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Read These 10 Books Before They’re Banned Books

By Kristance Harlow | March 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Books have been banned and burned for as long as the written word has been circulating in print. That’s why you need to read each one of these — before you can’t.

8 Bizarre Facts About Animal Reproduction

By Kristance Harlow | December 26, 2016 | 1 Comment
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There’s no rule that regulates how animals obtain the necessary genetic material to reproduce—and as a result, there is a lot of weird animal sex going on out there.

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7 Parenting Superstitions From Around the World

By Kristance Harlow | November 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Raising children is confusing and stressful, which is why new parents rely on traditional wisdom and the experiences of others to help guide their decisions. But what one person considers traditional knowledge, another may interpret as bizarre or irrational. In psychology, this phenomenon is called magical thinking. Or, more commonly—superstitions. When it comes to children,…

Anti-Jolly Christmas Creatures

By Kristance Harlow | December 21, 2015 | 3 Comments
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Christmas is coming and this year I’m not into it. Something you should know about me is that I have always been the spirit of Christmas. As soon as Thanksgiving is over, I would crank up the holiday tunes and watch every Christmas movie I could get my hands on. I cut out snowflakes and…

5 Badass Facts About Women History Books Leave Out

By Kristance Harlow | March 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The thing that’s easy to forget about history is that so much of it is bullshit. It’s the result of modern people trying to piece together the past from fragments, all of it skewed by their own point of view. And that screwed-up understanding of the past changes how we think about the present. For instance, we assume ancient women probably didn’t fight wars or make art because we didn’t allow women to do so until embarrassingly recently.

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10 Successful Books Authors Wish They Hadn’t Written

By Kristance Harlow | February 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Who wouldn’t want the fruit of his or her artistic labors to reach and influence the lives of millions? The right book can alter the way its readers think. It can inspire them into action. Sometimes, though, that influence reaches farther and in different directions than the author anticipated. Sometimes, authors grow to hate these publications that make them famous.

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10 Surprising Ways The Modern World Is Making Us Sick

By Kristance Harlow | January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Everything in moderation, as the old adage goes. As it turns out, that couldn’t be more accurate, as research continues to shed light on how the modern world is damaging our health. We might be living longer today than our ancestors did, but the current era isn’t as health-friendly as we might think.

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10 Stories Of Terrifying Pack Behavior

By Kristance Harlow | May 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Animals can be scary, especially when they hang out in groups. Even the most docile creatures can create terrifying scenes under the right (or wrong) circumstances. Keep an eye out for these creatures the next time you go for a walk, and whatever you do, do not make a crow angry. This list is all…

10 Amazing Stories Of Love

By Kristance Harlow | February 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Movies constantly bombard us with unrealistic expectations of love. Real life, meanwhile, tells us that most relationships are poor, nasty, brutish, and short. But there’s no need to feel depressed about romance.

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10 Spine-Chilling Ghostly Tales From Vermont

By Kristance Harlow | February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The wind is howling outside, the lights flicker, and the floorboards creak in the next room. If you’ve ever stayed in an old house in Vermont, you know this feeling all too well. And even when the weather is calm, when you’re all alone, be prepared for the unexplained patter of unseen feet in the…

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