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Corrupted Blood: How Epidemiologists Use World Of Warcraft To Save Lives

Discover what a video game has to teach top researchers about epidemics, death, and human behavior.

In 2005, millions of people found themselves trapped in the clutches of a raging pandemic. Once exposed and infected, perfectly healthy individuals weakened quickly. Both humans and animals could spread the deadly disease and, within hours, entire cities were contaminated, eventually rendering some uninhabitable as a result of bio-waste. Those that didn’t die right away, or had yet to be infected, fled from highly populated cities to reduce the risk of contracting the disease. The plague was dubbed “Corrupted Blood” and it originated, as all terrifying diseases do, from a spell cast by an ancient serpent blood god.

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Hakkar The Soulflayer. Image Source: Hacker

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20 Monopoly Games You Never Knew Existed

As anyone who has played the board game Monopoly knows, the pursuit of profit can lead people to do some pretty outlandish things — including creating dozens of Monopoly variations to market to a specific demographic. Originally made in 1903 as a way to help people understand progressive political economist Henry George’s “single tax” plan, Monopoly has since transformed into a global board game in which capitalistic land grabbing becomes a form of entertainment. November 19th marks “Play Monopoly” Day, so below are 20 variations which prove that there is no market into which Monopoly bigwigs will not tap:

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Cthulhu Monopoly

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Even ‘The Great Old One’ Cthulhu has his own Monopoly game — with locations and characters based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. Image Source: Monopolypedia

Gay Monopoly

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Life in the United States (and the world for that matter) was very different in 1983, when Gay Monopoly was released. Published by a copycat company calling themselves the “Parker Sisters," this tongue-in-cheek version was pulled after a copyright lawsuit. Image Source: BoardGameGeek

Swindon Monopoly

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The most interesting thing about Swindon, England seems to be that it's 71 miles west of London, but no matter: the town has its own Monopoly board game. Image Source: Swindon Advertiser

"Sunmaid" Monopoly

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Playing a board game about raisins sounds like a punishment, but then again so is playing Monopoly with anyone remotely competitive. Image Source: Yelp

Bass Fishing Monopoly

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Fishermen will be on the hook for this special edition, "Bass Fishing" Monopoly. Image Source: Flickr

Metallica Monopoly

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This Metallica version proves that "Nothing Else Matters" besides Monopoly. Image Source: Amazon

"Big Bang Theory" Monopoly

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The catch phrase for the Big Bang Theory Monopoly game is, “The physics may be theoretical, but the fun is real!” Really? Image Source: Reddit

Nintendo Monopoly

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If you have Nintendo, you probably won't be playing a board game about it, but someone in some focus group must have felt differently. Image Source: Dark Matter Zine

"Firefly" Monopoly

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The FOX sci-fi series Firefly may have been canceled after one season, but its rise to cult status led to the demand of accompanying merchandise, including this Monopoly game. Image Source: Tech Times

Juicy Couture Monopoly

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There’s probably not many slumlords in this Juicy Couture Monopoly game. Image Source: AwesomeShit

Monopoly with art by Takashi Murakami

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The Japanese Roppongi Hills game from the 2004 Monopoly World Championships was designed by artist Takashi Murakami, and is incredibly rare. A factory-sealed copy is listed on eBay for $4,850 as of the writing of this article. Image Source: Museum of Play

"Avengers" Monopoly

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Smash your opponents like the Hulk with the official Avengers Monopoly game. Image Source: Rocco Giocattoli Shop

"Game of Thrones" Monopoly

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If you like your board games dark and titillating, maybe Game of Thrones Monopoly is the version you need. Image Source: Esquire

"Hello Kitty" Monopoly

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Hello, Kitty! Do not pass go, do not collect $200! Image Source: Lala of Surprises

M&M's Monopoly

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While this M&Ms version won’t satiate your need for chocolate, it is sure to provide hours of fun for fans of the popular candy. Image Source: Flickriver

Pokemon Monopoly

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Pikachu and Charizard await in this Pokémon version of the board game. Gotta buy ‘em all! The properties, that is. Image Source: Flickr

"Then And Now" Monopoly

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Bringing the game more up to date, "Then and Now" Monopoly comes complete with a calculator and credit cards. Image Source: Lady Jan's Neverland

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" Monopoly

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of Disney’s most successful films as far as merchandising is concerned, so it shouldn't be surprising that execs tried to extend their cash cow into the board game arena. Image Source: Amazon

"The Walking Dead" Monopoly

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Zombies seem to be everywhere these days, and now they have infected board games with this Walking Dead version. Image Source: Amazon

"Powerpuff Girls" Monopoly

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Those who love the Powerpuff Girls can join Buttercup, Bubbles, and Blossom in this Monopoly version based on the hit Cartoon Network show. Image Source: Entertainment Earth

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Graph Of The Day: Which Countries Get The Most Military Aid From The U.S.

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The United States gives billions of dollars to support foreign militaries – an estimated $5.9 billion in 2014 alone to be exact, according to the U.S. State Government 2013-2015 Foreign Assistance report. Don’t get the idea that a huge number of countries’ militaries are raking in the cash, however. There is an enormous disparity between who gets the most U.S. aid and who gets the least. In fact, around 75 percent of the total $5.9 billion went to two countries, while the remaining 15 percent of the funds went to the other 72 countries’ militaries we support.

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The Most Extreme Female Body Modification Practices From Around The World

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In recent years, plastic surgery has become one of the most common and generally accepted forms of female body modification. According to a current report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation continues to be the most popular surgical procedure in America, and has been since 2006.

Today, women are constantly pressured to fit the mold of magazine cover perfection. But that pressure, and the body modification procedures that arise to meet it, are not new. Across the centuries and around the globe, woman have been modifying their bodies–or having their bodies modified for them. Some modifications exist to enhance feminine beauty. Others exist to diminish it. From the painful foot binding procedures of Imperial China to the horrific breast ironing of Cameroon, these six procedures show that the scope of female body modification extends far beyond botox…

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