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Not Your Average Pool Party

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Presenting A Projectable Ping Pong Pool Party

I never get invited to any kind of shindig that’s this cool. Maybe that's because I use words like "shindig."

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But, I’m A Really Big Fan

The University of Wisconsin recently filled their open Head Football Coach position. But not before a bunch of people, many of whom had no real qualifications, had applied for the position. Check out the way that some of them tried to sell themselves for the job.

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High Flying Facts

Check out the unique stories behind the creation of 5 foreign flags—and one amazing fact about our own.

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Funny and Fantastic Fan Theories

The great thing about pop culture is that there is always plenty of room for debate, discussion, and wild, outlandish conspiracy. Here are 15 theories that fans have developed about James Bond, Super Mario Brothers 3, Quentin Tarantino, The Fresh Prince, and many more.

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All Time Zones Must Converge

I remember thinking as a small child, back when I was much more easily amused, that it would be cool to go to the “Four Corners” where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah all come together, and stick one limb in each state. Again, I was pretty easily amused then. Now I realize that it would be way cooler (and colder) to go to Antarctica, where the time zones converge.

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A Parent's Most Selfless Act

Giving your child away in order to give them a better life is the ultimate act of heartbreak and valor for a parent. This amazing photograph captures the moment one mother made this sacrifice as the Berlin Wall began to take shape.

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17 Pieces Of Advice For New Dads
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17 Pieces Of Advice For New Dads That Are Actually Really Helpful. You can never spend too much time bonding with your child.

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Raccoon and the Light. The cute animated story of a raccoon that found a flashlight shows what forest creatures do in the dark.

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Behind the Scenes at the National Zoo’s Kitchen. Catering to the needs and preferences of 1800 animals is no picnic.

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The Stanford Prison Experiment was Massively Influential, But Fraudulent. Shocking experiments become classics, while their irregularities and the failure to replicate their results are barely noticed.

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4 True Crime Stories Starring Famous Historical Figures. Featuring Abraham Lincoln, Arthur Conan Doyle, Queen Elizabeth, and Colonel Sanders.

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Bark In The Park Event Goes Sideways. What could possibly go wrong when you combine good dogs and flying baseballs?

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What Do Women Want? Pockets! There's no good reason we can't stash a phone as easily as men do.

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Why Father's Day Was 58 Years in the Making. It wasn't an official holiday until 1972!

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The Day the Sun Erupted
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The Day the Sun Erupted. Every 11 years or so, plasma will spew hundreds of thousands of kilometers out from the sun's surface.

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The Hidden History of Shanghai’s Jewish Quarter. The city welcomed refugees from Nazi persecution when no one else would.

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The 10 Most Deceptive PR Campaigns in History. Watch out for the dehydrated cane syrup from a banana republic!

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The Saga of the MPR Raccoon. One wild animal in downtown St. Paul brought thousands of people together.

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The First Look At Wonder Woman 2 Sees a Surprising Hero Return. What could have been a spoiler is now the main promotional hook.

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The History of Flexi Discs. Sound recordings on the cheap alternative to vinyl were good for everything from marketing to Cold War smuggling.

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30 Iconic Performances That Were Actually Plan B (Or Plan Z). In the end, the right person got to play the role or sing the song.

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9 Alarming Facts About Coral Reef Bleaching. The cascading disaster affects all parts of the ocean's ecology.

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