10 First World Problems of ISIS Members

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ISIS is a new type of terrorist group. Where Al-Qaeda was satisfied with the simple joys of slaughtering infidels’ children and destroying their propaganda machines, ISIS actually wants our kids to join them—and they’re happy to use Twitter to do it. The really strange part is that it works. People from first world countries actually listen to ISIS and willingly leave their homes in pursuit of the better life that they imagine comes with living with a terrorist group in a Syrian slum.

Thanks to Twitter and their letters home, we get to hear these people talk about their experiences. As it turns out, terrorist recruits have the same first world problems as a freshman on vacation in South America.

[Read the full article at Listverse.]

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10 Ways Scientists Are Working To Make You Lazy

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Since the first man stepped out of his cave and into the sunlight, we’ve striven to never again repeat that horrible experience.

Through the millennia, we’ve tried many ways to avoid the terrors of going outside or having to slightly move our muscles. The Egyptians tried using slave labor, but alas, the slaves complained and ran away. The Europeans brought us the Industrial Revolution, but still, we were forced to sit at machines and flip a bunch of switches.

Even now, scientists are still striving toward this goal. We’re constantly coming up with new innovations, all in the hopes of eliminating the need to use our arms to pick things up . . . and we’re getting closer every day.

[Read the full article on Listverse.]

7 Ways Police Can Brainwash You Into A False Confession

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Police interrogation, largely based on the Reid technique, is expressly designed to elicit a confession from a suspect — facts and evidence be damned. Right about now you’re probably shouting, “Those coppers’ll never get a false confession outta me, see!” But let’s hope you never make it out of the 1920s and have to find out just how wrong you are. Because you’ll confess all right, and here’s how they’ll make you do it …

[Read the full article on Cracked.]

Why “The Grinch” Is Much Darker Than You Ever Realized

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As is told in the ancient Roman text How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, every Christmas, the Whos down in Whoville stand hand-in-hand and sing carols. Nothing can stop their impenetrable Christmas spirit. Even when The Grinch steals Christmas, they still stand out in Whoville Square without any presents at all, singing as loud as they can.

But they’re not singing because they love Christmas. They’re singing because they’re terrified that they’re all going to be slaughtered. Because that’s what How The Grinch Stole Christmas! is really about: a community of traumatized people who live in constant fear of genocide.

You might’ve missed that part when you were four years old. And even more surprising is that it’s not The Grinch who is threatening them. It’s far crazier than that …

[Read the full article on Cracked.]

The Art of Potty Training: In Defense of Slitted Pants

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Expat parents often feel shocked and upset when they see a Chinese child dressed in slitted pants, however, Mark Oliver investigated this “absurd” way of  Chinese potty training and found it quite useful.

Most expats probably aren’t about to go out and cut a hole in their children’s pants, but it’s still worth looking at the Chinese system closely enough to learn from it. Quite simply, Chinese potty training works.

[Read the full article at Qingdao Family.]