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Ever Wonder How Your Home State Might Be Similar To Iraq? Look At This Map To Find Out.

When I saw this map I was kinda excited. What a really powerful way to show the extreme realities of prison populations in America! I may even have said, “Yay!” to myself. But then my brain processed those extreme realities and I was like ... damn. Is it possible to un-yay something?

FACT CHECK TIME: Unbelievably, these numbers check out! For example, California has about 216,300 prisoners and Iran around 217,000. Illinois imprisons about 68,500 and Germany jails about 62,600.


These comparisons of total prison populations get especially staggering when you take into account the differences in total population of the states vs. the countries.

For example, Maine and Trinidad & Tobago both have populations around 1.3 million people, and their prison populations are comparable. But Texas and Mexico? Texas has 26 million people while Mexico has 120 million. How in the world do they have the same number of people in prison!?

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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.


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This article originally appeared on 09.08.16


92-year-old Norma had a strange and heartbreaking routine.

Every night around 5:30 p.m., she stood up and told the staff at her Ohio nursing home that she needed to leave. When they asked why, she said she needed to go home to take care of her mother. Her mom, of course, had long since passed away.

Behavior like Norma's is quite common for older folks suffering from Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. Walter, another man in the same assisted living facility, demanded breakfast from the staff every night around 7:30.

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