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The 16 Best Dying Earth Stories

The 16 Best Dying Earth Stories

As a genre, dying earth has fallen out of favor recently, which is a shame because it's an incredibly remarkable one. It offers a wonderful opportunity to meld parts of dystopian fiction, swords and sorcery, fantasy, science fiction, space opera, and all set under a swollen red sun as the planet...

20 Funny Web Comics You'd Love to Read

20 Funny Web Comics You'd Love to Read

Unlike the comic strips published in your local newspaper which are scrutinized by the editor before they get published, web comics don't have that kind of censorship imposed upon them. Hence they tend to be more sarcastic and hilarious than the traditional comics in print media. There are literally...

The 50 Most Influential Jews of the Current Era

The 50 Most Influential Jews of the Current Era

Influential people come in all shapes and sizes in all generations throughout history. Such people can be grouped together by shared affiliations and backgrounds, for whatever purposes people are drawn to make lists. This list offers some interesting biographical tidbits about 50 people of Jewish...

The 15 Greatest Stephen King Books

The 15 Greatest Stephen King Books

There's an old joke that Stephen King could probably publish his laundry list at this point, and another that goes further and suggests he's basically been doing that for a decade (or two). The man has produced a ton of works that run the full gamut from really horrible (Dreamcatchers was positively...

15 Ways to Hack Your Brain for a Better Life

15 Ways to Hack Your Brain for a Better Life

For answer Holmes clapped the hat upon his head. It came right over the forehead and settled upon the bridge of his nose. "It is a question of cubic capacity, " said he; "a man with so large a brain must have something in it. " ... Sherlock Holmes - The Adventure of the...

The 50 Most Brilliant Atheists of All Time

The 50 Most Brilliant Atheists of All Time

Atheism is generating quite a lot of attention these days. Prominent atheists are getting the word out about their views in increasing numbers and generating lots of public debate on the proper place of religion in governments and societies in the modern world. And now more than ever, atheists...

The 50 Most Influential Directors of the Century

The 50 Most Influential Directors of the Century

In the theatre there are 1,500 cameras rolling at the same time- in the cinema, only one,” as quoted by Orson Welles, the prolific director of the most studied film of all time, Citizen Kane. Within the last century cinema has grown from pioneering silent films into orchestrated musicals, “spaghetti...

20 of the Best Dark Fantasy Titles

20 of the Best Dark Fantasy Titles

Dark Fantasy is a nebulous psuedo-genre of the fantastic. It can cover urban fantasy with rough edges, Lovecraftian horror, epic fantasy with violence and dirt still intact — but it's all these things and more. It's any story of the fantastic where things aren't Tolkien-levels of happy. Were people...

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Who Is Prince Charming?

Prince Charming is a fictional character that figures in many fairytales. He is not usually referred to as Prince Charming, of course. In a fairytale penned by French writer Madame d’Aulnoy in the 17th century, he was referred to as Le Roi Charmant, which translates to King Charming....

U.S. Curriculum Changes Eliminate to Kill a Mocking Bird and Catcher in the Rye From 2014 Classrooms

U.S. Curriculum Changes Eliminate to Kill a Mocking Bird and Catcher in the Rye From 2014 Classrooms

Big changes to the curriculum of public schools within the U.S. are slated to hit classrooms in 2014 when classic staples to English classes, like Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird and JD Salinger's Catcher In The Rye, are eliminated to make room for non-fictional reads. A list of books approved...