10 Strange Phobias That Really Exist

April 23, 2014

Biologically speaking, developing a phobia is as easy as experiencing a traumatic event and consistently relating that event to something (often arbitrary) that was present when the event transpired. So while it’s possible for someone to develop an irrational fear of almost anything, one wonders how the afflicted parties of some of the following phobias manage to successfully function in their everyday lives.

Strange Phobias: Barophobia

Strange Phobias Gravity

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Barophobia, or the fear of gravity, can manifest itself in a few different ways. An individual plagued with this crippling phobia is frightened that the pull of gravity will eventually crush them, or alternatively, that gravity will cease to exist and they will simply float off the face of the Earth. Strangely, a valid type of treatment for this phobia is listed as “exposure therapy”. We’re not sure how such a therapy would appear, exactly, but we would imagine it would look a lot like pure existence.

Strange Phobias: Geliophobia

Strange Phobias Laughing

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Everything You Need To Know About Cannabis And Its Impact On Health

April 20, 2014

From the filmmakers: “In this myth shattering, information packed documentary, learn from physicians and leading researchers about medicinal cannabis and its demonstrated affects on human health…this game-changing movie presents the most comprehensive synopsis to date of the real science surrounding the world’s most controversial plant.”

5 Creepy Insects That Transfix Horror Movie Makers

April 19, 2014
Creepy Insects Army Ants

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Sometimes truth is stranger than the fiction seen on the silver screen. Case in point? Insects. Between six and ten million insect species live on Earth, representing more than 90 percent of differing animals on the planet. Their sheer numbers can be daunting for humans to comprehend, especially when estimates say that for every living human being there are 1.5 billion insects, or 10 quintillion at any given time.

That’s 10,000,000,000,000,000,000, if you were wondering. And while many insects serve an ecological purpose that benefits those higher on the food chain, many people fear insects, which they consider to be creepy crawlies. Horror movie makers have capitalized on this fear for years, creating films that feature gigantic versions of tiny creatures like ants that take over the world. Here are some of the creepiest insects on earth and how filmmakers have used them to their benefit.

Creepy Insects: Bullet Ants

Anyone who has ever stepped into a fire ant hill doesn’t know what pain is. Try being stung by a bullet ant of Central and South America. The aftermath has been described as “waves of burning, throbbing, all-consuming pain that continues unabated for up to 24 hours.” Some have defined it more succinctly by comparing the pain to a gun shot wound, which is where the ant got its name.

Don’t believe it? Watch as this guy unravels into a crying mess.

The World’s Most Pathetic Terrorist Fails

April 18, 2014
Terrorist Fails

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Immediately after 9/11, it seemed as if the Western World had entered a bizarre and frightening new reality. From then on, or so it appeared that morning, everybody was going to live in a world like Terry Gilliam’s Brazil—a massive security state beset by unpredictable terrorist violence. Mushroom clouds would soon be erupting over American and European cities, citizens would be carrying gas masks everywhere, and nobody would ever know where the next devastating blow would fall.

Terrorist Fails Brazil Torturer

Pretty heavy, man.
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That didn’t wind up happening. While people in positions of authority would certainly like for you to believe that vigorous police work and a fearless willingness to view every text you send—naked pictures or not—are largely responsible for preventing the would-be terrorist holocaust, the truth is that sometimes we’re just not up against that much.

You see, the skills every good terrorist needs—patience, a good work ethic, basic intelligence and foresight—tend to make people good enough at other things, like holding down a job, which has a way of sapping the urge to go into terrorism in the first place. Here, then, are three of the biggest screw-ups ever to try airing their grievances through violence.

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Aircraft Safety Throughout The Decades

April 17, 2014

Aircraft Safety Chart

In spite of the fact that aircraft accidents, hijackings and bombings are at some of the lowest rates they’ve ever been and have been steadily decreasing over the years (and even as the number of those traveling has largely increased!), airport securitization has increased. Is that effective?

Japan’s Crazy Harajuku Fashion

April 17, 2014

The Harajuku district of Tokyo, Japan is the epicenter of street fashion. Collisions of colors, fabrics and aesthetics culminate in this single square mile, overloading the district with boutiques, clothing chains, and fashion malls all catering to the ever-growing sartorial scene. While Gwen Stefani may have introduced Harajuku to more Western audiences in 2004 (and somewhat contentiously, at that), Harajuku fashion has been a veritable institution for decades.

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