You've Heard These 10 Smash Hits, But Did You Know That Prince Brought Them To Life?

You’ve Heard These 10 Smash Hits, But Did You Know That Prince Brought Them To Life?

Although we rung in the new year a few short months ago, 2016 has already taken David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Harper Lee, Natalie Cole, and Otis Clay, to name a few. And we’re now in the throes of another major loss. The Artist Formerly Known as Prince left us on April 21, 2016, and it’s already proven to be a crushing blow. When larger-than-life entertainers suddenly exit stage left, it’s hard to imagine the world without them. Although losing them is always hard, they leave us trails of breadcrumbs that we can follow whenever we need a little comfort. Seeing doves, for example, will undoubtedly strike a chord with Prince fans all over the world from now on. But did you know that The Purple One contributed to way more material than the music that helped him top the charts? Here are 10 popular songs that got the Prince treatment. […]

This Lake Would Be Beautiful If It Didn't Happen To Be Full Of Human Bones

This Lake Would Be Beautiful If It Didn’t Happen To Be Full Of Human Bones

When it comes time for thrillseekers to choose where they want to go on vacation, destinations shrouded in mystery often make their way to the top of the list. And Roopkund is one of those places. Only the most adventurous trekkers make their way to this far-flung glacial lake, and for good reason. After all, it takes some serious guts and training to journey into the Himalayas to find a lake that sits 16,000 feet above sea level. Located in the north of India, Roopkund was discovered by a forest ranger back in 1942. Google Earth Horrifyingly enough, he quickly realized that the lake was filled with human skeletal remains. Flickr / Abhijeet Rane Concerned that these were the bones of Japanese soldiers left for dead during World War II, he notified the British, who later launched a mission to check out the area. Upon further examination, researchers determined that […]

14 English Words That Mean Something Totally Different In Other Languages

14 English Words That Mean Something Totally Different In Other Languages

It’s no secret that English is one of the most baffling languages out there. Sometimes it seems like there are more exceptions than rules, doesn’t it? While those of us who are native speakers breeze through everyday conversations, the words that come out of our mouths get lost in translation elsewhere. Here are 14 English words that have homonyms with totally different meanings in other languages! Although the words themselves aren’t direct translations, they mean something totally different when you break it down to phonetics. 1. Air means water in Indonesian. Flickr / Luis Deliz 2. Pet translates to fart in French. Flickr / Todd McCann 3. Here’s another English-to-French doozy. Smoking means tuxedo. Flickr / Ben Grey 4. Kiss means pee in Swedish. Flickr / Lesa Monster 5. Handy means cellphone in German. Flickr / rob zand 6. Die translates to the Italian phrase for “Come on!” Flickr / […]

7 Lesser-Known Serial Killers We Should All Learn More About

7 Lesser-Known Serial Killers We Should All Learn More About

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); Like many people, I have always been deeply fascinated by serial killers. Before you take that the wrong way, let me explain. I don’t mean to say that I idolize serial killers or condone their actions in any way. The heinous crimes they commit disgust me as much as the next person. However, I do think there is a lot to gain by studying the darkest side of humanity. Taking another human’s life is the most unnatural thing a person can do, yet it comes as second nature to serial killers. Why? The answer is unclear, but must lie somewhere in the lives and minds of the murderers themselves. Killers like Jack the Ripper, Ed Gein, and Jeffrey Dahmer have been discussed for years, but here are seven lesser-known serial killers that we should all learn a little more about. 1. Westley Allan Dodd Wikipedia googletag.cmd.push(function() […]

The Crazy Things Your Brain Does To Keep Your Life Interesting.

The Crazy Things Your Brain Does To Keep Your Life Interesting.

The next time you flunk a test or forget where your keys are, don’t blame your brain. You can’t blame that wrinkly thing in your skull for anything. It is trying super duper hard to keep you happy every day. Even if you’re bored, it works to alleviate that boredom. It’s hard to believe just how much the brain is doing when you don’t realize it. 1.) Spending money on others yields more happiness than spending it on yourself. smallbiztrends 2.) The brain does not have any pain receptors and, consequently, cannot feel pain. iread1966 3.) Your mind “rewrites” monotonous speech of boring people to make it sound more interesting. accuconference 4.) The key to happiness is spending your money on experiences rather than possessions, according to some academic studies. corbis 5.) Brain scientists have identified the cerebellum as the part of the brain that prevents us from tickling ourselves. […]

Ever Feel Like You're Falling As You Drift To Sleep? Here Are 9 Behaviors Explained

Ever Feel Like You’re Falling As You Drift To Sleep? Here Are 9 Behaviors Explained

The human body is a mysterious thing. We do things all the time like yawning, sneezing, and stretching, without even thinking about them. Even if we don’t take the time to wonder why, scientists do. They spend their time studying the body and its many behaviors, and they have answers to some of the most common questions. Here’s what happening when your body starts doing its own thing. 1. Yawning Flickr / Scott When your brain gets too hot or overwhelmed, yawning helps keep it calm, cool, and collected. Read More: If The Sun Were To Ever Disappear, Here Are 12 Ways We’d All Basically Be Screwed 2. Sneezing Flickr / Tina Franklin Sneezing lets your body eject dust, irritants, and other microbes that it doesn’t want hanging around. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/weird-body-questions/

If You Don't Know Much About Mustard Gas, You'll Be Horrified By Its Effects

If You Don’t Know Much About Mustard Gas, You’ll Be Horrified By Its Effects

Among the cruelest tactics of war is the use of chemicals to kill or incapacitate soldiers. Mustard gas, or sulfur mustard, is just one of these debilitating agents that is relatively easy to produce, and its blistering effects are incredibly painful. It was developed as early as 1822, but it wasn’t first used until World War I when the German Army deployed it in 1917 against British and Canadian soldiers in Belgium. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); But this awful form of chemical warfare is not just a thing of the past. The gas got its name from its yellow-brown color and its mustard-like scent, and can be released into the air as a vapor. You can become exposed to it through skin contact, eye contact, and/or inhalation. Wikipedia googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); The agent can also be dispersed through aerial bombs, land mines, rockets, or artillery shells. It has been […]