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Five Shockingly Controversial TIME ‘Person of the Year’ Choices

From dictators to crooked politicians to war criminals, the magazine hasn’t always chosen someone who’s made the world a better place.

Adolf Hitler Saluting

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel was just named TIME’s “Person of the Year.” In the magazine’s own words, she was chosen “For asking more of her country than most politicians would dare, for standing firm against tyranny as well as expedience and for providing steadfast moral leadership in a world where it is in short supply.”

But steadfast moral leadership and standing up against tyranny aren’t always what the “Person of the Year” designation is about. In fact, sometimes, it’s quite the opposite.

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21 Serial Killer Quotes That Will Chill You To The Bone

For those interested in the dark side of human nature, mass murderers hold an understandable fascination. Seemingly ordinary people who turned out to be capable of acts too monstrous to comprehend, many serial killers have shown not one shred of remorse for anyone but themselves once finally apprehended. The following serial killer quotes demonstrate a total lack of human compassion that may well give you nightmares.

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Carl Panzram Serial Killer Quotes

Carl Panzram claimed to have committed 21 murders and over a thousand rapes. He was executed in 1930.

Jane Toppan Serial Killer Quotes

Jane Toppan confessed to 31 murders in 1901. She was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Albert Fish

Albert Fish, AKA The Brooklyn Vampire, AKA The Werewolf of Wysteria, claimed to have raped and eaten about 100 children. He was executed in the electric chair in 1936.

Arthur Shawcross

Arthur Shawcross, AKA The Genesee River Killer, murdered at least 14 people.

Aileen Wuornos Serial Killer Quotes

Aileen Wuornos killed seven men and was executed by lethal injection in 2002.

Dennis Rader

Dennis Rader, known as the BTK Killer (standing for "Bind, Torture, Kill") murdered 10 people between 1974 and 1991.

Edmund Kemper

Edmund Kemper, better known as The Co-Ed Butcher or simply "Big Ed," was responsible for the deaths of ten people, including his own mother and grandparents.

David Alan Gore

David Alan Gore committed six murders and was executed in 2012 after nearly 30 years on death row.

Charles Manson Serial Killer Quotes

Charles Manson claims never to have committed any murders himself, but was convicted through the joint-responsibility rule after his followers, the Manson Family, killed several people.

David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz, the notorious Son Of Sam killer, shot 13 people during the summer of 1976, killing six.

Gary Ridgway

Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, was convicted of strangling 49 people, and has since confessed to twice that number.

John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy, the Killer Clown (so named for his job of dressing as a clown at children's parties), murdered at least 33 people. He was executed in 1994.

Henry Lee Lucas

Henry Lee Lucas was convicted of murdering 11 people and is serving a life sentence in prison.

Ian Brady

Ian Brady, along with partner Myra Hindley, was responsible for the so-called Moors Murders that took place between 1963 and 1965 in England. They killed five children and were sentenced to life in prison.

H. H. Holmes Serial Killer Quotes

H. H. Holmes, one of the first documented serial killers, confessed to 27 murders, although it's thought the figure could be as high as 200. He was hanged in 1896—as his neck did not break, it took him over 15 minutes to die.

Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer, AKA the Milwaukee Cannibal, was killed by a fellow prison inmate in 1994 following his conviction for the murder of 15 people. His crimes involved rape, necrophilia and cannibalism.

Peter Kurten

Peter Kurten, known as the Vampire of Düsseldorf, killed seven people and attacked many others. He admitted to drinking the blood of at least one victim and was executed by guillotine in 1931.

John Haigh

John Haigh, better known as the Acid Bath Murderer, killed at least six people in Britain. He was executed in 1949.

Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy confessed to 30 homicides before his execution in the electric chair in 1989.

Peter Sutcliffe

Peter Sutcliffe, AKA the Yorkshire Ripper, was convicted of the murder of 13 women, and the attempted murder of a further seven. He was arrested in 1981 and is still in prison.

Richard Ramirez

Richard Ramirez, dubbed the Night Stalker, committed 13 murders. He died from complications related to his B-cell lymphoma after 23 years on death row.

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Why We Kiss And Hug: The Answers Are Way More Complex–And Gross–Than You Think

The reasons why we kiss and hug might seem simple and self-evident, but 64% of the world’s cultures don’t even kiss at all. And those that do don’t even really know why they do it. Time to find out…

Kiss And Hug Why We Kiss

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Far more about our lives than we realize is understood through touch. Humans (not to mention animals) can communicate an immense amount of information, from aggression to benevolence, with just a handshake or a tap on the shoulder. As social beings, this desire to connect through human contact is ingrained in us to the point where we do it every day without giving it much thought at all.

Likewise, the intimate forms of touch, like hugging and kissing, feel equally natural and just plain good. But why is this and why do we do these things?

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