The Real Gangs Of New York: When The Dead Rabbits And Bowery Boys Ruled Five Points

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America’s first true melting pot was a run-down Manhattan neighborhood called the Five Points. It was a cheap slum that lured in the poorest and least fortunate: sweatshop workers, immigrants, and newly-freed slaves, all trying to scrape by side-by-side through some of the worst living conditions in the United States.

It was far from peaceful. Five Points was a place where life was short and violent, where race riots would regularly break out, and where diseases spread like wildfire. It was a place of thieves, brothels, and intense poverty – and the place where the original gangs of New York were formed.

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28 Horrifying Photos of Holodomor – The Ukrainian Famine That Killed Millions

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In 1932 and 1933, millions died in the Ukraine. The country was hit by the Holodomor, a famine so terrible that, for the people caught in the middle of it, seeing an emaciated body collapsed on the side of the road had become an everyday sight.

The country became a living nightmare; a place where thousands of starving people had turned to cannibalism to survive. And yet, in the news outside of the Ukraine, newspapers denied it was even happening.

The Ukrainians call the famine the “Holodomor,” a name that means “murder through starvation.” The Holodomor, they believe, wasn’t just a natural disaster, it was deliberately planned to starve them out.

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10 Brutal Facts About Growing Up In The Aztec Empire

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Parents just don’t raise kids like they used to. Back in the good ol’ days, people raised their kids to be tough and didn’t balk if that meant being strict with them. If a kid had to be held over a fire, forced to carry logs until he collapsed, or sent to starve in a temple, nobody looked twice.

Of course, in those days, we had real leaders—like the king of kings, Moctezuma II, who struck fear in the hearts of his enemies for the glory of Huitzilopochtli, bird-god of war and human sacrifice.

We’ll probably never get back to North America’s real traditional values. But here’s a glimpse into what life was like when men were men, women were women, and flayed gods demanded blood.

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10 Weird Trends That Keep Showing Up In Medieval Art

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Medieval art is kind of weird. It’s the dirty uncle of art history. We’ll go on and on about how proud we are of the Renaissance and the Classics, but if anyone brings up the years AD 1000 to 1500, we cough and politely try to change the subject.

And that’s what makes it so great. For a period of about 500 years, artists weren’t killing themselves trying to make photo-realistic paintings or to explain how the paint they threw at the canvas somehow symbolized something other than the panic of an approaching deadline.

A lot of them were just bored monks scribbling in the margins of books to pass the time. If nothing else, that made for an art period unlike any the world has ever seen.

[Read the full article at Listverse.]

10 Facts That Show Exactly What Will Happen Without Net Neutrality

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On December 14, net neutrality is going to have its greatest showdown. The FCC will be holding a vote to decide whether to keep the Internet free and open, and the consequences could be severe. If net neutrality dies, your Internet provider will win the right to slow down websites, apps, and online services—and even block them outright.

We don’t need to wonder how far they’re willing to go. Corporations around the world have already taken every chance they can to get around net neutrality laws, and they’ve shown us exactly what they’ll do if we let them.

[Read the full article at Listverse.]

10 Ways The History of Thanksgiving Is Nothing Like You Imagined

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The story of Thanksgiving isn’t exactly what you learned in school. There’s a lot more to it than just Pilgrims and Native Americans eating turkey and cranberry sauce. There’s a whole long, winding history that created the holiday Americans celebrate today—and it’s not all what you think.

From the first Thanksgiving feast in the Arctic to the days when kids went door-to-door asking for treats in their Thanksgiving costumes, Thanksgiving’s been through a lot of changes most people never hear about. But without every one of these moments, the Thanksgiving we know today simply wouldn’t exist.

[Read the full article at Listverse.]

10 Celebrity Stalker Stories As Terrifying As Any Horror Movie

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Celebrity can be a beacon that draws in madness. When someone’s name flashes across every part of the world, it starts working itself into the lives of people they’ve never met—including the ones they’d never want to.

Every famous star has fans who take it too far. There are thousands of people who spend their time alone, nursing a mad fantasy over a face they’ve seen on TV. And when the crazy ones leave their homes and decide to meet their favorite stars face-to-face, it can turn into a real-life horror story that’s stranger and more terrifying than anything they’ve acted out on the silver screen.

[Read the full article at Listverse.]