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7 Books We Lost to History That Would Have Changed the World

7 Books We Lost to History That Would Have Changed the World
Hermocrates, by Plato What is it: The rumored third book to Plato's little unified field theory trilogy. The first two were Timaeus and Critias and are basically transcriptions of one of the greatest, most influential thinkers to ever live discussing how the universe, uh, happened. If Hemocrates was anything like the first two books in the series, it would have dealt with some brilliant, advanced concepts (like molecules and the Golden Ratio), and would have influenced thinkers and scientists for years to come. Luckily there are other sources. Since the second book ends rather abruptly (mid-sentence), it's only logical that the third dialogue would have covered the fate of Atlantis, along with the influence it would have had on thought that mattered in non-fictional universes. Why it's Awesome: If Disney, Mother Goose and Indiana Jones were all willing to find Atlantis, then Hermocrates has got to be worth at least a bathroom-reading. Why You'll Never Read It: Ab urbe condita libri, by Livy Related:  Cool Shit to Know

69 Awesome Brain Hacks That Give You Mind-Blowing Powers #49. You Can Tell How Much Someone Drinks From Their Eye Color There comes a time in every man's life when it will be necessary to drink another guy under the table. Maybe you're trying to win a bet, or prove your manliness, or maybe you're in a terrible rom-com and the only thing that stands between you and the woman you love is the varsity liquor drinking team that challenged you to a duel. We don't know ... we don't write the rules. We merely follow them to their inevitable, disastrous conclusion. So naturally you'll pick out some blond-haired, blue-eyed pretty boy who looks like two Bud Lights would have him over a toilet. How? Picking the blue-eyed guy was a bad move. "I can't even get through my breakfast changing without a fifth of SoCo." A study of thousands of white men (all of them prisoners) found that for some reason, those with light eye colors like blue, green, gray or hazel, can handle more alcohol than men with dark eyes. "No, no. "You unbelievable bastard. #48. #47. #46.

"Don't tease the panther": An exclusive look at Glenn Beck's The Overton Window The opening lines of Glenn Beck's yet-to-be-released novel, The Overton Window , read as follows: "Most people think about age and experience in terms of years, but it's really only moments that define us." In a quirk of convenience, this line also describes the best way to deconstruct The Overton Window , a copy of which Media Matters obtained and read -- nay, devoured -- with great relish. As we slogged through its many plot holes, ridiculous narrative devices, and long-winded limited-government sermonizing passed off as dialogue, we singled out ten moments that define The Overton Window as the truly and remarkably awful novel that it is. First, a quick summation of the plot, such as it is. The protagonist, Noah Gardner, works for an impossibly powerful public relations firm in Manhattan that has been the driving force behind pretty much every political and cultural movement of the 20th century. 1. "Suit yourself, lady. 2. 3. See, it's important to make a personalized catering order.

History 7 Books We Lost to History That Would Have Changed the World The vast majority of the knowledge humans have assembled over the centuries, has been lost. The world's geniuses either kept their revelations to themselves and then died, or else they put it down on paper which has long since rotted or burned or been used to line some parakeet's cage. Obviously we'll never know what great books have been lost to time, but we have clues on some of them, and what those clues tell us is mind-boggling, and a little bit depressing. If you could make a library out of just books that didn't survive, you'd have a collection of some of the best freaking books ever written. The Gospel of Eve, by Unknown What is it: It is apparently a totally sexually perverse lost book of the Bible. (Wait, what? Why it's Awesome: Ah ha! Why You'll Never Read It: In the 4th Century church officials like Epiphanius lashed out at the book, apparently having nothing better to do than stop everyone from having sex and eating a little bit of semen. Heh heh heh. [Artist's depiction.]

Banned Books Week High-stakes test prep leaves less time for projects like the one above, created by students at PS 29. (PS 29 Brooklyn/Facebook) This post requires full disclosure: I could hardly be more involved in what I’m writing about here. Now, on to our story: this past week, third through eighth graders in New York State public schools took the English Language Arts standardized tests. There’s a growing nationwide movement opposing these tests as the result of a corporate-driven agenda that has distorted real learning, widened the achievement gap, increased financial strain on schools and parents, unfairly stigmatized teachers and introduced unnecessary stress into the lives of young people. In many places, activists have encouraged parents to opt out of the tests, which is legally allowed in all states. Nothing has gone that far in New York City. Phillips followed up by quickly organizing a protest at her school on April 4, the morning after the ELAs were complete, and reaching out to Dr.

5 Real Life Soldiers Who Make Rambo Look Like a Pussy | Cracked.com - StumbleUpon We all understand that action movies are cheesy escapism. After all, could one commando really take out a whole compound full of bad guys? Actually, yes. It turns out the history books are full of stories of soldiers doing things so badass they'd hesitate to put them into a film for fear of killing the realism. #5. Who Was He? Simo Hayha had a fairly boring life in Finland. Since the majority of fighting took place in the forest, he figured the best way to stop the invasion was to grab his trusty rifle, a couple of cans of food and hide in a tree all day shooting Russians. Can you spot Hayha? Of course when the Russians heard that dozens of their men were going down and that it was all one dude with a rifle, they got fucking scared. They started by sending out a task force to find Hayha and take him out. Then they tried getting together a team of counter-snipers (which are basically snipers that kill snipers) and sent them in to eliminate Hayha. ...for about a week. #4. Exactly. #3.

6 Factors That Secretly Influence Who You Have Sex With Statistics indicate that more and more frequently, "hookups" are turning into meaningful relationships. While that might sound like a snazzy pickup line, it actually means you might marry someone because of the color of the shirt she was wearing the night you met her. According to science, the world around you is dangerously full of hidden aphrodisiacs that can land you in bed, and even in long-term relationships, with someone who's totally wrong for you. #6. The Romantic Notion: "If two people are meant for one another, it doesn't matter whether they meet in high school or prison -- love will find a way." Science Says: "Did you see a comedy or a horror movie on your first date? We tend to think that emotions such as fear and anger cause our hearts to speed up. Here's where it gets weird. He just crapped his pants, and she's still going to walk away with a crush. In a study by Donald G. Yeah, science is a dick like that. #5. "Looks don't matter. The "real you" would have more Cheetos stains.

The Lost Symbol and The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown's 20 worst sentences 20. Angels and Demons, chapter 1: Although not overly handsome in a classical sense, the forty-year-old Langdon had what his female colleagues referred to as an ‘erudite’ appeal — wisp of gray in his thick brown hair, probing blue eyes, an arrestingly deep voice, and the strong, carefree smile of a collegiate athlete. They say the first rule of fiction is “show, don’t tell”. This breaks that rule. 19. The Da Vinci Code, chapter 83: "The Knights Templar were warriors," Teabing reminded, the sound of his aluminum crutches echoing in this reverberant space. “Remind” is a transitive verb – you need to remind someone of something. 18. Ah, that familiar tang of deionised essence. 17. It’s not clear what Brown thinks ‘precarious’ means here. 16. A silhouette with white hair and pink irises stood chillingly close but 15 feet away. 15. Other enclosed spaces include toilet cubicles, phone boxes and dog kennels. 14. The Rio de la Plata. A keen eye indeed. 13 and 12. 11. 10. 9. 8. 7 and 6. 5. 1.

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