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When we think of cults, we typically think of hippies, drugs, a little bit of weird love, and, eventually (usually), horrific deaths. At Listverse, we’ve spent some time with various cults before. So we thought it was about time we looked at the top ten fictional cults created by the brilliant minds of writers like
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Facebook’s motto is “Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.” An admirable sentiment, but there are trolls in the undergrowth that seem hell-bent on dividing communities and forcing people further apart. We tend to think of trolls as sad people who enjoy hurting others. They usually don’t personally know
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Although the approaches vary, most invisibility technology techniques bend light around objects so that the objects can no longer be seen. The technology isn’t exactly new, but it is in more or less constant flux, with the latest innovations in material design and application occurring relatively frequently. Nevertheless, serious challenges remain, and much of the
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Now more than ever, an overwhelming amount of music is available to listen to and enjoy. From pop artists dropping albums at a moment’s notice to bedroom troubadours self-releasing their recordings on Soundcloud to the glut of mixtapes, soundtracks, and singles hitting Spotify every Friday, listeners aren’t short of material to make their way through.
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Quick service restaurant (QSR) is an industry term for chain restaurants that prioritize speed and low cost as their selling points. We in the real world know them as something else: fast food. Not only that, but we also associate them with other, less flattering characteristics like low quality, unhealthy options, and a last resort.
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Movies bring people together, whether good or bad. One of the things I like about movies is that they can transport you anywhere. A great film can make you laugh or cry and even change your perspective. Many of the movies on this list may make you cry or laugh, but not for the right
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When you hear the word “grandma,” what image comes to mind? Perhaps you envision a silver-haired woman with glasses adorned with pearls, a knit cardigan, and orthopedic shoes sitting in a rocking chair enjoying that day’s newspaper. As a society, we have been given the impression that elderly women (and men alike) are frail, fragile
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The world has gone absolutely crazy for superheroes. There are tons of superhero movies in production and an endless supply of comic books as a ground zero source of inspiration. The comic industry has tried to capitalize on the success of heroes such as Batman, Spiderman, and Wonder Woman, but the results are not always
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As the title of one book famously proclaimed, everybody poops. That truism really is remarkable to think about. There is one experience shared by every person on Earth, and most people would rather dismiss or ignore it. That is unfair. A few trips to the bathroom were literal pit stops in history. The following list
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Roland Barthes’s essay “The Death of the Author” (1967) makes a compelling argument against books being defined by the intentions of the author in favor of the personal interpretation of the reader. Occasionally though, there are reader interpretations that are way off base and even seem to be at odds with the point of the
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Ever scroll around on the Internet only to come across a fact or story that you know will stay in your head for many days to come? For instance, did you know that the average person walks past at least 36 murderers in their lifetime? Read on for some more things you never wanted to
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Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park came out in 1993 and was an immediate success. On its opening weekend in the United States and Canada, it raked in over $47 million, which went a long way to covering its budget of $60 million. If the scientists who cloned the dinosaurs had had a more limited amount of
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Full disclosure—my husband claims that I don’t listen to him. He’ll assert he’s told me something when I have absolutely no recollection of it whatsoever. Zero. Nada. Zilch. It reached such a point that I even went to the doctor and had my hearing tested. My doctor informed me that despite my advancing years and
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The global video game market is worth around $196 billion annually and will continue to expand by more than 12% yearly. That’s a tremendous amount of money and represents nearly twice as much revenue as music streaming. With so much cash sloshing around, it’s no surprise that there’s a lot of competition. With video games,
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The subject of visual effects in movies often comes up nowadays in the context of complaints and for an understandable reason. We’ve gotten used to CGI and 3D graphics so much that their blatant inclusion can often feel cheap. VFX artists themselves often believe that the sign of a job well done is when people
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Most of us are quite happy to assume that people are people, cats are cats, and rocks are rocks. There is a clear difference between us, animals, and inanimate objects. But for some, the distinction is not so clear-cut. Objectophilia—a romantic or sexual attraction to objects—covers many attitudes. At one extreme are people who believe
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With the cost of living increasing, choosing to share an apartment or home with roommates may seem like the most economical option, as these types of agreements are based on the premise that each person will pay a much smaller share of the expenses. However, choosing this option often proves difficult and can come with
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