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Where Did Groundhog Day Come From? The holiday has a rich history, all based on the fact that we're tired of winter.  
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The 12 Most Absurd 30 Rock Moments to help you through series withdrawal. If I had known the show was this weird, I might have watched it at least once.
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Check Out These 40 Geeky Valentine’s Day Cards You Must. Just make sure the recipient will understand the reference before you send any of these.
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Are chick-lit novels bad for your self-esteem? A study out of Virginia Tech says it depends on how the protagonist feels about herself.
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10 Musical Artists Whose Personal Lives Overshadowed Their Work. The phrase "lucky to be alive" comes up over and over -at least for those who are still alive.
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Tropical Cyclone Oswald blew through and left the Sunshine Coast of Australia covered in a blanket of sea foam. This whole area looks likes a set from a weird science fiction universe.   
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The 39 Best Things Ever Said About Love. The very best are from Katharine Hepburn and Albert Einstein.  
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8 ridiculous Vladimir Putin publicity stunts. He's no joke to the Russian people under his thumb, but to us these photogenic deeds are hilarious.

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Why Hospitals Started Displaying Babies Through Windows
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Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windows. And why we don't want the custom to die out.

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When London Bridge Moved … to Arizona? The entire stone bridge was dismantled, shipped, and rebuilt in the American desert.

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The Tom and Jerry Story. Almost 80 years later, we still enjoy the cat-and-mouse game.

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11 Geographic Markers That Are Totally Inaccurate. It could be a mistake, a matter of convenience, or the shifting earth.

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5 Sequels That Introduce Huge Plot Holes To The Originals. You'd think that someone somewhere would be in charge of making film franchises internally consistent from one movie to the next.

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Zero-G Blood and the Many Horrors of Space Surgery. We'll have to be ready for it if we're going to Mars.

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Meet the Man Who Has Lived Alone on This Island for 28 Years. In 1989, Mauro Morandi's catamaran drifted onto Budelli Island in the Mediterranean Sea, and he never left.

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14 Huge Facts About Elephant Seals. They stand out even among weird marine animals.

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Peanuts Aren't Nuts
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Why aren't peanuts classified as nuts? Turns out, they're closer to green beans than you think. Peanuts are biologically legumes.

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What This Company Is Offering Employees Is Raising a Privacy Debate. Would you let your company implant a chip in your hand?

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Your Roomba is Spying on You. The devices have been gathering information about your home, and that data could be more valuable to Roomba maker iRobot Corp than the sales of its vacuum cleaner.

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The Legend of The Fatal Sisters: Voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau put a curse on plantation owner De Coucy, swearing his bloodline would die out, but he ignored it.

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Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Summer Camp? Kids don't mind giving up their cell phones for the week, but it really bothers parents.

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He Thought Butternut Squash was Cheese: Funny observation of the daily struggles of customer service employees and the fact that the customer is not always right.

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Why you should vacation somewhere new, unexpected, and totally out of your comfort zone.

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15 Monumental Facts About the Lincoln Memorial. One tidbit: The project took a long and winding road from idea to finished structure.

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