All posts by Mark Oliver

24 Before-And-After Photos From The Early Days of Plastic Surgery

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Before it became predominantly associated with celebrity nips and tucks, plastic surgery was about saving lives. The medical procedure would change a person’s life – not by giving them a little extra confidence, but by making it possible to walk outside again.

On some level, plastic surgery has been around for thousands of years – but the idea really got started during World War I, when doctors performed the first skin graft. With the world at war, medical science made some incredible leaps that would change plastic surgery forever.

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

10 Little-Known Stories From The American Civil War

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The US Civil War was a horrible, brutal war. Men raised their weapons against their countrymen, and they slaughtered one another in one of the most violent and devastating conflicts in US history. By the end, 625,000 people had died—more American casualties than World War I and World War II combined.

Nobody imagined that it would be so devastating. When the war began, many thought it would be over in the blink of an eye. Some treated it like a game or a spectator sport. There are some little-known stories that show what people thought this war was going to be, and how the dark truth of what was really happening set in.

[Read the full article at Listverse.com]

How To Raise A Good Person – Instead Of One Who Is Just Afraid Of Being Bad

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We discipline our kids for a reason: we want them to be good.

When a parent yells at their children or sends them to their room, it’s not because they want their kids to suffer. We’re not just hate-filled gargoyles who want to stamp out fun wherever we find it. We’re trying to help our kids understand that their behavior affects other people. We want to make them better people.

But there’s a difference between raising a child who is afraid of getting in trouble and a child who understands the difference between right and wrong. When our kids grow up, we won’t be around every minute of their lives. If we want them to make good decisions when we’re not around, they have to be motivated by more than just fear of getting in trouble.

[Read the full article at Parent.co][Read the full article at Parent.co]

10 Classified Documents That Reveal That The CIA Is Up To Some Pretty Lame Stuff

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Over the past few months, we’ve gotten more access to the inner workings of the CIA than we’ve had in a long time. Thirteen million declassified documents were put online in a searchable database, while WikiLeaks has been exposing one of the biggest caches of confidential documents in history.

More than a few of these files expose dark and unethical conspiracies. But hidden among them are a few mundane files that usually get overlooked. In them, a different side of the CIA comes out. Not everything the CIA does, it turns out, is part of some ingenious evil plan. In fact, a lot of it is downright ridiculous.

As it turns out, the people behind this dark, shadowy organization are just people—and they’re every bit as stupid, geeky, and vain as the rest of us.

[Read the full article at Listverse.com]

10 Bizarre Tales About The First Emperor of China’s Quest for Immortality

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Qin Shi Huang was a ruler unlike any the world had ever seen. He rose his armies against every kingdom around him and conquered them all. He became the first emperor of a united China, and he left his mark on the world. He started the Great Wall, built the Terracotta Warriors, and left behind a legacy unlike any before.

No one had ever taken as much from life as Qin Shi Huang —and the thought of losing it terrified him. No matter how many armies he conquered, the specter of death still followed after him. He saw, ever in wait, the inescapability of his own mortality. He refused to accept it. After conquering China, the first Emperor waged a new war against death itself.

[Read the full article at Listverse.com]

41 Photos Of The Inuit People Before And After Canada Ravaged Their Way Of Life

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The natives of Canada’s Arctic have a unique culture born from life in a frozen world. For hundreds of years, the Inuits survived in a place whose permafrost-ridden ground practically prohibited life. Then, the Canadian government intervened.

Before contact with the Western world, the Inuit were a nomadic people. They lived as hunters, setting up temporary homes before moving on to the next hunting grounds. They traveled on dogsleds and kayaks, making tools from stones and animal bones.

But Canadians of European ancestry had a hard time understanding that lifestyle. Thus, they sought to make the Inuit “modern.”

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

10 Brutal Realities of Life in the Horde of Genghis Khan

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Genghis Kahn and his Mongolian hordes swept through Asia, slaughtering and conquering a huge part of the world. No army could stand in their way. By the time their conquests had ended, they had wiped out a tenth of the world’s population.

It took an intense and brutal army to pull it off. Fighters in the Mongolian army did not have the option to be weak. Life, in a Mongolian horde, meant giving up even the most basic of comforts and doing some absolutely horrifying things.

[Read the full article at Listverse.com]