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Among the pop, dance, and rap tunes of the past year, viewers of MTV may have noticed a slightly different beat in the download charts. “Running Up That Hill” was originally released in 1985 by Kate Bush. Newly popularized through its inclusion on Netflix’s Stranger Things, it reentered the charts and cast a retrospective look
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Many caverns are known for their crystal pools, majestic rock formations, winding corridors, and enchanting “rooms.” Millions of men, women, and children throughout the world tour such caves, admiring and learning about the hidden wonders of these subterranean worlds. However, not all caverns are used to showcase such marvels or educate the public. The ones
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You don’t need a lot of money to scare someone, but you do need a lot of money to make a film. Today your average run-of-the-mill studio productions will typically cost millions if not tens of millions of dollars, and even B-movies will often put studios back a few hundred thousand. Horror films have built
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Stupid concepts, stupid costumes, stupid contestants. TV game shows are often guilty of more than one of these inane infractions. Save for reality shows (and perhaps cable “news”), no genre of television has contributed to the dumbing down of culture more. And while there are certainly a few great ones—Jeopardy first and foremost—there are many,
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We have all heard about people setting world records all over the globe, whether it’s the world’s longest fingernails, longest beard, or even the world’s fattest cat, but did you know that there are world records for the world’s largest yo-yo or the world’s largest cake pop? The first edition of The Guinness Book of
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For many people, going out to eat at a restaurant is a treat. Whether it’s to meet up with friends over a burger and fries or enjoy a quiet romantic meal with your significant other, it’s generally a positive experience. So the last thing one would think to find in a restaurant is a bunch
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Pro wrestling has long had the reputation of being low-brow entertainment, something enjoyed by the uneducated and unwashed masses. Of course, to anyone who’s a fan of it, though, this couldn’t further from the truth. Yes, with its combination of athletic showmanship and soap opera storytelling, it can often be just as engrossing as anything
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King of the Hill remains one of the most popular cartoons ever aired on primetime television. However, during its run, it was somewhat overshadowed by fellow FOX series The Simpsons. Still, series creator Mike Judge’s Texas-themed sitcom enjoyed 13 great seasons as one of America’s greatest television shows before wrapping in 2009. In the years
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Mascots have been around for quite a while; one of the first mascots was a taxidermy mount in 1908 for the Chicago Cubs. However, it wasn’t until 1964 that live costumed mascots began to appear. It wasn’t long after that costumed mascots became an expected part of many sports teams, universities, companies, organizations, and schools.
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Over a couple of glasses of wine, a friend recently revealed that she suffers from what surely is called penguinophobia—the fear of penguins. She theorized that perhaps she was traumatized as a child by Danny DeVito’s iconic portrayal of the villain Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin, in the Batman movie. She went on to say
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Writing a successful book is complicated! Even with hours (and years) of work, a book may not come out exactly right. Art is very subjective, after all. Therefore, many artists and authors experience great failures throughout their careers. This is true for even the most famous and successful writers of our time. These failed books
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Research shows that people believe in conspiracy theories for many reasons, but the authors of “The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories” separate these causes into three groups of heightened motives: “epistemic, existential, and social.” Epistemic motives arise from conspiracy theorists’ need for causal explanations. This helps them to understand the world, slake their curiosity, and alleviate
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Beginning roughly around 1967, Hollywood began changing its order of operations, focusing more on films that favored younger audiences and were more directly in response to popular culture. And while there are many names that have become synonymous with what came to be known as the “New Hollywood,” stories of this era tend to forget
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It’s natural to want justice for a crime as serious as homicide or as confusing as a disappearance. Police departments put incredible resources into solving crimes like these. Victims’ families take solace in whatever closure is offered by a guilty conviction or even just a definitive answer. The loss can never be replaced, but society
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