flesh. Manson, along with 17 others of his congregation,
soon moved into the posh Pacific Palisades party pad — setting the scene for Caligula-esque
debauchery, featuring non-stop orgies and drug-fueled revelry. Expectedly, the neighbors were none too pleased. Wilson, the time-keeper for the popular band
known for posing with surfboards instead of riding them, provided his new acquaintance
with coveted music industry connections such as The Byrds producer, Terry Melcher. In an interview with the Record Mirror in
1968, Wilson candidly expressed: “I told them [the girls] about our involvement with
the Maharishi and they told me they too had a guru, a guy named Charlie who’d recently
come out of jail after 12 years. He drifted into crime, but when I met him
I found he had great musical ideas. We’re writing together now.” Wilson even enlisted the help of his older
brothers Brian and Carl to finance and produce a recording session with the charismatic singer/songwriter. One of those songs, the eerily-named “Cease
To Exist,” was later re-titled “Never Learn Not To Love” and released on the Beach
Boys 20/20 album in February 1969 — less than six months before the grisly atrocities. Ultimately, success as a musician eluded Manson. He experienced a heated fallout with Wilson,
who claimed the ex-con owed him over $100,000 (and the expense of multiple doctor visits
to treat his raging gonorrhea); for his troubles, the drummer took sole credit as the song’s
composer, leaving the pint-sized prophet to seek fame elsewhere. 5. Hollywood Hunting Season Manson became increasingly obsessed with the
power of celebrity and hellbent on becoming famous himself. In spite of all his ranting about spiritual
freedom and love, he frequently boasted that someday his own star would eclipse that of
The Beatles. To be fair, a lack of talent isn’t always
a disqualifying strike in the fame game, but fate clearly had other plans for the aspiring
performer. At some point in his quest for adoration,
the unsigned crooner figured if he couldn’t achieve stardom, he would kill those who had. According to Susan Atkins, the Family created
a select hit list of prominent figures in the world of entertainment, including Frank
Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Tom Jones, and Steve McQueen. The attention-grabbing scheme also fed Manson’s
delusional desires to further incite racial tensions and create a modern-day Armageddon. Fortunately, the plan failed to materialize
— and none of the targeted celebs were ever harmed. However, McQueen, a friend of both Tate and
Sebring, began carrying a gun full-time following their deaths. He wasn’t alone. Most Angelenos, whether famous or not, shared
a common anxiety-driven fear, blanketing the city like its infamous brown smog. 4. Body Count The well-documented Tate-LaBianca incidents
produced a total of eight deaths (including Tate’s unborn child), but some reports suggest
the Manson clan committed as many as 35 fatalities spanning several years. But after the lengthy, emotionally exhausting
litigation concluded and the main perpetrators were punished, public outcry and demand for
justice had waned. However, one particularly lurid case that
tends to be overlooked involved the torture and murder of a music teacher named Gary Hinman
in July of 1969. Moreover, the event may very well have triggered
the bloody rampage that soon shocked the nation. As the murky story goes (there are two conflicting
versions), Manson sent Bobby Beausoleil, a talented young actor/musician, along with
Family members Susan Atkins and Mary Bruner to Hinman’s home in Topanga Canyon. The alleged motive was said to be money Hinman
had stashed at the house. Another version asserts that Hinman had produced
a bad batch of LSD which Beausoleil subsequently sold to a gang of pissed off bikers who demanded
a refund. At some point, (there’s actually a consensus
here) Manson arrived on the scene wielding a sword; he then slashed Hinman’s face and
hacked off part of his ear because apparently, that’s how swashbuckling cult leaders take
care of business. A few days later, as Hinman repeated Buddhist
mantras, Beausoleil stabbed him to death and used the victim’s blood to smear “political
piggy” on the wall along with a panther paw, a Black Panther symbol. The 21-year-old guitarist would be caught
shortly afterward in Hinman’s car — two days before the Cielo Drive bloodbath. 3. Squeaky Among Manson’s many loyal devotees, Lynnette
Fromme earned the distinction of being the only Family member (and first female in U.S.
history) to attempt the assassination of a sitting President. Fortunately, her .45 caliber pistol misfired
while taking aim at Gerald Ford in September 1975, an outlandish escapade that served as
just one of many in the life of a woman best known as “Squeaky.” “She was the main gal in the Family,”
said Vincent Bugliosi. “Once Manson left the ranch, if he was anywhere
else, she was in charge.” Fromme grew up in Southern California and
performed in a popular youth dance troupe, appearing at Disneyland, The Lawrence Welk
Show and (coincidentally) the White House. She eventually drifted away from the trappings
of middle-class suburbia and found herself homeless in Venice Beach where she first met
Manson. The runaway soon joined his flock at Spahn
Ranch, taking care of octogenarian, George Spahn, who nicknamed her because of the sound
she made when he touched her. An arrest for shoplifting kept her in jail
during the summer of 1969, but she would prove her unwavering support to the Family for decades. She frequently moved from town to town to
be near wherever her beloved Charlie had been locked up. Along the way, she got herself mixed up with
the Aryan Brotherhood, some of whom were later convicted for killing a former combat Marine
and his wife. Although Fromme’s bungled Coup d’etat
resulted in a life sentence, she refused to let a minor setback like federal prison deter
her lofty ambitions. Furthermore, the feisty redhead deserves credit
for an accurate throwing arm, firing an apple at the lead prosecutor’s head and knocking
off his glasses at her trial. Unbelievably, there’s more: On December
23, 1987, she escaped from the pokey in West Virginia, attempting to see Manson, who had
been diagnosed with cancer. Law enforcement officials found her two days
later and added another 15 years to her sentence. In 2009, at age 60, she obtained parole and
now lives quietly (for her anyway) in upstate New York. 2. Still Locked Up… For Now In her book, The White Album, author Joan
Didion wrote about how the Tate-LaBianca Murders closed out the turbulent decade and left many
people feeling a pang of collective guilt from “too much sex, drugs, and rock and
roll.” Although Manson would die in prison, several
of his most notorious accomplices have remained behind bars despite repeated legal maneuverings
to let bygones be bygones. But that could soon change as Bobby Beausoleil
and Leslie Van Houten were both recently recommended for early release by the California parole
board. According to the Department of Corrections,
newly-elected Governor Gavin Newsom holds five options: uphold, reverse, modify or send
it back for a full board review; he can also choose to take no action at all, resulting
in Beausoleil and Van Houten gaining their freedom. A former high school cheerleader, Van Houten
was only a teenager when she took part in the butchering of the LaBiancas, using an
ivory-handled carving fork and a steak knife. The assailants then scrawled “Rise,” “Death
to Pigs” and “Healter (sic) Skelter” with the ample supply of fresh blood. Attorneys for Van Houten, now 69, have attempted
to re-brand their client as a model inmate, who earned college correspondence degrees
while running self-help groups for other incarcerated women. Oddly, there’s been no mention of do-it-yourself
cutlery seminars. Beausoleil, 71, had been previously denied
parole 18 times and currently resides in the California Medical Facility in Vacaville,
about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco. His attorney, Jason Campbell, believes his
client has paid his debt to society in full and deserves to be freed. “As far as I’m concerned, he should have
been recommended for parole decades ago,” Campbell said. “Under California standards, all that matters
is whether they are currently dangerous. I don’t think that by any definition I can
imagine, that he is currently dangerous.” Not everyone agrees — especially Sharon
Tate’s sister, Debra. She’s been a staunch opponent in both cases
as well as a vocal critic of the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film about Manson, Once
Upon a Time in Hollywood. The movie’s release is scheduled to coincide
with the date of Tate’s murder, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. 1. Family Affair When you’re the head honcho of a free-love,
hippie commune in the swinging 60s, chances are your dance card stayed full 24/7. Although accurate Family birth records are
a bit spotty, it’s a fair assumption that Manson spread his seed far and wide. But here’s what we do know: In 1955, Manson married his first wife, Rosalie
Willis, who bore him a son, Charles Manson, Jr. The boy later changed his name to Charles
Jay White, but could never escape the haunting link to his biological father and committed
suicide in 1993. Next, Charlie’s second wife, a prostitute
named Leona Stevens (aka “Candy”) spawned Charles Luther Manson. That offspring managed to disconnect completely
from his deadbeat dad and his whereabouts remain unknown. Mary Brunner, an actual Family member, gave
birth to Manson’s third son, Valentine Michael Manson. Like his step-brother, he too dropped the
cursed surname and opted for a life of anonymity. Inevitably, countless alleged relatives have
claimed to be kin of Papa/Uncle/Cousin Charlie; however, a recent stranger-than-fiction court
case awarded a man named Jason Freeman as the legal beneficiary of Manson’s dead corpse
(it had been stored on ice in a Bakersfield morgue) after proving to be the outlaw’s
grandson and the legitimate heir to the bones. In a win-win result, the Kern County Coroner’s
Office were relieved because other stiffs were “piling up” from the local methamphetamine
and opioid epidemic.

Top 10 MIND BLOWING Facts That Sound Like BS but are True

Mind-Blowing Fact That Sound Like BS, But
Are True 10. Lightning Strikes Give You Sweet-ass Tats
Getting hit by a bolt of lightning is not fun. Aside from knowing that you’ve angered almighty
Zeus, you suffer horrifying agony, terrible burns, and (possibly) a stopped heart. Oh, and you might just wind up getting a sweet-ass
tattoo. ‘Lightning Flowers’ (also known, less-romantically,
as ‘lightning trees’) are strange, fern-like, spiraling figures that can be flash-fried
into your skin if a lightning bolt explodes nearby. Essentially burns that are caused by static
electric traveling along the tiny blood vessels under the skin, they can last anywhere from
a few hours to months and months. A type of Lichtenberg Figure, they’re weird,
almost plant-like, and, to be honest, kinda cool. See, unlike most burns, lightning flowers
look intentional. The tiny little whorls, the way they radiate
out from one central point… it all looks like some ink artist has spent hours agonizing
over the design. Usually appearing on the arms, back, neck,
chest or shoulders of lightning-strike victims, they might make you look like a tat-loving
hippie, but they certainly don’t make you look like a burns victim. They’re also useful. If paramedics bring your unconscious body
in and the doctor sees your magic tat, he’s gonna know immediately that you need treating
for a lightning strike. 9. The Muppets Song Mahna Mahna Came From a Porno
Even if you think you haven’t, you’ve heard Mahna Mahna. The song has appeared in everything. It was made stupendously famous by the Muppets
in their 1976 TV premiere, having already featured on Sesame Street and the Ed Sullivan
show years earlier (complete with Jim Henson puppets). So, where did this globe-striding, era-defining
ditty come from? Err… a softcore Italian-Swedish porno. The year was 1968, and Italian films were
routinely flouting censors by filming softcore porn and dressing it up as ‘arthouse cinema’. In this instance, the titillating subject
was ‘Scandinavian sexuality’, which gave the Italians plenty of excuses to include
shots of hot Norwegian girls kissing, and even-hotter Danish girls posing as nude models. But the piece de resistance was a scene set
in a Swedish sauna, in which a bevy of buxom blonds stripped off, giggling, for the camera. Composer Piero Umiliani was tasked with coming
up with a catchy ditty for this mildly-erotic sauna centerpiece. He came up with Mahna Mahna. The producers evidently knew he was onto something. The same year the porno came out, they released
Mahna Mahna as a single. It got to 55 on the US Chart, caught the attention
of Jim Henson, and the rest is (unlikely) history. 8. F1 Drivers Have Their Weight Monitored More
than Catwalk Models Quick, what’s the most-restrictive profession
where eating is concerned? Most of you probably said ‘catwalk models’,
and it’s true that agencies routinely get their girls to starve themselves. Some of you also said ‘jockeys’, who often
take diuretics to keep their weight down. Both professions are crazy-bad for weight
watching. But there’s a less-likely profession that
may be even worse: Formula One. F1 racing is a scarily-precise science. Winners and losers are declared on fractions
of a second, and cars are so streamlined that they carry absolutely no unnecessary weight. An extra 5kg can wipe out 0.2 seconds on every
lap; a horrendous setback in F1 terms. As a result, drivers are pressured to lose
weight in order to compete. Over the last few years, this has gotten insane. Drivers now have to be between 60-65kg if
they want to compete in the big leagues. In 2013, Jenson Button admitted that he has
to starve himself, compete in triathalons, and avoid carbs like the plague to stay F1-ready. Others develop bulimia or anorexia. Some drivers have said they’re monitored
and restricted even worse than catwalk models in what they can eat, despite eating disorders
in F1 getting almost no airtime whatsoever. 7. Selling Sand to Arabs is a Lucrative Global
Business “He could sell sand to the Arabs!” is
one of those classic, slightly-racist expressions beloved by old, slightly-racist uncles the
world over. Just like “he could sell snow to the Eskimos,”
it uses a seemingly-unlikely situation to big up the persuasive powers of its subject. Although, in this particular case, its subject
isn’t all that impressive. Selling sand to Arabic countries is a lucrative
global business. Australia, for example, shifts tons of the
stuff to Dubai every year for construction projects. Germany recently signed a deal with Saudi
Arabia to supply the Wahhabist Kingdom with sand. Altogether, the global market for sand is
thought to be worth over $89bn. There’s so much money in the stuff that
mafia groups have moved in and started stripping tropical beaches under cover of night. And the Middle East is one of the biggest
market drivers. The trouble is that wind-blasted desert sand,
such as that found in the Gulf, is too fine to be used in construction. So Gulf countries are forced to import the
stuff; a lucrative market when those same countries are trying to outdo one another
with insane construction projects. 6. Female Hurricanes Kill More People than Male
Ones If we asked you to name a deadly hurricane,
we’re betting most of you would have a female name pop into your head (likely Katrina or
Audrey). There’s a good reason for that. ‘Female’ hurricanes are more-likely to
kill people than ‘male’ hurricanes. Since about 1979, hurricane names have alternated
between female and male. However, even when hurricanes were exclusively
female (1953-1979), how masculine or feminine their names were varied. In 2014, researchers at the University of
Illinois crunched the data of all hurricanes to make landfall in the USA, separating them
out into names that sounded masculine or feminine. They then divided them into hurricanes that
hit populated areas, and those that didn’t. For non-destructive hurricanes that missed
population centers, names made no difference. But for those that hit areas full of people,
the results were staggering. The most ‘male-sounding’ hurricanes killed
on average 11 people. The most ‘female-sounding’ hurricanes
killed an average of 59. The researchers theorized that this is because
we’re all hilariously sexist. We tend to think women are unthreatening and
less-powerful than men, so when we hear a female hurricane is coming, we kick back and
refuse to evacuate. When a male one with a testosterone-fueled
turns up, by contrast, we run for the hills. 5. Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees Can Literally
Save Your Life Oh, come on. This is getting ridiculous now. How could a 1970s disco song that just happens
to be called Stayin’ Alive possibly help you, well, stay alive? We’re glad you asked. It turns out that this particular Bee Gees
song averages 103 beats per minute. That’s pretty much exactly the rhythm you
need to be hitting if you’re giving someone emergency CPR. This isn’t us pointing out a wacky coincidence. Emergency medical courses (like, say, for
lifeguards or whatever) frequently train their students using Stayin’ Alive. The American Heart Association (AHA) has official
advice which says, in event of a heart attack (we kid you not) “call 9-1-1 and push hard
and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” The song was chosen because it hit the right
beats, and also because it’s famous enough to be known to the general public. In countries where the Bee Gees are less-popular,
songs such as the Beatles’ Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da are used instead. 4. A Woman Survived Jumping Off the 86th Floor
of the Empire State Building Stepping off the top of the Empire State building
is pretty final. You plunge 86 stories onto hard, unforgiving
concrete. That’s not something anybody survives…
unless their names is Elvita Adams. In 1979, the Bronx resident decided to end
it all. She took a ticket to the observation deck
at the top of the Empire State building, climbed the security fence, and jumped. When she arrived at hospital, she was still
alive. If you’re wondering how the heck this is
possible, we’ll end your suspense. Adams did jump off the Empire State, and she
did go crashing down onto concrete. But the concrete in question wasn’t the
sidewalk far below. After despairingly leaping out into the unknown,
Adams was buffeted by a freak gust of wind. It just happened to be strong enough to blow
her onto the ledge of the 85th floor, fracturing her hip. Before Adams could try jumping again, security
guards had grabbed her and dragged her back inside. Although no-one else has ever survived leaping
off the Empire State, freaks of nature occasionally do save those plummeting from great heights. In 2007, a window cleaner plunged 47 stories
and managed to survive thanks to pure luck. 3. Soccer Has Ended Multiple Wars (and caused
one) Passions run high at soccer matches. Heck, Europeans consistently beat each other
into comas while watching the sport. But could they run high enough to change the
entire fate of a beleaguered nation? The answer is undoubtedly ‘yes’. In the past century, soccer has been the driving
factor in ending three separate civil wars. Two of those civil wars took place in the
Ivory Coast. The first Ivorian Civil War lasted from 2002-2007,
and killed nearly 2,000 people. The reason it stopped? The local soccer team qualified for the World
Cup. On the back of their qualifier win, the Ivory
Coast soccer team dropped to their knees on live television, and begged the nation to
put aside their differences. They then arranged for a qualifier for the
African Cup to be held in a rebel-controlled city. This led to dialogue between the two sides,
leading to a peace agreement. When the second civil war erupted in 2011,
killing 3,000, soccer player Didier Drogba was instrumental in helping reach peace. The third incident took place in Nigeria. In 1969, during the worst of the apocalyptic
Biafran War, Pele brought his Brazilian club to the country to play the Nigerian national
team. Both sides agreed a 3-day ceasefire to watch
the match. On the other hand, soccer has also directly
caused at least one war. In 1969, El Salvador and Honduras faced each
other in 3 grudge matches. Blood was so bad that the final 3-2 to El
Salvador culminated in Salvadoran troops invading Honduras. 2.The Digit 1 Starts Most Significant Numbers
Random numbers are the bane of the trivia aficionado. Go to a quiz, and you might be asked to guess
the liters of wine Moldova produces, or the weight of each planet in the solar system,
or he population figures for random counties in Louisiana, or whatever. By nature, these questions are designed to
be impossible to answer. But if you want a head start, you should make
sure your guesstimate begins with the digit 1. There’s about a 30% chance that any random,
significant number will start with a 1. Logic tells us that this is plainly nuts. The chances of 1 or 2 or 3 or so-on starting
any randomly-selected longer number should equal around 11%. In practice, this doesn’t happen. After 1, the chances of a 2 starting the number
are 18%, and so-on until 9, which has an infinitesimal chance of showing up. This means that you can go combing through
any random set of significant data – baseball batting averages, the length of the world’s
longest rivers, the number of McDonald’s in a certain area – and your figures will
be significantly more-likely to start with a 1. No-one knows why this should be, but it happens. It’s even got a name: Benford’s Law, and
it has real-world purposes. People faking tax returns tend to insert too
many figures from the mid-range (4,5,6), instead of figures starting with 1, giving their game
away. 1. Cleopatra Existed Closer in Time to the First
Pizza Hut than the Pyramids We all know the Pyramids are old. They were built around 2,500BC, over 1,000
years before Moses is thought to have lived. But few of us realize just quite how old they
are. When Cleopatra was queen of Egypt, she was
closer in time to the building of the first Pizza Hut than she was the first Pyramid. Cleopatra reigned between 69-31 BC. The first Pizza Hut was built in 1958. That means the gap between Celo and a great,
big pile of disappointing pizza was 2,000 years. By contrast, the gap between the queen and
her ancestors building the first pyramid was 2,450 years. Look at other comparatives, and this factoid
just gets crazier. Julius Caesar famously got involved with Cleopatra,
and probably spent some time admiring the Pyramids. At that point, the pyramids were to Caesar
older than the oldest Roman ruins are to us now. Makes you think, huh?

Top 10 Reasons Why the Movie “Groundhog Day” is Actually Set in Purgatory

Top 10 Reasons Why the Movie “Groundhog Day”
is Actually Set in Purgatory 10. ìYou Are Not a GodÖî Phil Conners is stuck eternally in the same
day, February 2nd. The key to getting out seems to be the love and approval of his producer,
Rita, who may actually serve a higher function in Philís journey into the afterlife. Rita
may be breaking through the fifth wall, as it were, when Phil tells her that he is ìa
God.î Assuming at this point that Rita is merely a physical manifestation of a higher
guide which must argue for Philís release, then she is being pretty definite when she
tells Phil that he is not a God. She then qualifies it back to her role when she adds
on ìYou can take my word for it. This is twelve years of Catholic school talking.î
This is also important because Purgatory is primarily a concept which is taught in the
Catholic Church, and would be reinforced in Catholic Schools. 9. Some Souls Canít Be Saved Les Podewell plays an old beggar. No matter
what Phil Conners does for the old man, he will still die that day. Conners feeds the
old man, takes him to the hospital, tries to keep him warm, and even attempts to revive
him himself. Through it all, the old man still passes on that day. It is merely his time.
Conners cannot do anything to affect the situation, other than to try and make it a bit more comfortable
for the old man before he passes. This is a stark contrast to Philís own situation,
which can be affected by his actions. 8. Ned Ryerson Part of the purpose of Purgatory is as an
atonement for sins which occurred in life. This may be no more apparent than with the
ìchanceî meeting with insurance salesman Ned Ryerson, played wonderfully by character
actor Stephen Tobolowaky. Phil has little to no memory of who Ryerson is or was. Literally,
Ryerson is an odd footnote in Connerís life, but the opposite does not hold true. There
is a hint at a further subplot that Conners stopped Ryerson from dating Connerís sister.
This may have been just another night to Phil, but may have been the end of Ryersonís life. Assuming that everyone in Punxsutawney is
either dead already or a spiritual agent, this leads to a deeper question: What if Phil
Conners caused Ned Ryerson to commit suicide? What if Phil actually owes Ned on some level?
This is played out by Phil buying ìinsuranceíî from Ned. However, Ned specifically uses the
phrase that he ìsure as heckfireî remembers Phil. In that, Phil could actually be tied
to the eternal damnation of Ryersonís soul. Since Ryerson is always the first person Phil
seems to meet during the day, Ryerson would then become a type of Jacob Marley-esque warning
to Phil about the consequences of not changing his ways. 7. Danteís Inferno It does not seem to be a mistake that the
thing preventing Phil from leaving Punxsutawney is an inordinate amount of ìice and snow.î
This is important in that a sea of icy rain would directly correspond to Danteís Inferno,
and give us the reason why Philís soul is locked in Purgatory. The third icy circle of Hell in Danteís Inferno
is reserved for gluttons specifically. This is the place that Phil is destined for if
he cannot correct his ways. Is Phil a glutton? Absolutely. Look at what he does when presented
with a situation with no consequences initially. Phil does everything to excess. He eats to
excess. He has sexual relations with underage girls in excess. When he chooses to die, he
even dies to excess. The only excess that we are not shown is whatever
excess may have caused his death on the night of February 1st. The police officer alludes
to this when he tells Phil that he will certainly die if he goes forward. Why does Phil die
in every other way, but never again by braving the elements of the storm? Somehow, Phil understands
that out there is a different and more eternal type of death. 6. Cerberus If Phil Conners really is in a Purgatory called
Punxsutawney right next door to the third level of hell in Danteís Inferno, then there
has to be a key to his escape. In the Inferno, the third circle is protected by the mythical
beast Cerberus. This is important because, in the Aeneid, Cerberus is only soothed to
sleep by a song. Music soothes the savage beast, a theme which is later echoed in media
such as Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone, is one that is echoed throughout literature. The answer to Philís eventual release is
hinted at throughout the movie. Phil starts out possessing no discernible musical talent.
It is stressed by Rita that her love will be able to play an instrument. She never mentions
the possibility of calming a hellish beast which may let him cross out of his particular
Hell. It does not mean that said beast is not in the background, though. Phil spends
possibly years learning to play the piano, in an effort to impress Rita. When Phil starts
playing music during the party, the music soothing a savage beast may be the key to
Phil ìmoving on.î 5. Phil Gets A Glimpse Of The True Rita Rita, in many ways, appears to be the key
to Philís salvation. If the object was merely attaining the love of another individual,
then Phil would have accomplished that goal with any of the various seductions that he
did about town. Nancy accepting his marriage proposal would initially seem to have fulfilled
the requirement, but clearly it did not, hence yet another death. The point is that there
is something special about Rita, who is not only a woman, but possibly a metaphysical
key, literally guiding him onto a higher plane of existence. The keys to Ritaís heart are also coincidentally
the keys to Philís ìsalvation.î When Phil lists all the things that he knows about Rita,
he mentions that she ìlooks like an angel in the snow.î Even the ice sculpture that
Phil makes of Rita takes on an angelic quality. This transcendent view may give Phil his only
true glimpse of what Rita truly is. Rita may legitimately be an angel, as well as a spiritual
guide sent to take Phil to his final destination. After all, he has never worked with, or met,
Rita before the previous day. She is labeled as a ìproducer.î Phil may
well be her production. 4. Marie De France If Rita is seen an angelic spirit guide who
is giving Phil the tools he needs in order to get past Purgatory, then learning French
and French poetry is an oddly specific request. One possibility for this might be to direct
Phil to discover the works of Marie de France. Marie was a French poetess from the twelfth
century. Among the most important of her works are a tome entitled Lais, as well as The Purgatory
of St. Patrick. Lais is a series of love poems, which Phil
would have almost certainly found in order to impress Rita with his knowledge. The lovers
in Lais are often tortured and made to suffer for their love, regardless of whether or not
they are being unfaithful to another lover. The Purgatory of Saint Patrick concerns Patrickís
ascension, in which he must say the name of Christ in order to pacify horrors. If Rita
can only give clues, then directing Philís obvious affection study tortured lovers and
Purgatory would be a good start to his eventual salvation. 3. Danny Rubin Danny Rubin was the writer of the original
screenplay for Groundhog Day, and even wrote a book entitled How To Write Groundhog Day.
In the book, Rubin admits that he only had a ìhigh concept,î in which the main character
was ìthe only variable in the universe.î Originally, the idea was referred to as ìTime
Machine,î and the character was forced to relive the same day over and over again due
to a time loop. Rubin states that he was completely unaware of Frederick Nietzscheís theory of
eternal reoccurrence when he wrote the screenplay. The point? Rubin only had the concept, as
well as the writing for the screenplay. There was rather intentionally not a specific direction
he was going in besides the original ìhigh conceptî of a guy repeating the same day
over and over again, but being able to remember the days gone past. There is also the important
caveat that Conners can remember dying, but not what death itself is like. In this, Rubin
leaves the reasoning and deeper meaning of Groundhog Day completely open to interpretation,
without no direction other than his original idea of a guy repeating a day over and over
again. 2. Phil Has ìUnfinished Businessî In life (contrary to his own narcissism,)
Phil Conners did not unleash any of his true potential. He never learned another language,
had a real relationship, tapped into his innate musical talent, and was certainly never generous.
It appears that most every day of Philís life was a complete and total waste. One of the most common tropes in ghost stories
is that they have ìunfinished businessî to be completed before they can ìcross over.î
Phil did not have unfinished business ó he had an unfinished life. Therefore, Phil had
to take the same day over and over again, which was probably as many days as he had
lived up to that point, in order to simply get to the point where he should have been
at the time of his death. In order to escape Purgatory, Phil must become a better soul
worthy of Heaven so that his guide can present him. For Phil, this meant a literal eternity
unlocking what was already there. 1. Phil Remembers Dying, But Not Death Phil tries to escape his situation via death
itself, but quickly learns that death is not actually a solution to his problems, because
every time he dies, he simply wakes up and it is the previous morning. For Phil, there
is nothing beyond dying except for the next day, which is the same day that he has already
lived. This could be because Phil is, in fact, already dead. He doesnít remember the next
phase because he is already in it. The only variable from one identical day to
the next is Phil Conners. You donít really meet the rest of the town until after Phil
wakes up the next day. There is a closing of the eyes and a reopening of them, but there
is no beyond. There is no spiritual reset that Phil remembers. It could possibly be
that that is a door in which Phil has already passed through.

10 Facts About the Mad Monk Grigori Rasputin

The Romanovs were the last imperial family
in Russia, lead by Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra before the revolution
in 1917. The Tsarina believed strongly in the supernatural,
which lead her to hire a monk as her spiritual advisor. That monk was Grigori Rasputin. It turns out that Rasputin was more than just
a humble monk. He has been considered one of the most evil
figures in history – and even possibly the devil incarnate. 10. He Was a Prodigy Grigori Rasputin (pictured here with his children)
grew up as a peasant in a small Siberian village called Pokrovskoye. His entire family was an illiterate farming
family, and they had a reputation for being horse thieves. As a child, Rasputin claimed to have healing
powers, and he could also see into the future. At that time in Russia, the occult was actually
in fashion. So, Instead of burning him at the stake for
witchcraft, these peasants in the village simply accepted that he actually had incredible
healing powers. This allowed him to get away with swearing,
stealing, drinking, sleeping around, and generally being a terrible person. He got married, and had children, but at 28-years-old,
he declared that he wanted to change his ways and become a monk. This meant abandoning his family in order
to go on this spiritual quest. He began living in a monastery, but when he
realized he did not actually want to be a Russian Orthodox priest, he abruptly decided
to leave and walk home, wandering around the woods of Siberia. Keep in mind that the Siberian forest is no
joke. It’s filled with wolves, tigers, bears,
vipers, and wolverines. When he finally came back to his village,
people could see that he was a totally changed man. He now had a long beard, and his eyes stared
on forever, and he claimed that his spiritual power had intensified. 9. He Joined a Sex Cult His family and friends knew that something
had definitely changed about Rasputin while he was in the forest, which is why most people
believe he joined an outlawed cult called the Khlysts. They were an offshoot of the Russian Orthodox
Church that believed that they could only achieve salvation through committing sins. They would dance until they felt drunk on
the Holy Spirit, and immediately followed this feeling of ecstasy by having a massive
orgy. As you might imagine, the Khylsts were quite
a popular underground group that a lot of Siberians wanted to join… because, well,
it was probably the most interesting thing going on for these peasant potato farmers. When Rasputin returned to his home village,
he began his own cult, and continued to have sex with his congregation. If you’re wondering why so many women in
the village would have been willing to join this cult and cheat on their husbands, he
was known for more than just his magic abilities. After he died, they preserved his penis, because
it had a reputation of its own. We’re not going to show a picture of it,
but let’s just say it’s abnormally large. Even some lady members of the aristocracy
began to travel far and wide to join his group for the opportunity to sin with this popular
monk. He earned quite a reputation for himself that
spanned across all of Russia. 8. He Was A Miraculous Healer At 34-years-old, Rasputin decided that he
was done preaching to a small-town audience, and he wanted to move to the capital city
of St. Petersburg. He claimed that he had a vision from the Virgin
Mary, who told him to go to the city because the royal family needed his help. Tsarina Alexandra needed to produce a male
heir to the Romanov family, but for the longest time, she was only giving birth to daughters. She was very superstitious and believed in
the occult, so she consulted several mystics to help her give birth to a boy. Unfortunately, her son, Alexi, was born with
hemophilia. This is a disease that prevents blood from
clotting, so if he were to ever get cut, the injury would never stop bleeding. When Rasputin was introduced to the Romanovs,
their son’s illness was kept a secret. He asked if he could pray over the boy, and
advised them to keep doctors away. When Alexi actually began to get better, the
boy’s parents were stunned. Modern-day theorists believe that the reason
why Alexi was healed was not because of magical powers, but because Rasputin refused to allow
Alexi to take aspirin. At the time, aspirin was prescribed by doctors
as a wonder drug, but it was actually making the boy’s hemophilia much worse. Even though Rasputin was illiterate, he did
know a thing or two about healing. 7. He Smelled Terrible According to testimonies from people who met
Rasputin, he never bothered to bathe. Pieces of food were often seen hanging in
his beard. He claimed that he went six months wearing
the same underwear. A French ambassador visiting Russia compared
his body odor to a goat. This makes it all the more repugnant that
he continued having sex with everything that moved. Apparently, they saw his disheveled appearance
as charming, and no one seemed to mind his complete lack of personal hygiene. Apparently, the quality that drove women mad
were his eyes that apparently burned into your soul. This was so strong, that some believed that
he had the ability to hypnotize people into doing his bidding with his eyes. He grew rich from the money and favors he
got by healing wealthy Russians, but he also advertised that he would accept payment in
the form of kisses… which must have been difficult, considering that he never brushed
his teeth. 6. He Was The Imperial Puppet Master After healing Alexi, he told Nicholas and
Alexandra that without him, their son would die. Since he was the sole heir to the throne,
they felt that they had no choice but to accept Rasputin’s demands. There are rumors that he was allowed to sleep
with the Tsarina as much as he wanted, and he had access to their daughters, as well. He started to call Nicholas and Alexandra
“Papa” and “Mama,” as if he was part of the family. He gave advice about what the family should
do, based on his visions that he claimed were from God. Every time anyone did something that displeased
Rasputin, he would tell the Empress, and get them in trouble. Then, of course, there were his hypnotizing
eyes. Some people believed that he had the ability
to trick anyone into doing his bidding just by staring at them, and that he could convince
anyone to do almost anything. Rasputin had all the makings of a successful
cult leader, and he used his charisma to slowly but surely manipulate everyone around him
to gain unlimited power over the Russian royal family. 5. He Had Devout Disciples Rasputin formed a fanbase of women who were
happy to show up to his apartment to listen to him speak. He wasn’t just satisfied with his many female
followers, either. Secret police were sent on his tail, and they
recorded that he hired prostitutes multiple times a day in-between appointments. One of the most tragic stories of his devout
followers was a beautiful woman named Olga Lokhtina. She originally visited Rasputin for an excruciatingly
painful intestinal neurasthenia. After he healed her, she became convinced
that he was the second coming of Christ, and she wanted to be one of his disciples. She left her wealthy husband and children
behind in order to move into Rasputin’s apartment. This, of course, became a public scandal. It was reported in the newspapers, and the
police monitored the situation closely. Lokhtina demanded that anyone who visited
Rasputin should address him as “God.” The longer she lived with him, the more she
went insane. She was eventually sent to a mental institution. 4. He Was Working With The Devil If you don’t think taking advantage of women
was evil enough, don’t worry. It gets worse. In his journals, Rasputin wrote that he was
in an ongoing inner battle with the Devil. He would purposely seek out sinful situations
in order to fight off the evil he could feel building up inside him. He would take women into bath houses and perform
a so-called ritual where he claimed the Devil possessed him into beating prostitutes. Immediately after purging this sin, he would
have sex with them. He claimed that he could actually see the
Devil standing right in front of him. Multiple people witnessed him screaming to
himself in the streets at this invisible figure. Two of the head priests in St. Petersburg
cornered Rasputin and tried to give him an intervention. One of the bishops, a man named Hermogen,
actually called him out for hurting so many women. He grabbed Rasputin’s penis and screamed
that he was the Antichrist. Then, they proceeded to beat him with a huge
crucifix. Of course, Rasputin ran and told the Tsarina
about what had happened, so those priests were banished from St. Petersburg. 3. He Was Hated By Everyone… Including Himself By now, it shouldn’t be surprising to learn
that not everyone was drinking Rasputin’s Kool-Aid. During the years he served as the royal advisor,
he earned a lot of enemies. Plenty of men were unhappy with the fact that
he went around sleeping with nearly every woman in Russia and claiming to be Jesus. While Tsar Nicholas II was battling alongside
his soldiers during World War I, Rasputin began to advise Alexandra on her decisions
as Tsarina, and even appointed his friends into positions in the government. It didn’t take long for everyone to realize
that he was making all of the decisions for her. Newspapers printed rude political cartoons
of Rasputin and the Tsarina having an affair. Empress Alexandra was born in Germany, and
she was Queen Victoria’s granddaughter. Since she was not born in Russia, this gave
people a reason to doubt that she truly cared about the country’s well-being. While people were dying and starving to death
during the war, Rasputin continued to go out and live a lavish lifestyle. Politicians called him a devil, and used him
as an example of everything that was wrong with imperial Russia. Rasputin knew that people wanted him dead. He warned Tsarina Alexandra that if anyone
with Romanov blood were responsible for his death, he would put a curse on their family
that would ensure their death within two years. 2. He Was Impossible To Kill Since Rasputin had so many enemies, there
were assassination attempts on his life on more than one occasion. The first time someone tried to kill him was
a priest named Illiador, who believed that Rasputin was the devil incarnate. He found a prostitute who had been abused
and had her nose cut off named Khioniya Guseva and paid her to kill Rasputin. They waited until he was visiting his home
in Siberia, and did not have the royal guard around to protect him. Guseva stabbed him with a knife in the stomach,
and even went as far as to pull the intestines out of his body. Somehow, he survived this attack. While he was in the hospital, Russia entered
World War I. Rasputin wrote to Nicholas II to try and stop the fighting, claiming that
he had visions of the country’s demise. He wrote to the Tsar, “we will all drown
in blood.” The Empress was trying to keep her promise
that no one in the Romanov family would be responsible for his death, but her nephew-in-law,
Felix Yusupov, plotted to kill Rasputin before he could ruin the whole country. His plan was to lure Rasputin with an offer
he couldn’t refuse. He claimed that his gorgeous wife, Irina,
was a nymphomaniac, and needed his healing touch to cure her sex addiction. According to Yusupov, he staged a party at
his home and invited Rasputin over for dinner. He laced all of his food and drink with cyanide. After hours of consuming enough poison to
take down a herd of elephants, Yusupov got tired of waiting. He pulled out a gun and shot Rasputin in the
heart. 1. He Rose From the Dead In the 1997 Dreamworks animated movie Anastasia,
Rasputin channels his demon powers to rise from the dead to make sure every last member
of the Romanov family dies. While this might seem ridiculous to include
a zombie in a story inspired by history, that is actually not too far off from what really
happened. According to witnesses, Yusupov and his friends
celebrated Rasputin’s death after poisoning and shooting him in the chest. He seemed to be dead, but Yusupov felt paranoid,
so he went to check on Rasputin’s body… and he opened his eyes. Rasputin began to run into the courtyard. This time, Rasputin was shot multiple times,
including a shot to the head, so there was no chance of survival. Then, the men beat him with metal rods for
good measure, and tied up his body in a large bag and tossed him into the freezing cold
river. Even after all of this, the autopsy revealed
that there was water in his lungs… which meant he was breathing, even after being shot
in the head. Of course, critics believe that Yusupov exaggerated
this story. The curse that he put upon the Romanov family
really did come true. During the Communist revolution, all of them
were rounded up and murdered – even the children. People who loved the royal family had hoped
that at least one of the children survived… but that’s a story for another day.

Top 10 Firsts that Weren’t Actually First

Top Ten Firsts that Weren’t Actually First 10. First Non-stop Transatlantic flight If you asked someone who the first person
to cross the Atlantic was, most would say Charles Lindbergh. And they’d be right. Except
that, no, they wouldn’t. While he did fly solo before anyone else, he is often accredited
with being “the first person to fly across the Atlantic”. In reality, John Alcock and
Arthur Whitten Brown were, just short of 8 years ahead of Lindbergh. Leaving from Newfoundland
on July 14, 1919, they two had a pretty rough flight. On 6 separate occasions, Brown had
to climb out onto the wings and knock off ice, as well as Alcock having to fly dangerously
low in the hopes of preventing the engines from freezing over more. Sixteen hours later,
the two of them landed in Ireland. Locals tried to wave them on to a landing strip,
but the two men just waved back and crashed into the bog. Not because they’re stupid,
because Brown had removed the front wheel to reduce weight and they couldn’t have landed
on the runway. 9. The Inventor of the Telephone Almost everyone still believes that Alexander
Graham Bell is the inventor of the telephone. While Bell did patent the telephone in 1876,
and started up the first telecommunications business, named after himself, he was nothing
more than the inventor of plagiarism (or so he (probably) said). The designs that Bell
patented were those of Antonio Meucci, who demonstrated his telephone a full 16 years
before Bell patented it. At the time, the Italian immigrant couldn’t afford to pay the
$250 fee to patent his designs, and he only grew poorer as time passed. He had showed
his design to the Western Union telegraph company, but the executives didn’t want to
meet him. He was told his materials were lost and couldn’t be returned, and then 2 years
later, his old lab partner Bell had patented them. Meucci sued Bell, but died before a
verdict was reached. In 2002, US congress officially recognized him as the inventor,
but still he goes largely unknown. 8. Columbus Discovering America Everybody who has ever taken a history lesson
knows that in 1492, Columbus set sail from Spain with his three ships, the Nina, the
Pinta and the Santa Maria, and “discovered” America. Only the new world wasn’t really
that new to some Europeans . Around the year 1000, a group of Vikings, led by a man named
Leif Ericson, landed in Newfoundland, which they called Vinland after its grapes. It is
most likely that they set sail from a settlement in Iceland, and this site currently remains
they only confirmed Viking settlement in North America. There is no shortage of evidence
that this is a Viking settlement either: The style of the houses, iron, pottery, a Norse-style
pin head and ring for cloaks and much more all confirm Viking settlement. It is estimated
that they stayed no longer than a decade, but various expeditions occurred, including
one of 160 men and women. Although he only led the first expedition, there is no doubt
that Leif Ericson led Vikings to North America around 500 years before Columbus. 7. The Theory of Evolution A lot of people will probably want to call
bull on this one. Darwin must have developed the theory of evolution. That’s why the leading
theory is called “Darwinian Evolution”. The truth is not far off really. Charles Darwin
was largely influenced by his grandfather, Erasmus Darwin. Erasmus could not really pinpoint
how life evolved, but he did believe that all life had a common ancestor, and that we
changed over time. He wrote a poem to this effect: “Organic life beneath the shoreless waves Was born and nurs’d in ocean’s pearly caves; …These, as successive generations bloom, New powers acquire and larger limbs assume” So where Erasmus said change occurred over
generations, Charles, in more detail, said that beneficial mutations build up over generations
and eventually result in a completely different organism. While it was Charles who developed
the idea of natural selection, Erasmus did believe that sexual selection caused change
in species. He wrote that “…the strongest and most active animal should propagate the
species which should thus be improved”, a concept we know Charles described as “survival
of the fittest”. 6. The First Printing Press This is another one a lot of us will know
from history class. The printing press was probably the biggest driving force of the
renaissance, as it allowed information to be spread at an exponential rate (at least
back then. Now we have instant access to a greater amount of more accurate information
on this site alone). This press was developed in 1439 by Johannes Guttenberg, and could
make about 240 pages an hour, with fewer mistakes and better quality. But, as revolutionary
as it was, it’s a pity the rest of the world didn’t take a printed leaf out of Korea’s
book 200 years earlier, because that’s when the Goryeo dynasty started printing books.
The printing press was developed for the first time in 13th Century Korea, when the Mongols
were destroying their religious texts, and the Koreans were trying desperately to save
them. Now, we only have one volume of one book left, called Jikji, but it is still almost
100 years older than Guttenberg’s famous 42 lined Bible. There are some who believed Guttenberg
took the technology from Korea, but there’s no way to be sure. 5. The First SOS Distress Call The Titanic is famous for a lot of things,
like sinking on the maiden voyage, not having enough lifeboats for everyone on board, and
James Cameron. One thing it should not be famous for is being the first to use SOS to
call for help, because it wasn’t. Yet many people believe it was, possibly because it
is the most famous ship that has had to call for help, or because there is a certain tragedy
in it not working the first time it was used. The truth is, the first wireless distress
call was by the East Goodwin Lightship on March 17 1899, and that worked. But that call
was “CQD”, not SOS, which was introduced later. But despite that, SOS was not even used first
by Titanic. It was used in 1909, by the SS Slavonia, and that was also a successful distress
call. Sorry, Titanic. Unlike that iceberg, you just don’t quite make the cut. 4. First Man to Circumnavigate the Globe Clearly it’s time to replace history books
with the internet, because they really are just a big collection of lies. One of the
major explorers of his time, most people who know Magellan will think of him as the first
man to circumnavigate the world. While his ship did eventually come full circle around
the globe, Magellan himself died in the Philippines before the journey was done. While there is
really no way of knowing how much of the crew was on board for the whole journey, we can
be pretty sure that Enrique De Malacca was. He was a slave of Magellan’s, who was used
as an interpreter. While he interpreted Malay, and was picked up in the Malay Peninsula,
many people believe he was actually Filipino, where he is viewed as a hero. 3. The First Light Bulb Yet another entry that seems painfully obvious.
Even if you know nothing else about Thomas Edison, you know that he invented the light
bulb, and that’s enough. Well, you’re about to know a bit more about him than a lot of
people. Edison was nowhere near the first to come up with light bulbs. There were a
lot of earlier versions of light bulbs that used platinum, but were consequently very
expensive. Sir Humphry Davy (pictured) passed electricity through platinum to create light
as early as 1801, 78 years before Edison’s bulb. But Warren de la Rue used platinum in
a vacuum, like modern day bulbs, for the first time in 1840. They lasted longer, but were
still too expensive to be practical. The first modern bulb was developed by Heinrich Göbel
in 1854, and ten months before Edison, Joseph Wilson Swan patented a bulb almost exactly
like Edison’s. Yeah, so it’s a bit of a stretch to say he was first. 2. The Big Bang Theory This one will undoubtedly make a lot of readers
angry, and as former US Secretary of State Dean Rusk said “The best way to persuade people
is with a long, angry comment on the internet”, so go wild. A Belgian priest, Fr. Georges
Lemaitre, proposed the theory of the expanding Universe in 1927, but was unsure about how
this could occur, so he met with Einstein to discuss it. Einstein was not convinced
and apparently told Lemaitre “Your calculations are good, but your physics is terrible”. In
1931, Lemaitre suggested that the universe had begun from a minuscule point that contained
all matter, which he called the primeval atom, which exploded at the moment of creation.
That same year, he visited Einstein, who this time was convinced, and said that rejecting
it the first time was the biggest mistake of his life. The name “Big Bang” was used
first by skeptic physicist, Fred Hoyle, who was actually using the name as a way to make
the whole theory sound ridiculous. 1. The First President of the United States This one is not so much a case of mistaken
achievement or a result of the truth being lost to time as it is a technicality. George
Washington is and most likely always will be officially recognized as the first president
of the United States. But Peyton Randolph was the first president of the Continental
Congress, which governed the “United Colonies of America” during the American Revolution,
which would go on to become the United States (obviously). A letter to Washington from one
of the so called “forgotten presidents,” John Hancock, was signed “President,” and Washington’s
reply was addressed to “The President of the United States”. There were no fewer than 14
presidents before Washington. The reason he is considered the first is because the rest
never served under the current constitution. But it was because of many of the other forgotten
presidents that the US gained independence in the first place, and it hardly seems fair
that they be forgotten just because they had to be a confederation to do this. Should every
president prior to the entrance of Hawaii be dropped to, since technically they were
only president of some United States?

Top 10 Famously Bad Predictions Experts Didn’t Actually Make

We all enjoy pointing fingers at experts when
they make mistakes. Popular sites love to publish hack lists of
embarrassingly wrong predictions by famous people, complete with snappy image macros
and a dump truck full of condescension .?It?s understandable: seeing someone successful
make obvious errors of judgment helps us feel better about our own bloopers. Yet in our eagerness to point out their blunders,
we often end up getting it very wrong. For instance: 10. “We Can Close the Books on Infectious Diseases.” Allegedly: William H. Stewart was a U.S. Surgeon General
from 1965 to 1969. He is the man responsible for those cheerful
warning labels you see on your cigarette packs.?In 1969, he supposedly made the above statement
to the U.S. Congress. His claim was soon disproved by the emergence
of AIDS and other virulent diseases. Even William?s 2008 obituary mentions the
criticism he received because of his optimistic prediction. But Actually: William never spoke those words. Two authors performed a rigorous search for
the primary source of this quote. They failed to find any. More than that, secondary sources disagree
on the date of the alleged statement: was it 1967 or 1969? There is only a single book that points to
the primary source of the quote. The book claims it comes from a speech William
gave in 1967, at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Association of State and Territorial Health
Officers.?But guess what? That speech contains no such quote at all!?Not
only that, but in that same speech William actually said this: ?Warning flags are still flying in the communicable
disease field … While we are engaged in taking on new duties … we cannot and must
not lose sight of our traditional program responsibilities.? That doesn?t quite sound like a man ?closing
books? on infectious diseases, does it? 9. “This ‘Telephone’ Has Too Many Shortcomings
to be Seriously Considered as a Means of Communication.” Allegedly: In 1876 William Orton, the president of Western
Union, was offered to buy a patent from a man you may have heard of – Alexander Graham
Bell. The patent? A little invention called the telephone. William Orton?s response? That shortsighted quote above!?How could it
be that William Orton didn?t immediately see the potential of this technology? But Actually: The answer is simple: he did! He just didn?t want to pay for Bell?s version. In fact, what William Orton likely said was
?this electric toy has too many shortcomings ? ? He was trying to downplay the importance
of specifically Bell?s invention, not the idea of telephone as a whole.?How do we know
this? Because in less than a year Orton had started
another company – American Speaking Telephone – to develop his own version of the device. What?s more, Orton?s telephone even ended
up being superior to Bell?s.?Aggressive market competition followed, culminating in a court
case. Something about Orton supposedly stealing
Bell?s ideas, which seems silly. It ended in 1879 with Western Union giving
up the telephone business. More importantly, all of Western Union?s telephone
patents were assigned to Bell Company. We bet William Orton wished he had just bought
Bell?s patent in the first place. 8. “Computers in the Future May Weigh No More
than 1.5 Tons.” Allegedly: This chuckle-worthy quote comes from an old
Popular Mechanics magazine. The quote found its way into many compilations
of bad predictions. Anyone reading it today on their tiny smartphone
can only laugh at the hilariously conservative estimate. But Actually: This quote is from an issue of March 1949. Only two short years before that the first
general purpose computer was launched. It was a little thing called the ENIAC and
it weighed 30 tons.?Popular Mechanics were making their prediction within that specific
technological framework. In fact, here?s the full quote: ?Where a calculator like ENIAC today is equipped
with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1000
vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh only 1? tons.? To be fair, Popular Mechanics did fail to
anticipate revolutionary inventions like transistors and microchips. But even so, their prediction still stood
the test of time almost ten years later. In 1957, the IBM 608 came out. It was the first transistor-based computer. Its weight? 1.2 tons.?In the rapidly-evolving computer
industry, this prediction isn?t quite the laughable gaffe we make it out to be. 7. “Fooling Around with Alternating Current
is Just a Waste of Time. Nobody will Use It, Ever.” Allegedly: This 1889 quote is brought to you courtesy
of Thomas Edison, one of the most well-known American inventors. It?s enough to look at almost any electrical
appliance in your home to discover how wrong his prediction was.?Nowadays, alternating
current (AC) is exactly what delivers electricity to households. Yet Edison called it ?a waste of time.? Oops! But Actually: Edison?s words are far from a genuine attempt
at predicting the future. If anything, they were the desperate cry of
a man personally threatened by the invention of AC. You see, Edison was earning money on his own
invention: the direct current (DC).?Any progress on the AC front was automatically bad news
for Edison.?Thus, Edison stopped at nothing to undermine and discredit AC. He lobbied the US government to ban it. He went to great lengths to portray AC as
dangerous. He even staged public AC electrocutions of
animals, including a freaking elephant.?Unfortunately for Edison, AC won the ensuing ?war of the
currents? and became the main method of distributing electricity. Seen in that light, Edison?s words are no
more than a failed smear campaign. They are the equivalent of Sony claiming that
the X-Box lost the console war. That actually happened, by the way … in
2001. 6. “I Think There is a World Market for Maybe
Five Computers.” Allegedly: This 1943 quote is attributed to Thomas J.
Watson, who was the chairman and CEO of IBM. What a puzzling statement from the head of
a company that would eventually become one of the leading computer manufacturers in the
world.?Was Watson ill when he said something so bafflingly wrong? But Actually: Watson never said anything like that. This quote is not mentioned by any major newspapers
or magazines. There are no speeches, meetings notes or letters
that hint at him entertaining this idea.?The attribution first appeared in 1986, when a
Usenet poster used the alleged quote as his signature. However, an earlier Usenet discussion points
at these words having nothing to do with Watson. Instead, a similar sentiment was supposedly
expressed by a Cambridge Professor Douglas Hartree in 1951.?It?s not certain whether
Hartree indeed said something along those lines. But notably, even if he did, he was talking
about the first, large, very specialized computers that he himself developed. They were to modern PCs what Godzilla is to
a pet lizard.?Suddenly his market-size estimate sounds a lot less off base. 5. “There is Nothing New to be Discovered in
Physics Now. All That Remains is More and More Precise
Measurement.” Allegedly: Lord ?Absolute Zero? Kelvin is said to have spoken these words
in 1900. To a bunch of physicists at the British Association
for the Advancement of Science, no less. That?s not an audience you want to make such
an obvious blooper in front of, is it? But Actually: The quote is disputed. There are no primary sources documenting Kelvin?s
words. Even some people who have previously used
this quote as an example are questioning its origin.?More importantly, in the same year
as he supposedly made the wrong prediction, Kelvin spoke about ?two clouds on the horizon
[of theoretical physics.]? These clouds were eventually addressed by
the emergence of revolutionary ideas like quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity. So it appears Lord Kelvin was just a tad more
open minded about new possibilities than his alleged statement would have us believe. 4. “There is No Reason for Any Individual to
Have a Computer in His Home.” Allegedly: This was said in 1977 by Ken Olsen – founder,
president and chairman of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). DEC was a major player in the computer industry
and the first company to introduce a mini computer to the market.?How foolish it was
of Ken to dismiss a huge potential market for personal computers, when his own company
was busy developing computer equipment. But Actually: Yup, Ken Olsen did say something like that. But he wasn?t talking about PCs. He was referring to a central computer controlling
things at home. That?s right, he was essentially describing
the dangers of HAL 9000.?Olsen was actually exasperated over what he felt was a ?ridiculous? interpretation of his words. He stressed that, at the time of the quote,
his whole family was already using the equivalents of personal computers. So, did Ken wrongly predict the future importance
of personal computers? Most likely not. Did 2001: A Space Odyssey make him a little
paranoid? Quite possibly. 3. ?Who the Hell Wants to Hear Actors Talk?? Allegedly: Harry Warner of Warner Brothers spoke these
words in 1926. How strange to see such lack of foresight
from the co-founder of a huge movie studio.?Really, Harry? You?d rather movies stayed silent forever? But Actually: Not at all. Harry was just being a shrewd businessman. Here?s the full quote: ?Who the hell wants
to hear actors talk? The music – that?s the big plus about this.? Harry was not dismissing the use of sound
in movies. He was, however, suggesting to use it for
music as first priority. In the silent era, movie studios employed
musicians to provide live accompaniment to films. By ?canning? the music, Warner Brothers could
spare the musicians? salaries, which would be a significant cost
cut.?On top of that, prior attempts at making ?talking? films had flopped, so Harry was naturally
being cautious. It also didn?t help that actors of the era
were hired for their looks and many had terrible voices.?Anyone who heard Pierce Brosnan sing
in Mamma Mia may look more kindly upon Harry Warner. 2. “640K Ought to be Enough for Everybody.” Allegedly: This 1981 quote comes from none other than
Bill Gates himself, referring to the amount of usable RAM. For a man who started the Microsoft powerhouse,
and one of the richest people alive, he sure was laughably mistaken.?Many of today?s games
need 4GB of RAM to run smoothly, which shows just how wrong Gates was. But Actually: The quote seems to be an urban legend. Bill Gates himself, while admitting many past
errors of judgement, denies ever saying it. Nobody can identify the true origin of the
quote.?We do know Gates is responsible for the optimistic prediction of eradicating spam
by 2006. Check your mailbox. That didn?t quite pan out, did it? However, the specific 640K quote is just a
myth that manages to get Bill Gates really fired up. Maybe that?s exactly why people keep bringing
it up? 1. “Everything that Can be Invented has Been
Invented.” Allegedly: Charles H. Duell was the commissioner of US
Patent Office. In 1899, he definitively concluded that people
were just about done with the whole ?inventing new stuff? business.?Soon afterwards, the
20th century proved him wrong by giving us the miracle of human flight, space travel,
and blankets that you can wear directly on your body.?As the man in charge of the US
Patent Office, Duell should really have known better! But Actually: Oh, he knew better. In fact, he was convinced that inventions
of the 20th century would dwarf all prior progress.?So why would he say something so
patently (yes, we went there) stupid??The answer is simple: he never said it.?A librarian
named Samuel Sass set out to find the original source of the alleged quote. He concluded that, far from pulling the brakes
on innovation, Duell actually lobbied for improvements to the US patent system to encourage
potential inventors. So where did the quote come from? Sass suggests that it surfaced as the result
of a 1843 report by the Henry L. Ellsworth – Patent Office commissioner at the time. Henry used “a bit of rhetorical flourish
to emphasize that the number of patents was growing at a great rate.” At some point, his words were taken out of
context, misquoted, and then wrongly attributed to Duell. Authors Cerf and Navasky were behind a 1984
book The Experts Speak, which repeated and popularized the misattributed quote. This is what Sass had to say about them:?”Evidently
it did not occur to Cerf and Navasky to question that statement. They simply copied it from the earlier book. One can expect that in the future there will
be more such copying because it is easier than checking the facts.” Oh snap, now that’s some Sass!