Morning Cup of Links: Exoplanet Pictures

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5 times we almost nuked ourselves by accident. In this case, "we" means America, and it's a wonder we are still here.
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Here's a delightfully thorough post about alphanumeric phone numbers that were in use through the biggest part of the 20th century. "Pennsylvania-65000" was part of a system set up to help callers find and remember ever-longer strings of numbers as the newfangled "telephones" became popular. (via TYWKIWDBI)
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It was only in 1995 that astronomers found measurable evidence of specific exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system. Now we have actual images of some, as well as artist renderings of the data collected, collected in this gallery.
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Bram Stoker's Dracula traces the story of how the original 1897 novel came about. Strangely, it all started with Frankenstein.
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50 Secrets Your Pilot Won't Tell You. Not all are scary; in fact some may make you a better passenger. (via Consumerist)
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If you listened to this video without looking at it, you'd think of ghosts and ghouls on Halloween. Then you look and go "Awwww!"
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Strange and Different Restaurants. Food is food, but there are some experiences that are worth eating out for.

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October 19, 2010 - 1:01am
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