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12 Real-Life Possessions, Demons and Exorcisms
The Bible contains over 30 instances of demon possession, with Jesus casting out demons in most cases. Because the ancient Jews, like their Sumerian antecedents, believed that demons were responsible for a host of diseases, it is possible that the demons who seem to run rampant through the New Testament are but allegories of illness.
10 Ways to Live it Up on the French Riviera
The French Riviera, that picture-perfect stretch of beach-hugging Mediterranean coastline, looks just like a fabled playground of the rich-and-famous would if an artist drew it. And many of the most renowned, from Claude Monet to Henri Matisse, certainly did. August is when many French residents escape their cities, towns and villages and head out "on holiday," but weather-wise, it's a great time to visit the Riviera (or the CŰte d'Azur, as the Riviera is called en franÁais). But so is the fall, the spring -- even the so-called "off-season" after New Year's for those who prefer their crowds thin, traffic light and prices less steep. Talk about an embarrassment of riches. From the Italianate pastel charms of Menton and Nice to the sexy, sybaritic lure of Cannes and St-Tropez, the sun-splashed South of France has it all. Here are 10 ways to savor it, no matter when you go.
The Terrible 20: Video Game Sequels
This is a banner year for video game sequels, including "Mass Effect 3", "Diablo III", and "Resident Evil 6". But there are some sequels so unimaginably bad, even the most hardcore gamer fanboy wouldn't dream of playing them. Bring any games to mind?
14 Pools in the Sky: A World Tour
Dubai, Melbourne, Zambia, and Bali are among the places with the most impressive cantilevered or otherwise exceptionally suspended water-based workout/hangout venues. If the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao's swimming pool is to be believed, people aren't content with lounging on inflatable creatures in their backyard pool anymore. They want a truly unique -- and dizzying -- experience. We spotted the 24-story high indoor pool on Geekologie , but the hotel isn't alone in this gravity-defying trend. These "hanging" pools allow swimmers to soak in the world around them, and they're particularly handy for architects that want to provide swim-friendly amenities for clients short on space -- especially in big cities. Take a dip in the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao's swimming pool past the break , and see other amazing, floating pools that require an adventurous spirit.
7 Absolutely Insane Animal Defense Mechanisms
Scientists recently recorded footage of a never-before-seen defense mechanism deployed by a small species of deep-sea squid: When threatened, the squid attacks its predator and then pulls away, breaking off the tip of its own arm and leaving it behind as a distraction. The arm continues to glow and twitch, creating a diversion and enabling the squid to escape. But this squid isnít the only creature with a bizarre way of defending itself. Here are several other ways animals try to save their own lives, or the lives of their comrades.
6 Brutal Death Scenes From Non-Horror Movies
More often than not, gory and graphic death scenes are reserved for horror movies. But every now and then, a surprisingly brutal death scene will pop up in the middle of a drama or comedy, completely shocking the audience. There is something that just seems more taboo about seeing a death scene in a film that is not a horror, because, subconsciously, you are not prepared for it. Seeing someone get their throat slashed in a horror movie is no longer shocking, but seeing someone have their throat slashed out of the blue in a comedy really is. Contextually speaking, death tends to be the most shocking when it is least expected.
The 20 Best Opening Scenes in Television
Although weíre about settled into TVís second wave of summer programming ó namely, Breaking Bad, Louie, and Political Animals ó itís impossible to get too comfortable. Thanks to Comic-Con and the TCA tour, buzz for fall 2012 is nearly in full swing and has us bracing for the series of snap judgements weíll have to make about the new season of television. As many showrunners have pointed out, itís unfortunate that a TV show only has a limited window to prove itself. At the same time, we canít complain when a series starts out with a bang. And, as shows like Breaking Bad have proved, a stellar start and well-plotted story development donít have to be mutually exclusive.
Top 10 Cover Songs More Famous than the Original
Great songwriting and musicianship does not guarantee that a song will be a hit, so it is wonderful when a recording artist uncovers a musical gem by, wellÖ covering it. When a cover song becomes a hit, the original artist benefits. Often there is a renewed interest in the original artistís work and hopefully (depending on their recording contract) they are also compensated for the use of their song. Here are 10 examples of cover songs and their original versions- we can argue about which version is better, but in each case the cover song is indisputably more famous. In some cases, perhaps you didnít know the song is a cover.
5 Amazing Things About Australia You Should Know
In 1788, Great Britain established a penal colony on an island that today is the sixth-largest country in the world Ė Australia. The sheer beauty of Australia has mystified the world since its discovery. Only the indigenous people, known as Aborigines, inhabited the Australian landmass before Europeans arrived in the late 18th century, but today, over 5 million people travel to visit the land down under. When filmmaker Steinar Ellingsen and his crew set out for Australia for the first time in the travel documentary series, The Inland Sea, they experienced what very few people ever get the opportunity to see.