Frank Bourassa is a confident man. “I can do anything…

Frank Bourassa is a confident man. “I can do anything I want. I can go to the moon. I’m good at figuring out stuff. I could do a heart transplant if I wanted to.” He’s not cocky, he’s confident with good reason. He made more than $200 million in fake currency that was so good it fooled the Secret Service and he walked away from the whole thing a free and wealthy man.

In 1849 New York, a man would walk up to strangers…

In 1849 New York, a man would walk up to strangers and begin a conversation. Gaining their trust, he would ask “Have you the confidence to trust me with your watch until tomorrow?” He would never return. When finally caught, he was labeled a “confidence man”, later shortened to simply “con man”. The man, William Thompson, would reportedly gain the confidence of his upper-class “mark” by dressing very nicely and pretending to be an old, forgotten friend. He was eventually arrested when one of his former victims recognized him on the street.

If pigs are not castrated the meat…

porkIf pigs are not castrated the meat will have an unpleasant odor when cooked; referred to as “Boar Taint.” With the feral pig explosion across many parts of North American hunters have developed the practice of “Twice hunting”. Hunters trap the male boars, take their testicles off (yikes), and then release the pigs for several months or up to a year before hunting them a second time and killing them. When the pigs are spayed the tend to graze a lot more and spend less time getting into fights. Their hormones obviously change as well which affect the muscle tissue of the sterile pigs.

Chaupadi is a traditional Hindu practice that…

Chaupadi is a traditional Hindu practice that banishes menstruating women — considered unclean — from the rest of the house. Nepali women are not allowed to touch kitchen utensils, share the same water source, go to school, or sleep inside the home during their periods. Instead, they sleep in huts, animal sheds, caves or even in the open.

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