12 Listosaur Stories You Might Have Missed in 2015

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Some people give fruitcakes to their friends and family for the holidays. Here at Listosaur.com, we present a compilation of 12 stories from the past 12 months. They’re a few of our personal favorites, as well as stories that generated the most reads or social media buzz. Just like you want to “share” that fruitcake your great aunt Bertha sent, feel free to share this story on social media. As always, we thank you for your support. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

 

5 Professions That May Be Eliminated by Computers

Is it only a matter of time before passenger airliners don't need pilots? © Kent Wien

Is it only a matter of time before passenger airliners don’t need pilots? © Kent Wien

Would you get on a commercial airplane that is piloted by a computer, not a human? We take a look at several surprising professions where computers may one day put humans out of work. Read more.

 

10 Bizarre U.S. Trademark Claims

Katy Perry's attorneys wanted trademark protection for the comically inept Left Shark in this year's Super Bowl.

Katy Perry’s attorneys wanted trademark protection for the comically inept Left Shark in this year’s Super Bowl.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office gets more than 250,000 applications a year, including some truly strange concepts. Read more.

 

10 Sites Where You Can Experience Life on the Edge

The Cliffs of Moher are among the highest cliffs in the world. © Victor Lucas

The Cliffs of Moher are among the highest cliffs in the world. © Victor Lucas

A photo collection of some of the most spectacular drop-offs and plunges in the world … naturally, thrill seekers can’t resist tempting death. Read more.

 

10 Milestones in the History of Air Force One

Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to fly in an airplane, with this flight in 1910 in St. Louis.

Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to fly in an airplane, with this flight in 1910 in St. Louis.

The first airplane ever built for a U.S. president has been described as an “amphibious flying boat” with a top speed of 136 mph. Air Force One has come a long way since then. Read more.

 

10 Athletes Who Excelled After Age 40

Randy Johnson, here in 2009, enjoyed some of his greatest success in his 40s. © Miss Chatter

Randy Johnson, here in 2009, enjoyed some of his greatest success in his 40s. © Miss Chatter

Age is just a number, right? Bob Connally remembers 10 exceptional athletes who beat Father Time to enjoy great success after age 40. Read more.

 

10 Celebrities That Teenagers Know For a Different Reason

Dwayne Johnson (aka "The Rock") made the rare transition from pro wrestler to film star. © WWE (left) and Eva Rinaldi

Dwayne Johnson (aka “The Rock”) made the rare transition from pro wrestler to film star. © WWE (left) and Eva Rinaldi

Remember when Kanye West did a duet with Paul McCartney, and Twitter exploded with people thanking Kanye for helping an “unknown artist”? Michelle Leach takes a look at McCartney, O.J. Simpson and other celebrities who are known by different generations for entirely different reasons. Read more.

 

10 Supreme Court Decisions That Changed the U.S.

Most Supreme Court decisions pass unnoticed by the public, but some have profoundly changed American society. © Gary Blakeley/Shutterstock.com

Most Supreme Court decisions pass unnoticed by the public, but some have profoundly changed American society. © Gary Blakeley/Shutterstock.com

These Supreme Court cases have given Americans so many of the rights and freedoms they enjoy today. Read more.

 

10 Ways Immigrants Have Enriched American Life

A naturalization ceremony for new United States citizens at Grand Canyon National Park. © Grand Canyon NP

A naturalization ceremony for new United States citizens at Grand Canyon National Park. © Grand Canyon NP

With the topic of illegal immigration dominating the headlines this year, Todd Hill recounts the many contributions immigrants have made to American culture. Read more.

 

5 Creepy Paranormal Phenomena That Defy Explanation

There have been thousands of reports around the world mentioning mysterious black-eyed children. © Martin Andrè Sæther

There have been thousands of reports around the world mentioning mysterious black-eyed children. © Martin Andrè Sæther

Did you know the Catholic Church has now officially recognized a trade group for exorcists? Alison Hill takes a look at demons and other weird paranormal phenomena. Read more.

 

10 Rock Artists Whose Core Fans Hated Their Biggest Hits

Van Halen, seen here during a 2008 performance, had a string of No. 1 albums in the 1980s and ’90s. © Ghostrider

Van Halen, seen here during a 2008 performance, had a string of No. 1 albums in the 1980s and ’90s that their early fans did not embrace. © Ghostrider

What happens when musical artists change their style? Many longtime fans get furious. Clint Carter looks at some groups that hit the top of the charts … but lost some of their biggest fans along the way. Read more.

 

10 Most Destructive Pests in the U.S.

The emerald ash borer threatens billions of ash trees in North America. Credit: USDA

The emerald ash borer threatens billions of ash trees in North America. Credit: USDA

Which creature causes more damage each year, termites or rats? We crunched some numbers to rate the most destructive pests in America. Read more.

 

10 Historic Spacecraft Flybys in Our Solar System

NASA's Mariner 2 became the first spacecraft to make a flyby of another planet, returning much data on Venus in 1962. Credit: NASA/JPL

NASA’s Mariner 2 became the first spacecraft to make a flyby of another planet, returning data on Venus in 1962. Credit: NASA/JPL

As New Horizons made its long-awaited encounter with Pluto this summer, Dave Dickinson revisited other historic spacecraft missions in our solar system. Read more.

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The author is a longtime professional journalist who has interviewed everyone from presidential contenders to hall of fame athletes to rock 'n' roll legends while covering politics, sports, and other topics for both local and national publications and websites. His latest passions are history, geography and travel. He's traveled extensively around the United States seeking out the hidden wonders of the country.