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Not every religion has a version of hell, but if they do, it's generally not a nice place. It's where the evil and unjust go to suffer, and the worse they are, the more elaborate their punishments can be. Here are 10 awful (but extremely creative) ways to spend the afterlife.

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Before Jesus arrived and his divine father chilled out, the Old Testament God was, ironically, kind of a hellraiser. He was not a nice guy. He really liked killing people. And he may have actually been insane, if his willingness to randomly murder devout worshippers like Moses was any indication. Here are the 12 craziest, most awful things God did in the Old Testament, back before that wacked-out hippie Jesus softened him up.

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Some people playing Pokemon GO today are probably too young to remember that Saudi clerics declared a fatwa, or Islamic religious ban, on Pokemon back in 2001. Unluckily for them, the resurgence of the augmented-reality version of the game has clerics renewing the ban to remind everyone that the pious do not wander around seeking imaginary animals.

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Built by Christians who believe the Earth is 6000 years old, a 155m-long, $US100 million ($133.3 million) "replica" of Noah's Ark is set to open in a new Kentucky theme park today. Critics say the attraction is nothing more than a big church that will be used to perpetuate Creationism.

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It's been over a quarter-century since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but God has not returned to East Germany. Protestant churches, getting worried about the declining popularity of Christianity, have come up with a plan. Spiritual advising couldn't bring people back, but maybe free Wi-Fi will.

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In nearly every civilisation with historical records, we find stories of people who went off by themselves to live in the wilderness. But not all hermits were the same: some were outcasts, some were holy, and others were extremely fashionable. All their stories are extraordinary.

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Last week Telstra announced that it would be taking a "neutral stance" on marriage equality — a position in stark contrast to its history of supporting the LGBIT+ community.

"It is clear that rather than Telstra stepping back we should in fact step forward and support our view for marriage equality and so that is what we will do," Telstra CEO Andrew Penn said in a statement today, confirming Telstra will once again be supporting marriage equality in Australia.

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Twenty six hundred years ago, a band of Judahite soldiers kept watch on their kingdom's southern border in the final days before Jerusalem was sacked by Nebuchadnezzar. They left behind numerous inscriptions — and now, a groundbreaking digital analysis has revealed how many writers penned them. The research and innovative technology behind it stand to teach us about the origins of the Bible itself.

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We debunked dozens of fake photos this year, covering everything from Charles Manson's baby photos to John Lennon's skateboarding skills, and everything in between. It was another busy year for anyone spreading fake images on the internet.