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  • This Is What America Looked Like When Alcohol Was Illegal

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    At midnight on Jan. 17, 1920, the United States went dry as the 18th Amendment effectively prohibited the production, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages across the country.

    Aimed at combating alcoholism and supporting family values, the nationwide prohibition known as the Volstead Act stood for 13 years until 1933 with the ratification of the 21st Amendment.

    Warning: This post contains graphic images.

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    Police in New York City pour liquor from a barrel down a sewer during a 1921 raid.

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    Tears mingle with strong beer in Newark, New Jersey, as prohibition agents destroy the unlawful liquor seized in a Hoboken raid on June 18, 1931.

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    Huge black-and-white posters printed in bold type serve as notice that a Chicago business had been closed by the federal courts for violations of the Volstead Act.

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    A driver tries to ensure his safety with a banner on his vehicle that reads, “I’m not a Bootlegger. Don’t shoot, I’ll stop,” near the Mexico border in 1929.

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    The bloody aftermath of the Valentine’s Day Massacre of Feb. 14, 1929: Seven members of the O’Banion–Moran gang were trapped in a warehouse, lined up against the wall, and shot to death. According to the Chicago Police Department, the murders were a result of the illicit liquor trade in Chicago during Prohibition.

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    Left: The shoe of an alcohol smuggler who had been arrested at the Canadian border is strapped with wooden soles in the form of cattle hooves to camouflage their border crossing, circa 1924. Right: Bottles of Scotch whisky smuggled in hollowed-out loaves of bread are confiscated by police on June 12, 1924.

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    Groups of young people playfully pose with illegal drinks, circa 1922.

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    Two police officers drink from flasks by their car, circa 1930.

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    A woman demonstrates how to use a Prohibition-era book to conceal a liquor flask in 1927.

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    A woman uses a dummy book, titled The Four Swallows, as a hiding place for liquor during Prohibition in 1925.

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    Left: A woman shows off her new initialed garter flask, which had become the latest rage in 1926. Right: A potential customer examines an enterprising advertisement for an illegal speakeasy during Prohibition in the 1920s.

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    Children watch as a prohibitionist destroys a barrel of beer with an ax during the 1920s.

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    American bandit Stanley Abernathy, a member of the mafia who made a fortune during Prohibition, lies dead in San Francisco after a shootout with a police officer.

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    Police officers raid a Long Island, New York, home to find $20,000 worth of booze on Jan. 26, 1930.

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    Four women chug bottles of illegal liquor, circa 1925.

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    A woman demonstrates how her overcoat conceals two tins of booze strapped to her thighs on Sept. 3, 1928.

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    More than 40,000 demonstrators gather in Military Park, Newark, on Nov. 1, 1931, to oppose the ban of alcohol in the US.

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    President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Cullen-Harrison Act, or “Beer Bill,” the first relaxation of the Volstead Act, on Mar. 22, 1933. The new law allowed the sale of beer and wine containing 3.2% alcohol starting at midnight on April 6.

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    Partygoers celebrate the end of Prohibition amid a tangle of confetti and ribbons in 1933.

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    Workers in Brooklyn unload cases of liquor from marble blocks, which were used to conceal alcohol before the repeal of Prohibition, in October 1933.

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    Bartenders at Sloppy Joe’s bar in Chicago pour a round of drinks on the house for a large group of smiling customers as it was announced that the 18th Amendment had been repealed and Prohibition had been removed from the US Constitution after 13 years.

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    A woman serves drinks to a crowd of men who are joyfully celebrating the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.

  • 24 Of The Cutest Pets You Can Adopt Right Now

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    In celebration of all the many wonderful animals who still need homes, I took a trip to North Shore Animal Shelter to capture their true beauty in portraits.

    Angel

    Angel is a ten year old domestic short hair tabby who is looking for a lap to snuggle on.

    Kobe

    Kobe

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    Kobe thinks he is a small dog when he jumps into your arms to give you a hug.

    Grace

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    Grace is a puppy who knows how to work a room. One wink and you’ll fall in love with her instantly!

    Amber

    Amber

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    Amber is a two-month-old kitten with a heart of gold and will provide you with love for a lifetime.

    Coco

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    Coco wants to know if you can touch your tounge to your nose. She double dog dares you to do it.

    Mickey

    Mickey

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    Mickey knows when you are talking about him and will glare at you until you stop and give him a head rub.

    Keno

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    Keno is a bashful husky mix who cannot wait to make plans with his new loving family.

    Quinn

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    Quinn has one mission in life and it’s to catch that cat toy.

    Madison

    Madison

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    Madison lights up a room with her smile and wagging tail.

    Pretty Kitty

    Pretty Kitty

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    Pretty Kitty is a two and a half year old domestic short hair sweetheart who will always show you her good side.

    Joey

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    Joey is a socialite who loves to play with both the cats and volunteers at the adoption center.

    Cayden

    Cayden

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    Cayden knows a good treat when she sees one.

    Donny

    All Donny is looking for is someone to rub his chin.

    Rudy

    Rudy

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    Once Rudy gives you those puppy dog eyes, you should know she is preparing to shower you with kisses.

    Mona

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    You have Mona’s attention the minute you take the toys out of the box.

    O’Shea

    O'Shea

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    As soon as you squeak a toy, you have O’Shea front and center.

    Topaz

    Topaz

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    Topaz, much like his name, is a beautiful gemstone. He can’t wait to be home cuddling next to you!

    Gershwin

    Gershwin

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    Gershwin is a domestic short-haired kitten who is looking for a family that has an ear for good music.

    Casey

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    Casey knows when you’re up to no good. You better watch yourself around this little guy.

    Chunks

    Chunks

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    Chunks is a six year old beagle mix who is happy ALL OF THE TIME!

    Darwin

    Darwin

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    Darwin is a smart, good-looking, sweet hipster cat which is everything one could ask for in a feline friend.

    Lucky

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    All someone has to do is say “treats” and you have Lucky’s attention.

    Teddy

    Teddy

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    Teddy is wondering where his toy went! He loves toys!

    Last But Not Least is Sebastian!

    Last But Not Least is Sebastian!

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    Sebastian is a senior cat who is looking for a family that can provide him love, peace and quiet during his retirement years.

    Bonus Photo

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    SO MUCH CAT IN ONE PHOTO…

    Special thanks to North Shore Animal League for allowing me to photograph these adorable pets!

    All of these animals can be found on animalleague.org for more information.

  • 18 Disturbing Internet Urban Legends That’ll Fuck You Up

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    The Russian Sleep Experiment

    The Russian Sleep Experiment

    Five people participate in an experiment where they’re challenged to stay awake for 15 days — but the scientists learn fairly quickly that loss of sleep can truly damage a human being…until they’re barely human beings at all.

    —Eriana Schoenberner and Melissa Barbee, Facebook

    Correspondence

    Correspondence

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    Two buddies are emailing back and forth, until one starts sending worry-filled messages about a mysterious old lady — until he stops responding and his body is found, intestines ripped out. What dark deeds were happening during their weeks of correspondence?

    Gateway of the Mind

    Gateway of the Mind

    A man participates in a science experiment with the terrifying intent of learning how to become selfless enough to experience the true presence of God. But when he finally reaches what he thinks is his full potential, the holy words he hears are more ominous than expected.

    The Basement

    The Basement

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    A group of high schoolers break into a rich guy’s house, looking for a collection of rare coins. But instead they find disturbing paintings depicting murder — and learn that these works of art are simply preludes to the awful night they’re about to experience.

    Where Bad Kids Go

    Where Bad Kids Go

    A journalist visits the now-abandoned spot where an ominous childhood show she used to watch was filmed. The disgusting sight she encounters makes her wonder — how realistic were the images she saw onscreen as a kid?

    His Name Was Tommy Taffy

    His Name Was Tommy Taffy

    A home intruder turned houseguest brings torment to a suburban neighborhood, and the residents learn the hard way that they should never, EVER turn on him — because their lives depend on keeping his existence a secret.

    —Keegan Robbins, Facebook

    Masterpiece

    Masterpiece

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    A young child pretends they’re asleep while a creature drags their dead parents into the room. When the creature paints a message on the wall in blood, the child soon realizes their plan to survive may not be genius after all.

    —Mac Willaert, Facebook

    The Elevator Incident

    The Elevator Incident

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    In Taiwan, visiting the fourth floor of a building is considered bad luck — and this is the story of a man who learns that fact the hard way.

    —Nahid Jay, Facebook

    Search And Rescue

    Search And Rescue

    A search-and-rescue officer recounts the bizarre, bloody, and downright inexplicable tales of his time on the job. From finding mangled bodies to discovering multiple mysterious staircases in the middle of the woods, these all-too-realistic tales will keep you awake for days.

    —Rae LIndenberg, Facebook

    Rabbits in the Creek

    Rabbits in the Creek

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    When a mountain lion is spotted near his home, a young boy sets up an automatic camera in the hopes of taking some National Geographic-like pictures. But after nights of hearing horrendous noises outside, what he finds on the camera literally makes him sick to his stomach.

    —Nahid Jay, Facebook

    Borrasca

    Borrasca

    A 9-year-old moves to a new town, where his friends teach him about the legend of Borrasca — a place in the woods where “bad things happen.” But the horror of Borrasca soon becomes more than just a dark legend and slowly seeps into every aspect of his life.

    My Father’s Long, Long Legs

    My Father's Long, Long Legs

    A girl revisits her childhood home where she remembers her dad spending days digging in their basement, insisting he was doing “renovations” while her mother locked herself in a room. This one’s extra creepy because it’s presented in a choose-your-own-adventure style, until it gets under your skin.

    —Miranda Hermanski, Facebook

    Footsteps

    Footsteps

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    After moving into a new house, a young boy hears footsteps every night, assuming they’re a monster’s. One night he wakes up in the middle of the forest near his home — and when he learns a small truth about how he got there, fear paralyzes him.

    —Jonah Daniels, Facebook

    Whistler

    Whistler

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    A teen is staying at his grandparents’ house while they’re away, when he starts hearing someone whistle Otis Redding songs from inside the house late at night. Once he realizes it’s his fault this whistling spirit is in the house, it’s too late.

    Psychosis

    Psychosis

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    A man starts to feel like something’s a bit ~off~ in his interactions with other people, from vague phone calls to bland video chats with friends. He soon loses track of the days and becomes fearful of technology until his paranoia ultimately takes over.

    —Heather Morris, Facebook

    Betsy the Doll

    Betsy the Doll

    A young girl with a drug addict mother has only one doll for a friend. But it isn’t until after she decides to protect her doll from her intense home life by shoving its face in the bathtub and then in a toy box that she considers that the doll could actually be a living human being.

    And Room 733

    And Room 733

    Two college freshmen move into their new dorm room, which is unluckily next to room 733, the supposedly empty “Suicide Room.” Soon they hear windows slamming and whispers in the dark — even though their neighboring room is padlocked from the outside.

  • This New Muppet May Look Like The Others, But Her Role Is Going To Be So Important

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    “Sesame Street” has been a childhood mainstay since 1969 and has also served as a pioneer in kids’ entertainment ever since.

    Over the years, they’ve tackled everything from the ABCs to discussing diversity in a way that’s engaging and fun for little ones. For decades, kids have grown up loving Big Bird and Snuffaluffagus, but kids today should be so excited to meet the newest member of the “Sesame Street” family.

    Her name is Julia, and the story behind this cute character is something that will make kids with disabilities feel loved, seen, and included.

    Julia will be coming to a TV near you starting in April, and what’s so special about her is that she is on the autism spectrum.

    Julia’s gender is also significant, because many experts feel that autism spectrum disorders are under-diagnosed in girls.

    While creating Julia’s character, writers worked hard to keep in mind that not all forms of autism are the same. But in this cute little Muppet, they feel they’ve found some common ground to make kids with autism feel special and included. They made sure to team up with organizations, teachers, and families that are familiar with autism in kids so that Julia would do them justice.

  • She Didn’t Want Toys For Her Birthday — Her Real Request Stunned Mom And Dad

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    I’m sure you remember anxiously awaiting cake and gifts when your birthday rolled around as a kid.

    When you’re little, birthdays are like private holidays filled with parties and presents, but for her sixth birthday, little Armani Crews of Chicago made a request that warmed everyone’s hearts. She asked everyone to forego gifts and requested that they instead give sandwiches that she could hand out to the homeless people in her community.

    When Dad told her that she wouldn’t be getting any toys if she took that route, the incredible kiddo said, “That’s okay. As long as they can eat, I’m fine.”

    Armani has been inspired to help those in need since an early age (even earlier than six) because she once saw her brother give food to a homeless person. It was in that moment that she decided she could use her resources for good.

    Word spread like wildfire when Armani’s plan was posted on Facebook. Her parents’ coworkers and family friends started sending in donations, ranging from prepared food to water bottles and toiletries. With these donations, she and her family assembled care packages for the homeless.

    When her birthday finally rolled around, the kind cutie put on her tiara and set up a stand for those in need to come gather food and care packages. In all, she served about 125 people and the line wrapped around the block!

    What’s even more inspiring is that this act of generosity only made Armani and her family want to do more for their community! They plan on having more food drives in the future.

    Be sure to share this story with everyone you know to remind them that sometimes the biggest impact can come in the tiniest package!

    (via CNN)

  • She Saw A Scared Dog Sitting Alone. The Sign She Found Next To Him Broke Her Heart

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    “Free pup. Name is Scooter. Owner went to jail today.”

    That’s the heartbreaking sign Maria Jaramillo saw next to a tiny abandoned dog in Lexington County, South Carolina. Being an animal lover, she was crushed when she saw people walk right by the pup without so much as a second glance. She and her cousin Bianca Anahi Cushman decided to find a no-kill shelter for Scooter so that he could find a forever home.

    With his leash tied to a tree, the poor dog just sat there waiting for help. He was left with access to food and water, but the food was found scattered on the ground near him. He was probably too stressed to eat.

    Thanks to the determination and kindness of Jaramillo and Cushman, Scooter is now safe and sound in the home of Paula Langford, who is the founder of Southeastern Homeless Animals. As of this writing, rescuers are looking to place Scooter in a home. It is believed that police arrested the dog’s owner at a local Walmart before he was found. You can find more information in the video below.

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    If you’d like to learn more about what happens to dogs when their owners go to jail, check out this piece on Vice. Share this saddening story with all the animal lovers in your life. We wish Scooter nothing but love and happiness from here on out!

  • Remember This Viral Live TV Screwup? Here’s How A Mom Would’ve Handled It

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    Earlier this month, Professor Robert Kelly became a viral hero when he was live on air with the BBC discussing serious world news and the kiddos decided to derail everything.

    The way he handled it was hilarious and the reason why it went viral isn’t hard to understand. All parents know that “WHY IS MY LIFE THIS WAY” feeling you get when your kids decide they’ll stop at nothing to humiliate you. When it happens on live TV, it’s on a whole new level of embarrassing.

    Although he really did take it like a champ, this parody video offers hilarious insight into what would’ve happened if Kelly had been a mom instead.

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    Read More: This Professor Was Just Doing His Job On Live TV But The Kids Had Other Plans

    Honestly, I probably would’ve handled it like Robert Kelly did, but I can totally see a busy mom reacting like this. Mothers are, after all, experts in the art of multitasking.

  • 23 “Friends” Jokes That Will Make You Say “Ugh, I Really Love The Internet”

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    Well, well, well:

    “Friends”:

    Won’t let it go:

    Ross…is that you?:

    Ross...is that you?:

    Get your facts straight:

    Get your facts straight:

    Those dots:

    ME: of course i have fuh-er-ee-eh-nn-duh-ss
    DOC: are u refering to the tv show f•r•i•e•n•d•s
    ME: yeah
    DOC: u dont hav to pronounce the dots

    — jomny sun (@jonnysun)

    Hi, Richard:

    Hi, Richard:

    Dibs:

    if a woman tells me she just wants be friends I say ok but I get to be rachel

    — Sam Grittner (@SamGrittner)

    I’m fine:

    my life is that episode of Friends where Ross drinks all those margaritas & keeps telling everyone that hes fine when he clearly isn’t fine

    — mack (@mackthompson_)

    *ba-dum-tshh*:

    *ba-dum-tshh*:

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    Can’t ignore the facts:

    [taking FRIENDS quiz]

    7. Which character do you most identify with?

    Ross

    8. Which is your least favorite character?

    Ross

    — dan mentos (@DanMentos)

    Normal day:

    Just eating my sandwich directly off this dirty ass public fountain that I filled with plastic ducks

    — lindsey (@Lindzeta)

    ♪ And I’m here, to remind you ♪:

    ♪ And I'm here, to remind you ♪:

    I am who I am:

    I am who I am:

    Good question, tbh:

    Whose proposed more, nick from the bachelor or Ross from friends? 😭#TheBachelorFinale

    — †aylor joncek (@2taylorforyou)

    Poor, sweet Matt LeBlanc:

    Valid:

    The most unrealistic part of friends isn’t the apartment it’s when they order only one pizza for three people.

    — Kirsten King (@KirstenKing_)

    Obviously:

    Obviously:

    Good work, Pheebs:

    i can’t believe phoebe buffay invented calling guys daddy

    — emma (@boreanazs)

    No friends:

    Someone called me
    yesterday and said,
    “Hello, is this Ross”
    I said ” no it’s Chandler”
    And they hung up.

    So much for trying to
    be Friends.

    — Marcmywords (@Marcmywords2)

    And finally, this:

    Whoa just realized

    F.ross
    R.achel
    I.oey
    E.obe
    N.onica
    D.andler
    S.ome friends

    — dana hell (@danacbell)

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