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Carl Pettit is a writer and editor with interests ranging from international relations and political humor to the arts and modern media.
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kxlly, Flickr

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico ­– The Real Story Behind the Name

With a name like Truth or Consequences and an isolated location in the American West, you could be forgiven for thinking that this New Mexican town got its name from some bloody gunfight or a hard-nosed sheriff who wanted to urge potential visiting troublemakers to go elsewhere. The real story, though, is a bit stranger.

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Keystone, Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Keystone, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Is Jimmy Hoffa Buried Under a Driveway in Michigan?

The search for Jimmy Hoffa, the Teamster union boss who was purportedly murdered by the Mafia in 1975, still flares up from time to time — even though Hoffa was declared legally dead, absent his body, in 1982. It seems that good ol’ Jimmy just doesn’t want to go away: he still might turn up in (or rather, beneath) a Michigan driveway.

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Andrew Burton, Getty Images
Andrew Burton, Getty Images

‘Fake’ Canadian Prime Minister Fools U.N. Secretary With Prank Call

The United Nations deals with some pretty serious business, especially in a world climate as dangerous as this one, but even so, this august body of world representatives can get pranked now and again. It just so happens that two very audacious Canadian radio talk show hosts managed to pull a fast one on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Our comedic brethren up north called into the U.N. this week and pretended they had Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada, on the line.

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Man With World’s Lowest Voice Makes Record Book

How low can you go? Tim Storms might be tired of that question, but he’d probably be willing to bet you a large sum of money (if he’s a betting man) that he can sing a heck of a lot lower than you, or anyone you know, can.  Tim’s deep register is so low, in fact, that Guinness World Records named his voice as the lowest human voice on the planet.

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World's Deadliest Foods
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The 10 Most Deadly Foods on the Planet

Sometimes the food you eat is trying to kill you. Not in the traditional sense, with saturated fat, refined sugars and cholesterol. There are a few foods out there that can literally end your life if improperly prepared, or at the very least make you terribly sick. While you probably won’t encounter most of the items on this list during the normal course of your life, a few of them are surprisingly common.

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Category: Health & Lifestyle
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~MVI~ (goes mirror-less!), Flickr

10 Fun and Romantic Fall Getaways

We tend to associate the end of summer and the arrival of fall with going back to school or getting back to work, as the vacation season is over. But that doesn’t have to be the case. The northern hemisphere contains some pretty remarkable fall destinations, perfect for weekend adventures or even weeklong getaways

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