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Chicago's Frozen Fire

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Haunting photos from Chicago's freezing fire.

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Graphic designers get some snarky revenge by illustrating client feedback. Brilliant. I used to work as a proofreader for a creative department, and this really makes me laugh, because yes, these sound true from my experience. 

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How a key works, thanks to one perfect animated GIF. Mesmerizing. I had no idea!

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I'm a little late on this one, but even if you've seen it before, the YouTube page offers new videos all of the time: Loca is the pug who couldn't run, and she has a great song (in the laughter ---> tears variety) about it.

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Internet Explorer has appealed to kids of the 90s (of whom I am one!) in their latest ad campaign. Whatever your thoughts on IE, this commercial is 100% pure, distilled nostalgia. 

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People are bad at multi-tasking, no matter what we claim -- use this as a cautionary tale: a woman busy texting walks straight into a freezing cold canal in Birmingham (she was ok, minus her pride!)

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Filed under First World Problems: some upscale restaurants are starting to ban food photography.

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Super cool picture and species: Darwin’s Neon Golf Balls.

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Game of Thrones Has Changed the Real World
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6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

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The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

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To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

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For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

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What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar terms carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

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Ben Stiller's Never-Ending Midlife Crisis. His new movie Brad's Status is the fourth that explores that theme.

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Sir Arthur and the Fairies. After a thorough but flawed investigation, the Sherlock Holmes author believed the Cottingley Fairies were real.

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Great Stephen King Stories
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16 Great Stephen King Stories to Read This Fall. In case you want to scare yourself silly alone in the dark.

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Cowabunga! Strange Cow Stories. Bossy has gotten herself into some weird places.

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How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe kept up a propaganda war from their home in the Channel Islands.

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Can You Survive on Potatoes Alone? Maybe, but there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food.

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Why Back-to-School Season Feels Like the New Year—Even for Adults. The majority of people spend more than half their lives tied to the school calendar.

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A Visual History of Lunchboxes. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the trivia.

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An Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skulls. The custom is a combination of memento mori and identification.

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A Brief History of United States Currency. Until the Civil War, money was printed privately by banks.

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