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Quirky History: The Hatpin as a Lady’s Weapon of Choice

And you thought all this Pride and Prejudice and Zombies lady-fighter talk was just a fiction. Hatpins were originally designed to be used in pairs to fasten a women's hat to her hair. But in the hands of a damsel in distress, a hatpin might just be the deadliest fashion accessory in history.  

At one end, hatpins had an ornamental head to make it look nice and disguise it. At the other end, there was a sharp point to actually do the fastening. As hats grew bigger during the Edwardian era (1901–1910), so did hatpins. Some got to be over 10 inches long.

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5 Aliens We Wouldn’t Mind Getting Abducted By

The X-Files are back!

From 1993 to 2002, The X-Files brought conspiracy theories, Area 51, weirdos who need to eat women’s body fat to stay alive—and of course, alien abductions—right into our homes. Now, the aliens that abducted people on The X Files were not particularly nice to their human captives, but we at Quirk believe not all aliens are bad. Here are five aliens we wouldn’t mind being abducted by.

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If We Could Re-Cast “Interview with the Vampire” Today

Recently, Anne Rice, the First Lady of Hot Vampire Drama, has announced that she is working on yet another novel about her favorite vampire, Lestat de Lioncourt. Lestat is the vampire that simply refuses to die, similar to Hollywood's unending penchant for reboots. The movie adaptation of Anne Rice’s novel Interview with the Vampire, where we first met Lestat, debuted in 1994. So we decided to get ahead of the Hollywood game by putting our dream cast out into the world. Here's who we would cast for a remake of Interview with the Vampire:

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Literature’s Most Underrated Monsters

We can agree that not all monsters are created equal. However, what's with certain types enjoying more popularity over others? If you ask us, vampires and werewolves have had more than their fair share of the limelight. Here's a list of literary monsters we think should get more love from pop culture. 

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The Shadiest of the Shady Organizations in Literature & Pop Culture

ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is in full swing with season three, and we at Quirk can't help but notice how much shady business Coulsen and Co. have to deal with. So just for funsies, here's a list of the five most shady organizations in literature and pop culture.

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The 2015 Archery Championship for Fictional Archers

To commemorate the season premiere of Arrow last week, we at Quirk HQ would like to welcome you to the 2015 Archery Championship for Fictional Archers!

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