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Here are 9 social panics that gripped America, were totally false, and did lasting damage

Americans flip out over the strangest things
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Hey Apocalyptic Christians — Here’s how the world as we know it will probably end

Humankind is well on the way to destroying the world all on its own -- without the help of God.
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Should racism and sexism be censored from Shakespeare?

Actor Mark Rylance, former Artistic Director of the Globe theatre, recently said that he has sometimes cut “some unfortunate anti-Semitic things” from Shakespeare’s plays.
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This is why Indian food is so delicious, according to science

Ever wonder just what it is that makes Indian food so darn tasty? A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur have, and their curiosity inspired them to scientifically analyze more than 2,000 different recipes to shed some light on the subject.
Police officers point their weapons at demonstrators protesting against the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

15 most outrageous examples of police misconduct in the DOJ report on Ferguson

The report paints a police department and municipal court system driven by revenue rather than justice.
A jawbone fossil, steps from where it was sighted by Chalachew Seyoum, an ASU graduate student from Ethiopia, is pictured in Afar Regional State, Ethiopia in this undated handout photo courtesy of Arizona State University/Kaye Reed. REUTERS/Arizona State University/Kaye Reed/Handout via Reuters

2.8-million-year-old Ethiopian jawbone fossil pushes back human origins

Scientists said on Wednesday the fossil represents the oldest known representative of the human genus Homo and appears to be a previously unknown species from the human lineage’s earliest phases.
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Oklahoma knew fracking caused earthquakes but stayed quiet to appease energy industry

The Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) finally admitted a possible link more than a year ago between oil and gas extraction and the recent outbreak of earthquakes in the state – which last year experienced 1.6 quakes per day of magnitude 3 or greater.
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Washington civil rights leader opens package to find racist Facebook threats come to life

The president of an NAACP chapter says she has started carrying a gun and pulled her 13-year-old out of class.
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Ben Carson floors CNN host: Homosexuality is a sham because prison makes you ‘come out gay’

The potential Republican presidential candidate insisted that LGBT people did not deserve the same equal protection under the law because they could choose not to be gay.