The Sad Origins Of Why We Tell Kids Not To Take Candy From A Stranger

Learn about the real-life tragedy that inspired the phrase “Don’t take candy from strangers.”

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Each year in the United States, upwards of 800,000 children under the age of 18 disappear — and that’s just counting reported missing persons cases.

While these cases often make fine fodder for evening news, for most of history they did not garner popular attention. Indeed, it wasn’t until the disappearance of Etan Patz and later, Adam Walsh, that mass media became a tool to crack the cases as well as pass legislation meant to curb the number of them that end in death. But almost 200 years before Etan Patz and Adam Walsh inspired the concern of millions came a little boy named Charley Ross, who would become the first missing child in American history to make headlines.

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Vintage Photos Of Creepy Dolls And The Factories That Made Them

Baby dolls aren’t necessarily the finest fodder for nightmares, but these photos of creepy dolls and doll factories from the 1930s to the 1950s may just change your mind:

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Creepy Dolls

Merlyn Severn/Picture Post/Getty ImagesDolls' heads waiting to dry in the factory.

Doll Heaven

Orlando /Three Lions/Getty ImagesA young girl laughs at the sight of dolls' heads at the Ideal Toy Company in Long Island, New York. The company was one of the largest toy producers in the world in 1955.

Doll Mould

Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty ImagesDoll parts in an injection mould at Cascelloid's factory at Leicester, England in 1951.

Leg Production

Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesIn the factory of Cascelloid Limited, the limbs of the famous Patsy doll hang up to dry.

Doll's Eyes

William Vanderson/Fox Photos/Getty ImagesA worker trims the eyelashes on a pair of doll's eyes at a factory in Totton, Southampton, which specializes in the manufacture of doll parts.

Doll Factory

FPG/Getty ImagesA row of doll's heads in a German factory circa 1950.

Doll Factory

Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty ImagesDoll factory in France preparing for Christmas.

Baby Doll Heads

Harry Todd/Fox Photos/Getty ImagesA worker painting celluloid doll heads at a Leicester, England factory.


Keystone-FranceGamma-Rapho via Getty ImagesA worker paints doll faces at a factory in Italy.


Keystone-FranceGamma-Rapho via Getty ImagesInside a Paris doll factory in 1945.

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15 Leaves Of Grass Quotes That Will Inspire The Next Walt Whitman

The poems in Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass constitute a connected series representing the poet’s philosophy of life and humanity. Whitman wrote, revised and added to the book throughout his life, publishing the final edition only months before his death in 1892.

Leaves of Grass was highly controversial during its time, as Whitman exposed his thoughts on sensual pleasures in a candid display then considered to be immoral.

Though contentious upon its release, Leaves of Grass has long since been recognized as one of the central works of American poetry. These stunning lines and verses illustrate why:

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4 Popular Myths About July Fourth And American Independence

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July Fourth is a day for cookouts, pool parties, and patriotism. Though Americans also take this day to appreciate their country’s history, that very history is replete with stubborn, longstanding myths. And when you debunk those myths — especially the four below — you realize that we’ve long been celebrating Independence Day all wrong.

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