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Curtain Raiser

Curtain Raiser: Heading Forward to the Past, Colltalers

Heading Forward to the Past, Colltalers

We’re back to our miserable ways again, a steady, media-fueled, seemingly inexorable path to yet another war in a faraway land. As we all now know, this chain reaction always starts when ‘advisors’ are sent. Then come the air strikes and shortly thereafter, a full blown intervention.
Whether President ‘Hope’ Obama is to blame for lighten up the wick this…

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Mission to Rio

Mission to Rio: ‘My Schedule Is Full for the Next 30 Years’

‘My Schedule Is Full
For the Next 30 Years’

In a city Maubrey Destined, NYC, 2014like New York, you’re bound to run into someone like Maubrey Destined: a man with a dream and a meticulous plan to pursue it. But even with the many like him, in a place where eight million dream of reinventing themselves, we all could learn something from his quest.
The German-born Ghanaian-American 100-meter sprinter, who’s on a mission to…

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Bloody Girdles

Bloody Girdles: Things You Didn’t Know About Gladiators, Vikings, & Crusaders

Things You Didn’t Know About
Gladiators, Vikings & Crusaders

As soon as football season kicks off the U.S., we’re once again fed a nauseating diet of war metaphors to go along with the game. All this talk about warriors, soldiers, and battles, has an upside though: it gets us to raid our files on that trio of mythical combatants of ancient times.
Far from unique on their intimacy with pain and…

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Curtain Raiser

Curtain Raiser: The Dignity Collectors, Colltalers

The Dignity Collectors, Colltales

If you’re an American resident, you may live in a household that owes $15K in credit card debt. If there’s a mortgage, its outstanding debt may be $150K. And if there’s one or more college students sharing your last name, then there’s another $33K each to be added to the bill.
Thus, without counting living expenses, just the fact that you live in the world’s…

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Caturday: The Pyros Official Family Photo, 1909

The Pyros Official Family Photo, 1909 Edmund, Ernest & Cecilia, being immortalized by one of the greatest photographers of the day.

Caturday: The Pyros Official Family Photo, 1909

The Pyros Official Family Photo, 1909 Edmund, Ernest & Cecilia, being immortalized by one of the greatest photographers of the day.

Facedown

Facedown: Twins, Dead Ringers & Lookalikes: the Doppelganger & the Other ‘Yous’

Twins, Dead Ringers & Lookalikes:
the Doppelganger & the Other ‘Yous’

You may have one of those faces. The other day, someone just saw your doppelganger walking down the street. You see people who resemble you all the time. But are we really all lookalikes, made of a relatively few number of templates, plus variables added as toppings?
The thought of not being physiognomically unique is quite…

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Curtain Raiser

Curtain Raiser: The Plastic Oh, No, Band, Colltalers

The Plastic Oh, No, Band, Colltalers

‘I just want to say one word to you. Just one word… Are you listening? Plastics.’ That was the career advice offered to Benjamin Braddock, in the 1967 movie The Graduate. If the word was just a joke then, almost 50 years later, it now defines our way of life and may point to our demise.
Its presence permeates almost everything considered essential to our living…

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Out to Get You

Out to Get You: In a Mad World, There Are Jobs Only Psychopaths Can Do

In a Mad World, There Are
Jobs Only Psychopaths Can Do

They mesmerize you just like a spider would. And just as well, haunt your nightmares. There may be one among your dearest friends. The thought of you knowing a predator who may consider you no more than a prey, is as scary as wondering whether you may be one.
But now we know more than ever about psychopaths, through books, movies, and real…

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Curtain Raiser

Curtain Raiser: What May Not Change for Brazil, Colltalers

What May Not Change for Brazil, Colltalers

A little over a week from the final month before the October 5 Brazilian presidential election, what’d been a relatively easy ride to reelection for President Dilma Rousseff has turned into turmoil after the shocking death of former Pernambuco State Governor Eduardo Campos.
But even as the fateful plane crash has moved some vital pieces on the chessboard…

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We’re Not Alone!

We’re Not Alone! The Secret, Trillion Lives Crawling In & On Your Body

The Secret, Trillion Lives
Crawling In & On Your Body

The late Carl Sagan may have said, we’re all made of starstuff. But deep down, what we really are is a multitude of microorganisms, 100 trillion of them, some part of our natural physiology, but most totally foreign. We wouldn’t have lasted this long on Earth without them.
While cells are the bricks that form our bodies, even before birth, an…

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