His plan backfired in the worst possible way

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A night like any other

When Susan Kuhnhausen discovered a strange man in her home, she assumed she’d woken up a burglar. The truth turned out to be much worse than that.

On the evening of September 6, 2006, the 51-year-old emergency room nurse left Providence Portland Medical Center on Northeast Glisan Street for Perfect Look hair salon on East Burnside Street.

While she waited for her turn, she read a poem from Oprah magazine.

“I will not die an unlived life,” it began. “I will not live in fear.”

Eerily, she will soon come to realize how instructional those words would be.

An hour…

And her top 6 safety tips for women runners.

Source: Runner’s World March 2017 magazine cover via Not Today

Kelly Herron was preparing for her first 26.2-mile race, the Chicago Marathon, in March 2017. Kelly Herron was four miles into a 10-mile marathon training run in Seattle’s popular Golden Gardens Park when she decided to take a bathroom break. She noticed something was wrong while drying her hands. She turned around to see a man hiding in one of the stalls.

Gary Steiner, a registered sex offender in Arizona, was hiding in the bathroom and attacked her.

Just three weeks before the incident, Herron’s employer, RealSelf, had brought in Fighting Chance Seattle to do a workshop for employees. While…

The American icon who inspired the Führer

“I regard Henry Ford as my inspiration.” — Adolf Hitler

The man behind the wheels

Many know Henry Ford as the lightning bolt of the American manufacturing industry. Founder of the Ford Motor Company. The chief developer of the assembly line technique of mass production, a man who pioneered the five-day 40-hour workweek, introduced a revolutionary $5 workday and kick-started the American middle class. But he also has another title to his name.

A personal hero of Adolf Hitler.

He gained fame by creating the first automobile that middle-class Americans could afford. …

Modern solutions for outdated advice

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Being a woman is exhausting! We are told from conception what to wear, how to act, who to date. And even when we follow the rules, we’re still doing it wrong!

During the last two centuries, many individuals took it upon themselves to draw up handy instruction manuals for those with vaginas. Unfortunately, very few of those instructions were for the benefit of women.

Let’s jump right in and explore the abhorrent and condescending advice our sisters of yesteryear were given and unearth their modern solutions.

Cancel your open-mic set

Our journey starts in the year 1850. American clergyman and writer Harvey Newcomb penned…

Self Improvement

How to improve your life using this simple method

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The 1% Factor

When Sir Dave Brailsford took over as head of British Cycling in 2002, the team had almost no track record of success. In its 76-year history, British Cycling had only won one gold medal. Under Sir Dave’s guidance, this swiftly changed.

Sir Dave Brailsford believed in a concept that has since become legendary in the worlds of sports management and coaching in general. His idea was founded on a principle known as “the aggregation of marginal gains.” …

You are stronger than you think

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“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — A. A. Milne

Once upon a time, two best friends were playing far away from the village they belonged to. Disaster struck when the older friend, a ten-year-old boy, fell into a well. The young boy began to sob as he did not know how to swim.

The other friend, a young boy of six years of age, was frail in stature and terrified. But he knew he had to do something to help his best friend. …

Universal Design and the Curb-Cut effect

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What is universal design, and why is it important?

Universal design is the process of creating products that are accessible to people with a wide range of abilities, disabilities, and other characteristics. It is designed for all users as opposed to the typical or average user.

In most cases, products are typically designed to be suitable for the average non-disabled user. However, products designed according to universal design principles are intended to be usable by everyone, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. This procedure takes into account a variety of skills, knowledge, physical abilities, and disabilities.

It may appear that creating something…

True Crime

The story of Ken McElroy

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The story of a young boy

On 1 June 1934, Ken Rex McElroy became the 15th of 16 children for Tony and Mabel McElroy.

Born into a crowded family, Ken McElroy would soon make a name for himself in the worst way possible. Before taking his final form as an over six-feet tall, 270-pound powerhouse, Ken would start life as an illiterate bully who terrified both children and adults. He would steal lunch money from his classmates and shoplift from local stores with no repercussions.

By the age of 13, he was already a well-known figure among the local cops and had gained a reputation as…


The capitalization of love

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Wedding registries were formerly a way of ensuring that young couples — or, more accurately, young women — had everything they needed to start a family. Future brides gathered silverware, china, and homemade linens in “hope chests” before they even knew who they would marry, long before registries became popular. Like the hope chests that came before them, registries were a manner of helping women with the transition from daughter to wife.

The iteration of the modern wedding registry we all know and love came forth in the 20th century. The emphasis on gift-giving transferred from the couple’s families to…

Naoko Takeuchi and the creation of Sailor Moon.

Source: “Ai no Senshi” Sailor Moon fanart 2010 by Sarah Forde (CC)

Naoko Takeuchi, born in the Japanese city of Kofu, is best known as the creator of Sailor Moon, one of the most popular manga series of all time. Takeuchi loved drawing from an early age, and during her school years, she was a member of the manga and astronomy clubs.

Despite being undeniably talented, Takeuchi’s father encouraged her to consider a different career path in the case becoming an artist didn’t work out. To that end, she attended the Kyoritsu University of Pharmacy after graduating from high school.

Whilst studying to be a pharmacist, she created her first published manga…

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Never seen a problem I couldn’t make worse.

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