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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

September 6, 2017 | 6 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Is Kim Jong Un Crazy?

It’s clear that Kim Jong Un is not crazy. He’s acting logically and near-ideally from what someone in his position would want to do.

A big part of that is looking crazy. He wants to look crazy. Here’s why:

Let’s say you’re the dictator of an internationally condemned country. You didn’t intentionally choose this route – it’s just that your dad was the Dear Leader, and now he’s the dearly departed leader.

People in other countries spend some time reviewing military options to oust you. If your government collapses (or actually gets into a military conflict), the best-case scenario for you is a quick death. You have ambitious people all around you – some better connected and more well-respected than you are, as a young nobody. Any serious attempt at reform is only going to empower the people around you who are threatening to your assumption of power.

First order of business, you order a bunch of generals and family members killed. Anyone well-respected, powerful, really anyone who could even be thought of as “second in command.” The 2nd person can easily take over if they remove the 1st person. It needs to be clear that the well-being of the leaders and elites depends upon you being alive and in control, and them being subservient to you.

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A Damn Fine Collection Of Fascinating Photos And Videos

September 5, 2017 | 6 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

Police dog saluted before being put down (Middletown, CT)

Be there, if you can.

The vet can be a very scary place for animals – they don’t understand what all these noises and smells are, or why these strangers are poking and prodding them. Do you want them to experience that fear alone? And have it be their very last memory? Your pet doesn’t know what we are doing or why – they only know that you are there, that you said it’s ok, that you love them.

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Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

August 31, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

André the Giant has successfully held the record for the most Beer consumed in a single sitting for the last 40 years. During a six-hour period back in 1976, André drank 119 standard 12 ounce brews in a pub in Pennsylvania (article)

The big man loved two things: wrestling and booze—mostly booze—and his appetites were of mythic proportion.

First, consider the number 7,000. It’s an important number, and a rather scary one considering its context, which is this—it has been estimated that Andre the Giant drank 7,000 calories worth of booze every day. The figure doesn’t include food. Just booze.

7,000 calories.

Every day.

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The Story of Dr. Leonid Rogozov Who Operated On Himself To Remove His Appendix

August 30, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

Antarctica, 1961: Dr. Leonid Rogozov has to remove his own appendix.

Leonid Rogozov was a Soviet general practitioner who took part in the sixth Soviet Antarctic Expedition in 1960–1961. He was the only doctor stationed at the Novolazarevskaya Station and, while there, developed appendicitis, which meant he had to perform an appendectomy on himself, a famous case of self-surgery.

In 1961, Rogozov was stationed at a newly constructed Russian base in Antarctica. The 12 men inside were cut off from the outside world by the polar winter by March of that year. On the morning of 29 April 1961, Rogozov experienced general weakness, nausea, and moderate fever, and later pain in the lower right portion of the abdomen. His symptoms were classic: he had acute appendicitis. “He knew that if he was to survive he had to undergo an operation”, the British Medical Journal recounted. “But he was in the frontier conditions of a newly founded Antarctic colony on the brink of the polar night. Transportation was impossible. Flying was out of the question, because of the snowstorms. And there was one further problem: he was the only physician on the base”. Rogozov wrote in his diary:

“It seems that I have appendicitis. I am keeping quiet about it, even smiling. Why frighten my friends? Who could be of help? A polar explorer’s only encounter with medicine is likely to have been in a dentist’s chair”.

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A Few Answers To Question You Always Wondered About

August 30, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Why is Floyd Mayweather a genius boxing promoter?

I came away from this fight with a newfound respect for Floyd’s abilities as a promoter. He REALLY did an entire slew of things that were both smart and crafty to utterly maximize his return on this fight. Lets list them out and marvel:

He made this fight in the first place

In the days and weeks before the fight was announced there were tons of sane and reasonable arguments to be made that this fight would never happen. Connor’s not a boxer, so a win wouldn’t help Floyd’s legacy. Connor is bigger and stronger, so there’s risk of a loss. Floyd should rematch Pacquaio or Canelo or otherwise fight someone dangerous if he’s going to unretire. People may not buy a fight between an old, retired boxer and a non-boxer. UFC wont cooperate to make this fight. the list goes on…
~ Somehow, Floyd and his camp got it done, and got it done cleanly. What Floyd correctly identified out there was the very real rivalry that had been developing between MMA fans and boxing fans that would eventually demand a concrete answer. He also saw in McGregor an electric personality, a great narrative, and a VERY winnable fight. Also lets not forget the BIG business that had to be done with the UFC behind closed doors to make this fight happen. No small task.

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What Happens After You Die, An Illustrated Guide By Ramin Nazer

August 29, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

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A Damn Fine Collection Of Fascinating Photos And Videos

August 28, 2017 | 8 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

This man is a preacher, Brian Roberson, Jr., checking for people inside cars. On the 610 & 288 in Houston 

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Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

August 24, 2017 | 4 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

For 30 years, Daryl Davis has spent time befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan. He says 200 Klansmen have given up their robes after talking with him (article)

The best thing you do is you study up on the subject as much as you can. I went in armed, not with a weapon, but with knowledge. I knew as much about the Klan, if not more than many of the Klan people that I interviewed. When they see that you know about their organization, their belief system, they respect you. Whether they like you or not, they respect the fact that you’ve done your homework. Just like any good salesman, you want a return visit and they recognized that I’d done my homework, which allowed me to come back again.

That began to chip away at their ideology because when two enemies are talking, they’re not fighting. It’s when the talking ceases that the ground becomes fertile for violence. If you spend five minutes with your worst enemy — it doesn’t have to be about race, it could be about anything…you will find that you both have something in common. As you build upon those commonalities, you’re forming a relationship and as you build about that relationship, you’re forming a friendship. That’s what would happen. I didn’t convert anybody. They saw the light and converted themselves.

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