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The Historical Origins Of The Witch

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Magic Circle. John William Waterhouse, 1886 Image Source: Wikipedia

A fearsome being of fairytale and myth, the witch has carved out a home in nearly every culture across the world and time. Indeed, the witch represents the dark side of the female presence: she has power that cannot be controlled.

While this time of year brings about depictions of aging, ugly, hook-nosed women surrounding their cauldrons and inflicting toil and trouble on the masses, history tells us that the witch’s origins are far less sinister. In fact, those whom we consider to be witches have often been healers.

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15 Photos Of André The Giant You Won’t Believe Aren’t Photoshopped

It’s not a stretch to say that André the Giant lived in a different world from the rest of us. Standing at 7 feet 4 inches tall and weighing in at 550 pounds, André the Giant was famed for his unbelievable physical feats, including drinking over 150 beers in one sitting. Here are 15 photographs that truly put his size in perspective:

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Andre The Giant Wilt Chamberlain Arnold Schwarzenegger

This wasn't the only time André lifted Arnold in the air. Famous for always paying for his dinner parties (guests included), André caught Arnold Schwarzenegger trying to pay for his own dinner while shooting Conan the Destroyer. André picked Arnold up, deposited him back in his dining chair, and paid for the group's meal.

Andre The Giant Next To A Boxer

Andre meets professional boxer Bobby Chacon in 1979.

Holding A Beer Can

Referred to unofficially as the "greatest drunk on Earth," André once allegedly drank over 150 beers in one sitting.

Driving A Dune Buggy

André's size made most objects he interacted with look like toys.

Andre The Giant At Age 19

By age 12, André was 6'3" and weighed 240 pounds.

Andre The Giant And Muhammad Ali

André the Giant and Muhammad Ali compare hand sizes upon meeting in 1975.

Holding Up 4 Women

André was no stranger to lifting things -- his brother remarked that André could accomplish the work of 3 experienced farmhands by his mid-teens.

Andre The Giant Wrestling

André took center stage at the first ever WrestleMania held in 1985 at Madison Square Garden.

Andre The Giant Next To Wrestlers

André stands next to some of his competitors from the World Wrestling Federation.

On The Beach

When visiting Japan, André was too tall to use the toilets. Instead, he had to use the bath tub.


Nobody captured the wrestling world's imagination like André.

Andre The Giant Spa

This photograph of André surrounded by women in towels was taken in 1966 during a fashion exhibit in Paris.

Carrying A Woman

Later in life, issues with his back would force André to be less physical, but in his youth, his strength was legendary.

How Big Andre The Giant Was

André starred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Wilt Chamberlain in the 1984 movie Conan The Destroyer.

Andre The Giant

André began wrestling at age 17 and from 1973 to 1987, was undefeated in the World Wrestling Federation.

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