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17 Outrageous Amazon Reviews That Will Make You Whisper To Yourself, "Oh My God"

Yes "horny goat weed" is real, no it's not for your goat.

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The 11 Steamiest International Movies on Netflix

One of the best things about Netflix is its superb collection of international shows and movies. Not only do subscribers have access to some of the …


30 Weird Products On Amazon That Are Mind-Blowingly Useful

Plenty of products exist on Amazon to simplify your life and make chores easier to stomach. But then there's the other stuff — the weird and utterly …


The 25 Best True Crime Books Every Person Should Read

Because nonfiction is often sometimes more terrifying and unsettling<p>For every suspense novel that shocks and awes readers, there are real life stories that make fiction seem tame and predictable. True crime is a loaded genre: The best authors do not sensationalise violence and human suffering, but …


17 Children's Fantasy Series You May Have Missed As A Kid — But Should Read Now

I've spent a lifetime reading fantasy novels, but there are <i>so many</i> novels and series that I didn't have the chance to read when I was younger and …

8 Best Presidential Biographies to Read in 2018 - Signature Reads

The Life<p>From prize-winning biographer John A. Farrell comes this riveting portrait of Richard Nixon, a man who led America in a time of turmoil and left us a darker age. Nixon divided America through his decisions as the leader of this country: from the bombing of Cambodia and Laos, to the McCarthy …

The Axeman of New Orleans Preyed on Italian Immigrants

By August of 1918, the city of New Orleans was paralyzed by fear. In the dead of the night, the Axeman of New Orleans (as he came to be known) broke …


The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s

This feature was originally published on September 9, 2009.<p>As Joni Mitchell once sang, "you don't know what you've got till it's gone." Even now, as …

19 Celebrity Books That Are Actually Worth Reading

Books written by celebrities that are really worth your time.<p><i>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.</i>

12 Completely Random Facts That Will Make You Say "Ohhh Wow, Didn't Know That"

We could've lived in a world with an animated Harry Potter movie!

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The 17 Best Movies No One Saw In 2017

The greatest movies you've barely heard of<p>2017 has been a corker for cinema, with the likes of <i>Dunkirk</i>, <i>Blade Runner 2049</i>, <i>Wonder Woman</i>, <i>Thor: Ragnarok</i> and <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i> knocking it out of the park. But there were also plenty of absolute gems that fell under the radar.<p>Here's our pick of …

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The 50 Best Podcasts of 2017

The shows that kept listeners refreshing their apps this year<p>Editor’s Note: Find all of <i>The Atlantic</i>’s “Best of 2017” coverage here.<p>This year, podcasts got funnier, sharper, and even more niche. Our recommendations here pass a vigorous audio smell test. First, the arrival of a new podcast episode …

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512-Year-Old Shark, Believed To Be Oldest Living Vertebrate, Found In North Atlantic

Researchers have found an ancient shark in the North Atlantic, believed to be 512 years old, which could be the oldest living vertebrate in the …

13 Creepy Books Every Woman Should Read To Prepare For Halloween

Sure, there are a few impressive male horror writers out there (I hear this Stephen King guy is a real up and comer), but most of the stories that …

100 Must-Read Medieval Historical Fiction Novels

So, my favorite thing to read is probably medieval historical fiction. Well, maybe it is Star Trek. Historical fiction that is somehow also Star Trek …


The Anti-Hero Who Created America’s Special Forces 250 Years Ago

The French and Indian War hero excelled at only one thing: He was a superb warrior—so good, in fact, that the Army’s Ranger school still uses his …

22 Quotes From Pablo Neruda That Will Speak to Your Soul

Pablo Neruda was a Chilean poet whose words continue to touch and inspire people all around the world. To this day, you can visit his house at Isla Negra in Chile, where he wrote a lot of his poetry. Sometimes it's fun to just look up quotes and really think about how they apply to your life or …

The Guide to Getting into Miles Davis

In his own words, Miles changed music "five or six times." That might even be undercutting it. So where do you begin?<p>From the day he left St. Louis for New York as a teenager to the day he died, Miles Dewey Davis III was the coolest motherfucker on the planet. I don't say "motherfucker" to be …


From Sherlock Holmes to Tartan Noir, a decade-by-decade guide to the best British crime novels

1900s<p>Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902), in which Sherlock Holmes hunts the “black beast …larger than any hound that ever mortal eye has rested upon”, is the greatest case of the world’s greatest detective, and still grips readers as irresistibly as the Grimpen Mire …


21 Crime Novels That Will Definitely Turn You Into Sherlock Holmes

Will you be able to get to the bottom of these?<p><i>Note: Entries have been edited for clarity and length.</i>

What Is an Unreliable Narrator and How Can I Identify One?

How to Recognize and Create an Unreliable Narrator<p>Trust Issues With the Narrator Character<p>Updated November 10, 2017<p>In fiction, as in life, the …

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The Secrets Of The Spy In The Bag

After the dead body of an MI6 spy was found locked in a sports bag in London, police said the death was “probably an accident” – but British and American spy agencies have secret intelligence suggesting Gareth Williams may have been assassinated over highly sensitive work on Russia.


10 Cult Classics That Are Worth The Read

It's a question that keeps book nerds up at night: what makes a book a <i>cult</i> book? Usually, a "cult" book isn't actually a book about cults. Rather, …

Mapping Ireland’s Mysterious Carvings of Old Women Exposing Their Genitals

Sheela-na-gigs can be found all over the country, but it’s only recently that academics have been brave enough to study them.<p>Sometime in the 1940s, …


The Real Anastasia Romanov is Much Different Than the Movie & Musical

<i>"Somewhere down this road/I know someone's waiting/Years of dreams just can't be wrong!/Arms will open wide/I'll be safe and wanted/Finally home where I belong." —"Journey to the Past,"</i> Anastasia<p>On July 17, 1918, Anastasia Romanov, holding her dog Jimmy, followed the family down the steps to the …

Murakami vs. Bolaño: Competing Visions of the Global Novel

In <i>The Fall of Language in the Age of English</i>, Minae Mizumura offers a harsh judgment on the state of Japanese literature. “Representative works of …


Writing a Murder Mystery: 7 Tips for Creating an Interesting Detective

This post is part of a series of articles on how to write a murder mystery. I plan to write an article about each character type: the murderer, the …

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17 True Crime Documentaries That'll Make You Poop Your Pants

They're even scarier because they're real...<p>Correction: An earlier version of this post stated in #4 that Diane Schuler crashed her car and killed seven kids. It was actually seven people, including three kids. Thanks to everyone who commented to let me know!

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