Laura Bell

In 1887, Thistlethwayte accidentally shot himself (he habitually shot his revolver into the ceiling to summon his valet). Bell never remarried.

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Microbial Art

A technique called “bacteriography” involves selectively killing certain areas of a bacterial culture with radiation, in order to produce artistic patterns.

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Empire of Liberty

The Empire of Liberty is a theme developed first by Thomas Jefferson to identify the responsibility of the United States to spread freedom across the world.

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Fetus in Fetu

Fetus in fetu is a developmental abnormality in which a mass of tissue resembling a fetus forms inside the body.

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Book of Gates

The text implies that some people will pass through unharmed, but that others will suffer torment in a lake of fire.

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Star Jelly

According to folklore, it is deposited on the Earth during meteor showers.

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Man Catcher

The man catcher was used primarily to pull a person from horseback and drag him to the ground where he could be helplessly pinned.

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Corrupted Blood Incident

The major towns and cities were abandoned by the population as panic set in and players rushed to evacuate to the relative safety of the countryside, leaving urban areas filled to the brim with corpses, and the city streets literally white with the bones of the dead.

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Stendhal Syndrome

“Absorbed in the contemplation of sublime beauty … I reached the point where one encounters celestial sensations … Everything spoke so vividly to my soul.”

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Gate Tower Building

Gate Tower Building (ゲートタワービル gēto tawā biru) is a 16 floor office building in Fukushima-ku, Osaka, Japan. It is notable for the highway offramp at Umeda Exit that passes through the building.

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Other World Kingdom

The OWK styled itself as a matriarchy, where women rule. The state’s goal “is to get as many male creatures under the unlimited rule of Superior Women on as much territory as possible.”

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Klepht

Klephts were highwaymen turned self-appointed armatoloi, anti-Ottoman insurgents, and warlike mountain-folk who lived in the countryside when Greece was a part of the Ottoman Empire.

They were the descendants of Greeks who retreated into the mountains during the 15th century in order to avoid Ottoman rule. They carried on a continuous war against Ottoman rule and remained active as brigands until the 19th century.

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Mathematics and Art

“Why are numbers beautiful? It’s like asking why is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony beautiful. If you don’t see why, someone can’t tell you. I know numbers are beautiful.”

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Alien Hand Syndrome

Alien hand syndrome (AHS) is a condition in which a person experiences their limbs acting seemingly on their own, without control over the actions.

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Trash Interceptor

In its first 18 months of operation, it removed more than 350 tons of litter from Baltimore’s landmark and tourist attraction, including approximately 200,000 bottles, 173,000 potato chip bags, and 6.7 million cigarette butts.

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Art Young

I am antagonistic to the money-making fetish because it sidetracks our natural selves, leaving us no alternative but to accept the situation and take any kind of work for a weekly wage […] We are caught and hurt by the system, and the more sensitive we are to life’s highest values the harder it is to bear the abuse.

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Jenkem

Jenkem is a supposed inhalant and hallucinogen created from fermented human waste.

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Bear

The story tells of a lonely librarian in northern Ontario who enters into a sexual relationship with a bear. The book has been called “the most controversial novel ever written in Canada”.

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Egoboo

Egoboo /ˈiːɡoʊbuː/ is a colloquial expression for the pleasure received from public recognition of voluntary work.

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Tangena

The tangena ordeal was believed to represent a sort of celestial justice in which the public placed their unquestioning faith, even to the point of accepting a verdict of guilt in a case of innocence as a just but unknowable divine mystery.

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