Terrified of flying? Scared of slithering snakes? Well, you’re not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, phobias affect approximately 10% of American adults. Phobias are distressing emotions initiated by out-of-proportion-fears, both real and imaginary. To the sufferer, a phobia can seem unbearable or even life-threatening, while others might find these strange and bizarre phobias quite fascinating. Phobias are surprisingly common, but what exactly do people fear the most? Are there any phobias that tend to be more common than others? Here are the ten most common phobias, so sit back and be prepared to be equally terrified, amazed, surprised and entertained.
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After more than a year of campaigning, 26 primary and general election debates, and countless press conferences, attack ads, victory speeches, public apologies, and early morning Twitter rants, Donald Trump’s inauguration is here. It’s already been quite the spectacle watching performers accept and reject Trump’s offer. So who exactly will be taking the stage in Washington D.C. this week ahead of Trump being sworn into office? Here, in the following slideshow, is the schedule of Trump’s inaugural extravaganzas, a rundown as who is — and who isn’t — booked to perform during the festivities, and a list of all the ways you can watch the events.
Since launching in 2007, Google Street View has taken panoramic shots of 5 million miles of roads, covering 45 countries and about 3,000 cities around the world. The street view on Google Maps is a great feature, especially for checking out places you’ve never been before. But as the following images show, Google has a gift for inadvertently capturing some bizarre, candid and hilarious pictures of the spots they’re mapping. From a lonely baby outside a Gucci store, to a superhero sleeping on a park bench, these are some of the most obscure and craziest images from around the world captured on Google Street View.
Few stories have the power to captivate us more than those that remain unresolved and a mystery. Despite the efforts of our most revered historians, scientists and researchers, history is filled with riddles that continue to confound us today. And the lack of answers only makes these enigmas more intriguing. Here is a look at 20 of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries that may never have any definitive explanations.
“I have a dream.” These timeless words echoed from the mouth of Martin Luther King Jr. and pierced the heart of a nation. Now, on every third Monday of the year, hundreds of millions of people across the United States, Canada, and elsewhere celebrate the fact that the world is a better place because of MLK. And although most people are familiar with those four famous words, we would venture to say that there are at least a few things about King’s life you may not be aware of. So, as we honor one of the greatest civil rights leaders of our time, here are 30 surprising facts about the civil rights leader and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
As President Barack Obama reflects on his time in office, he has a way of acknowledging his waning time in the position: A joke about his graying hair. “I had no gray hair 15 years ago.” Indeed, it’s impossible not to notice the trademark presidential graying, as the president’s short black hair has become more of a salt-and-pepper color. It’s no secret that running one of the largest, most prosperous and most powerful nations in the world as the President of the United States is a stressful task, and the photos in this slideshow will show what sort of effect that stress can have on a person’s health. From LBJ to Barack Obama, here’s how the country’s past presidents have looked near the beginnings and ends of their respective terms.
Watch out! This Friday is Friday the 13th, known by many as the unluckiest day of the year. Fear of Friday the 13th has spawned a horror movies franchise and a tradition of widespread paranoia when it rolls around each year. While many will laugh off the superstitious day, some people will be so paralyzed with fear they simply won’t get out of bed in order to avoid daily tasks. Others will steadfastly refuse to fly on an airplane, conducts business, buy a house, or act on a hot stock tip. Here are 13 things to know about why the day is considered so ominous.
Obama capped eight years of exceptional public oratory with a typically powerful farewell speech in Chicago Tuesday. Moving from his achievements in office to the varied challenges facing the country, it took in everything from race relations to climate change to fake news and social bubbles – with nods to Atticus Finch and George Washington along the way. It was near the end, though, when he talked of his love for Michelle and his pride in his kids – and the bromance with Biden of course – that things really reached fever pitch among the impassioned crowd, leading to a standing ovation.
We’ve all heard urban legends and rumors about absurd laws in America, but you can’t believe everything you read on the internet. So, we decided to find the outrageous and weirdest laws that are actually still on the books, and came across everything from elephants tied to parking meters to wearing a fake mustache in church. Many of the crazy-sounding laws, if not all of them, will leave you wondering why they exist and who thought of them in the first place, which we will also reveal in the following slides. Here are the weirdest and most bizarre laws in every state that are still in place today.
Puzzling ancient finds have a way of captivating the public, perhaps because it’s just too easy to dream up interesting explanations for how and why things exist. But for all of the time we spend researching and documenting our past, there are still many questions left unanswered. Our ancestors left a lot of traces in this world, and not all of them were ever meant to be understood by other cultures. Despite our best efforts, these 15 archaeological discoveries remain mysteries to this day and have left scientists scratching theirs heads year after year.
Barack Obama is about to finish his second term in the White House. What will he do once he’s returned to a quasi-normal life? In a video screened at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, Obama joked about a number of potential options: Getting a driver’s license, playing golf every day, wearing comfortable mom jeans. But maybe he’ll also follow in the footsteps of some of his predecessors. Here’s a look at some of the interesting paths that 13 other presidents took after retiring from the nation’s highest office.
This year, give yourself a leg up by downloading an app that will truly help you meet the resolutions you made for this year. The more help, the better, as far as I’m concerned, and I think you’ll agree after you check out these 10 great apps that will help you make this year the best year ever.