Lots of us grew up thinking that, out of the blue, we’d someday get recruited into a globetrotting spy adventure. And you know what? That actually happens! Well, if you’re famous, anyway. We’ve previously mentioned that, for instance, George Orwell was once recruited by the British government to infiltrate communist groups in his home country. But when it comes to famous people doing spy stuff on the side, that’s far from the weirdest example …
The name of Babylon, today, is used as a synonym for evil and debauchery. Our view of the ancient empire is colored by biblical history, and it’s not exactly flattering. It calls Babylon the “mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations” and says that “happy is he who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rocks.”
In its time, though, Babylon was one of the world’s most powerful cities, a name uttered with awe. Much of the real Babylon has been lost to time, but archaeologists have found pieces. Through them, we glimpse into one of the world’s first great civilizations.
Usually, evolution is a long, slow process. It can take millions of years before the subtle changes that take place in every living thing become dramatic enough for us to see.
Sometimes, though, evolution happens right before our eyes. There are some species that are changing so quickly that we can actually watch it happen – and scientists have witnessed some incredible changes in life, unfolding before our eyes.
By now, most parents have heard that they shouldn’t spank their children. Not only does it not work, but it can lead to mental health problems, slow brain development and – apparently – can even turn your child into a criminal.
If you read a lot of parenting articles, though, you’ve probably heard a whole lot of other things you can’t do, too. According to one article, putting your child is time-out is basically the same as beating your child. Making your child feel shame is a form of emotional abuse. Yelling at your child is as bad as spanking. And, in some extreme cases, we’re even told that using any form of punishment whatsoever is bad parenting.
In most of these articles, the writer illustrates their advice with a role play that makes you wonder if they’ve ever actually met a child. They tell us about this angel child who hears mama nicely ask him to stop being naughty and just says, “Okay, Mama! Anything you say!”
We never see the child blow up. We never see him cry, or collapse onto the ground, or hit or bite or yell or run away.
If your child’s actually that perfect, that’s great – but don’t be surprised if he starts turning water into wine and healing lepers. For the rest of us, there are moments when positive parenting stops working. We need to do something about it. And we need to know what we can do that won’t scar our children for life.
In his writing, Charles Dickens was a voice for what was right. He spoke against greed and cruelty and for the rights of the disenfranchised and the poor. He wrote stories that inspired millions, and he has become an eternal part of the canon of English literature.
In his private life, though, Charles Dickens was a bit different. He held troubling relationships with women and science alike, and his life was even stranger than the stories he wrote.
One hundred years before its fall, the Aztec Empire went through an incredible change. The emperor’s son, Tlacaelel, declared that the god of war, Huitzilopochtli, was to be the highest of all gods.
From then on, the Aztecs lived in service of the god of war. Human sacrifice became a massive part of Aztec society, with hundreds of thousands of people slaughtered each year as offerings to the gods.
Maybe you’ve been spending too much time at work. Maybe you just forgot to tend to your partner’s needs. Or maybe you just forgot to delete your browser history. No matter what brought on the argument with your partner, you’re here now. It happens. According to 1 study, two-thirds of all relationships go downhill after the first baby is born. And blaming things on the baby — not a good look for you.
Everyone needs a bit of help in these situations. Ronn Torossian is the President and CEO of 5WPR, and an expert at public relations crisis management. He was there when Puff Daddy wanted to be called P. Diddy. When Pitbull was in the doghouse. When the state of Israel — well, that’s always a tough one. Torossian is pretty much a professional apologizer, but he’s also a spin-master who gets big names get out of hot water. Here’s his crash-course in fiascos to help you keep your marriage from turning into a tabloid story.