Morning Cup of Links: Hello 2013!

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Today is the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. And some are still arguing over the meaning of the document that changed our country.
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2012 In 4 Minutes. Man, that's a lot of events crammed into one video!
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The Explosively Cool Chemistry Behind Fireworks. You have to wonder how many people died figuring all this stuff out.
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In the 1820s, Scotsman Gregor MacGregor offered an investment opportunity in a nation he owned, an attractive Latin American coastal plot called Poyais. Which didn't exist
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Have you noticed how many movies feature celebrities playing themselves in a fictional story lately? If not, here's a movie supercut to show you just how often it happens. NSFW language.
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Comet ISON May Appear Brighter Than Full Moon As It Passes Earth in 2013. Mark your calendars for November, if it doesn't flame out first.
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36 compelling survey results from 2012. Statistical proof that most people are vastly different from you.
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Poems from Beneath the Mire. Nobel prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney wrote about the ancient people and objects preserved in peat bogs.

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January 1, 2013 - 12:13am
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