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Who Owns Most of the World’s Gold?

With gold prices getting ready to soar, we’ve decided to find out who owns the most bullion in the world.

It’s no surprise that governments, central banks, and investment funds are the world’s largest holders of gold reserves. These organizations know gold is the ultimate store of value that protects against inflation and offers a safe haven during times of economic and geopolitical turmoil.

To find out who owns the most gold in the world, we referred to data from the International Monetary Fund’s International Financial Statistics Report.

United States of America

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Historical Top 10 Geniuses

You may be surprised to find that Albert Einstein is not included on this list. The reason is that We have used a table of IQ estimates for historical geniuses to determine the members and order of this list, and Einstein’s IQ (around 160) did not make the grade. Despite that, he is still the first person to pop in to most people’s minds when thinking of a genius. Having said that, here is a list of the ten greatest geniuses in history.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

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Famous People Rumored To Be Alive After Death

History is full of faked deaths and re-appearances of people long thought dead, but there are also a small number of people who did most likely die, but become the center of theories that claim they live. This list looks at the most well know deaths that have fueled the fires in the minds of conspiracy theorists.

Tupac Shakur (1971-1996)

Tupac, was a rapper who was killed in a drive-by shooting. The murder remains unsolved, inspiring many theories over who was…Continue Reading
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Famous People with Surprising Dark sides

We like to put celebrities of any sort up on a pedestal, even if they don’t really deserve it. Perhaps it harkens back to the days of monarchies and shows some void that we wish to fill now that we no longer have kings, or maybe we are just bored. Either way, we take normal people who’ve become famous for whatever reason and make them larger than life. We build them up into titanic figures beyond the concerns of mortal men and turn them into role models.

Unfortunately, famous people are frequently bad choices for role models. No matter what their…Continue Reading

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Surprising Facts about Incest

Incest is the infraction of the taboo upon sexual relations between any two members of the nuclear family except husband and wife, that is, between parents and children or any sibling pair. The taboo may be extended to include other specific relatives or categories of kin, whose relationship ties may be biological, affinal, classificatory, or fictive, and sexual relations between any two individuals so defined will be treated as incest. “Taboo” is a more appropriate term than “prohibition,” for the incest interdiction, which often lacks any legal sanction, is typically accompanied by a special sense of intense horror. In its…Continue Reading

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Strange Courtship Rituals Around The World

Being in love can make people do the strangest things. It just goes to show that animals aren’t the only ones capable of exhibiting bizarre courting behavior—not by a long shot. In the tradition of Valentine’s Day, let’s look at some cultures around the world—and the crazy stuff people do for love.

Dyngus Day

For those looking to have fun and maybe get a date after a rigorous observance of Easter, Dyngus Day is the perfect day. In this post-Lent festival, boys…Continue Reading

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The world’s most powerful passports for 2017

German citizens still possess the world’s most powerful passport, according to new research, with Britain slipping from joint third to joint eighth place.

Travelling can be a bureaucratic nightmare for those on restricted passports. Here we look at the best passport to have in 2017 based on the freedom it provides.

1.Germany & Singapore

Germany and Singaporean passport holder could visit 159 countries without visa.

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Types of Hackers You Should Know

The term hacker is used in popular media to describe someone who attempts to break into computer systems. Typically, this kind of hacker would be a proficient programmer or engineer with sufficient technical knowledge to understand the weak points in a security system.Eric Raymond, compiler of The New Hacker’s Dictionary, defines a hacker as a clever programmer. A “good hack” is a clever solution to a programming problem and “hacking” is the act of doing it.

Yet, there’s so much more to this fine art than the media describes. Hackers are varied creatures and include these 7 types:

Script Kiddie

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Plants that Repel Insects

Plants have unique natural abilities to emit different chemical substances. With them they repel or attract specific insects. The beautiful flowers of the herbs or our garden flowers mean a pretty sight and a pleasant fragrance for us. For those who would like to give the natural route a try, we’ve described some easy-to-find herbs readily available at most nurseries that are said to repel mosquitoes and other annoying insects. The smell from fragrant herbs is the result of the distribution of tiny globules that contain oils. High temperatures, for example, can cause the globules to become volatile, evaporating the essential oils…Continue Reading

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Amazing Camouflaged Animals

Camouflage is a method of hiding. It allows an otherwise visible organism to remain unnoticed, by blending with its environment. The theory of camouflage covers the various strategies which are used to achieve this effect. Cryptic coloration is the most common form of camouflage, found to some extent in the majority of species. The simplest way is for an animal to be of a color similar to its surroundings.

Here are some amazing animals (insects, frogs, lizards etc) that use camouflage to hunt or to escape the predators.