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North Korea imprisons three generations of a political prisoner's family!

North Korea has three forms of political imprisonment. The short term forced labor camps are for those who have committed misdemeanors. The long term labor camps are for those who have committed felonies. And the Kwalliso are political penal labor colonies.

There are about 150,000 to 200,000 political prisoners in North Korea today. Unlike in countries like the United States, these prisoners are sent to the camps without going through any judicial process. And as a form of collective punishment, three generations of the criminal's family are sent to these camps with them.

Duties at these camps include tree felling, mining, timber cutting and other agricultural activities. Their sentences vary but some prisoners are forced to stay at these prison camps for life. There are believed to be about 6 prison camps in North Korea, and they're usually located in valleys in the country's northern provinces.


C.S. Lewis had 2 conditions for a Narnia movie: No live action and no Disney involvement!

In 2005, Disney came out with a film version of the beloved C.S. Lewis book "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Disney spent tens of millions of dollars to make the film, which featured a computer generated lion playing Aslan (and voiced by Liam Neeson). In total, Disney used 1,700 special effects shots and computer generated sequences.

However, despite their efforts and the film's success, it is likely that C.S. Lewis, if he were alive, would have hated the movie. In a letter to a BBC producer in 1959, Lewis said that he was "absolutely opposed" to a live action version of his tale.

He was also opposed to Disney and wrote "if only Disney didn't combine so much vulgarity with his genius." According to these letters, the Narnia film version is exactly the opposite of what Lewis, who died in 1963, would have wanted.


The record company thought Nirvana's 'Nevermind' would sell 250k copies. It's sold over 30 MILLION!

"Nevermind" was rock group, Nirvana's, second studio album and one of the most famous albums of all time. It has appeared on Rolling Stone and Time's lists of greatest albums and is largely responsible for bringing alternative rock to a mainstream audience. "Nevermind" was released in September 1991 and was the group's first album with DCG Records.

DCG hoped that the album would sell 250,000 copies. However, by January 1992, "Nevermind" was selling about 300,000 copies a week. It replaced Michael Jackson's album, "Dangerous," at number one on the Billboard 200.

The album's success was largely due to the popularity of it's four singles: "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Come as You Are," "Lithium," and "In Bloom." The Recording Industry Association of America certified the album Diamond, meaning that it shipped 10 million copies. Overall, "Nevermind" has sold 30 million copies.


15 Medical Facts You Should Know

A mute man spoke his first words in over 6 years after riding Coney Island's Cyclone coaster

For some reason, in 1943, West Virginian coal miner Emilio Franco lost his ability to speak. He remained mute, and doctors could not find any medical reason for his lack of speech. It turns out that all Franco needed was a ride on a roller coaster.

In 1949, six years after his initial silence, Franco rode the Coney Island Cyclone coaster with his cousin. The coaster was incredibly popular. It featured an 85 ft drop and was advertised as "The Most Fearsome Coaster Ever Built." With frequent riders, it paid off it's $100,000 cost in just one year. When Franco stumbled off the ride, his first words in years were "I feel sick."


Nixon had a speech ready in case the moon landing failed or the astronauts were trapped on the moon!

On July 20, 1969, the first men stepped on the moon. The United States' Apollo 11 mission carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon's surface and safely home. They were welcomed like the heros they were. Thankfully, the two men survived this mission, but when they traveled into outer space, the nation did not know if they would return.

Just in case they did not survive the mission, President Nixon had a speech at the ready. The 1.5 page speech explains that the two astronauts lay down their lives for the betterment of mankind and for the pursuit of truth and understanding. It also compares the current day to ancient times when people would look up and see their heroes in the constellations. Similarly, it predicted that people would look to the moon and remember Armstrong and Aldrin's sacrifice.

Notes at the bottom of the speech give instructions for the president to personally call the widows-to-be. And it recommends that, after NASA ends communication with the astronauts, a clergyman will follow the same procedures as for a burial at sea.



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