Jodie Robb

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Confessions of India's real-life Thugs

The murky story of a murderous cult of 19th-century criminals is ripe for fictional treatment<p>The word “thug” is used universally to mean anyone who perpetrates mindless violence. But it’s often forgotten that it once had a very specific meaning – one so horrible it was the reason the word entered …

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10 Gothic Short Stories You Can Read Online Right Now

Today marks the birthday of literature’s dark romantic and master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. The mad, mustachioed author initiated the modern …

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Penis pumps cost U.S. government millions, watchdog cries waste | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Penis pumps cost the U.S. government’s Medicare program $172 million between 2006 and 2011, about twice as much as the consumer would have paid at the retail level, according to a government watchdog’s report released on Monday.<p>The report by the inspector general for the …

Comedians have psychotic personality traits, study finds | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Having an unusual personality structure could be the secret to making other people laugh, scientists said on Thursday after research showed that comedians have high levels of psychotic personality traits.<p>In a study in the British Journal of Psychiatry, researchers analysed …

Nun gives birth to baby named after Pope

A nun from El Salvador has given birth to a baby boy in Italy - and named the child after Pope Francis<p>A nun who was rushed to hospital complaining of acute stomach pains has given birth to a baby boy – and named him Francesco after the Pope.<p>The 31-year-old nun began to feel severe abdominal cramps …