Meet The Billion-Dollar Industry That Literally Banks On Human Misery

In the United States, we have a lot of pride in country. And why not? We are an exceptional country indeed. Case in point: We rank #1 (USA! USA! USA!) when it comes to, uh ... incarceration (USA? USA? USA?), locking up one-quarter of all the prisoners on the planet. It’s actually become a big-money industry. I know this country is a “land of opportunity,” but getting rich off prisoners doesn't seem entrepreneurial to me. Despite all of our differences, I’d be willing to bet that most of us would agree that what’s happening here just ain’t right.

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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.

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