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6 Normal People Who Turned into Action Heroes Out of Nowhere
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.

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6 Unassuming People Who Casually Saved Hundreds of Lives
6 Unassuming People Who Casually Saved Hundreds of Lives

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

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

It turns out the past was a perverted creep.

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5 Famous Symbols that Were Created to Be Horrible Insults
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.

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

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

History is the nightmare that keeps on giving.

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The 5 Strangest Ways Petty Criminals Escaped Punishment
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.

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7 Wanted Criminals Who Made Mocking Police Into an Art Form
7 Wanted Criminals Who Made Mocking Police Into an Art Form

Here are some guys whose stories would have gotten cut from a 'GTA' campaign for being too over-the-top.

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5 Mysterious Structures With Creepy Unknown Origins
5 Mysterious Structures With Creepy Unknown Origins

While archaeology isn't all whips and fedoras, every now and again, archaeologists stumble upon something that defies normal logic and convention.

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5 People Whose Major Disabilities Only Made Them Stronger
5 People Whose Major Disabilities Only Made Them Stronger

Prepare to feel completely worthless.

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5 Shockingly Crazy Judges Who Presided Over Modern Courts
5 Shockingly Crazy Judges Who Presided Over Modern Courts

Most of the time, you can count on a judge for their knowledge and impartiality. (Most of the time.)

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6 Old Photos of Kids Who Are Way Tougher Than Modern Adults
6 Old Photos of Kids Who Are Way Tougher Than Modern Adults

Before color photographs, kids didn't need to pretend to be badass.

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The 5 Most Cartoonishly Evil Banks of All Time
The 5 Most Cartoonishly Evil Banks of All Time

Banks aren't out there hiring hit squads and funding terrorism, right?

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5 Shocking Ways Enemies Worked Together During Times of War
5 Shocking Ways Enemies Worked Together During Times of War

Tthroughout history, there have been some people who've stared war's moral corruption right in the face and then punched its teeth out.

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5 Seemingly Harmless Groups That Wield Terrifying Power
5 Seemingly Harmless Groups That Wield Terrifying Power

The sinister organizations making society dance like puppets aren't the illuminati -- they're boring, ordinary groups gone mad with power.

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