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10 Offensive Things That Once Passed For Entertainment

What’s fun for one person can be fundamentally appalling to another. In fact, history is…

10 Houses Of Horror So Disturbing They Were Demolished

There are some houses that if the walls could speak, they would likely scream in…

10 Facts That Show Why Caligula Was Rome’s Craziest Emperor

Every Roman emperor has a few crazy stories under his belt, but none of them…

10 Movie Graphics That Looked Cool But Are Now Laughable

Science fiction is the only genre that tends to focus on the future. This means…

10 Captivating Events In Freddie Mercury’s Life

Known all over the world as being one of the greatest and most wonderfully flamboyant…

10 Incredibly Unique Children From Around The World

Childhood should be a time of play and whimsy when everything is easy and parents…

10 Infectious Diseases That Changed History

Along with natural disasters, infectious diseases are among the top unintentional causes of human death…

10 Truly Dark Moments From The Roaring Twenties

The 1920s, aka the Roaring Twenties, were a fascinating time in US history. People were…

10 Horrific Acts That Are Legal In Some Countries

It's no secret that the world isn't always a nice place, but most of us…

10 ‘Playboy’ Magazine Firsts

Although it's been controversial since its debut, Playboy magazine has long been an icon of…

10 Brutal Little-Known Trials Of The Egyptian Afterlife

Death, for the ancient Egyptians, meant a lot more than just mummies and pyramids. The…

10 Claims Of Warnings And Messages Hidden In Films And TV Shows

Many researchers of “alternative history” claim that numerous ancient legends and nursery rhymes resulted from…

10 Obscure Mysteries Surrounding Forests Around The World

Forests are truly amazing places. Combining impressive biodiversity with natural beauty, the woods of the…

10 Pioneer Children Abducted By Native Americans Who Refused To Go Home

A strange thing happened on Western Frontier. During the days of Wild West, American pioneers…

Top 10 Recent Discoveries Involving Famous Explorers

Tales of old expeditions continue to enchant. Elements of a good story, embellished with detail…

Top 10 Spookiest Declassified Project Stargate Documents

Between 1972 and 1995, the CIA and other US governmental organizations asked dozens of young…

10 Shocking Cure Therapies Used On The LGBT Community

It wasn’t so long ago that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender was considered to…

10 Attempted Suicides With Unforeseen Consequences

When people attempt suicide, they mostly have one motive in mind. More often than not,…

10 Intriguing Facts About The Dyatlov Pass Incident

On February 2, 1959, things took a macabre turn in the Ural Mountains. Nine experienced…

Top 10 Parasites That Could Be Infecting You Right Now

Being infected by parasites sounds like something that happens to other people in faraway places.…

Top 10 Female Duels And Duelists

Duels have been commonplace throughout history and have taken many forms. Many centuries ago, it…

10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Life On A Destroyer

While the navy's aircraft carriers get most of the media's attention, they make up a…

Top 10 Freak Airplane Incidents And Accidents

In aviation parlance, an airplane accident is an event that leads to death or injury…

Top 10 Impressive Times The Press Spoke Truth To Power

The press today doesn’t have the greatest reputation. Show the world one great piece of…

10 Traditional Ice Cream Flavors You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

When it comes to food, what is a staple in one country may be considered…

10 Hypothetical Astronomical Objects That Could Actually Exist

Space has undoubtedly been a fascinating part of reality for humanity. Ever since we were…

Top 10 Horrific Facts About Scalping On The American Frontier

Native Americans weren’t the only people who scalped their enemies. The European settlers who colonized…

10 Glimpses Into Life In Man’s First Civilization

Sumeria was one of the earliest civilizations on Earth. More than 7,000 years ago, they…

10 Ancient Persian Punishments Beyond Your Worst Nightmares

The Persian Empire believed in justice. They had strict and careful rules about sentencing a…

10 People Who Might Be The Mysterious Plane Hijacker D.B. Cooper

On November 24, 1971, a man in dark glasses and a neatly pressed suit boarded…

Top 10 Things Americans Get Wrong About Their Own History

Here in America, we think we know our stuff. But it turns out that there…

10 Brutal Realities Of Life After The Nuclear Apocalypse

When the bombs fall, the face of the planet will be forever changed. For 50…

10 Tragic Facts About Albino Hunting In Africa

There is an African superstition that albino people are not truly human. Many believe that…

Top 10 Flights That Mysteriously Vanished

Planes crash every now and then. Although uncommon, this is a fact. What's strange, though,…

Top 10 Cases Of Military Attacks On Civilians

Often swept under the rug and given nonthreatening names such as “collateral damage,” the deaths…

Top 10 American Children Sentenced To Death

Though the US Supreme Court has argued that imposing the death penalty on those younger…

Top 10 US Government Experiments Done On Its Own Citizens

Throughout history, the US government has managed to keep secrets hidden from the public. When…

Top 10 Heartbreaking Stories About Killers On Death Row

It’s easy to be callous about a murderer on death row. It gets harder, though,…

Top 10 Ingenious Features Of The Cu Chi Tunnels

Northwest of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), in the Cu Chi district, the remains of…

Top 10 Reasons The European Union Is Doomed

For almost 25 years, the European Union has been a model of democracy, free trade,…

Top 10 Shocking Assassinations That Changed Medieval History

Europe in the Middle Ages was a bloody place, where poisoning wells and massacring your…

Top 10 Famous Pictures Of Children That Will Break Your Heart

They can be soulful, they can be sad, and they can reach millions of hearts.…

10 Bizarre Facts About The Classic Horror Movie ‘Freaks’

In 1932 in Depression-era America, MGM Studios came under fire after the release of Freaks,…

10 Bizarre Facts About The Pharaohs Of Ancient Egypt

The pharaohs of Egypt were treated like gods. They were rulers of one of the…

10 Disturbing Facts About The Armenian Genocide

2015 marked the hundredth year since the Armenian Genocide began, where it is approximated that…

10 Cheap Thrift Store Finds That Were Worth Thousands

Thrift stores are filled with a variety of unwanted goods. Most of the items are…

10 Strange Reports About The Hollow Earth

History has provided us with numerous strange theories about the Earth. But none are as…

10 Ways The Maori Made Life Hell For The New Zealand Colonials

No tribe could stand against the might of the colonial British Empire. In the era…

10 Firsthand Descriptions Of How It Feels To Die

Death isn’t something we like to think about, but it’s something every one of us…

10 Incredible Things Seen By Humankind Only Once

Humans have been around for a long time. We've seen and accomplished what might be…

10 Disney Propaganda Cartoons From World War II

Walt Disney cartoons are known for having family-friendly values. It is not surprising to see…

Video: 10 Reasons We Still Haven’t Found Aliens

The Fermi paradox, first introduced by physicist Enrico Fermi, asks the question, “Where is everybody?”…

10 Secrets Of The Silk Road

Stretching over 10,000 kilometers, the Silk Road extended from the Mediterranean in the west to…

10 Historical Misconceptions That Are Actually True

We love misconceptions. The Internet’s full of articles telling you that everything you think you…

10 True Stories That Could Have Come Straight From Hollywood

The movie likely hasn’t been made that doesn’t require suspension of disbelief on at least…

10 Mysterious Ancient Maps

Maps reflect our worldview---literally. Far from purely scientific instruments, they are almost always bound with…

10 Creepy Rituals We Once Used To Celebrate Halloween

By our best guesses, Halloween may be older than Christianity. In those days, it was…

10 Scary Facts About The Justinian Plague

There have been numerous plagues throughout human history that managed to kill an innumerable amount…

10 Dark Secrets Of The Byzantine Empire

For 1,000 years after the Western Roman Empire fell, the Eastern Empire of Byzantium stood…

10 R-Rated Facts Schools Don’t Teach About Classic Mythology

It must be difficult for history teachers; it can’t be easy teaching classic mythology to…

10 Human Test Subjects Whose Deaths Left A Lasting Legacy

Over the centuries, the medical field has seen incredible advancements. Unfortunately, those advancements haven't come…

Top 10 Things That Could Actually Be The Holy Grail

From King Arthur to the Crusaders to the Nazis, everybody has been trying to find…

10 Government Officials Who Admitted The Existence Of Aliens

Many are convinced the government is hushing up the existence of aliens to keep people…

10 Forgotten Stories From Ancient America’s Great War

These days, much of the history of the Americas before Europeans arrived has been lost…

10 Gender Stereotypes That Used To Be Different

The color pink is for boys, publicly weeping men are admired, pantyhose are exclusively for…

10 Ways Donald Trump Has Changed Politics Forever

Way, way back in July 2015, we predicted that Donald Trump could become the official…

10 Facts About The Talking Knots Of Ancient Peru

When the Spanish arrived in Peru, they discovered the greatest Native American empire in history,…

10 Of The Most Impressive Acts Of Laziness In Human History

We’re all prone to acts of laziness. Maybe we should be washing the dishes, but…

10 Ancient Sites That Might Be Stargates, Portals And Wormholes

Many ancient cultures speak of portals to other worlds and gateways to star systems where…

10 Recently Deciphered Ancient Writings

The ancients recorded their knowledge on scrolls, artifacts, and even cave walls. In some cases,…

10 Controversial Artifacts That Could Have Changed History

It may take a fair bit of research and testing, but archeologists are mostly pretty…

10 Biological Mysteries That Continue To Baffle Scientists

For centuries, scientists have used biology to help understand life. Many phenomena that our ancient…

10 Sci-Fi Dystopias That Are Everyday Realities Today

Ray Bradbury once said, “I wasn’t trying to predict the future. I was trying to…

10 Bridges Built By The Ancients That Are Still In Use Today

When we think of buildings that have survived to the modern day, we think of…

10 Amazing Facts About The Immortal Cells Of Henrietta Lacks

The story of Henrietta Lacks is as astounding as it is miraculous. A poor, black…

10 Devastating Radiation Accidents They Never Tell You About

Humanity has been experimenting with nuclear power for decades, so it’s no surprise that a…

10 Creepy Valentine’s Day Mysteries That Are Still Unsolved

For many people, February 14 is a joyous date on which to celebrate the romantic…

10 Tales From The Production Of The Original ‘Star Wars’

Now that we've all had time to digest the latest in the Star Wars series…

10 Reasons It Still Sucks To Be A Millennial

According to Pew Research, millennials are people born between 1981 and 1997. They’re the generation…

10 Common Pathogens That Can Also Eat You Away

There are many common microorganisms that sometimes make their way into the local and national…

10 Insane Ancient Weapons You’ve Never Heard Of

The history of human warfare is as storied as Game of Thrones and even more…

10 Fascinating Maps That Will Change How You See The United States

Roughly half our readers call the United States home. To the rest, it’s a deeply…

10 Dragons From British Folklore

Although Beowulf and Saint George are the most famous dragon slayers in British mythology, even…

10 Real-Life Explanations For Famous Myths And Cryptids

Humanity is awash with amazing myths, and some of these simply must have some basis…

10 Attempts At Creating Perpetual Motion Technology

Perpetual motion technology has been fascinating people for a long time. Today, it's widely accepted…

10 Surprising Phobias Of ‘Fearless’ Historical Leaders

Fear is a basic human emotion we all experience, and the great leaders of the…

10 Discoveries Of Lost Cultures That May Rewrite Our History

It's been said that history is written by the victors. But sometimes, history is rewritten…

10 Unsettling Tales Of Sensory Deprivation

According to the song, silence is golden. And it really can be; there are plenty…

10 Reviews Of Human Flesh By Real Cannibals

Cannibalism is one of the greatest taboos in human civilization. But there are a few…

10 Cults And Religions Of The Criminal Underworld

Gang initiations and rituals often mimic religious rites, and some say that gang activity fills…

10 Intriguing Theories That Change How You See Your Favorite Movies

Crazy movie theories are practically an Internet cottage industry. For every new release, there are…

10 Alchemists Who Created Strange Modern Legacies

Simply put, alchemy is the study of the transmutation of base metals into gold or…

10 Tales To Make You Feel Sorry For Hated Figures

In the Graham Greene novel Heart of the Matter, there’s a moment where the unlucky…

10 Explanations For UFOs Weirder Than Aliens

If you don't believe UFO sightings are the result of the misidentification of either astronomical…

10 Weird And Unsettling Discoveries About Dead Artists

Every so often, a great artist dies before they can publish all their work. Usually,…

10 Real-Life Detectives Who Were Better Than Fiction

The literary detective has been a part of our imagination since at least the 19th…

10 Intriguing Clues About Ancient Egyptian Ethnicity

In 2014, Ridley Scott unveiled his Biblical epic Exodus: Gods And Kings and accidentally opened…

10 Unsettling Teachings Of The Eccentric Aleister Crowley

Regardless of anyone's religious or spiritual beliefs, or lack thereof, Aleister Crowley is an incredibly…

10 Life Goals That Aren’t Nearly As Awesome As You’d Think

Whether it’s to score the winning touchdown of the Super Bowl or summit Mount Everest,…

10 Acts Of Kindness From Those On The Wrong Side Of History

Even in its darkest moments, history is awash with heroes. The men and women of…

10 Things I Learned Being Homeless In Canada

At the age of 20, I stole a great deal of money from my own…

10 Banknotes With Hidden Images And Symbols

Paper money has been around since China issued it in the seventh century. But not…

10 Secret Societies That Influenced History

Ever since recorded time, secret societies have fascinated and frightened us. Since mystery is encoded…

10 Ridiculous Movie Sets Created For A Single Scene

These days, it's hard to be impressed by movie set pieces. While watching films like…

10 Good Things We Owe To The Black Death

Yersinia pestis. Who would think that such a microscopic organism in the gut of an…

10 Fascinating Facts About J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien has been delighting readers for many decades now. He began his tale of…

10 Misconceptions About Modern Banking

Even though the banking system is hugely important to both our personal finances and the…

10 Royal Families Riddled With Incest

Ah, royalty. The word conjures images of power, wealth, the means to shape history, and . . . inbreeding?…

10 Geniuses Who Owe Their Inspiration To Drugs

History is littered with promising figures whose lives were cut short due to drug abuse…

10 Times The Military Mistakenly Dropped Nuclear Bombs

"Broken arrows" are nuclear accidents that don't create a risk of nuclear war. Examples include…

10 Secrets Behind Harry Houdini’s Greatest Illusions

There is an unwritten rule among magicians never to reveal how a trick is done.…

10 Badass Explorers Who Put Indiana Jones To Shame

Ever since humanity’s beginnings, we have had a fascination with what is going on “next…

10 Of The Strangest Things Beetles Can Do

Beetles don't only outnumber humans---they outnumber everything. One in every four creatures on Earth is…

10 Communist Societies That Predated The USSR

Karl Marx outlined his theories of a classless society with common ownership in his 1848…

10 Monumental Milestones In Movie History

There are some movie milestones---first animated feature, first science fiction film, first on-screen death---that are…

10 Despicably Delightful Tales About Deadpool

Deadpool has become a comic book star in his own right. First appearing in New…

10 Fiendish Stories About Asia’s Forgotten Dictator

Ferdinand Marcos was the dictator of the Philippines for over two decades. His 21-year reign…

10 Brutal And Bizarre Interrogations

At first glance, an interrogation might seem like a mere question-and-answer session, but countless psychological…

10 Secret Outlaw Languages

Outsiders need a way to communicate with each other in secret. It is essential to…

10 Beautiful Flowers That Kill In Horrifying Ways

Flowers are nature's way of tricking insects into helping plants have sex, and as a…

10 Beloved Saints The Church Just Made Up

The veneration of saints (“cultus” in Latin) has been an integral part of Catholic spirituality.…

10 Simple Things That Are Deceptively Complex

There are a lot of things in this world that people don't understand because, hey,…

10 Confounding Mysteries Of Our Solar System

We’ve put men on the moon and car-sized robots on Mars. We’ve also discovered nearly…

10 Bizarre Facts About Mike Tyson

No athlete in the world has raised as many eyebrows or made as many headlines…

10 Completely Mysterious Deaths We’ll Probably Never Solve

We’ve covered plenty of unsolved deaths at Listverse before. Unfortunately, the world is as keen…

10 Bizarre Facts About Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali was one of the most famous men of the 20th century for more…

10 Of The Most Important Photographs In History

The invention of photography has allowed mankind to document a lot of historic moments throughout…

10 Tiny Miscommunications With Massive Consequences

Miscommunication has been the source of many a blunder. Everyone remembers the goofy, yet wholly…

10 Incredibly Dark Stories Behind Influential Songs

Art imitates life, and indeed, life imitates art. As life contains moments of sadness and…

10 Controversial Cases Of Vigilantism

Some of the most popular characters in fiction are individuals who take the law into…

10 Strange Tales About Paranormal Research

Everyone likes a good paranormal tale. However, often the really interesting stories are not about…

10 Fascinating Facts About Ferrets

Though domesticated for millennia, the quirky little ferret has only been popular as a pet…

10 Surprising Indicators Of Genius

Short of mastering chess in five moves or teaching yourself fifteen languages before turning seventeen,…

10 Strange And Mysterious Men

The world is full of mysterious men that have made an impact on history, people…

10 Bizarre Ways You’re Making Yourself Miserable

Religion, retail therapy, a meat-free diet---the Internet is full of people trying to shill "cures"…

10 Mysterious Swords From Legend And History

Swords of renown are the seeds of legend. Fueled by tales of bloodshed and conquest,…

10 Amazing Moments In Espionage

As long as there have been people, there have been groups. As long as there…

10 Reasons You Aren’t Who You Think You Are

Ask most people to name the universe’s greatest mystery and they’ll probably answer “Donald Trump’s…

10 Horrible Facts About Charities

Helping is a trillion-dollar industry. Despite the bad economy, there is never a shortage of…

10 Ways Young Generations Are Better Than Their Parents

Young people get a bad rap. Current generations are often portrayed as unmotivated and irresponsible…

10 Shocking Realities Of Modern Poverty

It’s kind of a no-brainer that poverty sucks---if it totally rocked, nobody would ever get…

10 Badass Islamic Versions Of Biblical Characters

While Christianity and Islam have had their differences, it’s good to know they also share…

10 Alternative World War II Plans That Would Have Changed History

During World War II, everyone had a plan---or at least thought they did. But for…

10 Wartime Mass Suicides

While the idea of one person taking their own life is heartbreaking and confusing enough,…

10 Abortion Survivors

Abortion is a very hot-button issue that can send good friends into heated arguments. But…

10 Weird Historical Coincidences

A coincidence is a collection of events that are related, but unlikely to have a…

10 Tips For Getting Paid To Write For Listverse

Do you like the idea of being paid to write? Well, you’ve come to right…

10 Truly Bizarre Or Unsettling Biblical Accounts

A previous Listverse Entry contained some rather bizarre Bible passages. In this paranormal sequel, we…

10 Places As Mysterious As The Bermuda Triangle

Everyone has heard of the Bermuda Triangle and the mysteries that surround it. Theories about…

10 Mysterious Disappearances With Bizarre Clues

It’s always frustrating when a person mysteriously disappears and no one ever finds out what…

10 Subjects That Should Be Taught At School

The current “core curricula” of public schools in the US are comprised of the following…

10 Reasons We Know Nothing

The difference between a smartass and a scientist is a smartass thinks he knows everything,…

10 Reasons for Man to Leave Religion Behind

Regular readers of our site know that it is the purpose of Listverse to inform,…

10 Horrifying Things Done to Prisoners Behind Bars

Being imprisoned is a terrifying thought. Not only are you suddenly ostracized from society, but…

10 Insects That Belong in an Alien World

It's easy to forget sometimes, but nature is full of wonders. There are more than…

10 Bizarre Scientific Photographs from the 19th Century

All photographs from the 19th century are strange but some go way beyond that. When…

10 Strangest Defense Mechanisms In Nature

We are all aware of the fight or flight principle in biology, where an animal…

10 Secular Ways to Appreciate the Bible

The Bible is the number one sold book on the planet and not just because…

10 Ways the Government Is Killing You

Along with bankers, Bronies and the cast of Jersey Shore, politicians are among the most…

10 Lies Taught To Us In School

The school system is a bastion of education and enlightenment, a fortress of higher learning…

10 Everyday Things That Could Unexpectedly Save Your Life

Okay: you have anticipated the crisis well by stocking up on water, canned goods and…

10 Ways Our Great-Grandparents Screwed Over Women

Think some American politicians have shown a bad attitude toward women lately? The nineteenth century…

Top 10 Legendary Lost Worlds

For millennia, travelers have told tales of fabulous lost worlds, and legends of hidden kingdoms.…

Top 10 Scariest Lists for Halloween

Another Halloween-themed meta-list, here are top ten scariest lists that make for delightfully creepy reads…

Top 10 Facts About the Battle of Stalingrad

The Battle of Stalingrad has been something has long fascinated me, the Soviets at the…

10 Human Freaks of Nature

Kermit the Frog sang that “It ain’t easy being green.” How about, “It ain’t easy…

Top 10 Deceptively Dangerous Dog Breeds

In a previous list, I highlighted ten breeds of dog that have become subject to…

10 Extinct or Nearly Extinct Colors

The world we live in is a colorful place (except in our dreams, which are…

10 Tragic Elevator Accidents

Elevators, by any stretch of the imagination, are one of if not the safest mode…

Top 10 Alleged Autistics in History

There is perhaps no more controversial neurological disorder than autism, a mysterious ailment which affects…

10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Mortal Kombat

“Kombat” is defined as the unending dispute of earth's most renowned warriors engaged in physical…

10 Things You Ought To Know

These are 10 of the most interesting facts hand picked from ‘The Book of General…

Top 10 Greatest Films of Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki is a legendary anime film maker. He collaborated with long time film company…

Top 10 Sex Demons

Throughout history and all across the world, people have reported sexual contact with all manner…

Top 10 Cryptids That Turned Out to be Real

Cryptozoology, the study of “hidden animals”, concerns itself with animals whose existence has not yet…

10 Bizarre Creatures from Japanese Folklore

10 Bizarre Creatures from Japanese Folklore^10 Bizarre Creatures from Japanese Folklore^[WARNING: some images may be…

10 Mammals You Probably Didn’t Know Exist

10 Mammals You Probably Didn’t Know Exist^10 Mammals You Probably Didn’t Know Exist^Even to wildlife…

10 More Truly Bizarre Relationships

10 More Bizarre Relationships^10 More Bizarre Relationships^In putting together this list it became apparent that…

10 Bizarre Items Owned By Michael Jackson

10 Bizarre Items Owned By Michael Jackson^10 Bizarre Items Owned By Michael Jackson^This list is…

10 Recently Extinct Animals

10 Recently Extinct Animals^10 Recently Extinct Animals^Mankind has the honor of quite possibly being the…

10 Christ-like Figures Who Pre-Date Jesus

10 Christ-like Figures who pre-date Jesus^10 Christ-like Figures who pre-date Jesus^I recently watched the documentary…

30 Fascinating Cigarette Smoking Facts

Ten interesting things you may not know about cigarettes and smoking.^Ten interesting things you may…

10 Notable Stops on the Historic Route 66

If you like friendly people, small towns, and history, Route 66 has a lot to…

Top 10 Creepiest Tales of Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe. Can you think of a name more synonymous with spine-tingling macabre literature?…

10 Offbeat Stories You Might Have Missed This Week (10/20/18)

It's Saturday, which is the perfect opportunity to wind down and catch up on some…

10 Most Intriguing Atmospheric Events That Could Happen Near You

Atmospheric phenomena occur constantly and in many forms. From rain to tornadoes, the phenomena generated…

10 Unconventional Types Of Tourism

When we think of a tourist, we generally envision people wearing large hats and moving…

10 Mind-Blowing Things That Happened This Week (10/19/18)

Keeping up with the news is hard. So hard, in fact, that we’ve decided to…

Top 10 Amazing Recent Revelations About Neanderthals

Neanderthals are our nearest extinct family. This link keeps Neanderthals a hot research topic. Fresh…

10 Extraordinary Dogs That Saved Lives

Mankind has formed a special bond with dogs ever since we’ve been able to train…

10 Strange Things That Happened When A Celeb Died Without A Will

When people with the notoriety and fortunes of celebrities and beloved icons die, it is…

10 Serial Killers Of The Old West

Serial killers are hardly a phenomenon confined to the 20th and 21st centuries. Many periods…

Top 10 Professional Child Hit Men

It may sound hard to believe, but children become hit men, too. Like adults, all…

10 Bizarre Things Criminals Did To Evade The Police

Criminals will do anything to get away with their sinister deeds. After all, nobody wants…

10 Facts About The Moment Of Death From Modern Science

No matter who you are, where you’re from, what you do, or how much money…