• 10 Truly Disgusting Facts About Ancient Roman Life

    Ancient Rome holds a mythic place in our imaginations. It’s the land of historical epics like Ben-Hur and Gladiator, where men in golden armor ride chariots and emperors are fed grapes in reclining chairs. Real life in Rome, though, was quite a bit less glamorous. In a time before modern sanitation and medicine, getting through an average day was a difficult task-and far more disgusting than you could ever imagine. 10 People Washed Their Mouths Out With Urine In ancient Rome, pee was such big business that the government had special taxes in place just for urine sales. There were people who made their living just from collecting urine. Some would gather it at public urinals. Others went door-to-door

  • Accused rapist sentenced to no jail time so he can have a ‘college experience’

    His nickname in high school was “David the Rapist,” according to one of his victims. Two seniors at a Massachusetts high school told police they were at a party with David Becker, 18, in April when they went upstairs to a bedroom and talked to Becker until they fell asleep. They said they woke up to Becker sexually assaulting them, and he apologized to one of the victims in a text message the next day, saying “Sorry, it’s my fault.” The victim responded with a text telling Becker “don’t even worry about it,” but later told police that she said this because “she did not know what else to say.” Becker said he had no sexual contact with one of the women, and said he thought his assault of the second

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  • Dear Abby: Boyfriend keeps getting calls from exes

    DEAR ABBY: I recently moved in with “Tim,” a man I have been dating for more than a year. We’re very much in love and plan to be married one day. My problem is he keeps getting phone calls from old girlfriends. This morning someone called, but hung up when I picked up the phone. Until now, I have trusted Tim completely. Now I’m afraid perhaps we acted too soon in moving in together. Tim has always remained friends with all of his girlfriends after their relationships ended. He says they are nothing more than friends now. I think he should have finalized his previous romances before I moved in. I believe he should take the initiative in contacting these women and ask them to respect our relationship

    Chicago Sun-Times
  • 17 Selfish Things Other Passengers Do to Make Their Travel Better (and Yours Worse), Ranked in Order of Pure Deviousness

    Once upon a time, they say, business travel was fun. Now it's cutthroat. It's not just what the airlines and rental car companies are doing to us. It's what we're doing to each other. I met a guy who says he gets two seats for the price of one on long train rides. His trick is to buy beer in the station, puts a few cans on the tray table, and stare like a fake drunk at whoever starts to sit next to him. Result: He spreads out; everyone else crams in elsewhere. We live in a sorry-not-sorry world, it seems, so I wondered if there was there more stuff like this going on. I started asking around. Here are some of the other self-serving tricks I learned about. They're ranked backwards, in order of

    Inc Magazine
  • The biggest reason you gain weight as you age has nothing to do with your metabolism

    You've probably heard that once you hit 40, it's all downhill when it comes to your weight. That inexplicable force we call our metabolism does begin to grind a bit slower every year from age 30 onward. Here's the good news: The rate at which your metabolism slows down is actually rather minimal. In reality, most weight gain that happens in midlife isn't the result of a slower metabolism at all. Instead, it comes down to a simple but changeable truth: As we get older, we get less and less active. While this might sound depressing, it's actually great news. There's plenty we can do to counteract the slow, seemingly inevitable onset of poundage. But first, here are some basics about what metabolism

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  • US Army's XM 25 "Airburst" Weapon: A Game Changer Headed for the Junk Yard?

    Dodging enemy gunfire in close-quarter urban combat, seeking to destroy enemy fighters hiding behind walls, rocks and trees and firing ammunition especially engineered to explode at a particular, pre-planned point in space - comprise the highly sought-after advantages of the Army’s XM25 “airburst” weapon. However, despite the initial promise of prototypes of the technology in combat in Afghanistan as an emerging way to bring a decisive advantage to Soldiers in firefight, the future of the XM25 is now uncertain due to ongoing Army needs, requirements, weapons inventory assessments and budget considerations, service officials told Scout Warrior. The Army’s XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement

    The National Interest
  • 6 weapons the US military should bring back from the dead

    For any trooper in combat, his most important piece of gear is his gun. And fortunately for the US military, American arms makers have been for years at the cutting edge of weaponology, merging technology with practicality, durability, and accuracy to field some of the best weapons in the world. We all know that the choice of what to ultimately put in the hands of America’s warfighters is a tradeoff between a lot of different factors - and there are strong opinions on either side of the debate. Just strike up a conversation with a bar table full of gun nuts over .45 ACP versus 9mm and let the fur fly. But those of us “people of the gun” still harken back to some of the iconic weapons in US military

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  • Miss. Man's Life Upended by 8th Grade Paddling

    When then-8th grader Trey Clayton entered the Independence High School assistant principal's office for a paddling in 2011, everyone-school officials, his mom, even Trey himself-thought it was a preferable alternative to being suspended. "I'm not going to lie, I was in a lot of trouble during school," Clayton said. "Every time, they gave me the option to get a paddling or get sent home, and I took the paddling." But that March, the decision to take paddling over suspension would lead to weeks out of school, years of court battles-and ultimately Clayton leaving school entirely. Advocates of physical discipline often point to it as an effective means of getting students in line without missing

    Education Week
  • One year after face transplant, ex-firefighter sees new "normal"

    Mississippi firefighter Pat Hardison was 27 in 2001, when the roof of a burning house collapsed on top of him. Friend and fellow first responder Jimmy Neal remembers seeing Hardison right after the accident. “For somebody who does what we do for a living, I’ve never seen anybody burned that bad that was still alive,” Neal said. For 14 years, Hardison battled pain, stares from strangers and a loss of hope, all from his disfigured appearance. But in August of 2015, doctors at New York University’s Langone Medical Center transplanted another face onto Hardison’s head. The donor, 26-year-old David Rodebaugh, died in a cycling accident. The surgery lasted 26 hours, and Hardison was only given a 50

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