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.]

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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.]

10 Songs That Mean Something Shockingly Different From What You Thought

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When you listen to a song on the radio, it’s easy to think that you know just how the singer felt when he or she wrote the lyrics. But there’s a good chance that you’re wrong because most modern songs aren’t written by the people who sing them. So the experiences that shape these songs aren’t necessarily what you’d expect.

[Read the full article at Listverse.]

10 Sci-Fi Dystopias That Are Everyday Realities Today

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Ray Bradbury once said, “I wasn’t trying to predict the future. I was trying to prevent it.” Really, that’s the whole point of science fiction. The genre has never been about predicting new technologies. Instead, its purpose is to warn us about the dark future to come, if we don’t change our path.

Occasionally, we listen and learn, and then society improves. But other times, we don’t. And while the present day seems quite ordinary to us, the reality is that our modern era was once a horrible, terrifying nightmare that sci-fi writers desperately tried to stop.

[Read the full article at Listverse.]

10 Unexpected Benefits to Being a Psychopath

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Psychopaths get a bit of a bad rap. In an increasingly sensitive world—one in which people are worried that using the word “crazy” might be offensive—people are strangely comfortable with using the term “psychopath” as a synonym for “worst person on Earth.”

Most people believe that psychopaths are dangerous people who should be separated from society. Despite this characterization, there are nonviolent psychopaths. In fact, people with this disorder may have some advantages over other people.

[Read the full article at Listverse.]

10 Horrible Ways People Tried to Recreate Movies in Real Life

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Films can be life-changing. We see visions of awe and excitement on the silver screen and the spark of desire they often create can inspire us to copy them. However, for some it is all too easy to forget that these moving pictures are designed merely for entertainment and spectacle.

As you are about to see, in far too many cases the attempts to mimic what is seen at the movies can lead to some truly bizarre events, and even heartbreak and tragedy.

[Read the article at Listverse]

10 Things High Schools Don’t Teach About Shakespeare’s Life

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There are only a few tidbits of evidence about Shakespeare’s life, but people certainly look through everything they can to find them. Scholars are so desperate for a glimpse into his life that they have even gone through his cesspit just to find out what he ate for dinner.

What we do have paints a portrait of a man who did a lot more than just write a few plays. We’ve been able to piece together some parts of Shakespeare’s life pretty clearly, and the real Shakespeare might not be the man you expect.

[Read the article at Listverse]