The tragedy of the “unsinkable” ship

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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…

The “Rabbits” of Ravensbrück

Female prisoners at Ravensbrück. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

One of the many atrocities to come out of the Holocaust was the unethical medical experiments performed by Dr. Mengele, the “angel of death”, a man known for selecting twins out of lineups and experimenting on them. But unfortunately, Dr. Mengele’s experiments were not the only ones performed on concentration camp prisoners.

Ravensbrück was the largest concentration camp exclusively for women, and by 1945, had more than 50,000 female prisoners from 30 countries.

But the medical experiments began three years earlier, in 1942. Nazi doctors claimed the experiments were to test treatments for war injuries, but it is widely believed…

The effects of Super Bowl ads and Budweiser’s marketing strategy for not airing them in 2021

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Two people hold up Coca-Cola bottles.
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Viewers watching Super Bowl commercials can always count on the memorable 30-second ads put out by Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser.

Coca-Cola’s polar bear family, the majestic Budweiser Clydesdales running alongside a cute puppy, and celebrity cameos in Pepsi commercials are always the highlights out of the many ads that air on Super Bowl Sunday.

But this year all three companies will be sitting on the sidelines.

Although each Super Bowl commercial costs over $5 million for 30 seconds of screen time, it may seem puzzling why these three mega-companies are forgoing the Super Bowl publicity, as just under 100 million…

The mountain where 1 in 3 people dies

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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 science behind light therapy.

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Winters in the midwestern United States suck. They are cold, long, and unpredictable. One day it could be 40 degrees and sunny, and the next day you might wake up to a windshield below 0.

For me, this can make it difficult to tolerate winter after the holiday season passes. I find myself wanting to stay inside to avoid the cold weather, and at the same time just generally feel down.

I didn’t really think there was a way to mitigate this feeling, which I’ve since learned is considered seasonal depression, until my friend mentioned light therapy. …

Pandemic Reflections

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A year ago I was strutting along the paths of my college campus unmasked and unfazed. I was closely following the pandemic, but more with excitement and curiosity than unease. Even as the virus crossed from China to Italy, and Harvard and the University of Washington began sending their students home I wasn’t worried. I mean, how could a virus, with a patient zero halfway across the world, affect me at my small college in the Midwest? I mean, really. This is the twenty-first century people. I think we’re well equipped to deal with a public health emergency like that…

“A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick — a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart.” — Neil Gaiman

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Sometimes I want to read, to escape within the characters or the setting of a book, yet the large stack of books on my nightstand looks too intimidating for my current mindset.

So recently I’ve been getting into short stories. In short stories I seem to get it all: interesting characters, a gripping plot, and best of all, I’m able to finish them in one sitting.

I love short stories because they can still leave an impact on the reader but don’t take a week or a month to finish. …

And the science behind why you should too

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Chances are, if you’re trying to get my attention while I’m studying, I won’t be able to hear you. I’ll probably have my earbuds in, knee-deep in the beautiful epics and ballads of Hans Zimmer or the music of any other genius film composer.

I started listening to music, particularly movie soundtracks, while studying when I was writing college applications my senior year of high school. Music helps me focus and block out whatever is happening around me. …

Recognizing the self-sabotaging habits that harm your happiness.

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Happiness is often depicted as a fleeting, elusive feeling.

But psychologists say that if you actively put time, intention, and effort into pursuing it, you can be successful in influencing your own happiness.

This isn’t to say that following these tips can cure depression. But time to time, I find myself engaging in unhealthy habits or thinking that does little but contribute to my unhappiness.

Even though your genetics and your circumstances influence your happiness, you have some power over how you feel. You have agency. So why harm your happiness with self-sabotaging behaviors or habits?

I’ve found by recognizing…

My experience as a first-time investor.

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I’ve always been a great saver and as a teenager, put almost everything I earned from my minimum wage jobs into my bank account. So, by the time I was in college, I had a pretty healthy savings account.

But I was tired of earning 0.15% on my money. I wanted my money to work for me, and so I started looking into investing.

I wasn’t new to the concept, and I knew the basics, but it all seemed intimidating. I had so many questions. How much should I invest? Where should I invest? …

L.C. Bird

student, runner, and bread enthusiast.

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