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Worst Punishments In The History of Mankind

Worst Punishments In The History of Mankind

French Philosopher Michel Foucault starts his book “Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison,” with a chapter about an unfortunate Frenchman named Robert-François Damiens. Damiens had tried and failed to assassinate King Louis XV, and for it he was severely punished. He was burned with molten wax and lead, and had boiling oil poured …

The history of tea – Shunan Teng

The history of tea – Shunan Teng

During a long day spent roaming the forest in search of edible grains and herbs, the weary divine farmer Shennong accidentally poisoned himself 72 times. But before the poisons could end his life, a leaf drifted into his mouth. He chewed on it and it revived him, and that is how we discovered tea. Or …

History vs. Christopher Columbus – Alex Gendler

History vs. Christopher Columbus – Alex Gendler

Many people in the United States and Latin America have grown up celebrating the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s voyage, but was he an intrepid explorer who brought two worlds together or a ruthless exploiter who brought colonialism and slavery? And did he even discover America at all? It’s time to put Columbus on the stand …

Why disco made pop songs longer

Why disco made pop songs longer

I Feel Love is Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder’s 1977 disco anthem. It’s THE song that signaled the beginning of electronic dance music. Its production is almost entirely built on synthesized sounds. There’s a propulsive bassline with a delay effect, a four-on-the-floor kick drum, Snare hits and hi-hats, and Donna Summer’s soaring vocal. These elements …

The Earth’s Internet: How Fungi Help Plants Communicate

The Earth’s Internet: How Fungi Help Plants Communicate

The internet connects more than half of the world’s population through an invisible web of servers, computers, and devices. It has changed our lives in countless ways by allowing otherwise separated people to interact and by providing access to vast amounts of information. But humans aren’t the only organisms on the planet with an invisible …