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10 Controversies Caused By Commas

The comma is a punctuation mark of mystery. Its precise origin is unknown, and debating its current meaning is practically a full-time job for self-appointed grammar police. However, English majors are far from the only ones affected by the comma. The US government pays millions of dollars in extra taxesRead More

10 Little-Known Facts About Alcoholics Anonymous

Ever wonder what those folks smoking outside a church at 8:00 PM on a random Tuesday are doing? Chances are they’re about to step into a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and . . . do what exactly? Despite its millions of members, AA remains a mystery to many and a caricature to manyRead More

10 Things You Might Not Know About The Incas

The Inca Empire lasted only around 100 years, until they were overrun by the invading Spanish in the 16th century. The last Inca emperor, Atahualpa, was executed on July 26, 1533. His remains were given a Christian burial by the Spanish, but it is believed that his followers dug themRead More

10 People Who Were The First To Die In An Odd Way

Throughout history, mankind has found a number of ways to kill each other, whether through swords, bullets, or bombs. However, stupidity or bad luck have also led to a number of odd ways to die, including many that even the most creative cartoonist would never have thought of. This isRead More

10 Lesser-Known Facts About Revolutionary-Era America

The earliest period of US history has been so mythologized that it is sometimes hard to get a grip on what life was actually like during this time. As longtime Listverse readers know, whatever you learned in school about it probably won’t be much help. So, just in time forRead More

10 Life-Changing Inventions That Were Discovered By Accident

Have you ever wondered how somebody came up with an idea? For example, how did somebody ever think of making an X-ray machine or a microwave oven? By accident, that’s how! Many of mankind’s most useful devices and contraptions were invented completely by mistake. For centuries, scientists have been taskedRead More