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The Quick 10: 10 People Banned For Life From Stuff

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liam-gallagher.jpg1. Liam Gallagher of Oasis: Banned from Cathay Pacific Airways
Before anger rehab was in vogue, Liam told the London Daily Mirror about the incident by saying, "I didn't throw anything, I don't know what they're talking about. Some panhead told me to shut up—some panhead who needs stabbing through the head with a f***ing pick axe." There you have it!

2. Pete Rose: Take Me Out of the Ballgame
Though he claimed he never bet against the Reds, the team he managed, Rose was banned from Baseball and from induction eligibility into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

3. Eftis Paraskevaides: Banned from eBay
Eftis, an antiquities dealer from Cambridgeshire, was banned for life from the online auction site for "shill bidding," or artificially driving up the prices of bids. Almost too easy ... er, to get caught, that is.

4. John Green: You're Piston Me Off!

John Green ignited the infamous Pistons-Pacers Brawl when he threw a full cup at Ron Artest, who subsequently charged into the stands. Green has since be banned from all Piston home games.

ben-johnson-si.jpg5. Ben Johnson: Ben There, Banned That
This Olympian was stripped of his gold not once but twice for failing drug tests, and received a blanket ban from every sport for it.

6. Wes Scantlin: Messed with the King
The Puddle of Mud singer found himself banned from Graceland for jumping into a pool without permission, a much lamer version of ...

7. The Who: Banned from Holiday Inns
A rumor perpetuated by Keith Moon himself that the band was banned for, in part, submerging a Lincoln in the hotel's pool. Now that's Rock 'n Roll.

8. Tonya Harding: Go Figure
You guys know the details on this one, with Harding being banned from Figure Skating after her alleged involvement in the attack on Nancy Kerrigan. But are you as familiar with Harding's second career?

9. Andrew Dice Clay: Too Rude for MTV?
Too much profanity and sexism in his routines lead this comedian to be the blackballed by most of the industry (it sure must take a lot to get banned form MTV, is all I'm saying)

10. Benny Villani: (you can't make up a name like that): NY Waste Management? Fuggedaboudit.
Seemingly straight out of the Sopranos, Villani's alleged mob connections and shady deals caused his name to be added to a long list of those banned from the city's waste collection/removal/disposal industry.

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25 Benefits of Adopting a Rescue Dog
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According to the ASPCA, 3.3 million dogs enter shelters each year in the United States. Although that number has gone down since 2011 (from 3.9 million) there are still millions of dogs waiting in shelters for a forever home. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month; here are 25 benefits of adopting a shelter dog.

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How Urban Legends Like 'The Licked Hand' Are Born
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If you compare the scary stories you heard as a kid with those of your friends—even those who grew up across the country from you—you’ll probably hear some familiar tales. Maybe you tried to summon Bloody Mary by chanting her name in front of the mirror three times in a dark bathroom. Maybe you learned never to wonder what’s under a woman’s neck ribbon. Maybe you heard the one about the girl who feels her dog lick her hand in the middle of the night, only to wake up to find him hanging dead from the shower nozzle, the words “humans can lick too” written on the wall in the dog’s blood.

These ubiquitous, spooky folk tales exist everywhere, and a lot of them take surprisingly similar forms. How does a single story like the one often called “Humans Can Lick Too” or "The Licked Hand" make its way into every slumber party in America? Thrillist recently investigated the question with a few experts, finding that most of these stories have very deep roots.

In the case of The Licked Hand, its origins go back more than a century. In the 1990s, Snopes found that a similar motif dates back to an Englishman’s diary entry from 1871. In it, the diary keeper, Dearman Birchall, retold a story he heard at a party of a man whose wife woke him up in the middle of the night, urging him to go investigate what sounded like burglars in their home. He told his wife that it was only the dog, reaching out his hand. He felt the dog lick his hand … but in the morning, all his valuables were gone: He had clearly been robbed.

A similar theme shows up in the short story “The Diary of Mr. Poynter,” published in 1919 by M.R. James. In it, a character dozes off in an armchair, and thinks that he is petting his dog. It turns out, it’s some kind of hairy human figure that he flees from. The story seems to have evolved from there into its presently popular form, picking up steam in the 1960s. As with any folk tale, its exact form changes depending on the teller: sometimes the main character is an old lady, other times it’s a young girl.

You’ll probably hear these stories in the context of happening to a “friend of a friend,” making you more likely to believe the tale. It practically happened to someone you know! Kind of! The setting, too, is probably somewhere nearby. It might be in your neighborhood, or down by the local railroad tracks.

Thrillist spoke to Dr. Joseph Stubbersfield, a researcher in the UK who studies urban legends, who says the kind of stories that spread widely contain both social information and emotional resonance. Meaning they contain a message—you never know who’s lurking in your house—and are evocative.

If something is super scary or gross, you want to share it. Stories tend to warn against something: A study of English-language urban legends circulating online found that most warned listeners about the hazards of life (poisonous plants, dangerous animals, dangerous humans) rather than any kind of opportunities. We like to warn each other of the dangers that could be lurking around every corner, which makes sense considering our proven propensity to focus on and learn from negative information. And yes, that means telling each other to watch out for who’s licking our hands in the middle of the night.

Just something to keep in mind as you eagerly await Jezebel’s annual scary story contest.

[h/t Thrillist]


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