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Shocking Labor Practices That Were Legal In Charles Dickens’ Age

Charles Dickens devoted much of his life to writing about the struggles of the working class. On the eve of his birthday, we look back on the historically awful conditions that may have inspired him to write in the first place.

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A portrait of of Charles Dickens at his writing desk in 1858. Source: Wikimedia

Nearly 204 years ago, Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England. Dickens would go on to write an array of now-classics such as Great Expectations, Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities, but Dickens’ life, like that of so many of his characters, did not have an easy beginning.

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Super Bowl Infographic Shows How Much Different The Game, And America, Once Were

Each year, we’re newly aghast at the exorbitant costs of things like Super Bowl commercial air time and tickets. However, it wasn’t always like this. If you look at the air time and ticket prices for the very first Super Bowl, in 1967, you’ll be just as shocked at how different the game — not to mention America itself — once was.

In the decades since that first game, the business of football has, of course, grown exponentially. In short, everyone, including us, is now both spending and making a lot more money from the game — except the players, that is. If that seems shocking, there’s plenty more where that came from in the Super Bowl infographic below:

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The 10 Most Horrific Methods Of Execution Throughout History

Whether involving rats, spikes, or boiling oil, the worst execution methods ever invented prove that humans have mastered the art of torture and death.

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If the last few thousand years of human history have shown us to be good at one thing, it’s the art of inflicting painful, humiliating death on one another. Whether using ravenous animals, scorching temperatures, or endless variations of sharp, pointed implements, the ingenuity that has gone into the act of death by torture is genuinely shocking. You’ll need a strong stomach to make it through this list of the worst execution methods ever used:

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Photo Of The Day: Why Nazi Chic Is Sweeping Thailand

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A sign for the Seven Star clothing shop in Bangkok, Thailand displaying the likeness of Adolf Hitler, dressed as Ronald McDonald. Image Source: Flickr

If the words “Nazi” and “chic” don’t naturally pair together in your mind, that’s understandable, but also a sign that you’ve overlooked a lot of history. For decades now, various subcultures around the globe have co-opted Nazi iconography for assorted reasons.

But while co-opting made some semblance of sense in, say, late 1970s Britain — when punk rockers aimed to shock and offend their parents’ generation, who had lived through World War II — the relatively recent wave of Nazi chic in southeast Asia doesn’t quite compute.

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