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20 Excuses to Help You Get out of Your Next Terrible Date

Let’s face it, in the age of Internet dating (which is basically like being set up on an endless series of blind dates, but instead of a trusted friend as the go-between, we’re trusting computer algorithms), you’re going to need a good reason to split once in a while. Yes, I’m being generous. So here...

The Gentleman Pirate Who Gave up Wealth and Comfort for a Life of Crime

Many people know the names of the infamous pirates from history such as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, but there is one swashbuckler of the seas that you may not be familiar with, a villainous pirate with a dashing personality whose exploits earned him the nickname “The Gentleman Pirate.” His real name was Stede Bonnet, and...

Public Image Isn’t New: Even Lincoln Went to Extremes to Look Good in Photos

If you’re any kind of geek when it comes to presidents, you probably already know that Abraham Lincoln wasn’t the most polished looking fellow. In fact, it seems from firsthand accounts that the man was downright awkward in a multitude of ways, from his gangly limbs to his troubles with public speaking. A North Carolina...

The Incredible Odyssey of Eva Peron’s Body

When Domingo Tellechea was approached by men dressed in black in a bar in Argentina one night in 1974, he was immediately suspicious. Argentina was in constant upheaval in the 1970s; guerrilla groups attacked the government, and death squads employed by the government murdered radicals and innocents alike. Tellechea had some protection, however, as he was well-known...

New York Artist Puts His Own Touch on Dull Street Objects

A New York City artist named Tom Bob is transforming seemingly bland street objects in the Big Apple. We’re talking utility meters, pipes, and forgotten pieces of concrete that most folks walk by every single day without noticing. Take a look at some of his genius pieces of art and check out Tom Bob’s Instagram...

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8 Things You Believe Are True but Are Actually Propaganda

The power of advertising and marketing never fails to amaze me. There are jingles from my childhood that remain lodged in the recesses of my brain. Even though I know diamonds are common and therefore of low value, as gems go, I still struggled to look the other way when my engagement loomed. Programming is...

Goldfish Can Make Their Own Alcohol and I’ve Never Been More Jealous

Buckle your seatbelt – the term “drinking like a fish” is about to get way more apropos. Also, so is the Jesus fish on the back of your neighbor’s station wagon (if they still make station wagons?). Why? Because it turns out that about 8 million-ish years ago, certain species of fish evolved the ability...

Have You Noticed How the Cast of “The Crown” Looks Exactly Like the Actual Royal Family?

Hopefully you’re watching The Crown (or have plans to watch) because it’s a great show with tons going for it – the writing, the timing, the acting, and on and on. But also? The casting is ah.may.zing. Seriously. The people who were chosen to portray members of the British royal family look exactly like their...

Groomsman Stands in for Bride During Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot, Saves the Day

Now this guy is a real friend. When redditor Doshinski went to visit the venue where he and his lady were to be married, the bride didn’t make the trip. I guess the she didn’t realize that the visit to the venue was also a pre-wedding photo shoot to plan out potential shots for the big day....

These Gorgeous Illustrations Take Us Through the Gender Transition of This Trans Artist

Part of the struggle that transgender people have with society is helping people to understand their feelings, their struggles, and the uneven path toward becoming the person they’re meant to be inside. So when 28-year-old cartoonist Julia Kaye began the process of transitioning, her friends encouraged her to not only create cartoons to help her...