Amanda Francesca Mendonça

After spending pretty much all of my teen years waiting for a Hogwarts letter that never came, I gave up and settled for being a wizard with words instead. A hopeless romantic, when I’m not penning down short stories, I’m busy imagining my own happily ever after.

Lebensborn: The Horrifying Story Of Hitler’s Cruelest Experiment

Being a blond-haired, blue-eyed baby in central Europe before World War II got you admiring looks. During Hitler’s tyranny, however, it was simply a curse, for it attracted the attention of Heinrich Himmler, the psychopathic head of the German SS, and you were instantly ripped away from your mother’s arms. Himmler’s obsession with “purity” began […]

6 Of The Most Chilling Mass Suicides In Recent History

If we take a look at history, it’s evident that mass suicides have been committed for a number of reasons ranging from religious to cult ideology or simply, to avoid capture by the enemy. Here are 6 of the most unnerving instances that left behind a field of dead bodies and a number of questions, […]

7 Intriguing Death Rituals And Traditions From Across The Globe

Warning: Graphic Content Funerals, at least the ones I’ve been to, have all been pretty much the same. The mourners dress in black, pray at mass, shed tears during the eulogy and then follow the hearse to the graveyard where the (very expensive) casket is lowered into the ground. But across the globe, memorials and […]

8 Lesser Known Facts About India’s Unofficial National Drink: Old Monk

Nothing unites India like a peg of Old Monk and bowl of chakna. It’s the rum that most Indians swear by, regardless of caste, class or creed. So in celebration of its 63rd year, here are some lesser-known facts about the great “Budha Sadhu” to ponder over while you sit back and raise a toast. […]

Keeping Tabs On Terrorism: 4 Of The World’s Deadliest Militant Organizations

16 years ago, following the September 11 attack in New York, former POTUS George W. Bush declared the beginnings of a “Global War on Terrorism”. The war continues to this day. Between 2006 and 2016, 216,915 lives, a majority of them civilian, were claimed by terrorist organizations acting through armed attacks, bombings, and abductions. Here’s […]

The Devil’s In The Details: How Satan Is Portrayed Across 6 World Religions

The word “Satan” comes from ha-satan, a Hebrew word meaning “the accuser”, “opposer” and “the adversary”. For thousands of years, he has appeared as a dark counterpart to divine goodness, evolving over time into the different identities he has come to represent today. Here’s how he’s portrayed and perceived in 6 world religions. 1. Zoroastrianism […]

8 Times Actors Pushed Their Limits To Play Other Actors On-Screen

Actors are versatile artists. They’re great at slipping in and out of characters and making us believe in worlds other than our own. Of course, the toughest of roles are those in which they’re required to portray a real person on screen, and the bar is only raised impossibly higher when the said person is […]

5 Horrifying But Very Real Instances Of People Being Buried Alive

Believe it or not, there was once a time in history when people were being buried alive quite often. That would be around the same time doctors resorted to nipple pinching and poker shoving to determine death, but didn’t really take into account paralysis or coma. Now on the upside, medicine has evolved and become […]

What’s In A Name: Stories Of The Men Behind 5 Famous Booze Brands

A peek into any respectable bar cabinet will reveal several labels bearing the name of famous men. But how well do we really know these Friday night friends of ours? Are they people who really lived? Who were they anyway? And how did they end up on our bottles? You’ll find the answers below. 1. […]

Behind The Bar: The Histories Of 6 Popular Cocktails

In 1862, Jerry Thomas, the Godfather of American Bartending, wrote the first book of cocktail recipes. With the endless array of cocktails served up today, it’s hard to imagine that only around a century ago, our options at the bar were fairly limited. In truth, it took many years of brave experimenting and improvisation and […]

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