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5 Dumb Writing Gimmicks That Became Classic Books

Writers have pulled all sorts of inventive stunts when writing novels. Here are five of the most mind-bending.


4 Modern Sins Pretty Much Every American Is Guilty Of

We as a nation harbor greater sins than LMFAO. Here are the modern behaviors everyone is guilty of, regardless of party, persuasion, or parish.


13 Photos That Change the Way You See History

Photos are great tools for telling a story. It's the storyteller you have to be wary of.


5 Hilariously Perverse Trends You Missed in Famous Artwork

We're about to either make you feel better about the current state of art or convince you that it's always been full of perverse nightmare fuel.


5 Ways U.S. Democracy Is More Rigged Than You Think

It turns out the craziest, most overtly bullshit political practices are perfectly legal.


29 Insane Pastimes That Prove History Was Terrifying

You're simply mistaken (or crazy) if you wish you were living in a different era.


6 Normal People Who Turned into Action Heroes Out of Nowhere

In a world that worships celebrities and fictional superheroes, we've made it our mission to find regular, everyday folks who stepped up in life or death circumstances, their own safety be damned.


6 Unassuming People Who Casually Saved Hundreds of Lives

These people went above and beyond, sometimes sacrificing themselves in the process.


6 Creepy Old-School Novelty Toys (For Weird Perverts)

It turns out the past was a perverted creep.


5 Famous Symbols that Were Created to Be Horrible Insults

It's always weird to look at the pop culture symbols we just take for granted and realize how often the origins are somewhere between insulting and utterly horrifying.


The 6 Most Terrifying Things People Used to Do With the Dead

This article contains images that may disturb some younger readers and will absolutely kick your soul in the dick, regardless of age.


13 Old-Timey Photos That Will Give You Nightmares (Part 3)

History is the nightmare that keeps on giving.


The 5 Strangest Ways Petty Criminals Escaped Punishment

We're not saying any of these strategies will work for you. We're just saying they've worked at least once.