The Most Disgusting Parasites That Can Infect Your Body

We shudder to think about what parasites can do to the human body — and these six grotesque, fascinating creatures explain why.

Parasites In Humans

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The thought of parasites in humans quickly lends itself to nightmares — except worse because for some, it’s not a mere thought but an actual reality. Here’s everything you need to know about the most terrifying parasites of them all:

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Why Pre-Industrial Life Was Anything But Paradise

The modern world comes with its share of drawbacks, but at least we have dentists.

Gross History Peasants

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Modern life is hectic and demanding. We all seem to be short on time and stuck with more work than we know how to handle — so much so that from time to time, we might wish we could have lived in a simpler, less stressful age.

Back before the days of industrialization, some may think, the world was a more relaxed and open space with fresh air, predictable work patterns, and simple ways of doing things. While in some ways that may be so, this bucolic view of history overlooks one thing: The past was filthy.

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Machu Picchu Facts: The History Of Peru’s Lost City

105 years ago, an American explorer “discovered” Machu Picchu. Just what do we know about this world wonder? Discover historical Machu Picchu Facts, and the future of the legendary site.

Machu Picchu Construction Site

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It was July 24th, 1911. Hiram Bingham, an American explorer, arrived at Machu Picchu after a local farmer told him about some ruins on top of a mountain. The farmer’s 11 year old son joined Bingham to show him the route. By then, vegetation shrouded much of this stone amalgam from view. When Bingham beheld the site, it had been abandoned for 400 years, with the exception of a few indigenous families living and farming in the area. Continue Reading

41 Photos That Reveal The Otherworldly Beauty Of Socotra

Dragon Blood Socotra Yemen

Rod Waddington/FlickrDragon’s blood trees, found only on Socotra

SOME 150 MILES EAST OF THE HORN OF AFRICA and 250 miles south of the Arabian Peninsula lies the island of Socotra. Alone amid the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean, the Yemen-controlled island has remained remarkably isolated from the outside world for millennia. And left in its own little bubble, it has grown to look like no other place on Earth — something that can be said about fewer and fewer places as the 21st century ticks on.

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