10 Little-Known Stories From The Troubled Life Of Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln wasn’t the person we imagine. In public, he might have been a famous orator who could stand in front of crowds and stir the spirits of thousands. But in private, he was a dark and troubled man.

For all the political troubles Lincoln shouldered without a word of complaint, he struggled to stand up to the weight of his personal problems. He battled suicidal thoughts, a deep depression, and a life full of tragedy and unhappiness. And it made him a very different man than the one suggested by his stoic face.

[Read the full article at Listverse.]

5 Ways We Try To Protect Kids (That Actually Make Things Worse)

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We can’t protect our children from everything, even if we really, really want to. It’s tempting when we see our child crying over a scraped knee to bundle him up in a blanket and keep him in our arms forever, where nothing will ever be able to hurt him again.

But we all know that’s not the right thing to do. Kids need to go through hard times. They learn from them, they get stronger, and they become better people. We would never have become the people we are today if we hadn’t screwed up. Our kids need to make those mistakes, too.

But it’s not just helicopter parenting that does more harm than good. As it turns out, a lot of things we think of as “common sense” ways to keep our kids safe don’t keep them safe at all. A lot of the time, they actually make things worse.

[Read the full article at Parent.co]

6 Incredible Superpowers You Didn’t Know Your Baby Has

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Newborn babies might look like the most helpless things on the planet but they can do some things you’d never believe.

For all their fragility, babies have a few abilities that adults don’t have. Sure, they can’t hold up their own heads with their necks and, from time to time, they forget that they need to breathe to stay alive, but in some ways, newborns are incredibly resilient.

Babies have super powers that’ll change the way you see your child – and that you definitely shouldn’t test out at home.

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Deeds, Not Words: 38 Photos That Show The Militant Side Of The Suffragettes

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Women didn’t win the vote by holding up signs and waiting for men to give them permission. They took the fight to the streets – and, though history usually brushes over the dirty details, it was sometimes violent. Some of the more militant suffragettes smashed windows, set buildings on fire, and once even tried to assassinate Britain’s Prime Minister.

These women largely came from the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), one of the leading organizations advocating for women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom in the early 1900s.

For decades beforehand, women had tried to win their rights peacefully, but in 1903, that changed. That year, Emmeline Pankhurst formed the WSPU under the motto “deeds, not words.”

[Read the full article at All That Is Interesting.]

The Old Japan: 50 Fascinating Photos From The Imperial Era

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Before Japan was an island overflowing with towering metropolises, it was a quieter place, where thatched rooftops covered the homes and great rolling, green forests filled the horizon.

Imperial Japan looked unlike any place in the world today — certainly the country that now stands on the same ground. It is a place that lives on only in stories and photographs.

These photographs are the best glimpses we have of what life was like in Imperial Japan – photographs from the late 19th century, taken during the Meiji Restoration Era.

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10 Little-Known Facts That Will Change How You See The Story Of The Mayflower

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The Pilgrims who boarded the Mayflower and sailed across the ocean to America, we’re told, were trying to set up a new colony free of religious persecution—but there was a bit more to the story than that. The Pilgrims weren’t just a group of religious Puritans. The real story of the colony that one day grew into the most powerful nation in the world isn’t exactly pure.

[Read the full article at Listverse.]