The World Map: Intolerance Edition

This fascinating map composed by two Swedish economists as part of a study of economic freedom reveals some surprising attitudes towards race. The most developed countries are seemingly more tolerant, but this could also be due to respondents in those countries being less willing to answer the question honestly.

Interestingly though, there does not seem to be much of a correlation between expressed intolerance and racial diversity; the United States and India, while being roughly equal in terms of ethnic diversity, are on opposite ends of the intolerance spectrum. Even Britain, Australia, and the Scandanavian countries expressed the least intolerance while also having the least ethnic diversity.

Amanda Knox, Freemasonry, and the Monster of Florence

Between 1968 and 1985, 16 people were brutally murdered around the foothills of Tuscany; In 2002, the death of an Italian doctor was alleged to involve an elaborate ring of  Satanic cultists connected to the Society of Freemasons; and in 2011, American student Amanda Knox was acquitted of the murder of her British roommate in what was suggested to be some sort of Satanic sacrificial orgy. How are these three events connected? By an Italian prosecutor named Giuliano Mignini.

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The $1.5 Million Vacation

For many of us, the dream vacation may consist of a few weeks on a private island, a trek across Northern Europe, or climbing the Andes to gaze upon ancient Incan ruins. But what if you could do all of this in one vacation? One company can make it happen for only $1.5 million and two years of your time.

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An Accident that Changed History

The age-old question of “what if?” can be both fun and interesting when applied to any facet of the past, whether it be to sports, entertainment, or in this case, history.  These so-called “hinge moments” are popular with alternative historians because they may have directly changed the course of nearly every aspect of the world that we live in. This is a look at some of the more unfortunate (or in some cases, fortunate) moments that happened in the lives of few to effect the world of many.

1190 – The Emperor’s Bad Moves

In the time of the Crusades, Friedrich I (b. 1122 and popularly known as Barbarossa) was named King of Germany and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, an area covering most of central Europe from the Mediterranean to the Baltic Sea. A fierce leader, Barbarossa spent much of his time as Emperor campaigning to conquer the lands of Italy from where he came. By the late 1180’s, there was a new pope in Rome who was willing to set aside the conflict with the aging German king in order to focus on a new goal: the liberation of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, which had recently been reconquered by the Muslims under Saladin.

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