Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi rivarly had a massive impact on both of their respective clubs following around the world. In the last 10 years Real Madrid and Barcelona has dominated football on and off the pitch, be it competing for the titles in spain and europe, signing high profile players, biggest sport sponsorship deals or the social media presence.
Sweden and Germany have the world’s most useful passports. If your government-issued travel document says Sverige or Deutschland on the front cover, you have visa-free access to 157 countries across the globe. That’s more than the holders of any other passport.
Back in the old days, when people got their news mainly frompapers, magazines, radio and television, it was generally easy to figure out when someone was pulling your leg. Pretty much anything in the National Enquirer was suspect, for example. That tabloid often featured stories with outrageous headlines, such as, “Woman Gives Birth to Alien.” We may laugh at such titles, but what’s not so funny is that in the last decade or two, with the growth of the Internet and social media, fake news stories and entire fake news…
We would like a word with our fifth-grade teachers. How is it that so many supposedly educated adults still believe thatBenjamin Franklin discovered electricity when his kite was struck by lightning, and that Columbus discovered America while trying to prove that the world was round? It can’t be because we’re ignorant, or gullible, or both. Better to blame the fifth-grade teachers. For shame, Mr. Donnelly. For shame.
Mother’s Day, one of the largest holidays in the world, has become an unstoppable idea. Whether it’s a set of earrings or a dozen roses, few can imagine allowing a Mother’s Day to come and go without giving Mom a gift. Between the candy, flowers and jewelry, in 2013 Americans planned to spend more than $20 billion on Mother’s Day gifts. This figure, which has grown without fail for decades, doesn’t even count handmade perks like breakfast in bed [source: National Retail Federation].
It’s statistically pretty likely that there are plenty of planets which support life. In fact, there are between 1 and 4 billion planets pretty much like Earth just in the Milky Way alone – and there are 100 billion galaxies out there, each with 100 to 1000 billion stars. Which means trillions and trillions of habitable planets. Right?
Why do cold-hearted psychopaths make good surgeons and world leaders? According to Kevin Dutton, author of The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, psychopaths are well-equipped to deal with all kinds of nasty crises. Sending thousands of troops to war, for instance, is not something that many people can easily carry on their conscience, Dutton points out. Psychopaths tend to simply “be people who are able to get the job done, who are less morally squeamish.”
When the Black Death ran rampant through cities in the Middle Ages, no one knew exactly how or why the awful disease spread. After many generations, we figured out that rat fleas and bacteria were to blame. It was a watershed moment for the power of science. Centuries later, science continues to investigate difficult, bewildering questions every day. Yet even with brilliant minds converging via a worldwide computer network, we still don’t have all of the answers. In fact, some people might argue that we’re just now learning to ask…
Prisoners, the disabled, the physically and mentally sick, the poor — these are all groups once considered fair game to use as subjects in your research experiments. And if you didn’t want to get permission, you didn’t have to, and many doctors and researchers conducted their experiments on people who were unwilling to participate or who were unknowingly participating.
The information revealed became the largest single leak in human history. More than a year ago, journalists at Süddeutsche Zeitung, a German newspaper, received an unusual offer. An anonymous source, known only as “John Doe,” claimed to have vital, damaging information on the illegal financial transactions of the global elite — celebrities, athletes, Mafioso, royalty, heads of state and more. Even Jackie Chan was implicated in these files. Shortly after the revelations hit, the Prime Minister of Iceland went on leave. David Cameron was excoriated in the British press. China…