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Beloved characters saved behind the scenes by suggestions from the actor

4th in the Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsJason Isaacs came with Lucius Malfoy’s entire appearance When the design of the studio for Lucius Malfoy reached Jason Isaacs, he was about as disappointed as the fans were when JK Rowling tweeted. Lucius should wear a pinstripe suit and short black and white hair, which sounds less Harry Potter and …

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The most bizarre ships ever put to sea

Humanity has been building boats for around 8,000 years. The earliest boats were either rafts or canoes and were obviously quite simple in construction and function. If you’ve ever seen a modern superyacht or aircraft carrier, you know how much times have changed. But the path from the old reed raft to your modern aircraft carriers is far from a …

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Reminder: Angels in the Bible were stunning horror animals

You probably think you know what angels look like. After all, you see one every time you look in the mirror, don’t you? Even if you’re not the type of dead-eyed psycho who can’t resist sticking finger guns into any reflective surface, you probably have a pretty good idea. White robes, bright-headed frisbees, duck wings and a huge flashing Christmas …

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5 movies that did crazy things in the name of realism

5 Swiss man Recording of the cast and crew farting The moving story of a suicide bomber, played by Paul Dano and the bloating corpse of Daniel Radcliffe, with whom he befriends, Swiss man is a magical, fart-driven journey of redemption and self-discovery. And no, fart power is no exaggeration: the film consists of 125% ass explosions and aerosolized turdy …

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Urban legends from all over the world

The reason urban legends work so well isn’t because they’re scary, but because they happened to someone you know. It’s no longer a fictional story in a book, but a shared story of a community or place that gives them more credibility than any ghost story we can ever come up with. While most of the well-known urban legends we …

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The best predictive model for the president (Is Dumb AF)

From ancient times people have sought out those who claim they can predict the future, from the ancient haruspices digging around in sheep’s intestines to predict the tides of battle to the more statistical, contemporary practice of renting Octopuses Predicting the score of soccer matches. But after a particular unexpected twist in 2016, people are left in doubt as to …

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Science fiction weapons of the near future

We owe a lot to violence and conflict, as a large part of all our technological innovations stem from violence and conflict. This also makes perfect evolutionary sense. The danger of extinction was a big driver of innovation in the early days. When you have better swords than the rival clan, you automatically know more about swords and metalworking and …

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In Japan, you have to poop in bookstores

If you take the right (or wrong, depending on your students’ debt burden) college classes, you will eventually end up on the concept of “culture-bound syndromes.“They are a fascinating group of mental and sometimes physical disorders that appear to be caused by the beliefs and practices of certain cultures. Some of the most interesting examples are “Koro” and other related …

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6 Big Details About World War II We’re Always Wrong

6 D-Day was the worst-kept secret of World War II, not the best The story we all know: The multi-faceted Operation Overlord required not only precise timing, planning, landing craft and logistical support, but above all closed lips. Why it is wrong: It’s a wonder D-Day was successful at all. A soldier inexplicably sent him top secret documents sisterwho have …

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