The Real Peaky Blinders – Who Were They And What Happened To Them
Peaky Blinders has risen to become one of the most rated TV shows gathering so many fans around the world, including celebrities.
The action/crime based fiction film by Steven Knight has been a sensation based on a true story of the gangs that were in Birmingham.
Thomas “Tommy” Shelby being the charismatic and smart leader of the Peaky Blinders is the leader of the gang according to the award-winning show.
Steven Knight was inspired by the stories told to him about his father’s uncles who were the Sheldons.
In the 1920s where there were bad economic times, Thomas Shelby who was a war hero after World War I decided to use his wit to gain power and recognition in Birmingham and beyond England.
Flashbacks of the war and the loss of his wife haunt him and motivate him to become brutal and calculative on his moves.
Tommy Shelby and the Peaky Blinders have been shown to have a pretty decent and austere way of dressing.
Peak hats and well-tailored clothes and boots were their signature code of dressing just as it was with the real Peaky Blinders of Birmingham.
According to the TV series, their hats had hidden razor blades that were used to cut an opponent across his forehead when used properly.
This would later blind him as blood cascades down his face and that would be the opportunity to attack them heavily. Peaky Blinders depicts how the gang grew to become one of the most feared and the rise of the Shelbys.
Original Peaky Blinders
Unlike the series, the gang was originally formed in the 19th century but became widely dominant in the 1890s.
An alliance was formed consisting of the middle and lower class because of the financial crisis that hit so many in England. They maintained a sophisticated yet elegant way of dressing.
The Peaky Blinders had their signature peak hats, silk scarves well-knit suits and boots.
The TV series got fans to believe that razor blades were a thing as it is portrayed but it is said to be a myth by history scholars in Birmingham.
Razor blades manufactured by Gillette came to the British market in the early 1900s.
The gang recruited young lads as young as 12 years old. Contrary to the TV show, the gang back then was ruthless.
They were notorious for stealing, gambling, assaulting without discriminating women, the old or the young, protection rackets, robbery, and even the police were not spared.”Peaky” referred to the classic hats they used to put on and “Blinders” was slang for neatly dressed hence the name Peaky Blinders contrary to the TV series.
Escalating violence and crime saw many police constables leaving their jobs. Baiting was the term used in reference to attacking constables.
Gang wars were on a high as the sloggers (another Birmingham gang) and the Blinders clashed as they gained territory.
Weapons used in their era ranged from canes, knives, belt buckles and metal-tipped boots.
Kevin Mooney was an alias used by Thomas Gilbert, the most powerful gang member of the notorious Peaky Blinders.
Just as portrayed in the BBC-NETFLIX series, he was a smart man with ambition. He used to change his last name just to disguise himself.
Other top “officials” of the syndicate Peaky Blinders were Stephen McNickle, Earnest Haynes, David Taylor, and Harry “Baby faced Harry” Fowles.
They have all been behind bars for a couple of months on different occasions for racketeering, theft of a bicycle, drunken and disorderly behavior and assault.
Most of the very first people to join the Peaky Blinders were servicemen in the military who fought in World War I.
Henry Lightfoot, Henry Fowler, and Billy Kimberare some of the people who fought the war.
Henry Fowler who was the youngest suffered post-traumatic disorder (PTSD) after being buried alive after an explosion during the war.
He could not speak nor see for a while and became one of the most ruthless of members.
A 19-year-old was sentenced to life in prison for having assaulted a police officer who was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
A stringent measures such as these helped to reduce the crime rate in Birmingham by the Peaky Blinders.
The Birmingham Boys, which was a larger gang, got word of the growing Peaky Blinders which led to a war scrambling for dominance.
Alliances were formed by the Birmingham boys and the Sabini gang which strengthened them against the Peaky Blinders.
After the war, Peaky Blinders moved to the countryside and died dow and the name Peaky Blinders was used on every gang that existed.
Cats are very special beings. In fact, they are so unique that people have been loving them for centuries. In ancient Egypt, cats enjoyed the status of gods.
Ancient Egyptians worshipped many animals but cats were ultimate favorites. They loved dogs as well, and they appreciated them for their ability to hunt and protect, but for cats, they hold different beliefs.
They believed that cats were special, and in a way magical creatures, capable of bringing people luck, but only to those people who housed them.
Cats Ruled in Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptians actually honored these animals for years. They were treasured pets.
Rich families would dress them in jewels and fed them only with the best food. They were even mummified upon their death.
The cat owners would even shave off their eyebrows. They would continue to mourn until their eyebrows grew back.
Cats were so much loved, that anyone who would harm them or kill them by accident, would be sentenced to death.
But… Why Did They Loved Them So Much?
The root of this love lies in Egyptian mythology. They believed that gods and goddesses had different powers.
As such, they could transform themselves into differnet animals. Only one of the gods, the goddess named Bastet, had the power to become a cat.
Bastet was a goddess of the home, women’s secret, fertility, cats, childbirth, and domesticity. She had a protective role.
Her main duty was to protect the hoem from evil spirits and disease, especially diseases associated with children and women.
As such, she was loved by many. Ancient Egyptians believed that her traits could only be transformed into a cat.
Cats were also all-round workers, and they spend their time protecting the corps and slow the spread of disease by killing rodents. All in, they were adored for their traits and fluffiness.
Cats actually saved civilization from starvation and disease. Cats were real family members and they enjoyed protecting their homes.
If you are a feline owner and someone tells you that your cat acts as if she was a goddess, tell them that they had a royal treatment from the early days.
Some feline owners would go so far and tell that the civilization as we know it might have never survived without cats.
You may not follow every movie premiere or every Netflix show, but you must have a favorite actor. Actors are responsible for bings the magic into real life. Your favorite book character can come to life thanks to talented and charismatic actors. You may see them for years playing for your favorite character, so you may feel like you know them. So, when the show ends or the acting career ends, it’s a sorrowful time. So what can be worse than natural career-ending? Surprisingly, the only worse thing from this one is if the actor is still alive, but producers and directors don’t want to cast them anymore. No matter how good they are, people don’t want to work with them anymore.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
Reasons for this may vary, from an actor’s personality, easy-going attitude toward work, or hostility between actors and director. No matter the reason, you might still miss them. Did you know that hundreds of actors don’t get picked every month? Or that they usually don’t have any other income? We have collected 25 of the most popular ones that people won’t see on the big screen, probably never again. Read on to see if your favorite star is done with Hollywood business.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
25. Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson is one of those actors that the entire family line knows about and loves. Known and appreciated blockbusters, such as Mad Max Lethal Weapon, and further, Mel enjoyed the global star’s status until one unfortunate event that hit his career really hard.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Gibson went through a horrific accident he caused while driving drunk. For months, his name was everywhere and he couldn’t escape being remembered every day of this event. Now, ten years later, Mel looks changed and ready to go back on the big screen. There are even rumors of a new Lethal Weapon movie, but this is yet to be confirmed.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
24. Charlie Sheen
Party hard, recover harder – this is what may describe famous Charlie Sheen the best. For years, Sheen was labeled as the ultimate bad boy of Hollywood. It was known that Sheen likes to party and enjoy his life to the fullest. After all, he worked hard to build his fortune. For years, that wasn’t something bad, because it didn’t affect his personal or professional life.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
It seemed that his career reached its peak when an interview with Good Morning America occurred. Sheen unintentionally came forward about his instability. This single interview made him look deranged so much that he wasn’t invited back to continue Two and a Half men – one of the most popular shows of all time. After that, he discovered in another interview that he is HIV positive. Today, Sheen is focused on his health. He can be seen in smaller roles and some interviews, but people still want to see old Sheen.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
23. Katherine Heigl
After leaving Grey’s Anatomy, Katherine Heigl was at the beginning of her career, but still popular. She instantly got many lead roles and her banc account just was going up. No one ever doubted her acting skills, but she has a hard time finding an acting job nowadays.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Katherine just made some wrong professional moves. She even apologized for some of them, including an apology to Shonda Rhimes. The other reason why she isn’t so active is that she is, allegedly, hard to work with on a set, making everyone stressed. Some described her as a tiring diva. For years she tried to find her way back, and it seems that she is finally succeeding again, with her role in Suits.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
22. Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Parker was one of the best Hollywood screenwriters in the 1930s and 1940s. She had a unique writing style described as witty and original. She was nominated for Academy Award, not once but twice, which was a quite achievement for a lady back then.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Dorothy wrote some screenplays for Alfred Hitchcock’s movies. She was also very open about her political views, which wasn’t common back then. She was accused of having ties with Communism. Therefore, her career was over instantly. In 1949, Parker received a 1,000-word letter, acknowledging her blacklisting for reasons tied to suspicion.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
21. Vince Vaughn
No comedy without Vince Vaughn in it, right? At least, it seems so. Vaughn is often seen in comedy movies, which can be exhausting to both the audience and producers. Yes, his witty lines and a non-changing face are great, but people want diversity.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Hollywood and movie fans love to an actors in various roles. Unfortunately, Vince was stuck for too long playing similar or the same character, which eventually lead to his downfall. Not even playing in drama movies, could help him, because people see him as that goofy gay. This is evident by his unsuccessful season on True Detective.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
20. Jim Caviezel
Caviezel is best known for his role as Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, directed by Mel Gibson. The movie was a global hit and earned an enormous amount of money. So, what is the issue?Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Yes, the movie was so well-received, but it was also backlashed for overdramatization and hyper-violent imagery, something that even Gibson stated as a possible issue. Ever since Caviezel has small roles, but he has yet to be offered a full role in a film since.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
19. Tippi Hedren
You may not remember her, but Hedren was a big star. Before acting she was a fashion model. One day, Alfred Hitchcock cast her for one movie, then the Birds being first, and Marnie the second one. Surprisingly, Hitchcock made numerous sexual advances on Hedren, which were never reciprocated.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
It turns out, that Hitchcock was really upset about Hedren continually turning him down. In fact, he was so angry that he promised her that she would never work in Hollywood ever again, and he made it happen. He froze her contract for two years until he eventually sold it. Years later, she returned to acting, but this event was too sorrowful for her, and he ultimately dropped acting and started a campaign for animal rights.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
18. Cee-Lo Green
Cee-Lo Green became an instant sensation when he released the pop hit “F*** You.” This single hit lead him to appreciation and accolades that he was even given his own show.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Unfortunately, he ended his own career after going on a homophobic rant. The media completely punished him, by using his name in not always nice manners. So far, it seems that he lost his chances of any success anytime soon.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
17. Kirk Cameron
Cameron is best knows for his role in Growing Pains, and that was pretty much it. Eventually, he went on a completely different path. Cameron started voicing his hateful militant Christian opinions in every opportunity he could find on the day.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Kirk loves sharing with media his opinion on “sinners,” primarily homosexuals and women. He can’t find a job and will likely never find one ever again. At least, not one in the Hollywood area.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
16. Roseanne Barr
Barr is an actress, comedian, producer, and even presidential candidate. Still, she is mostly known for her television sitcom Roseanne. She was so popular that no one could imagine television without her, but that eventually changed.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
When she started sharing her opinion on racism, people had something to say. She has shared her racist views on social media far too many times. Also, Barr tweeted something incredibly racist about Barrack Obama’s former Senior Advisor, pushing ABC to cancel her reunion season of Roseanne. This single move pushed her to the blacklist.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
15. Isaiah Washington
Isaiah Washington had one of the most important roles in Grey’s Anatomy until he said something wrong. Once, on the set of Grey’s Anatomy, he referred to his homosexual coworker using a slur, which got him suspended from the set.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Grey’s Anatomy is an extremely popular show, that won a Golden Globe, and now continues its 17th season. Washington today seems like a changed man, so maybe there is something other waiting for him.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
14. Thora Birch
Thora Birch was a real child star. With each role, her popularity only grew. That was the case at least until her father and agent assaulted one of Burke’s co-stars on some secret motive.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Eventually, Burke has fired after this incident shortly after. However, she did appear in a few other smaller roles since then, but she never reached her childhood fame again.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
13. Sondra Locke
Sondra made her first appearance in the 1960s. While working on movies, she met and started dating a famous actor and director Clint Eastwood. The two worked on many projects and stayed together for 13 long years.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Eventually, they split and many believe that the famous actors used their connections and influence to end her career. This theory has never been confirmed. Locke eventually started working again, but she was never in the same position as before.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
12. Stacey Dash
Stacey Dash was one of the biggest names in the 1990s and early 2000s, Hollywood era. She had a promising career. She even hosted a talk show. However, she went from a hopeful democratic position to a racist conservative opinion during Barrack Obama’s presidency, which shocked people.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Dash was openly racist and anti-progressive that she got fired from her job at Fox News. Today she used her social media as her platform, where she shares her anti-progressive thoughts. No one expects to see her on TV screen any time soon, or ever.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
11. Rose McGowan
Rose McGowan was the first of many to shake Hollywood by coming forward about Harvey Weinstein’s acts. Weinstein has many celebrities in his pocket, and Rose decided to put an end to that torture. Once she was out in the open, the rest of Hollywood followed her.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
McGowan settled with Weinstein outside of court. However, this event didn’t keep McGowan from losing acting opportunities. McGowan has not been offered an important role since, but maybe that will change in the following year.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
Who can blacklist Beyonce? Famous diva isn’t actually blacklisted in the traditional way. Her work is blacklisted! Well, two songs by the famous artist have been banned in China!Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
“Run the World” was deemed inappropriate by the Chinese government. Queen B is also banned from entering Malaysia due to not complying with their strict dress code guidelines for women. It seems that Beyonce also needs to adjust to others if she wants to be accepted.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
9. Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams is a singer, a dancer, and an actress. It seems that she has it all and can do it all. She was also the first African-American to be voted as Miss America in 1983 before she was stripped of her title.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Sometimes, when you do something in your youth it catches up on you later. Vanessa is a living example of this famous saying. Some nude photos of her appeared, and she was stripped of her title and cast from the entertainment sphere. However, years later, she came back stronger than ever. She was never returned to her rightful title of Miss America.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
8. Martin Lawrence
Martin Lawrence was extremely popular during the 2000s. Could you imagine anyone else but him shoulder to shoulder to Will Smith in Bad Boys? No one can picture that, actually. They just fit. Martin is known as a comedian, therefore he was regular on Saturday Night Live, where he delivered a monologue that almost ended his career.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Martin has been perma-banned from Saturday Night Live for interrupting the show to preach about his perceived importance of feminine hygiene. According to some rumors, Martin tends to be a creep to women on set occasionally and jokingly homophobic from time to time. Martin is a comedian, so it may be a reason why he isn’t wholly blacklisted.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
7. Natalie Maines
Natalie Maines loves to share her opinion on various topics, even on delicate matters. She will speak her mind, even if it can affect her career negatively.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Famous artist openly spoke out against President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq. This wasn’t something that stars would normally do, but she did it. By many, this was seen as very unpatriotic. Luckily, this didn’t affect Dixie Chicks as a band.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
6. Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg is a famous rapper who started his career in the 1990s with a song that was featured on Dr. Dre’s debut solo single. Snoop Dogg loves being busy, so he often involved in various music, movies, and artistic projects. He is also busy as a voice actor.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
However, he has never been blacklisted from acting or music, but he has been blacklisted out of a few countries for smoking a bunch of weed. Yes, that happens, even to the greatest ones. His most recent ban came from Norway, where he tried to bring weed in through customs.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
5. Orson Welles
Orson Welles was known for his many artistic projects and great movies. Although he had many projects, everyone knows that his most crucial movie was Citizen Kane. This movie was a huge milestone in his career, but it also brought him a huge number of challenges.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
He is considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Yet, the plot of Citizen Kane was so heavily criticized and taken literally that the FBI launched an investigation to connect him with Communism. The rest is history.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
4. Lloyd Bridges
Lloyd was one of the biggest stars of the 1950s. He was talented, charming, and a rising star. You might remember him from the movie Airplane, his first role after many years of forced break.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Eventually, he was blacklisted. Bridge admitted to the HUAC that he had once been a group member found to have had links to the Communist party. Later on, he was cleared by the FBI.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
3. Lee Grant
Not that long ago supporting communism was really dangerous, and Lee knows this first handed. Lee Grant was ‘the’ actress in the 1940s and 1950s before she was put on a blacklist. The famous actress appeared in William Wyler’s Detective Story, co-starring Kirk Douglas, and Eleanor Parker. This role earned her an Oscar nomination and the Best Actress Award at the 1952 Cannes Film Festival.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
She was so popular that people couldn’t believe she was banned. Eventually, it was discovered why Hollywood was off-limits to her. She was asked to testify against her husband to the HUAC, and both were taken off the list once their innocence was cleared.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
2. Vanessa Marquez
Vanessa Marquez is best known for her role in the show ‘Er.’ The show was a BIG success and forerunner to today’s medical drama shows, such as Grey’s Anatomy and many others. Vanessa blamed George Clooney for long to caused her blacklisting, which was proven untrue.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
It was discovered later on, that Marques suffered from serious mental health issues, including bipolar disorder and agoraphobia, which ended her career and left her almost entirely homebound. In 2018, Marquez was shot and killed by the police in her LA home.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
1. Mira Sorvino
Mira Sorvino is a famous actress. Her acting career includes many hits. Her most original role is the role in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite, which brought her the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
For years, Mira Sorvino was A list actress only to disappear for a while. Sorvino is one of the few who talked openly on Weinstein, next to Rose and Ashely. Luckily, she un-blacklisted shortly after her allegations were confirmed.
Who doesn’t want to spend their retirement in a friendly and cozy place, with many activities? When you reach a certain age, you realize that you need more for your golden time and a certain amount of money to cover those desires. You might be able to save enough money for your retirement, but do you know where is the best to invest it, where to move, and spend that money earned by hard work and intense dedication?Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
To help you decide where to move next, we have compared over 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country as potential places to retire. Here are the best 25 based on housing affordability, retiree taxes, health care, desirability, and happiness. Scroll to see where you should start your next life chapter.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
25. Pensacola, Florida
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,287
Median monthly rent: $992
Pensacola is an excellent choice for those who want to live an affordable beach retirement. Many would say that with a median monthly rent of only $992, Pensacola is the popular spot for retirees on a budget.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
One of the most popular activities here are dolphins watching or exploring military forts at the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Pensacola scored high marks for desirability and housing affordability. Due to its location, Pensacola provides access to Pensacola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
24. San Antonio, Texas
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,458
Median monthly rent: $987
San Antonio is one of the fastest-growing cities in the States. This growing town is located only 90 miles from Austin, with significantly lower housing costs than Austin.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
San Antonio is the ideal place to mix a Texas Hill Country retirement with a large city’s amenities, including great health care options and great cultural content. Since Texas doesn’t have a state income tax, retirees can keep more of their earnings.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
23. Charlotte, North Carolina
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,369
Median monthly rent: $986
Charlotte is one of the most popular North Carolina’s cities. The popularity of this city is constantly on the rise that each year charming Charlotte welcomes new residents.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
People choose to move to Charlotte in search of job opportunities or a lower cost of living. The area is a center for the banking industry and motorsports and has diverse cultural content to offer retirees. There are also numerous volunteering options. Professional sports fans can root for the Hornets, Panthers, and Checkers.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
22. Houston, Texas
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,685
Median monthly rent: $1,055
Houston is the fourth most populous city in the States and continues to grow each year. This area is globally known as a center for the oil and natural gas industries.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
For a big city, Houston has extremely affordable housing prices. This growing metro area is located near the Gulf of Mexico and has a museum district, a theater district, and several professional sports teams. Plus, Houston is excellent for those passionate about long-life learning, as seniors age 65 and older can audit courses for free at the University of Houston.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
21. Grand Rapids, Michigan
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,253
Median monthly rent: $860
According to many, Grand Rapids is a real mix of thriving artistic community with an affordable cost of living. Grand Rapids is rich in cultural content, offering its residents numerous art museums, art galleries, and great outdoor activities.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
The entire city periodically becomes an art gallery during the ArtPrize awards, which attracts artistic people worldwide. If you want to join the art community in Grand Rapids, it won’t cost you a fortune. The median home price among people age 60 and older is just $162,300.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
20. Tampa, Florida
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,419
Median monthly rent: $1,070
Tampa offers a great setting and retirement near the beach on a budget while still enjoying a metro area’s amenities. There are beaches with powdery sand along Tampa Bay near the Gulf of Mexico, as well as towering skyscrapers and high rises.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Tampa has a popular port for cruise ships that makes it easy to explore the Caribbean or Europe while enjoying on-board activities. Who doesn’t want to travel around the world when money and time aren’t an issue? Other activities will keep you busy and entertained as theme parks, an aquarium, and professional sports teams.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
19. Chattanooga, Tennessee
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,204
Median monthly rent: $802
Chattanooga calls itself the “Gig City.” Why? Chattanooga was the first city in the States to offer gigabit internet speed in far 2010. After this huge event, Chattanooga continued investing in high-speed internet.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
As expected, ultra-fast internet has attracted numerous tech companies, entrepreneurs, and venture capital firms who need broadband services for their work but wanted a more affordable living cost. There are many options for retirees who wish to work part-time, and if you’re going to start an online business here, it won’t cost you a thing. In your free time, you can enjoy the nearby mountains and the Tennessee River.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
18. Lakeland, Florida
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,223
Median monthly rent: $944
Waterfront property is affordable in this inland Florida area with 38 named lakes. For those over 60, the median home price is just $120,900. Lakeland is located between Tampa and Orlando and presents a lower-cost alternative to larger cities in the neighborhood.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
In Lakeland, you can expect how and humid summers and mild and pleasant winters. This city has several local lakes that are great for outdoor recreation and swans that are descendants of two royal swans donated to the city by Queen Elizabeth.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
17. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,688
Median monthly rent: $1,085
Job opportunities draw many new people to the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. Just in the last year, this big city welcomed 16,369 additional residents.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
People love reasonable housing costs. The median home price in the area is just $179,100 among those age 60 and older. As mentioned earlier, Texas doesn’t have an income tax, but you should remember to factor in the potential property taxes when purchasing a home. With so many professional teams to root for, sports fans will have the time of their life.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
16. Orlando, Florida
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,457
Median monthly rent: $1,161
Orlando is one of the richest cities entertainment-wise when it comes to Florida. Many theme parks, resorts, and convention centers draw visitors to the area all year long. Nex to rich social life, retirees, appreciate the pleasant winter weather and low cost of living.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
The University of Central Florida welcomes retirees for many of their courses and for free. If you have grandchildren, they will come to visit you frequently: who can resist not visiting their grandparents who live near Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Florida?Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
15. Daytona Beach, Florida
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,258
Median monthly rent: $1,029
Daytona Beach is far from a typical sleepy beach town. Actually, Daytona Beach is mostly known for motorsports. NASCAR fans flock to the area for the Daytona 500 and other races at the Daytona International Speedway.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Retirees love low housing costs, nice winter weather, and near the Atlantic Ocean. Daytona Beach has 23 miles of sandy beaches, some of which allow you to drive your car onto the hard-packed sand.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
14. Manchester, New Hampshire
Median monthly mortgage cost: $2,010
Median monthly rent: $1,154
Manchester is New Hampshire’s most popular city. This area is known for its high quality of life, great job opportunities, and easy access to great health care.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
New Hampshire doesn’t have a state sales tax or an earned income tax. However, it does tax dividends and interest, so the property taxes can be high. For autumn fans, Manchester’s four-season climate is a great choice. For those who love art, the Currier Museum of Art and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House are only a few minutes away.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
13. Jacksonville, Florida
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,427
Median monthly rent: $1,059
Jacksonville is among the fastest-growing places in Florida. Every year, this area welcomes around 9,000 new residents. People love what Jacksonville has to offer.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Great weather, mild beaches, Atlantic Ocean beaches, and great scenic golf courses draw people toward this area. The area is also rich in high-performing hospitals, including a branch of the Mayo Clinic. The median home price is $185,700 among people age 60 and older.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
12. Nashville, Tennessee
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,420
Median monthly rent: $1,008
Nashville is always famous, but in the last few years, people move here and not only for great country music. Nashville is affordable to retirees with a lot of cultural content here to keep their time filled with fun and rich content.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Nashville is also a college town and therefore, home to various higher learning institutions, including Vanderbilt University and Tennessee State University. The state of Tennessee doesn’t tax earned income but will tax dividends and interest. Sports lovers have many sports to choose from, and those who are into music and art can attend live performances at the Grand Ole Opry and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
11. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,267
Median monthly rent: $913
Myrtle Beach is usually known as a popular vacation destination. However, in the last years, the area is known as an excellent destination for retirees.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Plus, there are over 60 miles of beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. Myrtle Beach has numerous golf courses designed by top architects, making them really popular and beautiful. Fro free time, residents can join the tourists at the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and boardwalk or find a quiet place to enjoy the fresh local seafood.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
10. Melbourne, Florida
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,324
Median monthly rent: $1,018
There is definitely something special about Florida that inspires people to run there. Melbourne is often called the Space Coast due to the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and locals can watch rockets launch into orbit – which is pretty awesome, right?Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Melbourne provides plenty of earthly pleasures, such as strolling along the Atlantic Ocean or dolphins watching at the Indian River Lagoon. Great city, mild winters, and low costing costs make Melbourne attractive to retirees.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
9. Miami, Florida
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,774
Median monthly rent: $1,295
It’s no secret that Miami is expensive. Actually, Miami is more expensive than other parts of Florida, but retirees still choose Miami as their first destination.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
This tropical city offers excellent weather, interestingly affordable housing, and amenities that are worth the cost to many retirees. All in, Miami offers a beach retirement that is close to big-city services. Retirees have several health care options to choose from, and the University of Miami provides lectures and discussions for people over age 50.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
8. Asheville, North Carolina
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,286
Median monthly rent: $874
Asheville is a perfect choice when you want an outdoor adventure. Located next to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, Asheville offers great scenery and rich outdoor life.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
As expected, Asheville is known as a mountain town, but little is known that Asheville scores high marks for desirability and affordability. Asheville residents like their city and have a lot of pride in their community. Finally, Asheville is also known for its innovative chefs who make artistic creations with local ingredients.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
7. Ann Arbor, Michigan
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,737
Median monthly rent: $1,083
Ann Arbor is among the top ten places to retire, thanks to job opportunities and fantastic health care. Ann Arbor is a college town with a rich cultural and business life.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
The University of Michigan is in the community center, which provides free tuition for Michigan families with incomes below $65,000. On top of that, this school offers numerous sporting events, musical performances, and other public events. This vivid town scored well on the happiness metric as well, with residents enjoying economic life and enjoying the town’s energy.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
6. Ocala, Florida
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,065
Median monthly rent: $859
Ocala is an equestrian town known for producing Kentucky Derby-winning horses. For those who enjoy old-town charms with modern life amenities, Ocala seems like a logical choice.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Here, retirees can enjoy a light horseback ride through nature trails, enjoy the fresh air, and even visit local farms. This city is perfect for nature lovers and those who enjoy spending the morning next to the lake shores. On top of incredible scenery, Ocala has a reasonable cost of living and low housing costs.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
5. Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,516
Median monthly rent: $978
Lancaster is the former capital of Pennsylvania, located between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. Today, this city is the number one choice when it comes to favorite retirees destination in Pennsylvania.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Lancaster residents take huge pride in their community, loving safety and the scenery. Surrounded by Amish farmland, many enjoy organic and fresh products sold directly at local stores and the vivid Lancaster Central Market. This city also has a growing foodie scene with a diverse collection of cuisines.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
4. Naples, Florida
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,787
Median monthly rent: $1,228
According to data, Naples is more expensive than other Florida cities, but many retirees still choose to make Naples their new home. Retirees love the quality of life in Naples and overall well-being that is possible thanks to great air, beaches, and numerous outdoor activities.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
People in Naples enjoy their secure economic life and supportive relationships. Naples also scored highly on the desirability metric, and the area is commonly full of tourists, thanks to mild winter weather and spacious golf courses.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
3. Port St. Lucie, Florida
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,436
Median monthly rent: $1,126
Port St. Lucie is located on Florida’s Atlantic coast, making it appealing to those who love outdoor activities and a reasonable cost of living with high marks for desirability.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Port St. Lucie also scored well on the happiness metric, merely due to residents reporting a lack of stress in their economic life. In addition to that, they get to enjoy ocean beaches, Savannas Preserve State Park, and the boardwalk trails at Hillmoor Lake Park.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
2. Fort Myers, Florida
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,416
Median monthly rent: $1,093
Fort Myers is one of the most popular retirement destinations in Florida. Moreover, this charming city is one number one retiree destination for those 60 or older.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
This Gulf Coast city scored well on happiness and the desirability metrics, with residents reporting they have supportive relationships and are more than able to manage their economic life easily.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
1. Sarasota, Florida
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,481
Median monthly rent: $1,152
Sarasota is a favorite for its white sandy beaches and great weather. This beautiful area draws many retirees to the area who can enjoy no state income tax in Florida, which benefits those who plan to work part-time in retirement.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Sarasota scored highly in various surveys of well-being, with residents saying they have supportive social and community relationships. They also love how affordable the Sarasota area is.
The wonders of cinema will never stop inspiring people. Only a few things in this world can touch the world in only a few minutes, and cinema is one of those magical wonders. Movies can make us laugh, cry, go through an emotional rollercoaster, and even inspire us to change the course of our lives. So, how to determine the best movies ever if you love them all?Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
The greatest movies are the greatest for a good reason – they offer plots, unexpected turns, amazing actors, mind-blowing camera, and unique characters. To avoid forcing you to tell the best among many beloved movies, we have gathered a one of a kind list of the 25 greatest films of all time. Read the full list below and check if your favorite movie made the cut.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
25. Stand By Me (1986)
Rob Reiner’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novella The Body is an emotional adventure that shows us just how exciting and scary the world is. The movie follows four boys, best friends, who went through a crash course of life in one summer.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
This movie is also a coming-of-age movie that celebrates childhood friendship’s strength and stress while gently reminding us that some relationships are forever, while others are once in a lifetime encounter, which is ok. This movie never gets old, and it’s the perfect choice for the family Saturday night movies.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
24. Raging Bull (1980)
When Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, the result is always a great movie. Together, they make memorable movies that last for centuries. Raging Bull is one of those movies that everyone has to watch, at least twice in a lifetime. De Niro did an amazing job as self-destructive pugilist Jake La Motta, who was also present on the set, even during unflattering scenes.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Scorsese is known for original solutions. To make Jake’s home realistic, he used a coat hanger to scratch the film negative. Raging Bull features some of the cinema’s best-shot fights.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
23. The Terminator (1984)
He told you he’d be back. Did you know that Terminator is a product of a nightmare? Director and co-writer James Cameron was stresses and fever-stricken when he had a dream about a solid chromo torso crawling out of an explosion and dragging itself across the floor.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
After that, he cooked the story about the soldier from the future. This movie had so low budget that they had to improvise to make those great shoot-outs. However, the shooting had to be postponed for nine-month because Arnold had another project, but that didn’t stop Cameron from creating one of the longest and money-wise best franchises in Hollywood.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
22. The Prestige (2006)
The Prestige is one of those movies whose plot and twists can hold you in shock for days. Christopher Nolan’s gathers amazing actors, Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale, and places them in late 19th century London. Among movie lovers, this film is usually described as a ‘true gem.’Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Although the movie is promoted as a movie about magic, it’s about life and philosophy in reality. The movie tells about the practical side of magic on how important it is to keep tricks hidden.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
21. No Country For Old Men (2007)
There are certain movies that you can’t watch without tension, and No Country For Old Men is one of those movies. The Coen brothers’ Cormac McCarthy adaptation set in Texas follows Moss and Anton on their path on going from good to bad.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
The movie is tension-ratcheting while characters try to figure out how good people can deal with the world that goes down? We have also learned from this movie that Javier Bardem is an excellent villain.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
20. Amelie (2001)
Jean-Pierre Jeunet did a fantastic job of showing the world just how magical Paris and its people are. Amelie tells the story of a young girl who does her best to make life easier and more beautiful to people around her.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Portrayed by Audrey Tautou, Amelie touched the hearts of many and showed the real magic in the world. Up to date, Amelie is the most charming French character in search of romance. The movie was so popular globally, and especially in Europe, Amelie became one of the most famous names for baby girls across England and Wales.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
19. Titanic (1997)
There is probably no person alive who isn’t familiar with another of James Cameron’s majestic movies. Cameron is known for his passion for creating original stories and movies. Although Titanic belongs to history, he did manage to make a unique story.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
James made one of the most expensive movies ever to deliver a great story, amazing shots, and memorable movies to tell this story. Many expected this movie to fail, but it turns out to be one of the most successful films of all time. Ever since the budget is not an issue in Hollywood when James decides to make a movie.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
18. Good Will Hunting (1997)
Dreams do come true to those who dare to put their dreams into action. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck did just that. They teamed up, penned a story, and won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Damon plays a troubled maths genius who spends time with his unconventional counselor (Robin Williams, who also won an Oscar) while solving some of the most complex math problems ever. It’s a story of letting go of the past and stepping into what you deserve.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
17. Arrival (2016)
When someone mentions sci-fi and aliens, they usually think about E.T. or The Day The Earth Stood Still. However, Arrival is what completes these two movies in alien representation.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Arrival is an alien visitation drama created so carefully that it can leave in ave for days. The movies show how language is the most important communication link, even with other species. Arrival gives its best to demonstrate how a simple language can make us better understand others and ourselves, even when they are from the other world.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
16. Lost In Translation (2003)
Lost In Translation is Sofia Coppola’s second film that shared a story about two lost souls who found each other in a most unusual place. Lost In Translation is a story of almost-romance between listless college grad Scarlett Johansson and life-worn actor Bill Murray.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Many would say that this is the ultimate jet lag movie, colors with daydreaming, and how it feels to be in a different country and in a different time zone. Spoiler alert: we still don’t know what he whispered to her at the end.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
15. The Princess Bride (1987)
The Princess Bride is such a beloved film and for many reasons: it’s action-packed, there is a love plot, great characters, and memorable quotes. The novel The Princess Bride was written in 1973, enjoying great success before the film was filmed.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Director Rob Reiner and writer William Goldman were fans of the book before deciding to work on this project. Yet, their affection toward the book made their cooperation smooth and the movie a great success. Great lines, great sword fights, and rodents of unusual size. What’s not to love?Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
14. Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
Never watched Shaun of the Dead? Do yourself a favor and watch it today – it will instantly make your day better. Shaun of the Dead is one of those films that you can watch alone or in a group and still have a blast.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Inspired by classic zombie movies, Shaun of the Dead brings fresh angles, witty characters, and hilarious zombie-related situations. This movie is a blend of comedy and serious situations. All in, this film had a massive influence on today’s horror genre.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
13. The Exorcist (1973)
When The Exorcist premiered, it changed the flow of the movie industry and forever shaped horror movies. By many parameters, this movie is considered to be a horror masterwork. After all, a story of a 12-year-old girl being possessed by a demon must shock.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
This movie has a reputation as a shocker, with heap-spin, with unusual vomit, and crucifix. This isn’t what makes this movie so scare, but William’s skill to develop a chill atmosphere.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
12. Predator (1987)
Can you think of any movie that Arnold Schwarzenegger acted in that wasn’t a blockbuster or had an enormous cultural effect? Predator is one of those rare films from the 1980s that lives on.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
This is action-pumped fil, with a bit of science-fiction tweak. When you combine a new story, an interesting plot, a laser cannon, and huge soldiers, success is guaranteed. So, if you are thinking of watching the Predator or the Alien franchise, start with a movie from 1987.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
11. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (1989)
Growing up without Indiana Jones isn’t a childhood. Who didn’t want to embark on an adventure after watching Ford discovering the mysteries of the world?Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
When 12-years-older Sean Connery joined him for Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, fans were more than exciting. Together, they created one of the best movies in the Indiana Jones universe, and we will forever be grateful for that.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
10. Léon (1994)
Léon was Luc Besson’s first English-language movie/ Little is knowns, but this global hit is a spiritual spin-off of Nikita, a female version of Victor the Cleaner.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
If there wasn’t for Reno’s brilliant acting and young Natalie Portman to round the story, the movie wouldn’t reach this success. Natalie portrayed l 12-year-old Mathilda, whose relationship with the monosyllabic killer is genuinely affecting and nimbly stays just on the right side of acceptable.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
9. Rocky (1976)
No matter how long the list of greatest movies might be, Rocky must be on it. This is such a cult movie that even youngsters know about it. After all, how many movies and TV shows replicated that scene when Stallone runs up the stairs to conquer the world? Many.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
John G. Avildsen’s boxing drama is the ultimate underdog sports movie. This art creation proves that winning isn’t the most important thing and that participating really matters. You always gotta go the distance… 40 years later, people can’t stop talking about this movie’s influence.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
8. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Some Like It Hot premiered in far 1959, with Marilyn Monroe in the lead female role. Instantly, a new hit was born and one of the best comedies ever. This is easy to digest movie with great lines and some modern thinking, ahead of their time even. Some Like It Hot speak about the magnitude of Billy Wilder’s talent and his character.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
According to rumors, Billy had to deal with Monroe, who was constantly late and on pills. However, he turned this role into her best performance. The ending scene and the line: “Well, nobody’s perfect “… is still one of the best lines ever!Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
7. The Social Network (2010)
The Social Network tells the story of how the most prominent social network was born – Facebook. Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, is portrayed as super-nerd and ruthless Jesse Eisenbergs.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
This movie is a drama. It’s about hard life choices, poor decisions, and an unpredictable future. Screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, did a fantastic job elaborating on the central paradox about a guy who doesn’t get people makes a fortune getting people together online.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
6. Spirited Away (2001)
If you need something fresh and outside the Disney box, Spirited Away should be on your list. This is just a beautiful animated film. The entire movie is based on spirits of Shinto folklore and morality, without clear-cut distinctions of good and evil.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Spirited Away is like nothing that you can see in America or British animations, and that’s what makes this Japanese animated movie so impressive – it’s globally original. The story is excellent, the drawings are amazing, the animation is great, and the colors are beyond this world. This movie is so influential that experts can see that it has affected films such as Moana and Frozen II.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
5. Toy Story (1995)
Toy Story kicked off the CG-animation revolution, but it’s not the once-novel visual medium that makes this Pixar movie one of the best movies ever.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
This movie was so successful because of the toy’s story. The story is perfectly rounded, as it’s about friendship, love, fear of the unknown, self-identity, and workplace politics. Plus, it can make everyone laugh.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
4. Rear Window (1954)
Photographer LB Jeffries (James Stewart) is on sick leave with a broken leg. He’s bored to tears, so he starts spying on his neighbors. Then he sees a murder. OR DOES HE?Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
This is one of the best plots ever directed by the famous Alfred Hitchcock, who really knew how to keep people engaged and interested in the next scene. Rear Window is loved for its fantastic set build: that entire Greenwich Village courtyard was constructed at Paramount Studios, complete with a drainage system that could handle all the rain.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
3. The Lion King (1994)
The Lion King is the highest-ranking animated movie on this list, beating even the global phenomena Toy Story. Up to date, this is one of Disney’s most beloved movies.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
The Lion King is a story about life, how both bad and good are reserved for this life, and how everyone (humans and animals) need to learn how to deal with it. This is an epic tale of a dynasty in the Animal Kingdom, with catchy songs and great lines in Swahili – Hakuna Matata!Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
2. Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
Singin’ In The Rain is a must-watch movie with your family members. It’s fun, original, and vibrant. After this movie, you won’t be able to forget great musical lines and some dance moves.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Gene Kelly, the main actor, brings a great sense of exasperation at the film industry’s diva-indulging daftness, making it a gentle piss-take, too. Plus, this movie from the 1950s was in color, making it more joyous.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
1. Return Of The Jedi (1983)
In this post-Phantom Menace world, the Ewoks don’t seem quite so egregious, do they? Still, this movie was a massive hit, and its legacy continues to live even today.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Return of the Jedi inspired the prequels, but this part remains one of the most favorite ones. The movie is filled with great action, memorable lines, and great lightsabers battles.
Everyone has heard a thing or two about North Korea. This small country located in Asia is known for many controversies that often make headlines. People of North Korea have a unique lifestyle and specific perception of the world. Now, the world is becoming increasingly interested in North Korea and it’s way of life, although the world still knows little about this unusual country.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
Even those who have been to North Korea might give contradictory stories. We have collected the most fascinating and virtually known and unknown facts about North Korea, which might help us understand this country better. Read on to see how this country is different from yours.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
30. North Koreans Have No Idea That South Korea Exists
You might know that there is South Korea and North Korea, but North Koreans are convinced that Korea is a single country. If you look at the world’s political map made in another country, you will see both North and South Korea on it.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
However, if you look at the maps made in North Korea, you will see one Korea, with Pyongyang’s capital. Both North and South Korea are probably dreaming about unification, but for now, they have their reason to maintain the status quo.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
29. They Call Americans “Big Noses”
North Koreans strongly believe that every American has big noses, hairy chests, and huge eyes. If you get the chance to visit the Pyongyang War Museum, you may see many portraits of how Americans are presented.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Rumors have it that children use cardboard mannequins made to look like people in military uniforms and that they are taught how to kill those mannequins with giant noses and wide-open blue eyes. Again, this is just a rumor, as far as the world knows.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
28. North Korea Is Not Communist
Its commonly believed that North Korea follows the doctrine of Marxism-Leninism. However, the truth is that North Korea gave up the communist ideology in the ’50s by officially cutting ties with the USSR.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
At that moment, the Juche idea blossomed. Historians claim that this idea arose as early as 1926 as a continuation of Marx’s and Lenin’s teachings. Over time, all mention of communism started disappearing.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
27. North Korea Has No Taxes
Yes, you read it right – there is no tax in North Korea! In fact, North Korea is one of the few countries in the world whose residents do not pay any taxes.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Taxation was declared as part of the ‘old world’ in 1974. Only organizations and individuals who are making money outside North Korea have to pay tax. However, the latest rumors say that the government is planning to reintroduce income tax in the near future.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
26. North Koreans Watch American Films Without Realizing It
American movies are actually pretty popular in North Korea. They may not know about Hollywood, but they love American cinematography. That’s why Titanic and Die Hard are so popular.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Still, the audience doesn’t know where movies were filmed. On the other hand, it can be dangerous to watch Sout Korean TV, because they cannot plead ignorance of where a film or show come from in this case.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
25. Kimilsungia And Kimjongilia
Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia are very popular in North Korea. Kimilsungia is a hybrid orchid, and Kimjongilia is a hybrid begonia, and they aren’t official flowers of the country, nor the people are forced to love these plants.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Still, there is an annual exhibition of Kimilsungias and Kimjongilias for which every participating family tries to grow the best flower. So, they love having them in their surrounding.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
24. North Korea Is One Of The World’s Leading Exporters Of Seafood
Don’t be fooled, believing that North Korea doesn’t do business with neighboring countries and the rest of the world. That’s why North Korea is one of the largest leaders when it comes to exporting seafood.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
North Korea’s main trading partner is its neighbor China, mostly fish and other seafood. Globally, North Korea is among the top 20 countries exporting fishery products. Interestingly, North Korea also experts monuments.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
23. North Korea Is Run By A Dead Man
North Korea is unique in many things, but what makes this country really special is necrocracy. The reason is that Kim Il-sung was posthumously declared the Eternal Leader of the DPRK.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
In reality, this means that the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, bears the titles of the Supreme Leader of the DPRK, Supreme Commander of the Army, and Chairman of the Workers’ Party, but doesn’t have a presidential status. Does he really need it after so many titles?Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
22. The Arirang Show
The Arirang Festival is the largest mass performance, so popular in North Korea that they spend months preparing to participate and enjoy it. This festival is so massive that it’s included in the Guinness World Records Book. This show features 0.4% of the country’s population.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
To put this in numbers, it means that 100,000 people take part every year of a total population of 25 million. The Arirang Festival is held in the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium – the largest stadium in the world with a total capacity of 114,000.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
21. A Propaganda Village
Kijong-dong, or the “Peace Village” is located at the border with South Korea and serves to show the southern neighbors all the privilege of living in the North. This small village was created in the 1950s when electricity was a true luxury in rural areas both in South and North Korea.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
The electricity here was so organized, that the lights appeared in the same buildings strictly according to the schedule. Plus, soldiers were patrolling, and the same women washed the same windows for 15 years. When technology developed more, southerners could see the village better, and it became clear that the houses in Kijong-dong are only empty boxes with no floors, ceilings, or inner walls.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
20. Who’s Louder?
A view of Kijong-dong and its 160-meter-high flagpole – the tallest in the world until 2010, and there is an interesting story about this monument. For many years, it hosted a loudspeaker that described the delights of living in North Korea for those who would defect from the South.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
In 2004, North Koreans started broadcasting military marches for 20 hours a day and at full volume. The southerners responded with their famous K-Rock. At one moment, the noise was too much, so both sides agreed to go silent.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
19. Kim Jong-un Is One Of A Kind
There can be only one Kim Jong-un. It is officially forbidden to give children the name Kim Jong-un. If a child had been named like this before the law kicked doff, parents are and the child is obliged to change it.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
In 2011, Kim Jong-un’s father, Kim Jong-il, issued an equivalent decree about his own name. The first decision of this kind came with Kim’s grandfather. Family tradition should be continued, no matter what it seems.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
18. North Korea Has Mandatory Military Service
Those born in North Korea know that they will serve military service, both men and women. This isn’t so strange, because many countries have obligatory military service. The only difference here s that military service lasts for a decade. Yes, males over the age of 18 must serve a 10-year term in the army, as of 2003 when it was mandatory to serve it for 13 years.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
After graduation from high school, women must serve in the military until the age of 23. In total, this small country has active military personnel of about 1 million people (4th in the world), with almost 6 million paramilitary personnel.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
17. Popular Korean Posters
Art is a very serious business in North Korea. We all know that propaganda is taken very seriously in North Korea and as such, you can see it everywhere. Therefore, many posters are seen across the country, calling to serve their homeland. You can even buy them if you want to.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
From an artistic point of view, these posters are very appealing, messages are direct and action-oriented. All in, they put a lot of effort into these materials.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
16. North Koreans Are Shorter Compared to South Koreans
For still unknown reasons, North Koreans born after the Korean War are about 2 inches shorter than South Koreans on average. Scientists came to this conclusion by analyzing those who escaped from North Korea to South Korea.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
USA Today reported in 2013 that those born after the Korean War were simply shorter. This phenomenon is yet to be explained, but until then you can choose to, or not, believe these claims.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
15. Pyongyang Time
North Korea wants to be so unique, that they created their own time zone: Pyongyang Time. Yes, they have created their own time zone, called Pyongyang Time, named after the North Korean capital.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Pyongyang Time is 30 minutes behind South Korea and Japan. As of 2015, the country uses Pyongyang Time and this time was the time zone used before Japanese rule.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
14. There Can Be Only One Hair Style
Kim Jong Un takes his hairstyle seriously. He likes it so much, that he has ordered all male citizens to copy his haircut. They went so far, that there is an official rule.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
There is an official statement stating requiring men to keep their hair no longer than 2 centimeters and requiring women to keep their hair at a bob length. Basically, men must copy Kim’s haircut, while women were advised to copy his wife.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
13. If You Pay, You Can Defect From North Korea
In past years, it has been more difficult and more expensive to leave North Korea. Ever since Kim Jong-un took power it has gotten more expensive to leave this country.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
To get to China from North Korea you should pay up to $8,000 and that’s much more than the average North Korean can afford. Did you know that the gross domestic product per capita was $1,800 in 2014?Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
12. North Korea Is About The Size Of Pennsylvania
It’s always good to compare countries to see where you stand. So, for example, if we would compare North Korea and Pennsylvania you would see that North Korea is about the size of Pennsylvania.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Pennsylvania is 46,054 square miles, or 119,279 square kilometers, while North Korea is 120,538 square kilometers. Less than 20% of North Korea’s land is arable, which is about the size of New Hampshire’s land area.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
11. North Korea Says Has A 100% Literacy Rate
According to North Koria documents, they have a 100% literacy rate. The CIA World Factbook defines literate people as those ages 15 and over who can read and write.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
If this is true it means that they have a well-organized and implemented education system that actually works. This isn’t something that many countries can brag about.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
10. More Than 40% Of North Koreans Are Undernourished
According to the Global Hunger Index, the percentage of undernourished North Koreans increased to 43.4% in 2018 from 37.5% in 2000. Also, the number of malnourished children under the age of 5 has decreased.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
According to Index, North Korea ranks 109th out of 199, which means that North Korea isn’t the most undernourished nation globally. However, during the 1990s, 2 million people died.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
9. Trillions Of Dollars’ Worth Of Minerals In North Korea
Experts claim that North Korea sits on real fortune. According to many, there could be trillions of dollars’ worth of minerals underground in North Korea. Roughly speaking, this could be worth between $6 and $10 trillion.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
There could be vast amounts of iron, gold, graphite, zinc, and copper. Plus, rare metals., since real metals are used in smartphone production in China and South Korea. No one can know this for sure because North Korea runs its mines inefficiently, and that private mining is illegal in the communist country.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
8. North Korea Has One Of The Largest Standing Militaries
CIA data shows an impressive view of North Korea’S army, which is considered one of the most powerful ones in the world. With a 25 million-person population, North Korea ranks as 51st out of the world’s nations.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
North Korea has approximately 1,190,000 active-duty troops. North Korea’s military employs about 4.7% of the total population. For example, China has the world’s bigger population and an army that employs about 0.18% of the population.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
7. Rollerblading Is Hugely Popular
According to National Geographic photographer David Guttenfelder, rollerblading is popular “all over the country.” This sport is an excellent way for people to pass some time.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Plus, rollerblading is eco-friendly and great physical activity. David also shared that he couldn’t “count the number of rollerblading locations there are in the capital city [Pyongyang].”Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
6. Drugs Are Unregulated
Durg use in North Korea is quite common, with an estimated 30% of North Koreans using drugs. Known locally as yeoksam, marijuana is grown in such quantity that smugglers take it to China for foreign sale.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Furthermore, methamphetamines, and specifically highly potent crystal meth, are also common in North Korea. Meth is usually used for recreation purposes and as an appetite suppressant to help people work longer.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
5. North Korea Is Home To The World’s Largest Stadium
The May Day Stadium in Pyongyang is the biggest stadium in the world in terms of seating capacity. It has a total capacity of 150,000 people.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
The venue is used for occasional sporting events. Still, its primary purpose is to host the annual Arirang Festival held each August and September when North Korean history is celebrated.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
4. North Korea Holds Political Elections Every Five Years
Elections are a big deal in North Korea… when they actually happen. North Korean citizens go to the polls every five years. They are done
voting in three seconds.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
After all, there is only one name to mark. There is always only one candidate name. They can vote against it, but in that case, they must place it in a separate box, revealing their identity.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
3. Kim Jong Il Spent $800,000 A Year On Hennessy
What applies to North Korean citizens doesn’t apply to the country’s ruler, Kim Jong Il. According to US News & World Report, Kim Jong Il spent upwards of $800,000 a year on Hennessy.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
The Wall Street Journal reported that the cognac distiller even said that for two years in the mid-1990s, Kim was the largest buyer of Hennessy Paradis. In North Korea, a bottle of Hennessy can cost $630.Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
2. There Are Two Prices For Everything
In the communist nation, rules are super simple: there’s a state-run economy and an underground one. Therefore, there are two prices for everything. One state worker might get paid a fraction of another worker who is employed by a Chinese factory.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
Bill Brown, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, told Marketplace last year that “a textile worker at a state-owned company in Pyongyang might make 3,000 North Korean won a month while another makes 100 times as much in a Chinese-affiliated factory.”Advertisment - Continue Reading Below
1. Some Citizens Live Better
For many North Koreans, almost every day is a struggle. Food shortage is normal, horrid work conditions are accepted as such, and people know that the government can operate their every aspect of life.Advertisment - Continue Reading BelowAdvertisment - Continue Reading Below
However, for some citizens, life is becoming much better. For them, everyday life is very similar to the rest of the world. More and more North Koreans have access to mobile phones and other virtually unknown devices less than a generation ago. There are many recreational opportunities, such as water parks, movie theaters, and other famous centers.