Three Times Donald Trump Made Millions By Screwing Over Hundreds Of People

Though he carries himself like a master businessman, Donald Trump’s real estate business has left a trail of debt and destruction from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to Baja, Mexico.

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While it’s been widely reported, still too few realize that Donald Trump doesn’t own nearly 40 percent of the 62 buildings that have his name on them. That long, impressive real estate portfolio on his website? Many of those are “Trump” in name only.

As the housing market in the United States began to falter in 2006, Trump correctly evaluated that the risk of using his own money to develop new properties was too risky. Instead, he licensed his name to developers for a hefty fee and didn’t touch the actual building. It’s an enticing business prospect for the multi-billion-dollar Trump brand. But for almost everyone else, trust in Trump got them burned.

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Why Are Girls Starting Their Period Younger And Younger?

We often take the age a girl starts her period for granted. But history shows us that, since Medieval times, that age has been getting steadily lower.

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On average, a woman will have approximately 450 periods in her lifetime. With bleeding typically lasting anywhere from 5-7 days, a woman spends around 2,700 days of her life bleeding.

Most young women today get their first period (called menarche) at around 12.5 years old, but in the scope of human history, what seems normal to us is actually a very young age. Indeed, the age of menarche has steadily trended downward since the Victorian Era. Here’s a look at the average age throughout history, what influences that age, and some reasons why the downward trend may have started…

Tennessee Lawmakers Move To Make Bible State Book

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Lawmakers just voted to make the Bible the official Tennessee state book, the Associated Press reported.

In a 19-8 vote on Monday, members of the State Senate passed HBO615, sponsored by Republican Steve Southerland, in an attempt to “[recognize] the Bible for its historical and cultural contributions to the state, rather than as government endorsement of religion,” the AP wrote.

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33 Stunning Frida Kahlo Photos And Facts

To know Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is to understand the physical suffering she endured. First, she contracted polio at a young age, which withered one of her legs. And that wasn’t even the worst of it.

At age 18, Kahlo endured a bus accident that propelled a metal handrail through her hip, tearing through her pelvis, and exiting through her vagina. The collision also crushed her foot, fractured her leg in 11 places, and severely damaged her spinal cord, among other injuries.

But it was during the initial year spent recovering from this accident that she first put brush to canvas, and let people witness her excruciating pain through art.

And it is both this tumultuous life and the brilliant art it inspired that are illuminated in the fascinating Frida Kahlo photos, paintings, and facts below:

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Frida Kahlo Photos Childhood

Kahlo realized that after she was diagnosed with Polio, her parents gave her more attention than they had previously. “My papa and mama began to spoil me a lot and love me more,” she told psychology student Olga Campos, who interviewed Frida for a book she intended to publish.

Kahlo had a loving relationship with her father, but showed no warm feelings toward her mother.

Image Source: Rubi Joselin Ibarra and Arturo Alfaro Galán

Frida Kahlo Photos Seated

Kahlo was enrolled in the National Preparatory School at age 13, where she was one of only 35 girls in a student body of 2,000.

Left, Kahlo in 1926, by Guillermo Kahlo.

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Frida Kahlo Life Holding Statue

Kahlo's parents sent her to the school after they found some letters exchanged between Kahlo and her former teacher, Sara Zenil, who had instigated an inappropriate relationship with the young girl.

Image Source: Casamérica

Frida Kahlo Life Diego Portrait Pose

It was at the National Preparatory School where Kahlo met her future husband, Diego Rivera.

Kahlo was 15, Rivera, 36. He was a famous artist in his own right, and Kahlo fell for him instantly. She reportedly told her school friends that someday she would have his babies. Pictured: Kahlo and Rivera in 1930.

Image Source: La Veu del País Valencià

Frida Kahlo Life Androgynous Suit

In this family portrait, an 18 or 19 year old Kahlo is dressed in a suit with slicked back hair, circa 1926. This was Kahlo’s way of expressing her somewhat androgynous identity while also covering her polio-withered leg.

Image Source: Libby Rosof, Vicente Wolf Photography

Frida Kahlo Life Apron

Kahlo’s boyfriend at the time of the bus accident, Alejandro Gómez Arias, was with her when the accident occurred.

In true Kahlo style, even this tragedy seemed surreal. Of the accident, Arias has said: “Someone in the bus, probably a housepainter, had been carrying a packet of powdered gold. This package broke, and the gold fell all over the bleeding body of Frida.”

Image Source: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid © Archive Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Banco de Mexico

Frida Kahlo Life Easel Painting

Starting to paint during her recovery, most of Kahlo’s works were self-portraits. "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best," Kahlo said.

Image Source: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Frida Kahlo Life Self Portraits

Kahlo's obsession with self-portraits may have begun with her father, Guillermo's tendency to photograph her often. Today, one of her most famous paintings is a double self-portrait named The Two Fridas.

Image Source: Rubi Joselin Ibarra

Frida Kahlo Life Diego Malu

Kahlo and Diego Rivera reconnected in 1928. She showed him her paintings and he was impressed – and assured her that she was very talented.

Pictured: Kahlo with Diego Rivera and Malu Block, daughter of the politician Luis Cabrera.

Image Source: Carl Van Vechten

Frida Kahlo Life Odd Couple

They married the next year, beginning what would be a highly tumultuous relationship. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Frida Kahlo Life Shawl Jewelry

Very involved in Mexican politics and the Communist party, Kahlo admired these same interests in her husband, who was part of a post-revolutionary movement known as Mexicanidad – the rejection of Western influence.

Image Source: Guillermo Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo Life Chair Pose

Kahlo was proud of her prominent eyebrows and trademark lip hair, even grooming them with special combs and including them in her self-portraits.

Image Source: Flickr

Frida Kahlo Life Henry Ford Hospital

Over the years, Kahlo became more seasoned in painting, using her three miscarriages or abortions as fodder for some of her most emotional work, as in the 1932 painting "Henry Ford Hospital," above.

Image Source: Enrique Arias.

Frida Kahlo Life Wild Hair

The bus accident led to Kahlo having difficulty conceiving or bearing a child, but some say that even if she would have been physically able to bear children, she was not psychologically stable enough to do so.

Pictured: Kahlo in New York, 1938.

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Frida Kahlo Life Red Shawl Diego

In her diaries, she admits to being obsessed with Rivera. “Diego in my urine— / Diego in my mouth / —in my heart, in my madness, in my sleep . . .” she wrote.

She even filled Rivera’s bath with toys and bathed him like the child she never had.

Image Source: left, Beate Knappe and Koiart66

Frida Kahlo Life Smoking Portrait

Kahlo and Rivera both had many extramarital affairs, once even with the same woman. Rivera often bragged of Kahlo’s relationships with women, but was jealous of the ones with men.

It was Rivera’s affair with Kahlo’s sister that sent Kahlo into a depression, during which she cut off most of her hair.

Pictured: with self-portrait of Diego Rivera, circa 1945.

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Frida Kahlo Life Vogue

After Rivera’s affair with Kahlo’s sister, they divorced, only to get remarried again about a year later.

They often lived separately after that, but most of the time still adjacent to each other.

Pictured: Kahlo on a 1937 "Señoras of Mexico" photo shoot for Vogue magazine.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Frida Kahlo Life Laughing Red Shawl

Kahlo is rumored to have had affairs with some very high-profile people — among them artist Georgia O’Keeffe, entertainer Josephine Baker, singer Chavela Vargas, and photographer Nickolas Muray (credited with this photo) just to name a few.

Pictured: left, Kahlo with Chavela Vargas.

Image Source: Nickolas Muray and Rael Garcia Arnes.

Frida Kahlo Life Gazing Ball

In 1937, Kahlo and Rivera helped exiled Soviet communist Leon Trotsky and his wife by providing them asylum in Mexico. Kahlo and Trotsky had a brief affair, which upset Rivera immensely.

Pictured: in Coyoacan, circa 1938.

Image Source: Libby Rosof, Vicente Wolf Photography Collection

Frida Kahlo Life Flowers

Kahlo’s health continued to deteriorate due to complications from her accident and childhood polio. She had already had several toes amputated due to gangrene, and suffered from ongoing fungus infections in her right hand.

Pictured: Kahlo on a boat ride in the canal gardens of Xochimilco.

Image Source: Libby Rosof, Vicente Wolf Photography Collection.

Frida Kahlo Life Studio

With Kahlo’s health on the decline, she had several more surgeries, furthering the attention she got when going under the knife. In her dramatic variation of Munchausen disorder, she turned her hospital stays into virtual parties.

According to Amy Fine Collins, "Frida exhorted her guests to look at her oozing sore, and when doctors drained it, Hayden Herrera wrote, she would 'exclaim over the beautiful shade of green.'”

Image Source: Libby Rosof, Vicente Wolf Photography Collection

Frida Kahlo Life Balcony Still

According to Collins, by 1939, Kahlo was drinking a bottle of brandy a day.

Image Source: Daniel Wold.

Frida Kahlo Life Parrots Portrait

Kahlo once said in a letter to a friend, “I drank because I wanted to drown my sorrows, but now the damn things have learned to swim.”

Image Source: Flickr

Frida Kahlo Life Diego Bed

Here, Kahlo can be seen reclining in bed with Rivera, sometime between 1942 and 1945. Kahlo is often regarded as a feminist icon, but it seems that she was dependent on her husband in a way that would make some feminists uneasy.

Image Source: Chester Dale

Frida Kahlo Life Poor Little Deer

She also tended to paint herself as a quiet, suffering individual. Such a sentiment can be seen in this 1946 painting, "The Wounded Deer."

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Frida Kahlo Life Water

In 1946, Kahlo endured a painful surgery to fuse vertebrae in her spine.

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Frida Kahlo Life Broken Column Wheelchair

Here, we can see Kahlo after the operation. Of the doctor who performed her surgery, she wrote, “He is so marvelous this doctor, and my body is so full of vitality.”

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Frida Kahlo Life With Dog

When her diet of cigarettes and sweets caught up with her and her teeth started to rot, Kahlo had two sets of custom dentures made; one with diamonds and one with gold.

Image Source: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Frida Kahlo Life With Fawn

In 1950, Kahlo had more surgery on her spinal column, as it was determined that the doctor she’d liked so much fused the wrong vertebrae.

The incision sites became abscessed, and the procedure had to be done a third time. Kahlo was in a hospital bed for more than a year.

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Frida Kahlo Life Black And White Stamp

The last of her 30-plus surgeries was the amputation of her right leg in 1953.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Frida Kahlo Sitting Braid Painting Monkeys

Frida Kahlo died on July 13th, 1954, not long after the amputation. Records show that cause of death was a pulmonary embolism, but many insist that it was suicide by overdose of painkillers.

Image Source: Sandra Gonzalez and Edward Weston

Frida Kahlo life diary pages

As further proof that Kahlo committed suicide, this quote was found in the pages of her diary, "I hope the exit is joyful — and I hope never to return — Frida".

Image Source: Sonja Alves

Frida Kahlo Life Street Art Leaves Portrait

Her legacy lives on: On an individual level, people connect with Kahlo’s portrayals of feeling damaged and alone.

At a broader level, Californian Chicano artists have been incorporating her image into murals since the 1970s as a way to celebrate her work as well as their own heritage.

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