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Top 10 Modern Human Addictions

Top 10 Modern Human Addictions

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Many people consider that an addiction must be physiological, but it has become very common these days to see the term used for anything which becomes obsessive. Thus one can become addicted to pornography, gaming, and all manner of unrelated (and definitely not physiological) things. This list looks at ten of the most common addictions of modern man. “It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?” — Ronald Reagan Everybody loves an easy life, but some will go further out of their way to get it. We’ve all come across lazy so-and-so’s, skivers, lay-abouts and the odd couch potato, but did you know that the desire for the sedate lifestyle can become habit forming and even addictive? Dedicated skivers will sometimes spend...
Top 10 Human Reflexes and Natural Instincts

Top 10 Human Reflexes and Natural Instincts

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It doesn’t matter what the color of your skin is or where you were born. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor, young, elderly, sick, healthy, or unique. Everyone in the world holds an inherent set of instinctive behaviors. Some of the behaviors include a collection of reflexes. Scientists continue to examine the purpose of these instincts and develop hypotheses on their function. Many of the instincts remain an evolutionary mystery. For this article I have focused on reflexes in adults and left out the common primitive reflexes. A primitive reflex is displayed by normal human infants and not neurologically intact adults. Some examples include the Palmar grasp reflex, which is the tendency for babies to close their hand around anything that strokes the palm. Th...
10 Amazing Babies Who Dodged Death

10 Amazing Babies Who Dodged Death

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We all love amazing survival stories, but there’s something special about babies who survive deadly situations. They’re sweet, innocent, and utterly defenseless. They don’t have any basic survival skills. And yet, these 10 babies somehow beat the odds and survived situations most of us wouldn’t. 10 Colbie Arrendale Baby Colbie’s mother, Jessica Arrendale, was a victim of domestic violence. Like many other cases of domastic abuse, the situation was deadly. Jessica saved the baby’s life as she herself was killed. That night, Jessica went out with her boyfriend, Antoine Davis, a former Marine who served in Iraq. During the night, he got drunk and violent. Jessica tried to defend herself with a baseball bat, but she was overpowered by Antoine, who turned the bat on her
10 Infuriating Cases Of People Refusing To Help

10 Infuriating Cases Of People Refusing To Help

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If you saw someone in trouble, would you help? It’s a question we hope none of you ever have to answer. Though many of us would like to believe we’d help and that a stranger would do the same for us, that isn’t always the case. Here are 10 people who, for whatever reason, refused to . . .  10 Save A Drowning Child When 10-year-old Jordon Lyon saw his younger sister, Bethany, fall into a canal in the English city of Manchester, he didn’t hesitate to leap into the water in an attempt to save her. However, Jordon’s lion-like courage was betrayed by his small frame and he became submerged a short while after jumping into the water. Jordon’s family quickly scrambled for help and eventually managed to elicit the assistance of two passing ...
10 Superpowers Of Women According To Science

10 Superpowers Of Women According To Science

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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Women are some of the most misunderstood creatures of all time. In fact, they possess a myriad of amazing abilities that we’re just now beginning to understand. Although we have modern science to help us, there is undoubtedly a lot we still don’t understand about just how awesome these abilities really are. 10They Can Spot Cheaters On Sight Don Juans of the world, look out. Apparently women have the uncanny ability to tell if a man is a cheater just by looking at his face. When scientists at an Australian university asked 34 women to look at photographs of dozens of different men and identify which ones were unfaithful, the participants succeeded 62 percent of the time. The women seemed to base their decisions on how masculine̵
10 Human Attributes Explained By Evolution

10 Human Attributes Explained By Evolution

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Humans are a somewhat peculiar species, with unusual distinguishing characteristics. In this evolutionary account, we examine the fascinating origins behind perplexing, incredible or highly valued human adaptations. We will explore why we blush, how our “advanced” body form stem from delayed maturation, and the origin of the human chin. We have all seen it in action movies, or felt it ourselves when confronting that dreadfully annoying person who damaged our reputation through gossip. When angry, humans may experience twitching of the upper lip edges, with the edges rising a millimeter up. Lip twitching is not so much a minor reflex, but an evolutionary leftover that reveals the more beastly elements of human heritage. Lip twitching is the first part of baring teeth and growling at an i
10 Odd Scientific Facts About Emotions

10 Odd Scientific Facts About Emotions

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While emotions can seem like the most un-scientific part of the human experience, it’s well established that science has a pretty decent understanding of how emotional responses are produced. Certain areas of the brain light up when subjects are exposed to emotional stimuli, causing the assigned glands to secrete certain compounds that produce specific emotional states—it’s pretty simple brain science (as opposed to rocket surgery, which is much more complicated). In fact, the more that the scientific community studies the role emotions play in human behavior and development, the more it appears that that role was exceedingly vital in our evolution—and that emotions are even more complex, if not quite as mysterious, as we’ve always believed. 10 Negative Emotio...
10 Good Dads Who Changed The World

10 Good Dads Who Changed The World

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Anyone with a good dad knows that his love and support can change a kid’s life for the better. Some devoted fathers have even managed to affect history in a positive way. Unfortunately, historians don’t always give them the attention they deserve. Most of the men on this list aren’t well known, even though they’ve made history. Of course, they weren’t involved in as much dysfunctional fatherly drama as, say, homicidal Henry VIII who exiled his daughter Elizabeth and chopped off her mom’s head. But these fathers cared a lot about their kids, and through that caring they gave gifts to the rest of us. 10Amilcare Anguissola During the Renaissance, most aristocratic dads limited their daughters’ education to little more than music and needlework...
Top 10 Instances Of Mob Mentality

Top 10 Instances Of Mob Mentality

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While we all like to believe we have the fortitude to stand by our own convictions during any situation, most of us tend to follow the behaviors of others. But what’s particularly strange is that when enough of us get together, we end up doing some really bizarre, nonsensical, and downright violent things that we’d never consider on our own. Psychologists refer to this phenomenon as herd or mob mentality, and when you consider the past and present, you realize it’s led to some major “What were they thinking?!” moments. 10 The Mountain Meadow Massacre It all started in 1857. Utah Mormons discovered a wagon train of families on their way to California. For whatever reason, the church members felt threatened by these passersby and unleashed an attack. Not wanti...
Top 10 Sea Survivors

Top 10 Sea Survivors

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I have always been fascinated by people that survived extreme situations. I always wondered how long I would be able to survive if I was lost on a snow-covered mountain or ledge-locked on a cliff or trapped in the middle of the ocean on a raft. The answer is – it depends. It all depends on how prepared you are for the situation, or even how lucky you are. The simplest of things could end up saving your life, like a nail or a piece of string. It was surprising to learn that almost all the people from this list were rescued just in time except, in my opinion, the longest survivors. Thousands of people have been lost at sea, never to be seen or heard from again, but yet, there are a small handful that survive against every odd. One of the basic rules of survival is three hours without s...
10 Fascinating Reattachment Surgeries

10 Fascinating Reattachment Surgeries

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[WARNING: This list contains graphic images] In the last several years thanks to the advancement of medical equipment and improved microsurgery techniques the success rate for limb reattachment surgeries has improved dramatically compared to when it was fist performed successfully almost 50years ago. This list includes some of the more interesting and dramatic reattachments of body parts due to accidents and assaults. (This is not to be confused with the recent success of transplanting body parts from donors.) According to what I have read if you wish to help someone in this situation the best course of action is to wrap the digit or limb in wet paper towels, then wrap it in plastic, and then pack it in ice. Remember: save the patient, save time and save the limb. This was the first su...
8 Ways to Ensure Human Survival

8 Ways to Ensure Human Survival

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Recently, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking announced that if humans didn’t want to face extinction, our only option is to abandon planet Earth. In addition to the threats most species face, we humans also have the capability to destroy ourselves and/or our planet with thermonuclear weapons. Nuclear devastation tops a long list of ways for us to go out, including asteroid impacts, solar storms, disease outbreaks, etc. Here’s a fun fact: Over 99% of all species that have ever existed on our planet have gone extinct. Still, assuming Earth someday becomes inhospitable due to some catastrophe, here are 8 ways for us to avoid extinction. In the event of widespread devastation such as a nuclear holocaust, asteroid impact or some other large-scale environmental disaster, one...
Top 10 Bizarre Mental Case Studies

Top 10 Bizarre Mental Case Studies

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With an average weight of 1.36 kilograms, the human brain is truly something to marvel at. It is difficult to believe that something akin to a malformed sponge, at first glance, contains over 100 million neurons and 100 trillion synaptic connections. As far as we know, it is the single most complex unit in the universe. Indeed, an organ as intricate as our brain will, no doubt, be riddled with its fair share of problems. This list deals with 10 people who have experienced just that; a part of their brains has gone awry in some form or another. I hope that after reading this list, you will gain a deeper appreciation about the inner workings within your own brain, and come to understand the importance of keeping it safe and sound. Location of Damage: Corpus Callosum Peter began to suffer...
Top 10 Incredible Self Surgeries

Top 10 Incredible Self Surgeries

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[WARNING: This list contains some graphic images.] Self-surgery is the act of performing a surgical procedure on oneself. Sometimes it becomes necessity in extreme conditions to perform this act. This list includes 10 such individuals that because of great circumstances found it necessary to do so. It should be mentioned that self castration and self mutilation is actually the most common form of self- surgery and is not included in this list. Just a word of caution: The descriptions and some pictures on this list are not for the squeamish. Surgical Procedure: Biopsy Dr. Jerri Lin Nielsen is an American physician with extensive ER experience. In 1998 she was hired to spend a year at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station where she would be the only doctor during the winter. In early Mar...
10 Distant Human Ancestors and Relatives

10 Distant Human Ancestors and Relatives

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Evolution is rarely direct. It is a meandering process which randomly produces creatures of bizarre forms. It does not consider what the creature’s progeny might become and streamline the process for future efficiency. It moves in all sorts of bizarre, indirect directions before producing the more familiar forms we know today. This is just as true of human evolution as it is of any other animal. We did not evolve via a smooth process from fish to monkeys to apes, but instead took many strange detours along the way. Starting from the moment we emerged onto land, here are some illustrations of these often-forgotten ancestors which together tell a peculiar story of our lineage. About 340 million years ago, something important happened. Some amphibians, who at the time grew larger tha...
10 Scientific Studies To Increase Your Faith In Humanity

10 Scientific Studies To Increase Your Faith In Humanity

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With all the conflicts, crimes, and misunderstandings around the world today, it’s easy to lose one’s faith in humanity. Plus, knowing that science validates our dark and irrational side gives us the feeling that ours is a lost cause. However, all is not lost. As the following studies show, humanity—flawed as it is—has its good points. 10 Lying Makes Us Sick We might assume that lying is a normal part of everyday human life. However, judging from how our bodies react, people are just not born to lie. According to a study done by researchers at the University of Notre Dame, people who lie more often tend to experience higher incidences of sickness than those who don’t. The researchers arrived at this conclusion after observing two groups of people for 10 weeks, with instructi
10 Controversies Surrounding Heroic Freedom Fighters

10 Controversies Surrounding Heroic Freedom Fighters

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We have long exalted the names of various individuals who championed the cause of liberty and equal rights. Men and women spoke fiercely on podiums; some gave their lives to bring freedom to their nations and their people. Yet some of these heroes also had deep, dark secrets neatly hidden in the annals of history. In these little-known incidents, they have also been likened to the very enemies and institutions they sought to end. 10Aung San Suu Kyi’s Silence Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar had been under house arrest multiple times from July 20, 1989 to November 13, 2010. A military junta had just risen to power in 1988, and Suu Kyi had become a threat. She had spoken of freedom from fear, stating: “It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield i
8 Reasons The IQ Is Meaningless

8 Reasons The IQ Is Meaningless

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The average person has an intelligence quotient of 100. An unsourced claim gives O. J. Simpson’s IQ as 89. Marilyn vos Savant has been cited in the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest measured IQ of 228, a number that can be sourced back to…Marilyn vos Savant. But Savant’s gifts to mankind’s progress include a “Dear Abby” style newspaper column, and a few books mostly compiled from this column. Here are eight reasons why your IQ really doesn’t matter all that much. The first standardized attempt to measure the human’s mental capacity was courtesy of Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon, who formulated a test to measure verbal ability. Binet and Simon only wanted to use the test to find those children who suffered from mental ret...
10 Things You Never Knew About The Biology Of Sex

10 Things You Never Knew About The Biology Of Sex

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As the single most important act for the survival of our species, you’d think sex would be easier. Most of the time, it’s a simple guessing game of figuring out what goes where, but anything more complicated than that lurks like a hideously promiscuous elephant on a slippery slope of darkness and contrition. The truth is, for something we’ve been doing since the dawn of time, we just don’t know much about sex—but we’re learning. And we’re doing it the only way we know how—in a sterile lab, in front of scientists. 10 Arousal And Disgust Sex is an innately disgusting thing. Copious body fluids aside, the mere act of sex is something we would never do if pleasure wasn’t involved. That may be one of the reasons arousal actually inhibits fe...
10 Tragic Human Panics and Stampedes

10 Tragic Human Panics and Stampedes

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The tragic loss of life at the Cambodia Water Festival on November 22, 2010, demonstrates how crowds can be uncontrollable and deadly forces. Panics and stampedes can generally be broken down into two categories: acquisitive panics, where people rush headlong in a rush or panic to acquire something of value – say a better seat in a theater, or a chance to get that “must have” doll for a Christmas present when the shopping center doors open on Black Friday; and the typical image of a panic or human stampede – a life or death surge away from some form of danger – such as people trying to escape a burning night club. Both forms of behavior can lead to a human stampede and the deaths of scores, or even hundreds of people. Though many panics do start as, or result in, a selfish, disordered or
10 Terrible Scrooges

10 Terrible Scrooges

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Christmas is nearly here! In four days we will all be opening our gifts and drinking and eating to satiety. In honor of this most important Christian holiday, here is a list about scrooges. “[Ebenezer Scrooge] lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!” Miserliness is defined as extreme frugality with money. The miser may spend very little on himself but a lot on others, or a lot on himself and very little on others, or, typically, very little at all. Cato of Utica was known for being fiercely moral in a time when it seemed no one in Rome gave ev...
10 People Who Survived Against Nature

10 People Who Survived Against Nature

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The day is beautiful and the sun is shining. You decide to go on a short hike to more fully enjoy this warm day. You know a great spot that many people don’t know about. You pack lightly as you don’t plan to be out for too long. A few bottles of water, snacks, cell phone, and MP3 player is with you as you arrive at your desolate location. Time passes by quickly as you are enjoying your time and it is almost dark. You decide it’s time to leave but on the way, you trip and fall down a 50 foot cliff, resulting in a broken leg and immobility. You try to call for help with your cell phone but it is not getting a signal. Your water and food is almost out and you won’t survive long out here. What do you do? How badly do you want to live? “The toughest moment was a...
10 Skills Every Man Should Have

10 Skills Every Man Should Have

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The definition of being a man has changed drastically over the centuries. From he who can kill the buffalo, to he who can afford the most slaves, to he who can afford the tickets on the 50-yard line. The following ten points are the most important skills a man can have to survive in modern society. Attention to detail and knowledge of the game are vital in the ability to properly score a game. Knowing that a runner touching home scores a run is not enough. A man should be able to document in only a few letters, numbers, and symbols everything that he sees happen from the first pitch to the final out. You should also be able to explain why “BB” means walk. This seemingly basic skill is often overlooked by those who never joined the Boy Scouts. The skill was fine-tuned centuries ago,
10 More People Who Survived Your Worst Nightmares

10 More People Who Survived Your Worst Nightmares

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We all like to think we’d be the very face of implacable calm in the face of disaster. At the very least, if faced with certain death, we like to think we’d face it with dignity, or perhaps a kind of defiant resignation—but certainly not abject terror and sheer panic, because we are fully grown adults who– oh, fine. Nobody wants to die, but absolutely nobody wants to die under nightmarish, out-of-control, excruciatingly painful circumstances. But like those on our previous list, the following people did more than just stare down death with courage under just such circumstances—they stared it down until it backed right off, and then they walked away. 10 Joan Murray Fell 14,500 Feet Onto Mound Of Fire Ants You may think we slipped that subheader in there just t...
10 Ways Young Generations Are Better Than Their Parents

10 Ways Young Generations Are Better Than Their Parents

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Young people get a bad rap. Current generations are often portrayed as unmotivated and irresponsible compared to the hard-working, sensible generations that came before them. However, it turns out that a lot of these stereotypes aren’t true, and the trends run in the opposite direction. 10 Youth Violence Is Actually On The Decline Hot on the tail of the release of Grand Theft Auto V, violence among young people is a hot-button issue. Rap music, video games, and movies are all becoming increasingly violent, leading many to believe that a generation of unfeeling thugs is inevitable. The CDC keeps a record of youth violence rates among those aged 10–24. In 2011, over 700,000 cases were reported, which sounds high, but the rate has actually dropped to 7.5 cases per 100,000 kids fr...
7 Reasons for a Failing Society

7 Reasons for a Failing Society

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Every time we read a depressing news story about some animal killing their own kid, some sick person keeping a girl hostage for years, some piece of crap swindling people’s hard-earned retirement, we get a little more skeptical, a little colder and to a large extent, a little less “human.” It’s not our fault; these events unfortunately and indelibly add themselves to the tapestry that is our lives and take their place amongst other experiences to then determine how we perceive any given situation. So if you spend a lifetime witnessing positive things, you will most likely have a positive perspective. If you are subjected to continuous negative reference, you will inevitably have a darker perspective. We all live between those two extremes, within the shades that...
10 Reasons Humans Are Naturally Evil

10 Reasons Humans Are Naturally Evil

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Take a cursory glance at the news headlines for any random day, and it’s not hard to develop a pessimistic attitude towards your fellow man. The endless reports of thieves, bombers, murderers, bigots, racists, and bullies is enough to make you lose all hope humans are capable of one day living in complete peace and harmony. Are we genetically predisposed towards “evil” behaviors like selfishness, violence, and cruelty? Or, is it an unfortunate side effect of our society? Not even those who make a living studying human behavior (psychologists, anthropologists, etc.) can come to a consensus on our inherent nature, but here are 10 facts that suggest we’re naturally a bit more naughty than nice. In 2012, author and Harvard professor Steven Pinker wrote a book explaining that, contrary to po
10 Good Reasons to Embrace Poverty

10 Good Reasons to Embrace Poverty

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We have been indoctrinated since birth to try to attain things. Success is measured by social status, and that is frequently established by your wealth. OK, maybe sometimes status can be established by your natural abilities, like athleticism, or knowing how to play the trombone better than anybody else, or maybe even stunning good looks. But if you’re just average in all that, and don’t even have the talent it takes to inherit wealth, then teachers, parents and other relations, friends, casual acquaintances – everybody will push you to “improve” your lot in life. So you work hard, put in lots of hours, scrimp and save your pennies, and, 30 years later, you have a spouse and kids, a mortgaged house, car and credit card payments, retirement just around the ...
10 Major Breakthroughs of Humanity

10 Major Breakthroughs of Humanity

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Humans have proudly achieved more through sheer intellect and manipulation of their environment than any of their contemporaries. We can grow artificial tissues and use lasers in surgery. However, many of the breakthroughs of which we are so proud are only known or available to the upper echelons of our society, and the lifestyles of others remain completely unaffected. It is difficult to write any comprehensive list, but nevertheless here are ten (the first list of two) breakthroughs which literally changed the lives of close to every human on the planet. Each one is important in its own right, so they are in order of chronology instead of significance (the second list will continue in time order), but as many developed concurrently or have at best inexact dates; this order is only very a...
Top 10 Strong Human Fears

Top 10 Strong Human Fears

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Fear is an emotion that protects us from the threats in our surroundings, and which has evolved to become more complex; with our fears extending from the weird to the plain absurd, there are certain fears that the great majority of human beings share. I was searching around and found a lot of lists with common phobias and their explanations, but none where these types of fears were discussed. This is a list of 10 of the human fears that every member of a society deals with throughout their life. [Featured image from luxorphoto/Shutterstock] While the exact definition of freedom and its value in a society are debatable subjects, the fear of losing your freedom has always been present in human minds because, even though it is not something that we think about every single moment, it has g...
10 Everyday Things We’re Doing Completely Incorrectly

10 Everyday Things We’re Doing Completely Incorrectly

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Let’s face it—life doesn’t come with an instruction manual. For most of us, each day is an attempt to get from one end to the other without messing up too badly or, at the least, getting noticed doing so. So it’s understandable that while we get the majority of it right, there are some common activities we’re still just trying to do our best at. The following list is a handy guide to those parts of life where the way we’ve always done it may not be the best. 10 Having Sex This entry has very little to do people’s personal preferences in the bedroom. Those things are better left behind closed doors. What it does involve is the purpose of sexual intercourse and the most common—yet ineffective—practices for doing it. According to a recent documentary, the reason men are mor
10 Amazing Examples of Mind Over Matter

10 Amazing Examples of Mind Over Matter

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While we often think of our bodies and minds as two distinct entities, it turns out they are much more entwined than we might assume. Researchers are continually finding evidence that the brain has a distinct power to manipulate the body’s physiology. As these 10 examples show, the mind/body connection can work in our favor or detriment, depending on our knowledge of a situation and our ability to control our thoughts. Judging by their ability to meditate for hours on end, to abstain from food for days, and their vows of silence, most us would agree that Tibetan Monks have better control over their minds and bodies than the average person. Still, what’s particularly amazing is some of them can control physiological processes, such as blood pressure and body temperature – feats many medi
10 Notorious Cases of the Bystander Effect

10 Notorious Cases of the Bystander Effect

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The bystander effect is the somewhat controversial name given to a social psychological phenomenon in cases where individuals do not offer help in an emergency situation when other people are present. The probability of help has in the past been thought to be inversely proportional to the number of bystanders. In other words, the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help. This list describes the prototype of the effect and cites nine particularly heinous examples. First, the prototype of the bystander effect. Jesus tells a story to a lawyer, who, in all other ways, is blameless and upright in God’s eyes. He obeys the Ten Commandments, and loves his neighbor as himself. But he asks Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus then explains, with the
10 Striking Images That Foreshadow Tragedy

10 Striking Images That Foreshadow Tragedy

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[WARNING: This list contains images that may disturb some readers.] A simple snapshot can live on for decades, gathering dust and fading as the world around us changes. Whether it be an image that forces you to question your faith in humanity or a photograph that defines an era, it seems that the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” can, in some cases, be true. These pictures, however, may just leave you speechless. 10A Normal Day In Omagh On August 15, 1998, a car bombing took place in Omagh, Northern Ireland. It was carried out by the Real IRA and resulted in the deaths of 29 people, while further injuring over 200. The bombing took place during “the Troubles,” an ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland that lasted for over 30 years. The Omagh car...
10 Modern Cases of Feral Children

10 Modern Cases of Feral Children

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A feral child is a human child who has lived away from human contact from a very young age, and has little or no experience of human care, loving or social behavior, and, crucially, of human language. Feral children are confined by humans (often parents), brought up by animals, or live in the wild in isolation. There have been over one hundred reported cases of feral children, and this is a selection of ten of them. In May 1972, a boy aged about four was discovered in the forest of Musafirkhana, about 20 miles from Sultanpur. The boy was playing with wolf cubs. He had very dark skin, long hooked fingernails, matted hair and calluses on his palms, elbows and knees. He shared several characteristics with Kamala and Amala: sharpened teeth, craving for blood, earth-eating, chicken-hunting, ...
10 Mysterious Brain-Related Phenomena We’re Just Starting To Understand

10 Mysterious Brain-Related Phenomena We’re Just Starting To Understand

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The mind is a mysterious thing. We’ve all had our minds made up and changed. Sometimes, we get caught in a vicious cycle of circular logic, and our eyes even occasionally play tricks on us. The brain is a hard thing to study, and it’s only with relatively recent scientific advancements that we’ve been able to examine common but extremely bizarre mental phenomena. We’re all familiar with deja vu, but there are plenty of other mysterious brain-related phenomena we experience every day. 10How Does Brainwashing Work? Brainwashing is the practice of completely changing the way a person thinks or what they believe using hostile techniques. We often hear of it being used on prisoners of war, kidnapping victims, and others that are in a position of subservience. That, in f...
10 Fascinating Facts About The Gift of Life

10 Fascinating Facts About The Gift of Life

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We have now just left the Season of Giving, a time of goodwill that is recognized the world over. While a lot of us seek willy-nilly for the perfect gift for a friend or loved one, thousands of people around the world pray that their loved one will receive the “Gift of Life”. In this day of modern science and medical expertise, many previously deadly conditions can be cured through the donation of organs and tissues by another caring individual. Through a donor’s selfless gift, quality of life can be improved, and the afflicted can be well. This list covers 10 different facets of donation and are presented in no particular order. To date there is no suitable, long term, synthetic replacement for whole human blood, making donations of whole blood or platelets ...
10 Amazing Child Heroes

10 Amazing Child Heroes

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Everyone knows and celebrates mythic heroes and famous leaders. But then there are those everyday heroes who just make a difference when the need suddenly arises. This list is about celebrating the youngest of our everyday heroes—kids whose courage and quick thinking prevented tragedy and saved lives. 10 Kamal Nepali Descended A Gorge To Save A Toddler The Seti River in Nepal runs from the Annapurna region of the Himalayas to the city of Pokhara, a major tourist and trekking destination. Before the disastrous flood of 2012, the river normally vanished beneath the city into narrow chasms. This course carved the river a home deep below the surface by wearing away at the mountains. In June 2008, two-year-old Aradhana Pradhan fell 20 meters (60 ft) into one of the river’s gorge...
10 Biggest Annoyances Of Human Existence

10 Biggest Annoyances Of Human Existence

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Have you ever felt life as you know it could be better in a version 2.0? There’s a lot of detailed complaints I could make about life and name things I wish would happen instead — that I could fly, that I could teleport and so forth — but this is a list based around things that actually exist, but could be substantially improved. Ideas that might seem unearthly at first yet still resemble reality as we know it. Here we go. I love a good meal as much as the next guy, and believe me, there are some tasty eats out there. Steak is delicious, frozen yogurt bars are irresistible, the list goes on. But I think it’s ridiculous that I MUST eat. Other diversions in life, some more enjoyable than stuffing my face, often require so much time that I don’t feel like stop...
10 Vile Ways Psychology Is Used For Evil

10 Vile Ways Psychology Is Used For Evil

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Psychology is a discipline meant to help us understand how people think, behave, act, and react to all the various situations that can occur in life. And considering that people are the most important part of our society, this is a pretty important discipline. Unfortunately, psychology isn’t always used for good reasons. Sometimes, the knowledge of psychology is used for evil, and the results are nothing short of sickening. 10 APA Psychologists Reverse Engineer Anti-Interrogation Techniques The US military has always been concerned about their soldiers being captured behind enemy lines. In order to deal with this problem, they had military psychologists come up with a program to teach soldiers how to resist torture. This program is called SERE, and stands for Survival, Evasion, Res...
10 Awesome Stories About Incredible Underdogs

10 Awesome Stories About Incredible Underdogs

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Whether it’s David vs. Goliath or the Average Joe’s vs. the Globo Gym Purple Cobras, everybody loves an underdog story. Tales of the little guy fighting the giant resonate with people across the world. It doesn’t matter if the battle is over a trophy or if it’s life-or-death struggle—we always want the underdog to emerge victorious. 10Kalpana Saroj vs. The Hindu Caste System Dalits are the lowest of the low in the Hindu caste system. While there are laws to prevent discrimination against these so-called untouchables, they only go so far. Men are still refused haircuts, women are forbidden from using the public tap, and children are ostracized at school. It was even worse when Kalpana Saroj was growing up. As a child, she was forbidden from drinking out of the wells of
10 Methods of Death

10 Methods of Death

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New Scientist magazine has pondered the subject in great depth in its latest issue, discussing the various ways of meeting one’s end, from being burned alive to drowning and decapitation. The experts have taken their evidence from advances in medical sciences and accounts from lucky survivors. Whatever the mode of death, it is usually a lack of oxygen to the brain that delivers the “coup de grace”, says the report. Warning: Contains Graphic Images 1. Drowning The “surface struggle” for breath Death by drowning has a certain dark romance to it: countless literary heroines have met their end slipping beneath the waves with billowy layers of petticoats floating around their heads. In reality, suffocating to death in water is neither pretty nor painless, though i...
10 Ways Evolution Made Humans Worse

10 Ways Evolution Made Humans Worse

Humans
If engineers could design the most efficient human body, it would likely look considerably different than our actual anatomy. That’s because evolution hasn’t left us with a perfect form but rather a hodgepodge of adaptations. And while these changes in our physical design have admittedly pushed us to the top of the food chain, they aren’t without their drawbacks. Unfortunately, in our journey to the top, we’ve developed aches, pains, and diseases that are new to the primate lineage. 10 Back Pain There is perhaps no malady collectively griped about more than back trouble. We have upper back pain and lower back pain and hordes of chiropractors promising to realign our vertebrae. So, what gives? Are our spine problems all due to spending too much time hunched over com...