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To Russia with Lust: History's 17 Sexiest Spies
This former covert CIA operative famously had her cover blown by Washington Post columnist Robert Novak in 2006. As a result of the scandal, Vice President Dick Cheney's trusted aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby was convicted of charges that included obstruction of justice. In response to allegations that Plame offered sex in exchange for intelligence, the sexy spook wrote "there were many aspects of my job which were James Bond-like, but that, emphatically, was not one of them." Oh, well. There's always the movies.
10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Star Trek
tar trek is one of the biggest cultural phenomenons in the history of mass media. There are a lot of people who know a lot about Star Trek, but they often know less than they think. In a series spanning ten movies, a half dozen television series, not to mention comic books, video games and novels, a lot of perfectly fascinating bits of trivia get overlooked, and many intriguing mysteries crop up.
The 27 Constitutional Amendments Explained in Movies
Americans have a lot to be proud of. Our BBQ is some of the most flavorful in the world. We were the first country to send people to the Moon. We somehow managed to carve images of our favorite presidents on the side of a freaking mountainand I'm still not sure how that works. Three words: Toddlers. And. Tiaras. But beyond all these other achievements, two aspects of American life really are the envy of the world: our Constitution and our Hollywood film industry.
15 Incredible Escape Tools Made by Prison Inmates
Sitting in a cell day after day with no tools and no access to the outside world would makes it very difficult to be creative, one might think. Yet there is no end to man's creativity, and inmates in prison are no exception. Marc Steinmetz is a superb photographer who spent some time in the late '90s photographing these tools that inmates many made for escapes. Above, for example, is a radio receiver found in an encyclopedia in the prison library.
10 Worst Cases of Police Brutality in History
Police have a civic duty to protect and serve individuals, but like most people who hold a great deal of authority, their powers are sometimes abused. Unfortunately, police brutality is a common occurrence around the world, and it’s often accompanied by several other examples of police misconduct. Out of the hundreds of police brutality cases that have gone to court and gone unreported, these are the 10 worst cases in history.
10 Tips to Avoid Your Pipes Freezing in Winter
There is nothing worse than waking up after a long and cold winter’s night just to find that none of your faucets are working because your pipes have frozen solid. This is a nuisance for many reasons, starting with the costs for professional thawing of pipes, to the wait that you will endure if you can’t pay someone to do it for you, as well as the nuisance of not having an essential resource in your home. Having water is one of those things that are difficult to go without, and of course just as your pipes are freezing you always seem to have more need for your home’s water supply. Well, if you don’t want to go through the nuisance or costs of freezing pipes, which could easily reach $200 or more, you can follow these 10 tips to avoid your pipes freezing in winter. These tips will help ensure that you don’t get one of these bothersome mornings after a cold midnight freeze.
10 Things Wrong With the MPAA Rating System
The Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings system exists in a paradox: the classifications, originally intended to help parents, have now become a label that has more to do with marketing than responsible film viewing, and though they were originally created to keep Hollywood product from being censored by local, state, or federal offices, they wind up having the same chilling effect as classical censorship. It’s a tricky area to navigate, to say the least, but on the whole it’s easy to see that the MPAA rating system, overseen by the Classification & Rating Administration (CARA), is deeply flawed and almost comically unable to do anything it actually sets out to do. Instead of providing a helpful guide to parents, the ratings are often ignored altogether. They wind up hurting films that need help, and they promote films that should probably come with a warning label. They’re backward just about any way you want to look at it. Need more proof?
The 9 Most Ridiculous Things Banned
Being in control of a country can obviously be a mind-altering experience. Desperate to assert your power and maintain conformity amongst your people, massive amounts of power can sometimes cause a rash decision. For most of us, a rash decision might be the purchase of an extra large bag of peanut M&Ms, when a smaller one would do, but when you're important it can result in variously random products being banned.
10 Clues From Your Date’s Body Language
One of the problems with most online communication is the fact that you can’t see the other person, often times, not even hearing their voice. You don’t realize how many subliminal clues that we receive when we can watch a person’s body language and hear their voice. Some individuals are very intuitive in regard to body language. A truly good salesman knows how to read the clues and adjust their tactics accordingly. If you learn to read the clues from your date’s body language, it can help you immensely in some of those awkward moments where you’re not sure what needs to happen next or what they’re thinking.
Google Censoring Torrent Search Suggestions: 7 Terrible Things They Don't Censor
Google’s war against torrents is being kept quiet. No announcements. No press releases. You will only find the story in blogs that are carefully watching. In essence, Google is removing keywords from their Suggest and Instant results so that they are no longer recommended when people start typing them. If you continue all the way through on a term such as “BitTorrent,” Google will offer the results. Reluctantly. They won’t help you out at all, even if you type all the way to the “n.” Try typing in “BitTorren” without the last “t” into Google. Apparently, they have no idea what you’re talking about. It’s their search and they’ve made their choice. The funny part is that something as relatively harmless as downloading torrents is considered taboo on Google, but there are plenty of other more harmful searches that Google is all too willing to recommend.