10 Terrifying Prehistoric Creatures (That Weren’t Dinosaurs)

For 135 million years, dinosaurs were the undisputed rulers of the Earth, and might still be today if they weren’t wiped out by a cataclysmic event 65 million years ago. However, our planet has been around for a lot longer than that and, as it turns out, nature is quite adept at producing nightmare-inducing monsters. To think that dinosaurs are the only scary inhabitants of our prehistoric past would be a mistake.

Gorgonops

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A precursor to the dinosaurs Source: Wikia

Earth was full of scary monsters before the dinosaurs came along. A prime example is gorgonops, an animal that lived 260 million years ago, way before dinosaurs became the dominant predators. Growing around six to ten feet in length, gorgonops was a fast and vicious predator which allowed it to become the apex predator of its day. It also helped that gorgonops had massive canines that almost protruded beyond its lower jaw.

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Icehotel: The World’s Coldest Hotel Just Got Cooler

Art Suites in Icehotel

Source: Icehotel

Icehotel is a seasonal operation by necessity. Each year as temperatures in Sweden rise, the hotel’s rock-hard, frozen walls slowly melt away until only a puddle remains. Of course, for the frozen months—we’re talking December through mid-April—the ice hotel is absolutely breathtaking. And this year it’s even cooler.

Hot Type Cold Setting Hotel Suite

Suite 305 (the Hot Type Suite). Source: Icehotel

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In God’s Own Garden, Khasi Women Call The Shots

Khasi Girl Plays with Hoof

Source: Shout Weekly

Imagine a society where women, not men, hold most of the household power: property is passed from mother to her youngest daughter and husbands move in with their mother-in-laws after marriage. Now imagine that place existing in India, a country that’s frequently criticized for ongoing violence and discrimination against women.

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If At First You Don’t Succeed: Companies Whose Success Came After Failure

One of the few truths in life is that you’re not always going to get it right on your first try. This is especially true when your goal is to become an international, multibillion dollar company. Countless businesses have risen and crumbled simply because they offered the wrong product and failed to see it. Others, however, learn to adapt. These companies did just that, and are now some of the biggest corporations in the world.

The Gap

Changing Companies Gap Store

Source: Childrcloth

Today, The Gap is one of the largest apparel retailers in the world. In fact, for a while it was the largest and still has over 3,200 locations worldwide and employs 132,000 people. That’s a giant leap from the first Gap merchandise store, opened in 1969 in San Francisco by Donald and Doris Fisher. To be fair, the company didn’t need to do a complete 180 when it comes to its product lineup, but a little specialization. At first, The Gap sold an odd combination of Levi’s jeans and LP music records.

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