#219
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Making A Break For Freedom

Elderly people trying to make a break for freedom are common at nursing homes. Confused patients at the Ben Rath nursing home in Germany would often slip out the door and get lost. Some would be found wandering in stores or even the forest. Others would jump on buses in search of … [Read more...]

#218
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Felix the Fearless

Base jumpers are daredevils who jump from high buildings, bridges and mountains with parachutes. Felix Baumgartner wasn’t just a base jumper, he was a space jumper. He jumped from a balloon that reached 36 km up in the sky at the edge of space. Felix is your prototypical … [Read more...]

#217
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Robot Rights

A mother and her six children were accused of killing a five-year-old boy in Savigny, France in 1457. The mother and children were brought before a court to answer for their crimes. The mother was found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging, but her children were freed. … [Read more...]

#216
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Walk Your Way To Health And Happiness

Einstein once said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Philosophers and scientists from Aristotle to Einstein have known throughout history that walking in nature can boost creativity. When we walk our heart rate increases, pumping blood … [Read more...]

#215
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Man Lives 555 Days Without a Heart

To “wear your heart on your sleeve” means to show your feelings to the world. It describes a person who hides nothing, and that emotional honesty makes them vulnerable. Stan Larkin didn’t wear his heart on his sleeve. He literally wore his heart on his back. Stan survived and … [Read more...]

#214
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Professor Has 22 Children With 18 Mothers

New York City math professor, Ari Nagel, has 22 children with 18 different women. Ari’s oldest child is 12, and Ari is in a serious long-term relationship with the mother. The other 17 women were just looking for a sperm donor and Ari was happy to help. Some of these women … [Read more...]

#213
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Father Speaks To His Son In Klingon For Three Years

The original science fiction TV show, Star Trek, was only on the air for three years, but it was just the beginning. Over the past 50 years, there have been many Star Trek TV shows and movies loved by Star Trek super fans, called Trekkies. Dr. d’Armond Speers says that he is not … [Read more...]

#211
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Hunter Pays $350,000 To Kill Rhino

Texas millionaire and hunter Corey Knowlton recently paid $350,000 to kill an endangered black rhino in Namibia. There are only 4,000 to 5,000 black rhinos left in the world, and now there is one less. While it’s easy to paint Corey as a monster, he says that hunters like himself … [Read more...]

#210
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Blackie The Talking Cat

While dogs have been used for protection for thousands of years, parrots are a new twist. “Run, run, you are going to get caught,” cried Lorenzo the parrot as the police arrived. Lorenzo was one of 1,700 parrots trained to warn their drug-dealing owners in Barranquilla, … [Read more...]

#209
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A Man Without A Name

One day in 1986, Edgar Latulip got on a bus headed for Niagara Falls and then disappeared. Edgar was reported to the police as a missing person. For 30 years the case went cold. Some people thought Edgar had died in a mysterious accident. Edgar’s mother and the police searched … [Read more...]

#208
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Terminal One

For the majority of us, an airport is nothing more than a place to wait for a journey to begin. But for some, an airport has become a home. In a perfect storm of unlucky events, Mehran Karimi Nasseri found himself stranded at the Charles de Gaulle airport in France for more than … [Read more...]

#207
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Everything Happens For A Reason

English expressions like ‘Everything happens for a reason’ sound hokey to some, but not if you believe in fate or destiny. Pediatrician Dr. Michael Shannon says, "Things are supposed to happen when they do. I see examples of this almost daily in my life and practice." In … [Read more...]

#206
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Joan d’Arc

At the age of 13, a French peasant girl named Joan D’Arc began hearing voices and having visions. The voices told her to go on an important mission to save France. It was the 1400s, and England was occupying much of France, forcing many French people to leave their homes. The … [Read more...]

#205
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Unsung Heroes

In 1986, three men volunteered to die in order to save hundreds of thousands of people, but most of us have never heard of these unsung heroes. When a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine began releasing deadly radioactive material, workers didn't know what to do. No one … [Read more...]

#204
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Idiom: Between A Rock And A Hard Place

When the rugby team from Uruguay boarded the plane, they never imagined that weeks later they'd be eating their teammates to survive. Flying over the Andes Mountains, the pilot's voice came over the intercom. "Fasten your seatbelts, we are going to enter some turbulence." The … [Read more...]

#203
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Idiom – It’s Raining Cats And Dogs

If you look out the window and see a heavy rainstorm, you should not be surprised if you hear an English speaker say, “It’s raining cats and dogs!” This expression is used to describe heavy rain. Some other ways to say this include a ‘torrential rain’, a ‘downpour’, or a … [Read more...]

#202
Penguin

A Heartwarming Friendship

Imagine loving someone so much that you’d swim more than 5,000 miles to see them. Dindim manages to swim that far every single year to visit his friend Joao Pereira de Souza in Brazil. This is heartwarming, not only because of the love between the two friends, but because … [Read more...]

#201
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Back Of The Bus

Imagine having to sit at the back of the bus, just because of your skin color. Less than 100 years ago, it was common in the United States to block African Americans from job opportunities, stores, and restaurants that were only for white people. They were also banned from many … [Read more...]

#200
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Female Power

Worldwide, it’s estimated that one out of every three women has been a victim of violence. Also, women are paid less than men, and they are less likely to hold positions of leadership. Female babies are even aborted at a higher rate than male babies. This phenomenon is so common … [Read more...]

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