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Photo Of The Day: Artist Turns Vladimir Lenin Statue Into Darth Vader

Lenin Darth Vader Statue

The Lenin statue before and after its transformation. Image Source: SFGate

The Dark Side has established itself in Odessa, Ukraine.

A statue of Vladimir Lenin, brutal leader of the Bolshevik Revolution and key figure in the creation of the Soviet Union, was converted into a statue of Darth Vader in response to a law requiring local governments to remove communist and Nazi symbols and names. Alexander Milov, a Ukrainian sculptor who made his mark in the art world at the Burning Man festival this year, was behind the statue’s transformation.

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Five Freaky Stories That Are Totally True

With Halloween just around the corner, ‘tis the season for creepy stories and our favorite horror movies marathoned on TV. Sometimes, though, the scariest tales are rooted in fact. After all, some of our favorite movie villains were based on real serial killers or criminals. But what about the truly freaky stories in history that should get their own movies? Here are five freaky stories that are totally true.

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Your World This Week, Oct. 25-Nov. 1

Your primer on health and nutrition this week: why bacon causes cancer, why you might be addicted to pizza and why going organic might just be a waste of money.

The World Health Organization Says Bacon Causes Cancer


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We already told you that the World Health Organization (WHO) was planning to tell the world that bacon and other processed meats come with some pretty awful side effects — like cancer — and on Monday morning, they finally did it.

In its report, the organization revealed that 50 grams of processed meat per day — less than two slices of bacon — increases the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18 percent.
The problem with the meats is the ways in which they are modified — such as curing, smoking or adding preservatives, says WHO. When people eat processed meats, they’re also ingesting these additives, which can have a negative impact on their health in the long run.

For now, the organization has placed processed meat in the same carcinogen category as plutonium, the BBC reported. Learn more about what’s in the report — and the accompanying reactions — at The Guardian.

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Why Hurricane Patricia Wasn’t The Most Devastating Storm Ever

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Hurricane Patricia, viewed from the International Space Station at night. Image Source: Mashable

Hurricane Patricia spun its way into history on Friday as the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. Yet it didn’t come with catastrophic damage or legislation-changing death tolls after it made landfall in Mexico, and there’s been little follow-up news since the peak of the storm. That stands in sharp contrast to what the U.S. saw after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, and there are a few reasons why.

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