The mountain where 1 in 3 people dies

Annapurna I, mountain more deadly than Everest.
Annapurna I, mountain more deadly than Everest.
Annapurna mountain range. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Mount Everest sure gets a lot of hype. Countless movies, documentaries, books have been made about it, and even a ride at Disney World has been named after it. And if you polled the average person on the street, most would say Everest when asked to name a mountain. But Everest, though it’s so well-known as a dangerous summit, is not the deadliest mountain in the world. It’s not even the second or third deadliest. The title of the deadliest mountain in the world goes to a close cousin of Everest, Annapurna I.

Like Everest, Annapurna I is a peak…


The tragedy of the “unsinkable” ship

The bow of the sunken Titanic
The bow of the sunken Titanic
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The Titanic, one of the worst peacetime maritime disasters, sunk over a century ago, yet people are still familiar with the story of the fateful night of April 14, 1912 today.

We immortalize the sinking in books, movies, and documentaries because a promising ship, once thought to be “unsinkable,” now lies at the bottom of the Atlantic, with many of the bodies of those who drowned never recovered.

No matter how much we try to make sense of this catastrophe, we are still enthralled and mystified by it.

The following are five haunting facts about the Titanic, further proof of…


And they all boil down to one: ego

Titanic departing Southampton. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons.

It is just before midnight on April 14, 1912, and over 2,200 passengers and crew are sailing through the dark and frigid Atlantic waters on the largest ship the world’s ever seen.

Whether a passenger is just finishing up a lavish seven-course meal in first class or dancing an Irish jig with the likes of Jack and Rose Dawson down in third class, both passengers will soon have a similar fate — their life will be on the line.

It’s safe to say that anything and everything that could go wrong did go wrong the night of the Titanic’s fatal…


Visit this Midwest U.S. island instead

View of Lake Michigan from the lighthouse on Rock Island. Image credits: Wikimedia Commons.

Can you imagine anything more picturesque than unobstructed views of Lake Michigan? Yep, I can’t either. With a water surface of 22,300 square miles, Lake Michigan is practically a small sea.

I woke up to this unparalleled beauty every day when I spent a week on Rock Island, an island off the coast of Wisconsin.

The history of this 950-acres gem of an island dates back to 1836, when the Pottawatomie Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in Wisconsin, was built. Due to its proximity to important waterways, a small community flourished and a school was built in 1863, before the millionaire-inventor…


How TikTok is shaking up the marketing game

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23-year-old Kanita Ramaxhiku dropped out of university when she realized if she was going to pursue her passion for baking, it was now or never.

Now she owns and operates Browniegod, which creates “beautifully designed brownie boxes,” and makes over £1,000 a day, equivalent to over $1,300 USD. Kanita and her mom founded Browniegod right before COVID hit and turned to social media when the pandemic stunted business.

Kanita said TikTok catapulted her business, and as of April 2021, has had four videos that have surpassed 1,000,000 views. In her best month, she saw earnings in the range of £30,000…


The overlooked Dutch resistance fighters

Freddie and Truus receiving recognition in 2014. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Armed assassins. Seducers. Ambushers. These aren’t the typical words one would use to describe teenage girls, especially ones growing up in World War II Europe. But that is exactly what Freddie Oversteegen, her older sister, Truus, and their friend, Hannie Schaft, were during the war.

Freddie and Truus grew up in poverty, raised by a single mother. Although the family slept on threadbare mattresses, they began taking in Jewish refugees in 1939. A year after the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands in 1940, a member of the Haarlem Resistance Group came to their house and asked to recruit Freddie and…


HUMOR | CREATIVE

How to understand your cat owner friends as a cat-less person

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As cat owners, our feline friends are at the center of our universe. They sit on us so long our legs go numb, they create hairball masterpieces, and they occasionally stalk us by shoving their paws under shut doors — but that’s the price we pay to live in their world.

But as cat owners evolving in this collective culture, we have adopted a universal language, so to speak — one only understood by the system of cat family and cat itself.

So I invite cat owners to see if they can decipher these terms without reading the definitions and…


The magic of dry needling

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When my butt first started hurting, I ignored it. It was probably just soreness, I told myself. Then days went past, and weeks, and finally months, and my butt was still hurting.

It became this concentrated throbbing pain at the seat of my butt. It hurt from the moment I got up. It hurt while walking. In lectures, I had to shift my body so I was putting my weight on the side that didn’t hurt. It got to a point where it became difficult to go to sleep because the pain was so great.

Of course I complained about…


At least in your lifetime

The hot pools of Yellowstone, a National Park with a supervolcano beneath it
The hot pools of Yellowstone, a National Park with a supervolcano beneath it
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For those unfamiliar, Yellowstone, the nation’s oldest and second most visited national park (3.8 million visitors in 2020), has a super-volcano beneath its surface. A super-volcano is a volcano with an eruption of a magnitude of eight on the VEI scale, which stands for Volcanic Explosivity Index. For reference, a volcano of this magnitude would erupt deposits measuring 240 cubic miles, or 1,000 cubic kilometers.

Between 2.1 million and 640,000 years ago, there have been three eruptions resulting in the formation of calderas, a large depression resulting from the eruption and collapse of a volcano. The giant caldera at Yellowstone


Ditching books that aren’t for me

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I used to force myself to read every book I ever started cover to cover. It was a habit more than a mindset. If I didn’t finish the book I told myself it was because I was a failed reader, an undevoted reader. I never allowed myself to think that a book maybe just wasn’t my cup of tea.

But then I grew up, graduated high school, and no longer had to finish a book just because I‘d have to write an essay on it a few weeks later. …

L.C. Bird

student, runner, and bread enthusiast.

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