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12 Disasters And The People Who Got Rich From Them

In Superman (1978), Lex Luthor planned to trigger a catastrophic earthquake with a nuclear warhead, causing much of the west coast to plunge into the sea and creating a brand-new coastline out of previously worthless desert land— desert land owned, of course, by Lex Luthor. The Gene Hackman character would corner the market on new oceanfront property and become a billionaire, all at the minimal cost of millions of lives. In Naomi Klein's landmark book, Shock Doctrine, she details a new theory of economic opportunism dubbed "disaster capitalism," that seems to describe Lex's plans to a T. Klein defines her theory as the means by which corporations and governments use the cover of great disasters and upheavals to enact their own social or financial schemes and by them, profit. Here are 12 instances of disaster capitalism at work in the modern world, where it seems there's nothing but Lex Luthors all around and not a single Superman to be seen.

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19 Breakfast Sandwiches We Love

As you've probably noticed, we sit around thinking about breakfast sandwiches pretty often here at Serious Eats. The question of what constitutes the perfect breakfast sandwich—the bread, the meat, the cheese, the egg—is entirely subjective. In this list of our 19 favorites in America, you'll find biscuits, chorizo tortas, homemade English muffins and more. There are so many ways a well-intentioned breakfast sandwich can go wrong: improperly timed eggs, sloppy composition, unbalanced ratios. But these 19 are pretty flawless.They're the kind we'd set our alarm clocks early for. Since there's no way we covered them all, please chime in with your favorites that we missed!

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10 Most Endangered Historic Places Named

A Civil War fort, a Chicago hospital and a Chinese neighborhood are among the sites listed as America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The 24th annual list, released Wednesday, includes significant sites that reflect U.S. history and culture and are at risk of permanent damage or destruction. While Alabama's Fort Gaines withstood cannon fire and artillery shells during the Civil War, it is losing a fierce battle with the Gulf of Mexico shoreline. The Dauphin Island fort is one of this year's most threatened places. The battlefield has lost 400 feet due to erosion from rising waters, frequent storms, hurricanes and effects from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill last year.

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15 Big Ways The Internet Is Changing Our Brain

Noted science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov predicted that one day, we'd "have computer outlets in every home, each of them hooked up to enormous libraries where anyone can ask any question and be given answers, be given reference materials, be something you're interested in knowing, from an early age, however silly it might seem to someone else," and with this appliance, be able to truly enjoy learning instead of being forced to learn mundane facts and figures. His insight has proven to be amazingly accurate, as we now live in a world with the Internet, where nearly the entire wealth of human knowledge can live at our fingertips or even in our pockets. Such an amazing feat, of course, doesn't happen without impacting our lives, and scientists have begun to note that the Internet has not only served to fulfill our brains' curiosities, but also rewired them. So what exactly is the Internet doing to our brains? Read on to find out.

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10 Kickass Things Mel Brooks Did Besides His Movies

When you say the name "Mel Brooks," the first thing most people think of is laughing a lot at Young Frankenstein or Spaceballs or, to a lesser extent, Dracula: Dead and Loving It. And his movies will always be hailed as some of the greatest comedies ever made, no matter how hard Adam Sandler tries. But what's up on screen is only one side of Brooks. He's done so much kickass stuff that he should get his own statue in Washington DC, next to that Jefferson guy. Here's 10 reasons you should be impressed besides how many times he got you to watch Blazing Saddles and still laugh.

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10 Fantastic Ways To Recycle Tyres

Each year - and this is in Britain alone - we apparently throw away approximately 500'000 tonnes of tyres; as such, and due in part to their incredible durability, the disposal of disused tyres is seen as one of the largest waste problems in the world. Below are ten examples of tyre recycling that really capture the imagination, and serve to remind us that the trusty tyre is actually an incredibly versatile object that can, with a little imagination, be transformed into a wide range of different products.

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10 Unusual Items to Grow in Your Garden

There’s nothing like fresh vegetables from your own garden. All the hard work is rewarded when you take the first bite. The freshness you get from the garden to your table can’t be bought in a store. When most people think about vegetable gardens, they think of tomatoes or corn on the cob. Here’s some less common, but fun things you can grow.

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14 Surprising Stats on Graduate Degree Holders

Whether you're getting your master's degree right now, already have one, or plan to take on graduate school after you finish your undergrad education, you'll be joining a growing number of people in the United States who've pursued advanced higher education. While there are some things you may know about being a graduate student and where you'll end up after you graduate, there are others you might not. These statistics will show you the real ins and outs of being a graduate student and both the good to the not-so-good things that come with higher education.

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5 Medical Innovations of the Civil War

Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the first gunshots of the Civil War -and the first gunshot wounds. As it turns out, the bloodiest war in American history was also one of the most influential in battlefield medicine. Civil War surgeons learned fast, and many of their MacGyver-like solutions have had lasting impact. Here are some of the advances and the people behind them.

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The 10 Most Cringe-Worthy Celebrity Vocal Duets

Oh great. The judges/coaches from NBC's hit karaoke tournament "The Voice" are going to collaborate. Specifically, Maroon 5, led by slightly soulful popster Adam Levine will be joined by Christina Aguilera to perform their new single "Moves Like Jagger" on the June 21 episode of the show. This seems like an authentic pairing and not a publicity ploy for the show, don't you think?

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