Obviously targeted at children, toys are meant to engage them in various ways and stimulate their imagination. As a child, for the first 10 or so years of your life, the toys you have invariably help shape who you become. With that in mind, a lot of pressure and power is foisted onto toy companies, who are constantly creating the next big thing that malleable minds just can’t do without. When they succeed, you get the Slinky, the hula hoop or Tickle-Me-Elmo. When they don’t, you get stuff like this:
Most modern festivities are the result of a decades-long process of borrowing (which is not always a peaceful process), and Halloween is no exception. Had it not been for the Catholics wanting…
For almost as long as humans have existed, we’ve been trying not to get pregnant, often in some interesting and creative ways. While abstinence is the only form of birth control that’s 100% effective, it’s not that interesting to write about. This journey through the history of contraception–from ancient herbal concoctions to glow sticks for your vagina–will make you thank your lucky stars that all the average American woman has to do to receive quality birth control today is buy health insurance, find a doctor who takes that health insurance, make an appointment, allow aforementioned doctor to stick things inside of her, pay her co-pay, bring her prescription to the pharmacy, wait for a pharmacist to fill the prescription, and then take one pill every day at the same time.
A black shape shifts in the sky, fluidly retracting and expanding, catching the attention of people who pull off to the side of the road to watch. While you might be picturing a scene from The Conjuring, in reality this incredible occurrence is little more than gathering of starlings. In fact, millions of starlings gather each year during fall and winter, forming thick flocks that twist through the sky and create beautiful patterns known as starling murmurations.
Unbelievably massive cliffs spring from the water along Ireland’s western coast, reaching exactly 702 feet high at their tallest point. Called the Cliffs of Moher, these stunning land formations stretch nearly five miles wide, making up one of Ireland’s grandest natural wonders. Consisting primarily of Namurian sandstone, shale and siltstone, the cliffs create a unique landscape whose intricacy rivals even that of the Grand Canyon.