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Master of suspense, Stephen King said Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter is the greatest villain since Hannibal Lecter.


Stephen King is a world famous novelist probably best known for his ability to create truly frightening fiction (that typically adapts very poorly into films). Some of his better known works include The Shining, The Running Man, It, Misery, The Green Mile, and the Shawshank Redemption, and the Dark Tower series. 

While he was writing as a book reviewer for Entertainment Weekly back in 2003, he noted that the success of any novel is due to a great villain, while pointing out that Umbridge was the “greatest make-believe villain to come along since Hannibal Lecter.” Dolores Umbridge is a large antagonist in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. A sizeable portion of the book is focused on her gradual, relentless takeover of Hogwarts and the struggle of the main characters to push against her. 

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There's a Lightning storm in Venezuela that's been going on since at least the 16th century!


Relámpago del Catatumbo (Catatumbo Lightning) is an atmospheric phenomenon that occurs where the Catatumbo River meets the Lake Maracaibo, in Venezuela.

How do they happen? The winds blowing accross the Maracaibo lake and other swampy plains around the area meet with the Andes mountain ridges. These winds carry a lot of heat and moisture, which are perfect for creating electric charges. The result? Lightning for 280 times an hour, 10 hours a day for 160 nights a year!

It is believed that the phenomenon has been going around since at least the 16th century (and most likely, even more than that). The first time this storm was reported in writing was an epic poem called "la Dragontea," by Lope de Vega in 1597, which told of the defeat of Sir Francis Drake at this site. Drake tried to attack the city of Maracaibo, but the lightning gave away his position and the city was able to respond in time.

All the electric activity makes the Catatumbo Lightning the largest single generator of Ozone in the planet. The lightning is visible up to 400 km away! Because of this, it's also called as the Maracaibo Beacon.

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These fisherman have birds working for them, and they're the best employees EVER


Fishing is for the birds—literally. Fishermen of the Li river, one of the cleanest in China, use actual birds (the Cormorants) to swoop down and catch their dinner for them.

It's a thankless job for the birds, and the fishermen get some pretty decent meals, but how do a fishermen and a bird end up working together?

One would probably think that it's a great deal for the birds. They are brought to a plentiful lake and set loose to prey on all the fish they can eat.

But it's not quite like that. The fishermen put a stop to that by tying a little noose around the bird's necks to keep them from swallowing their prize.

The fishermen then bounce on their rafts to give the signal and encourage the birds to move through the water like fish-seeking missiles. A single morning can yield a decent bounty, a couple of dozen decent sized fish!

The birds are trained to return to the raft after a catch and are rewarded for their work. In fact, the Cormorants can actually keep a tally of up to seven fish they catch. If they aren't rewarded properly, they will refuse to work!

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Some awesome lists!

Snapple Apple does not contain apple juice among its ingredients!




So what is Snapple Apple’s main fruit then? Drumroll......it’s PEARS! Apparently authentic apple juice does not taste ‘appley’ enough to consumers, so the liquid from its pyriform cousin is used instead. But why can it be marketed as APPLE juice if it’s primarily composed of PEAR juice?? Because it’s not marketed that way. Notice the word “drink” next to juice...calling the beverage a “juice drink” means that it is not required to contain the listed and pictured fruit as its primary component.

In fact, a juice drink only needs to include as little as 5% actual juice to earn that title! Despite containing the depicted fruit, the qualifications for “fruit juice” aren’t much stricter...it only has to contain 10 percent of the real deal.
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Jim Carrey has only done one sequel in his career. He refuses to do any others!


Jim Carrey, one of the comedic front men of the 1990's and early 2000's has starred in a plethora of movies that were instant classics such as 'The Mask', 'Liar Liar' and of course, 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective'.

Despite sequels being almost instant cash grabs, Jim Carrey has only ever starred in a sequel to his films, as he starred in two Ace Ventura films.

Sources claim that Jim Carrey has too much integrity to do a sequel to his movies, because he doesn't want to essentially make the same movie a second time.

The only sequel Carrey starred in was still very early in his career and he was looking for any opportunity to make a name for himself!

Some other notable actors (for the most part) that refuse to do sequels despite pressure from executives are Bill Murray (without counting Garfield and Ghostbusters), Will Ferrel (without counting Anchorman 2), and surprisingly, Adam Sandler!

Although Sandler has released enough awful movies in the past few years that maybe he should consider starring in sequels to his classic hits.

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