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The Cobra Effect: Lessons in Unintended Consequences

When a plan to eradicate cobras in 19th-century Delhi backfired spectacularly, the incident became known as the “Cobra Effect.” It has since become a cautionary tale about the unintended consequences of well-meaning policies, and a reminder of the importance of understanding the systems within which we operate.


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Knecht Ruprecht: Santa’s German Helper

One of Santa’s most intriguing companions, Knecht Ruprecht is a legendary figure in German folklore, attested as early as the 17th century. A wild, shaggy-haired figure dressed in dark, fur-trimmed clothing, he is said to roam the countryside during the Christmas season, dolling out punishments to all the naughty children, while Santa rewards the good.


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Cheer or Fear, Belsnickel is here!

Dwight K. Shrute: What about an authentic Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas? Drink some gluhwein, enjoy some hasenpfeffer. Enjoy Christmas with saint Nicolas’ rural German companion, Belsnickel. Jim Halpert: Yes! That, that, that! We’re definitely doing that. Are we all in agreement? OddFeed: Yes, yes, a resounding yes!


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The Nightmare Paintings of Zdzisław Beksiński

The life and works of Zdzisław Beksiński are each engrossing in their own ways. His journey from war-torn Poland in the 1940s to a fantastical style of painting in the 70s and beyond gave the contemporary art world a visual jolt of deformed bodies and vivid hellscapes that were horrific and mesmerizing to behold.


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Mokusatsu : the Word That Changed the Course of History

On July 28, 1945, in response to the Potsdam Declaration demanding Japan’s unconditional surrender, Japanese prime minister Kantarō Suzuki uttered a now-famous phrase: mokusatsu-suru. The phrase can be translated to mean either “ignore” or “no comment.” The Allies heard the former. The atomic bombs were dropped several days later.


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Leo the MGM Lion: Hollywood’s Most Famous Logo?

We all know and love Leo the MGM Lion, the iconic roaring mascot of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, but his full story is one that many people have never heard. From Hollywood’s silent era to its golden age and beyond, there have been eight different Leos, each with varying levels of success in the role.


A painting of Mexican beans. You’d think that, given their name, Mexican jumping beans would be beans, but they are not; they are actually hollow seeds. Strictly speaking, they do not jump either. But they do roll, and they do twist and turn—and all due to a fascinating little creature which lives inside them! (© Odd Feed)

Mexican Jumping Beans: Gimmick or Natural Phenomenon?

You’d think that, given their name, Mexican jumping beans would be beans, but they are not; they are actually hollow seeds. Strictly speaking, they do not jump either. But they do roll, and they do twist and turn—and all due to a fascinating little creature which lives inside them!