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Direwolves from Game of Thrones actually existed!


The dire wolf is not so much mythological as it is extinct. It was most common in North and South America, living from 1.8 million to 10 000 years ago; approximately 1.79 million years. The dire wolf averaged about 4.9 feet in length and weighed between 100-174 pounds.

The dire wolf’s bite was 129% the force of the modern gray wolf and could hold and subdue their prey. However, it was the crossing of the gray wolf as well as human beings into the dire wolf’s natural habitat that led to it's extinction. Most of the large mammals which they depended on began to die out, and they went with them.

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Mother Teresa denied pain killers to some of her patients!


Mother Teresa is commonly thought of as an uber-saint. However, she may not have exactly been an angel too modest for wings. Often, she has been criticized for her views on human suffering. She adamantly believed that suffering would bring people closer to Jesus Christ, who supposedly suffered and subsequently “died for our sins.”

Thus, she denied some of the patients in her Homes for the Dying painkillers. Sanal Edamaruku, President of Rationalist International claims that one could “hear the screams of people having maggots tweezered out of their open wounds without pain relief.” On principal, strong painkillers were not even administered in severe cases as, according to Mother Teresa’s philosophy, it is “the most beautiful gift for a person that can participate in the suffering of Christ.” Well, the person suffering may beg to differ.

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Porn is illegal in Ukraine unless it's for medical use!


Yes, in Ukraine the doctor might just write you a prescription for porn.Under a relatively new law, possession of any pornography (not just hardcore) in Ukraine is a criminal offense that can lead to a fine of roughly $110 or up to 3 years in prison.

The definition for what counts as porn under this legislation is a bit vague; it read: “Pornography is vulgar, candid, cynical, obscene depiction of sexual acts, pursuing no other goal, the explicit demonstration of genitals, unethical elements of the sexual act, sexual perversions, realistic sketches that do not meet moral criteria and offend honor and dignity of the human by inciting low instincts."

However, Ukraine’s minister of Justice further complicated this law by conceding that porn may be retained for “medical purposes.” It was not made specific what kind of medical purposes he was referring to, however it can be assumed that porn may be used when a semen sample is required or in the psychological research.

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Paris has a resolution that bans Tom Cruise from becoming an honorary citizen of the city!


The city of Paris certainly doesn’t want (or need) a celebrity endorsement from Mr.Tom Cruise. Now, as some of you may know, Tom Cruise is a member of Scientology-a religious organization with a controversial body of beliefs and practices. Since 1995, France has classified the Church of Scientology as a cult, and thus generally opposes the organization.

In 2005, Tom Cruise was working to become an honorary citizen of the city of Paris. However, the municipal government of Paris blocked that move by passing an official resolution which prohibited Tom Cruise from becoming an honorary citizen because of his affiliation with Scientology.

The government of France is really serious about it's crackdown on cults. There French government agency by the title MIVILUDES (Mission interministérielle de vigilance et de lutte contre les dérives sectaires, I.e. "Interministerial Mission for Monitoring and Combatting Cultic Deviances") that is in charge of detecting and analyzing cult activities, coordinating an appropriate response, informing the public about potential risks, and providing victims with aid.

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15 Seriously Depressing Facts About Our Earth

Heavily hunted animals live in Chernobyl, because it is safer where there are no humans


In April and May 1986, reactor four at the Chernobyl nuclear plant melted down. Over the course of ten days, it pored out radioactive isotopes that blanketed the area. They killed the pine trees surrounding the plant in a matter of days. Now, the area remains one of the most contaminated ecosystems on Earth.

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone encompasses 1,600 square miles or norther Ukraine and southern Belarus and is guarded by armed military. The levels of radiation within the zone are dangerous. After the meltdown, the Soviet government took drastic measures to contain the radiation as best they could.

They scraped away the topsoil, sprayed the area with chemicals meant to trap radiation close to the ground, evacuated nearby villages and slaughtered livestock. They left a barren moonscape.Since then, nature has begun to take over again. Not only has the vegetation returned, but wild animals now roam the area.

Bears, boars, owls and wolves have all been spotted in the area. Ironically, since no humans live in the Exclusion Zone, it has become a sanctuary for biodiversity, particularly the wildlife. With no humans there to hunt them, these animals are able to thrive despite the radioactivity.

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