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6 Mysterious Airplane Disappearances in Aviation History

The shocking disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has captured the attention of millions around the world as the search for the airplane and its passengers and crew continues. What happened to the flight’s 239 passengers and crew after the plane left Kuala Lumpur on Saturday? It is becoming an increasingly desperate question as the days pass. But it’s hardly the first mystery of its kind. While it’s extremely rare that a flight simply vanishes with barely a trace, aviation history has seen its fair share of enigmatic disappearances and unfortunate flights that literally flew off the radar. Here are six of the half-solved and unsolved airline mysteries that kept investigators clueless for years.

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The World's 20 Most Impressive Fortresses

A fortress protects and gives military personnel a safe harbor from the enemy. But not all fortresses were created equal. And they certainly weren't all created the same. We look over time and distance to find the 20 most impressive fortresses from around the world and throughout history.

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Top 10 Fictional Pirates

Ahoy thar, matey! Thar ‘ave been many fictional pirates o’er th’ years, ‘n Gunaxin presents our Top Ten fav’rits from th’ past 60 or so years (so no Peter Blood or Th’ Black Pirate fer those o’ ye who actually remember them). Many thanks t’ th’ Online Pirate Translater fer fixin’ me text so it makes sense. If ye ‘ave any problem wit’ th’ list, we’ll make ye walk th’ plank ‘n let ye complain t’ th’ sharks.

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Top 10 Things We Take For Granted

You wake up one morning and realize that you’re terribly late for work. What do you do? You spring out of bed, hop on your feet, slap together a crude sandwich and dash out the door. After arriving to your workplace – in one piece hopefully – you surreptitiously sneak into your seat only to be approached by your boss. You quickly fabricate a seemingly legitimate reason for your tardiness, “there was a marching band full of seniors crossing the road next to my driveway. Sheesh! Can you believe it?” Your boss looks at you with a gaunt expression on his/her face and finally smiles and says “don’t you remember? I gave you the day off today!” As hinted within the story above, people have an innate tendency to take some of their abilities for granted. Oftentimes, we overlook the remarkable features that are ingrained within our daily lives. This list will cover 10 such attributes, which are deemed the most conspicuous traits that distinguish us from most brute animals.

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8 Tips That You Can Try To Get Hotel Upgrades

If you are a frequent traveler, you may be one of those people who consider hotels in different corners of the globe as their home away from home. As a loyal client, you can ask hotels for a bigger room or extra amenities which can make your stay more comfortable. Most of the time the hotel will give in to your request. A room with a better view or maybe a room with some extra space where you do more work is always a great treat from the hotel management. Do you really need to have a magic hat and pull out a trick so the front desk or the hotel manager will nod to your request? Not really but you just can not call them up and ask for an upgrade. You need to inject a bit of finesse and flexibility so you can negotiate for a better deal, a good room upgrade, and other wonderful extras.

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3 Fun and Horrifying Reasons to Be a Grammar Snob

Their am so many bad grammar every where. The reason that I started The Proverbial Skeptic in the first place is that I get annoyed at the undue credulity with which people regard well-phrased sayings. But even more irksome are attempts at well-phrased sayings, particularly in ads, which do not even meet the basic confines of grammar. We have all heard examples of why precision in grammar is important. Consider the classics: Let's eat grandma/Let's eat, grandma. Eats shoots and leaves/Eats, shoots, and leaves.

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5 U.S. Presidents Who Hid Their Illnesses

If history shows us one thing, it’s that the people of the U.S. don’t exactly have a soft spot for an ill President. It isn’t so much as we’re unsympathetic, it’s that we don’t understand how someone battling an illness can run a country successfully. In most polls taken, Americans say they’d rather go with their second choice than a President that is ill. The five men on this list perhaps knew of the public’s harsh criticism of someone with an illness and chose to hide their sickness while serving in office.

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10 Recalls That Got Lost in the Shuffle

Since BP began filling the Gulf of Mexico with oil in late April, many large manufacturers have announced major recalls that flew almost entirely under the radar. While likely not thrilled with the oily environmental mess, these corporations were probably happy their product recalls didn't receive the usual consumer or media attention. For example, parents would normally have been up in arms over McDonald's distribution of heavy-metal-containing Shrek glasses. Instead, they just see seemed irritated the "Shrek 4" movie sucked. It's hard to say whether this laxer attitude is due to horror over the oil spill or recall fatigue after Toyota's early 2010 debacle. Still, we think you should know about the following 10 products, including everything from flame-shooting clothes washers to kid-bonking pirate beds.

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The 10 Founding Fathers of the Web

While the phrase “founding fathers” is often used in conjunction with men like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, we wanted the think about the phrase on the global level. And what is more global than the world wide web? Thus, this holiday, we’re taking a look at 10 individuals who have been instrumental in helping to shape the world wide web and the culture of the Internet as we know it today. Check out our round up below to learn about some of the most influential people in the creation and development of the ideas and technologies that have led to today’s web experience. Let us know in the comments if you think we’ve missed anyone!

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20 Funny Street Signs From Around The World

Traffic signs are a necessary part of the road, and are often assholes. "Why is there no left turn? I need to turn left!", you might normally shout at a particularly obtuse sign. Well, we decided to get back at those pesky traffic signs by showing you the funniest, most embarrassing ones we could find. Believe me, they deserve it.

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10 Best Bowls of Pho in Metro Phoenix

A Vietnamese dish incorporating Chinese flavors and French style, pho is a beef broth soup of rice noodles, vegetables, and meat. Typically accompanied by garnishes, sides, and sauces, this meal is an interactive experience in which you, the eater, choose your own destiny of taste. You could do a bit more hoisin sauce for a sweet and savory soup, or a dash of sriracha on top of those bean sprouts, or even just plain and simple with a light squeeze of a lime. A derivative of the French pot-au-feu, or classic beef stew, the Vietnamese have made this soup their own, as is expressed in the many restaurants offering these hefty bowls around the Valley.

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10 Vintage Soviet School Propaganda Posters

One of the ways in which the mighty Soviet Union maintained control was through extensive propaganda aimed at young children. Education was the cornerstone of Stalin’s efforts to create a new society. And the media that students were exposed to in the classroom promoted the communist system, obedience to the state, and the rejection of Western ways of life. These efforts were undoubtedly a form of social control, and at the same time they depicted the utopia that the Soviet Union intended to create. The propaganda was designed to strengthen values like co-operation and respect for authority figures and to encourage the generation of workers being raised under communism to better themselves. There was also a strong emphasis on technological and scientific advancement that is interesting to note.

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