Newly Discovered Antarctic Diary Reveals Horrors of Infamous Expedition

Newly Discovered Antarctic Diary Reveals Horrors of Infamous Expedition

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Antarctica is a wild and mysterious continent, a place to remind us that awesome is not the synonym of the understated nice but is instead closer to the overwhelming, the tremendous. Known for its famous Midnight Sun—the continent’s season of uninterrupted sunlight—the landscape is just as often submerged in months of darkness. While many envision Antarctica as a flat, featureless expanse, the opaque snowdrift at the bottom of the globe, this is an inaccurate picture. Antarctica is home to a collection of what could just as easily be natural wonders or horrors—Deep Lake, so salty it never freezes, and the McMurdo Dry Valleys, where the wind …

You Can Now Buy and Read Strangers’ Diaries on eBay

You Can Now Buy and Read Strangers’ Diaries on eBay

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From a grilled cheese with the Virgin Mary’s face on it to air from a Kanye West concert, you can definitely buy some pretty out there stuff on eBay — but did you know that you can also find hundreds of written-in diaries on the site?   The diaries span from the 19th century or even earlier to today, written by people from all walks of life: railroad workers, mothers, soldiers, teenage girls, you name it. You can find diaries from countries all over the world, too. Usually found at garage or estate sales, these written-in diaries can get pretty …

Check out These 7 Photos of Famous Authors’ Diaries

Check out These 7 Photos of Famous Authors’ Diaries

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Lets face it, it’s really wrong to read someone else’s diary. It crosses all sorts of boundaries that you don’t want to cross. It also makes you completely untrustworthy and kind of a piece of shit, unless of course the diary belongs to one of our favourite authors. Then it’s totally okay.   The main difference between diary entires written before the great wave of Facebook and Twitter and those written after is that before people started offloading every little detail of their lives onto their public profiles, writers actually wrote concisely what they really feel into their diary. It wasn’t a …

10 Anne Frank Quotes That’ll Remind You Not to Let Go of Your Ideals

10 Anne Frank Quotes That’ll Remind You Not to Let Go of Your Ideals

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Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl is one of those required books everybody reads at a young age and you never hear anybody complaining about. It’s obviously emotional, but it’s also surprisingly uplifting and humorous. She showed such wisdom at such a young age, and her idealism in the face of cruel Naziism can give anyone a reason to keep their chin up.   Anne Frank’s diary is rightfully required reading, and should be required re-reading and re-re-reading. But in the situation that a re-reading has thus far eluded you, here are some of the most insightful thoughts …

10 Anne Frank Quotes That'll Remind You Not to Let Go of Your Ideals

10 Anne Frank Quotes That'll Remind You Not to Let Go of Your Ideals

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Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl is one of those required books everybody reads at a young age and you never hear anybody complaining about. It’s obviously emotional, but it’s also surprisingly uplifting and humorous. She showed such wisdom at such a young age, and her idealism in the face of cruel Naziism can give anyone a reason to keep their chin up.   Anne Frank’s diary is rightfully required reading, and should be required re-reading and re-re-reading. But in the situation that a re-reading has thus far eluded you, here are some of the most insightful thoughts …