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Frightening medical practices

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Before you complain about your doctor, thank your lucky stars you were born in this age. Had you the misfortune to be born in earlier ages, you may well have had to endure cures that included halved dead mice, holes drilled in your skull, or a large chunk of tongue being ripped from your head. 

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Hendrick's Unclassified Ads

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For sale old map inadvertently put in washing machine. Ideal for adventurous people looking to get lost.

Time traveller seeks companion Mary, please do not apply to this advert, that would end up with you being tortured by the Spanish Inquisition. You should instead take up that upholstery course you’ve been looking at.

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How to Insult People

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​Bridge evenings and cocktail parties are dangerous occasions and there are times when a lady must verbally defend herself from the manners of the uncouth. In social skirmishes one must have a ready armoury of barbed comments and spirited put-downs, and be prepared to deploy them with glacial efficacy.  A great insult is like a great firework: the onlooker watches the lead-up with curiosity before being overwhelmed by the explosive force and majesty that follows. Following these simple steps will leave you victorious in the cut-and-thrust of society conversation.

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Japanese Urban Legends

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From the jinmenken (human-faced dog) to the eery ‘fatal fare’ that preys on innocent taxi drivers, Japan has a wealth of sinister and exciting urban legends.

Myths of vanishing hitchhikers and backseat killers are popular all around the world. The urban myth of the ‘fatal fare’ is part of this great tradition, but with a particular twist.

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