5 Unsolved Serial Killings That Will Haunt You

August 24, 2014
Unsolved Serial Killings West Mesa Memorial

A police officer visits a memorial for the West Mesa victims. Source: Albuquerque Journal

Freeway Phantom

Unsolved Serial Killings DC

Source: Wikipedia

Beginning in the spring of 1971, only a year and a half after the civil rights riots, Washington, D.C.’s Freeway Phantom haunted the metropolitan area for 16 months, brutally killing six girls, ages 10 to 18. Police know that at least three of them suffered rape and all of them were strangled. Their bodies were found along roadways and freeways between D.C. and Maryland. All victims were black and it has been suggested by victims’ family members that the case would have received more media and police coverage had the victims been white.

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A 3-Minute Video Explains Why You Need To Drop Everything And Visit Portugal

August 23, 2014

Admittedly, we’re a little obsessed with time-lapse videos. They cram what is likely months of work into a stunning, fast-paced work. But we’re especially obsessed when they capture landscapes as lush and exotic as Portugal’s.

10 Popular Slang Origins You Need To Know

August 23, 2014

Like it or not, you’re human. This means that at one point or another you use slang. It’s not to look cool, per se, but a sort of verbal shorthand or way to identify with a certain group. But because we use it all the time, slang constantly evolves, adapting its meanings and usage according to our tastes and needs. Many slang words you’ve likely already used today have some pretty surprising origins.

Fanboy

Slang Origins Fanboy

What a bunch of nerds!
Source: WordPress

Nowadays, if you defend your favorite comic book or sci-fi franchise on a forum with too much fervor, you are ruled a fanboy. However, geeks everywhere can rejoice knowing that this word was first used to describe their archenemies – jocks. Right at the beginning of the 20th century, the word was used to refer to sports fans, although back then it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Booze

Sling Origins Booze

Here’s a shocker – humans have always loved alcohol
Source: Employee Ownership

In its strictest sense, booze is supposed to mean a potable liquid, but it is used as slang for alcohol. However, the OED again lists its usage much farther back than we would expect. It can be found in a compendium of slang words dating all the way back to the mid 19th century and it is also found in a court report from 1896 printed by the Daily Telegraph. Supposedly it is derived from the Middle Dutch word “busen” which means “to drink heavily”.

Kinky

Sling Origins Kinky

Sir, are you aware that you are driving a kinky car?
Source: Life Hacker

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