Cool Stories

Over 140 New Nazca Lines Discovered in Peru

Researchers at Yamagata University and IBM Japan have identified more than 100 new geoglyphs picturing fish, snakes, humanoids, and many other things in Nazca, Peru using AI technology owned by IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York. In all, they discovered 142 geoglyphs dating back to between 100 BCE and 300 CE.

The images were negative ones created by removing rocks from the white sand. The longest of all the images is over 100 meters from top to bottom, bigger than the Statue of Liberty while the smallest is 5 meters, around the same size as Michelangelo’s David.

To make things easier, the researches divided all the geoglyphs into two categories according to their size, age, and design. Type A are those which tend to be bigger – 50 meters or more – and are just line drawings while Type B consists of smaller geoglyphs on solid-colored surfaces.

These two categories also differ by age. Typically, those in Type B were older, thought to be created anywhere from 100 BCE to 100 CE during the Initial Nazca Period, or earlier even, while Type B is a bit more recent – that is, between 100 and 300 CE.

The researchers’ theory is that each group had a different purpose. Type A, the larger ones, may have been for rituals that involved pottery while Type B was simply for decoration. These second ones were discovered close to paths or on slopes, which suggests their purpose may have been to aid travelers.

What do we know about the Nazca Lines?

In 1994, all the lines and geoglyphs of Nazca and Palpa, located 400 or so kilometers south of Lima, near the town of Nazca, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spanning 517 square kilometers of desert, it is here that the Nazca civilization created hundreds of geoglyphs between 500 BCE and 500 CE.

According to National Geographic, it wasn’t until flight was invented that they were discovered. That means they were left untouched for thousands of centuries.

Researchers are still mystified as to how or why geoglyphs were constructed, but as the World Heritage Convention states, they have turned “the vast land into a highly symbolic, ritual and social-cultural landscape that remains until today.”

“They represent a remarkable manifestation of a common religion and social homogeneity that lasted a considerable period of time.”

Some say they were used as a big astronomical calendar while others say they were places to perform rituals for farming success. Still others think that they were alien landing sites – one of the most unique and improbable theories.

Researchers at Yamagata University and IBM Japan have identified more than 100 new geoglyphs picturing fish, snakes, humanoids, and many other things in Nazca, Peru using AI technology owned by IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York. In...

Being tied to your desk all day long not only drains the life out of you, but your energy is shot to heck!  Many companies have been searching for solutions to increase their employee’s productivity. Well, it seems plants take the gold medal as the perfect solution!

According to a Canadian employer, they gave each one of their employees a plant and their productivity increased by 30%. Well, science is here to tell us why plants give employees what they need to keep them energized during the workday.

Plants Rock!

 Not only are plants decorative for your office, but plants give off many health benefits for our bodies and minds. Research by the National Institute of Environmental Health Services has shown that plants keep the air indoors much cleaner and improves our ability to concentrate.

It’s a known fact that furniture, cleaners, paint, and other elements in an office environment send off many toxic compounds which, in turn, contribute to our inability to think clearly.

Some of the best plants for ridding of unwanted compounds from our office air include bamboo palms, rubber plants, and snake plants plus they look really great.

The appearance of green plants around an office gives employees greater relaxation and removal of stress.  Plants also improve our mood conditions and we are able to stay focused for longer periods of time.  Companies have found that by implementing certain décor, employees’ morale and productivity are on the rise.

This includes indoor trees, planter boxes, and other natural elements to encourage natural, positive vibes.

Research has shown that looking at plants actually stimulates our brains and we will more easily enter into a more relaxed mode.  On top of that, a well-designed office with good light and plants, are a great benefit to the company’s bottom line.

 The Connection Between Plants & People

 According to studies, there is a strong need for people to be surrounded by nature.  Even though many of us live in a very fast-paced environment surround with chrome and glass, nature is a vital part of our society.  Also, when people are engaged in the modern world, they are completely immersed in their frontal lobe.

Being exposed to nature, the hyper-active frontal lobe is deactivated, encouraging happiness and stimulates creativity. So people wonder if you would have the same benefits if the plants in your office were fake.  Plants emit natural elements that benefit people, artificial or fake plants are just that, fake.

 Productivity Solutions

Companies for many years have been in debates and discussions trying to find out how much money or time is lost when their employees are unhappy, sick, or totally disengaged. Billions of dollars are tossed out the window due to issues with productivity so finding solutions are integral for expansion and profits.

Money is constantly spent in team building, developing an inclusive office culture, and extracurricular activities to promote increased productivity.  A Canadian business owner took a piece of advice from his wife, giving each employee a plant to place on their desks.

Employees were exposed to all available plants to find the perfect match. The results were astonishing, he discovered that each employee was doing approximately 30% more business.  He also added, that on top of improved metrics, all the plants were doing really well after five years of being introduced.

It seems his employees also seem to have developed green thumbs and have responded very positively to their new desk partners.  The employees each received their plants with a name tag that read “My Name Is…” which seems to have fostered an incredible relationship.  Adding plants and greenery to the workplace is a positive benefit for absolutely everyone involved.

Being tied to your desk all day long not only drains the life out of you, but your energy is shot to heck!  Many companies have been searching for solutions to increase their employee’s productivity. Well, it seems plants take the gold medal...

Read More

What at first seems like ordinary combinations of numbers or words can actually be signs of serious emergencies in the right situations. Read on to learn a few!

10-33

You’ve probably heard a policeman say “10-4,” at least in movies – a type of acknowledgment of what has been said. But 10-33 is something more. If you hear an officer say 10-33, it means there’s an emergency.

Code 10

The phrase “Code 10” actually has several meanings. If you’re in a hospital, it signals a serious threat or mass casualties. However, if you’re in a store and the cashier issues an authorization request for a Code 10, it means he or she finds you or your card to be suspicious. However, if you’re in Walmart, don’t be alarmed; Code 10 only means that there has been a dry spill!

7500

This number is something you should hope to never hear your pilot say because it’s a code that signals the plane has been hijacked.

However, more and more people have become familiar with what “7500” means in this situation, so many airlines have gone a step further to install a button or some sort of contraption in the cockpit which quietly turns the plane’s transponder to 7500. Then, the air traffic control will simply confirm with the pilot that he sent the signal intentionally.

7700, however, signals general emergencies on a plane.

Code Adam

Back in 1994, Walmart coined the phrase “Code Adam” following the abduction and murder of Adam Walsh, a 6-year-old who had been innocently strolling around Sears. Now, it is used to signal a missing child in many public locations, such as malls, hospitals, supermarkets, and museums. Congress has even mandated that all federal buildings use Code Adam procedures as of 2003.

Code Blue

Some hospitals may differ from others, so there’s a chance it may mean something different for some hospitals, but in general, a Code Blue means that a patient has gone into cardiac arrest.

Code Bravo

Hearing “Code Bravo” in an airport is quite serious, as it means there has been a bomb threat or some other sort of security breach.

In fact, you may even encounter officials yelling the phrase because they want people to freeze, helping them to find where the legitimate threat is more quickly.

Code Oscar

We often associate the word “Oscar” with the Academy Awards, but unfortunately, on ships, “Code Oscar” has nothing to do with movies and actors. It means that there is a man overboard.

Code Silver

If you’re in a hospital and year “Code Silver,” keep your eye out for suspicious individuals. It means that there is someone in the building with a weapon, a hostage situation has occurred, or some other violent situation has ensued which requires a lockdown.

Doctor Firestone

Dr. Firestone isn’t a real doctor, but you could hear the name in a real medical emergency. It lets hospital staff know there’s a fire in the building. If you hear an announcement saying, Paging Dr. Firestone to the fifth floor,” you should know that there is no Dr. Firestone.

What it actually means is that there is a fire in the building, and they want to let the staff know without causing mayhem. Some hospitals may use the phrase “Code Red” instead.

Echo, Echo, Echo

You would only hear this in context if you are out on a ship on a foggy night. It means that two ships are about to run into one another. Some cruise ships utilize this phrase to let everyone on board know that there are high winds.

What at first seems like ordinary combinations of numbers or words can actually be signs of serious emergencies in the right situations. Read on to learn a few!
10-33
You’ve probably heard a policeman say “10-4,” at least in movies – a type...

Read More

This is what happened.  In March, there was an accident that involved two vehicles which ended up blocking two lanes of traffic.  Firefighters from Station 69 noticed a woman in a long wedding dress and her bridesmaid trying to walk through traffic.

They were holding up their gowns to prevent them from becoming soiled.  Even though there were no reports of rain, the area was very muddy.

The bride told firefighters she was getting married but she was late because her limo was stuck in traffic and she needed to get to her wedding.  A representative for the LA County Firefighters told Yahoo Lifestyle, as soon as they had cleared the way, they put the two women in the fire truck and drove them to the wedding.

With the bride and bridesmaid safely inside the fire truck, they headed northbound on Topanga Blvd and turned into the wedding event with lights flashing which made her arrival not only unique but really special.

They looked like they were being escorted to the wedding and as soon as they stepped out of the truck, a photo was taken.

Happy Epilogue

A few weeks later, back at the station, the representative noticed a photo of the bride with her four wonderful rescuers hanging on the wall.  He posted it on his Instagram page  The photo had been signed by the bride and sent to the fire station just a few weeks after the wedding.

The photo read: “Thanks for saving our wedding, The Gormans”.  The firefighter who snapped the photo said they still have no idea what the bride’s first name is!

Highlights of the many diverse duties the firefighters do are the main reason for their Instagram account.  It shows the crew doing everything from battling fires to visiting with local school children.  The representative added that’s sort of the point of this Instagram page.

The representative who runs the page requested his name not be used.  He said there are so many cool things we do that never seem to make it out there.  Bravo to Fire Station 69!

This is what happened.  In March, there was an accident that involved two vehicles which ended up blocking two lanes of traffic.  Firefighters from Station 69 noticed a woman in a long wedding dress and her bridesmaid trying to walk through...

Read More

Over the years, astronomers have discovered 14 moons that orbit Neptune – and that’s just 14 that we know of. Seven of them are inner moons that are relatively close to one another. In 1989, the Voyager 2 spacecraft flyby happened upon two of these inner moons, Naiad and Thalassa.

Scientists have more recently observed Naiad’s unique orbit consisting of oscillating patterns in order to avoid collision with Thalassa. They’ve labelled it a “dance of avoidance.”

These moons are quite small when compared to the Earth’s moon – a pithy 60 miles or so in length to 2,159 miles in diameter. In addition, at least relatively speaking, the two moons are quite close together, orbiting only 1,150 miles apart.

But because of the shape of their orbits, they are prevented from colliding with one another. The data that confirmed this was collected by the Voyager 2 spacecraft and Hubble Space Telescope between 1981 and 2016.

“We are always excited to find these co-dependencies between moons,” said co-author of the article in the journal Icarus, Mark Showalter, a planetary astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California.

“Naiad and Thalassa have probably been locked together in this configuration for a very long time, because it makes their orbits more stable. They maintain the peace by never getting too close.”

Super Fast Zigzag

Naiad takes 7 hours to orbit Neptune while Thalassa takes 7.5 hours, so to avoid Thalassa, Naiad moves in a zigzag pattern, crossing the other’s orbit twice from above and twice from below, repeating the pattern again and again.

Naiad’s tilt and timing are impeccable each time, keeping the two from coming too close. They remain 2,200 miles or so apart even when the two orbits cross paths.

“We refer to this repeating pattern as a resonance,” lead author Marina Brozović, an expert in solar system dynamics at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said.

“There are many different types of ‘dances’ that planets, moons, and asteroids can follow, but this one has never been seen before.”

Brozović and her colleagues think that this unique moon movement has been occurring since Neptune captured Triton, it’s the largest satellite at 1,680 miles.

“We suspect that Naiad was kicked into its tilted orbit by an earlier interaction with one of Neptune’s other inner moons,” said Brozović. “Only later, after its orbital tilt was established, could Naiad settle into this unusual resonance with Thalassa.”

Over the years, astronomers have discovered 14 moons that orbit Neptune – and that’s just 14 that we know of. Seven of them are inner moons that are relatively close to one another. In 1989, the Voyager 2 spacecraft flyby happened upon two of...

Read More

For the first time since Trump became president, the prestigious National Medal of Arts will be awarded. The White House announced four recipients of the medal as well as four recipients of the National Humanities Medal in a statement on Sunday night. Trump plans to distribute the awards on Thursday during a ceremony at the White House.

One of the recipients that have drawn the most attention is Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight. The 80-year-old has been involved in quite a few films in his time, but, in addition, he has been a staunch supporter of Trump since the beginning, calling him “the greatest president of the century” as well as the “greatest president since Abraham Lincoln,” who died in office in 1865.

In past administrations, the awarding of these honors has been an annual affair, but this will be the first time since Trump was inaugurated in January 2017. President Obama was the last to give arts or humanities medals in September 2016.

A Long Career of Complex Characters

Voight starred in Midnight Cowboy, a film from 1969 that won an Academy Award for best picture. His starring role in the film Coming Home in 1978 won him an Oscar award for the best actor. In addition, he has appeared in the Showtime series, Ray Donovan. Now, he will receive this medal “for his exceptional capacity as an actor to portray deeply complex characters.”

Alison Krauss, Sharon Percy Rockefeller, and The Musicians of the United States Military will also be receiving the National Medal of Arts while The Claremont Institute, Teresa Lozano Long, Patrick O’Connell, and James Patterson are the recipients of the National Humanities Medal.

Voight often reprimands the Democratic party for their opposition and even explained in full on Twitter why Trump is such a good president.

“This is not peace,” he wrote. “This is not love. This is hate among the radical left. No amount of book smart will show the given policy of what truth stands for. Truth is a powerful emotion. Love … is what we should be voting for.

“And I must say that we — the Republican Party — have voted for renewal, for a place of safety, a community where all can have peace. But this is war among the left. They have hate. It’s like a venom. No words of God, no words of love, but a radical emotion of hate.”

For the first time since Trump became president, the prestigious National Medal of Arts will be awarded. The White House announced four recipients of the medal as well as four recipients of the National Humanities Medal in a statement on Sunday...

Read More

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Different strokes for different folks. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure — the list of metaphors to explain the subjective is endless. In the world of film, it’s hard to quantify exactly what makes a great movie. Sometimes, critics and fans are at odds!

Critics in Crisis

We all remember the recent controversy over Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones, don’t we? The Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus: “Edgy, but empty, Sticks and Stones won’t break any bones, but it won’t elicit many laughs, either.” The fans consensus? A 99% rating, everyone!

We present the results of the worst movies ranked on Rotten Tomatoes by critics review. Will you agree with these brutal 0% “expert” assessments? From the boring to the nonsensical, we’ve got you covered in this sad, sad hall of fame!

Grab your popcorn, the show’s about to start…

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Different strokes for different folks. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure — the list of metaphors to explain the subjective is endless. In the world of film, it’s hard to quantify...

Read More

I don’t know about you, but for me, $9,500 (£7,500) is quite a chunk of money, so spending it all on one single dress would be quite extraordinary. But Richard Ma, the chief executive of San Francisco-based security company Quantstamp, did something even more extraordinary.

Not only did he spend all of that money on one dress, but he spent it on a dress that doesn’t even exist in physical form. Yes, that’s right, he bought a digital dress for his wife.

The Fabricant designed the digital dress and rendered it onto an image of Richard’s wife, Mary Ren, so that she can use it on social media. What might sound bizarre to us now could be one of the biggest money-making schemes going forward.

“It’s definitely very expensive, but it’s also like an investment,” Mr. Ma says. Typically, neither he nor his wife spends much on clothes, so the reason he bought this piece is because he believes it has long-term value. “In 10 years’ time everybody will be ‘wearing’ digital fashion. It’s a unique memento. It’s a sign of the times.”

Mary hasn’t shared the photo anywhere public, but she has posted the image on her own Facebook page and showed others through WeChat.

Carlings, a Scandinavian company, is another fashion house that has taken up digital fashion design. Last October, they released their own digital streetwear collection which started around £9 ($11), and it sold out in just a month.

“It sounds kinda stupid to say we ‘sold out’, which is theoretically impossible when you work with a digital collection because you can create as many as you want,” explains Ronny Mikalsen, Carlings’ brand director.

“We had set a limit on the amount of products we were going to produce to make it a bit more special. You wouldn’t buy a white t-shirt digitally, right? Because it makes no sense showing it off. So it has to be something that you really either want to show off, or an item that you wouldn’t dare to buy physically, or you couldn’t afford to buy physically.”

When you’re designing only digitally, you have the freedom to be a bit more creative and extravagant.

Stunning Success

The Scandinavian company only created their digital line to promote their real products, but after its stunning success, the firm is preparing a second line of digital garments to be released at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Fabricant puts out new, free digital clothes every month on their website, but in order to truly appreciate and combine the designs with their own pictures, consumers need specific skills and software. The Fabricant will also have to find another way to make money until the digital fashion market becomes more popular.

“We make our money by servicing fashion brands and retailers with their marketing needs, selling tools, and creating content that uses that aesthetic language of digital fashion,” says The Fabricant founder Kerry Murphy.

No one really knows who exactly is buying all the digital markets that Carlings has sold so far, or downloads from The Fabricant, but according to Mr. Mikalson, Carlings has sold 200-250 pieces.

A search on Instagram to find the pieces, however, only brings up four people who independently purchased with no involvement with the company. Of course, the digital clothes may have been shared privately.

According to Amber Jae Slooten, a co-founder and designer at The Fabricant, it’s mainly just industry professionals who use CLO 3D software who are downloading their clothes. “But it’s also just people are very curious to see what the files look like. People just want to own the thing, especially since that one dress sold for $9,500,” she says.

Where is this trend heading?

The long-term impact is yet to be seen of this “amazing phenomenon” of digital fashion, as Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst at market research company NPD Group, calls it. “Do I believe it’s going to be something huge and stay forever? No.”

According to Cohen, it’s just for those who want the perfect image. “If you don’t like what you’re wearing, but you love where you are, you now have the ability to transition your wardrobe, and digitally enhance the photograph to make it look like you’re wearing the latest and greatest.”

The idea partly began with the popularity of games like Fortnite where players are willing to spend money on outfits or skins for their digital characters. “The only reason we made the collection the way we did – inspired from Fortnite – was because of the whole link between buying skins and buying digital clothing,” Mr. Mikalsen says.

“When it comes to technology and the way people are living their lives, we have to be aware of that the world is changing.”

Of course, designing skins and clothes for a game is a bit of a different challenge. All of it has to fit the character as well as the story. And designing it isn’t even the hardest part. After anywhere from one to 70 attempts at designing, you have to make sure the skin actually works in the game, when the character walks, fights, dances, etc.

“For a game like League of Legends, you have to do 3D, there’s sound effects, there’s animations, all of these things have to come together to make the character feel like they’re sort of expressing a different fantasy of themselves.

“It’s less like changing clothes and more like seeing an actor playing a different role.”

All in all, it was this growing popularity and success of games like these that gave the fashion industry the courage to give digital clothes a try.

“Digital fashion will become an important part of every fashion business’ future business model,” says head of the Fashion Innovation Agency at the London College of Fashion, Matthew Drinkwater.

“It’s not going to replace everything, but it will be an important part of that.”

I don’t know about you, but for me, $9,500 (£7,500) is quite a chunk of money, so spending it all on one single dress would be quite extraordinary. But Richard Ma, the chief executive of San Francisco-based security company Quantstamp, did...

Read More

Some couples elect to have their cake and eat it, too, as they choose to have open relationships and marriages.  Celebrities have been known to follow this path, too, engaging in non-traditional relationships as they are forced to spend long periods of time away from their wife or long-time significant other.

For some, the arrangement works well.  For others it has ended the relationship.  The idea seldom works unless both parties are in it for the long haul. Here is a list of celebrity couples who embrace open relationships.

David Beckham & Victoria Beckham

In 1999, Victoria Adams (better known as Posh Spice from the Spice Girls) married the Manchester United soccer legend, David Beckham.  The power couple have a family, but there have been swirling rumors that there is an agreement for an open marriage.

David has been spotted cheating a few times, the first when he was linked in 2007 to Irma Nici and again in 2010.  Victoria has remained quiet, adding fuel to the open-marriage rumors.

Find out who skipped the “forsake all others” part of their vows:

Some couples elect to have their cake and eat it, too, as they choose to have open relationships and marriages.  Celebrities have been known to follow this path, too, engaging in non-traditional relationships as they are forced to spend long...

Read More

While making an appearance on the Kelly Clarkson show, model Chrissy Teigen talked about John Legend’s recent remake of the classic Christmas song, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” which was a duet he performed with, none other than, Kelly Clarkson!

It seems that Legend’s voice coaches decided to update the song by removing the controversial lyrics, making it more appealing to the younger Me Too movement generation. What they were not ready for, the backlash was actually quite intense, telling Teigen “they ruined Christmas”.

Clarkson, 37, said people were so mad and Legend had no idea when the Me Too movement pulled the song from any radio stations like a lot of stations do during Christmas.

She added that she loves the original song that John and Clarkson recorded as a duet It seems that the duet got backlash so they decided to give up on the original and recorded a different version that apparently killed Christmas!

During Teigen’s conversation with Clarkson, she criticized people’s various comments, especially from Sharon Osborne. She basically said that Sharon assumed you guys burned them in the backyard and can never listen to them again. She sarcastically added, something about creepy songs and Christmas??

The Argument Against Re-Writing Songs

During the debut of the newly “rewritten” song, Osborne slammed Legend and Clarkson saying that no one should re-record a song just because they find it offensive. She added, what if 40 years from now, someone rewrote one of Legend’s songs because someone found it offensive?

Paraphrasing, she equated it to masterpieces in museums that are nude statues all around the world and millions of people visit each and every year. Would it be OK if she just decided to draw a bikini top on one of those nudes? It’s still a classic form of art.

Osborne said that she loves John Legend, he’s an amazing artist that she respects so why do this? It’s just not right.

To update any who do not know, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” was an Academy Award-winning song written by Frank Loesser in 1944. It gained recognition in 1949 when it was performed in the film “Neptune’s Daughter”.

It really was never considered a Christmas song, but a winter song. The song has been sung by many artists including Rod Stewart, Dolly Parton, Idina Menzel, and Michael Buble.

Another issued that has risen more than a few eyebrows, this song is copyrighted and owned by someone. Legally, no one has the right to change any part of the song.

To date, the song has been taken off the radio playlist after all the criticism floating around the original as well as Legend and Clarkson rather strange new lyrics.

Someone I met said that in their personal opinion, you do not have to listen to a song you find offensive but you have no right to alter a song and make it your own. For more than 50 years, there have been television shows and movies that people would demand the entertainment industry get rid of saying this one or that one has had a bad effect on “my child”.

Well, mom and/or dad, change the station or don’t take them to that particular movie. You are the parents, you cannot expect the entertainment industry to bring up your kids. The same should be said about lyrics to any number of songs, no one is forcing you to listen to them nor do you have the right to take it away from others.

I really can’t argue with that…

While making an appearance on the Kelly Clarkson show, model Chrissy Teigen talked about John Legend’s recent remake of the classic Christmas song, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” which was a duet he performed with, none other than, Kelly...

Read More

Tommy Connolly was a regular guy enjoying life in his early 20s. A full-time student, part-time real-estate agent, and gifted athlete, the Australian native had his promising life turned upside down after receiving a Facebook message.

Grandpa? Me?

A message sent to his social media account altered his life forever.

In a matter of months, he became one of the youngest grandparents in the world. Along the way, he encountered challenges he never expected to face.

Read his heartwarming story:

Tommy Connolly was a regular guy enjoying life in his early 20s. A full-time student, part-time real-estate agent, and gifted athlete, the Australian native had his promising life turned upside down after receiving a Facebook message.
Grandpa? Me?
A...

Read More

Allegations have floated around for years about the secret personal life of rapper R. Kelly. The perception that his dating life was not operating within legal limits has not gone away, despite adamant televise denials. Is there any truth to these rumors?

Trapped In The Closet

At the moment, R. Kelly faces the most serious challenge to his reputation and freedom yet, with a court case pending that alleges 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, obstruction of justice, child pornography, forced labor, and kidnapping. Yikes, that’s serious business!

In 2017, BuzzFeed brought us a story about two women who were allegedly restricted from talking with their loved ones while in R. Kelly’s home for an extended period of time. They were not allowed to choose what they ate or wore, and the rapper recorded sex acts with them.

While initial attempts by the parents were unsuccessful, the rapper was eventually charged. Is this all a big misunderstanding? And who is R. Kelly, the man behind the celebrity persona?

Start The Ignition!

We’ve tracked down his family history and a timeline of events starting in the 1990s to investigate the merits of these claims.

We report, you decide!

Allegations have floated around for years about the secret personal life of rapper R. Kelly. The perception that his dating life was not operating within legal limits has not gone away, despite adamant televise denials. Is there any truth to these...

Read More