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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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Dogs Deliberately Smile at Us
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Dogs Have Pet Facial Expressions to Use on Humans, Study Finds. They learn what we like, and use it to communicate with us.

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Harvesting Cork in Rural Spain. It takes 25 years from planting to the first harvest, then nine years until the next one.

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The Year of the Witch. Hartford, Connecticut, spent 1662 and 1663 in a frenzy to identify witches among the townspeople.

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Burger King Reveals the Uncomfortable Truth About Bullying in a Remarkable In-Store Stunt. The premise is goofy, but the last minute will get you right in the feels.

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What Does the Hamburger Helper’s Skeleton Look Like? Each possibility is more ridiculous than the last.

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A Catfishing With a Happy Ending. The man she met online was an impostor, but then she met the guy he had stolen a profile picture from.

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5 Weird Pieces of Vintage Parenting Advice. Aren't you glad we have all the answers now?

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The Haunted Hospital. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been a TB hospital, a nursing home, a failed religious monument, and now a paranormal investigation site.

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When Movie Trailers Mislead
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7 Times Misleading Movie Trailers Didn't Align with the Film. The trailer's only purpose is to get you into the theater, where you may be surprised.

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Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See. The effect is produced mechanically instead of chemically.

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Searching for the Identity of San Francisco’s Mysterious Mummified Girl. DNA analysis and a painstaking records search have given her a name and a history.

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Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The making of the 1939 film was an extreme experience for its star.

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Learn to Make Alien Facehugger Pudding Cups for Your Halloween Party. They have edible Alien eggs and facehuggers, they fizz, they glow in the dark, and they're delicious!

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene. More than just the founder of Jefferson Airplane, he encouraged the opening of clubs and auditoriums, promoted festivals, and welcomed bands from all over.

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The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence way. See some really funny examples here.

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11 Scientific Reasons Why Being in Nature is Relaxing. That's a lot of reasons to go outside today.

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