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The Best Word in the English Language

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Curmudgeon Is the Best Word in the English Language

I propose that no other single word so perfectly marries its phonetic characteristics with its meaning. When you call someone a curmudgeon, you’re saying so much more than “grumpy” or “grouchy.” You’re really bestowing upon someone a royal crown of acidic attitude. I love it. (Larry David is my favorite curmudgeon of all time. That’s high praise from me.)

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Oh No, Not Yet

The 2016 Presidential race has already started. But, luckily, this is a really fun candidate to consider.

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The Time Charles Schulz Killed Off A Little Girl

Don’t worry, the girl was just a new Peanuts character that people really didn’t like. Here’s a cheeky response note where he blames a fan for the girl’s death.

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Forget Making Video Games Look Like the Real World

Let’s make the real world look like video games.

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The Super Bowl Ad You Aren’t Allowed to See

When you see how tame (and environmentally conscious) it is, you’ll be really perplexed about why it was banned.

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Pry It From My Cold, Dead Grave

There was a time that grave robbing was such a problem that guns were being mounted on graves to shoot potential tomb plunderers.

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RIP: Ed Koch

You were the Mayor of New York. You were a TV star. But, most important, you have a Muppet Wiki webpage.

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World War II's Greatest Urban Legend
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An Invisible Warship is at the Center of WWII’s Greatest Urban Legend. Secret experiments, magnetic fields, and conspiracy theories led people to believe the USS Eldridge achieved teleportation.

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The Next Big Discovery in Astronomy Has Already Been Found. We Just Don't Know It Yet. Many important breakthroughs come from interpreting old data.

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Richard Wilkinson is producing a series of insect illustrations based on Star Wars characters called Arthropoda Iconicus. Star Wars fans will recognize who inspired each of these insects, but non-Star Wars fans will be forgiven if they take them as real species.

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The Curse of an Open Floor Plan. Do the benefits of a great room outweigh the disadvantages?

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Don't Pay for a Spell to Remove the Impediment. Especially if the impediment is you!

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The Army’s First Black Nurses Were Relegated to Caring for Nazi Prisoners of War. The military didn't want them, even during a nurse shortage.

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Rise of the Ticks. Insect-borne diseases have more than tripled in the past few years due to climate change.

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The Birthplaces of 9 Classic Salads. Read them all, and then select one to enjoy today.

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The History of Monopoly
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Elizabeth Magie and the History of the Board Game Monopoly. What it became was a far cry from her original intention.

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How North American Bison Ended Up in the Swiss Alps. Several Alpine herds are all descended from one farmer's crazy idea.

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South Georgia Island Is Officially Free of Its Bird-Killing Rodents. The invasive species wrecked the balance of nature for 250 years.

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Listen to These Auditory Illusions When You’re Bored With Laurel and Yanny. Learn about five ways your brain affects what you hear.

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Everybody Once Thought Stegosauruses Could Actually Fly. Early fossil finds led one paleontologist into wild speculation about the dinosaur.

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The Truth About the First Academy Awards and the Dog Rin Tin Tin. He was a good boy, but not an Oscar winner.

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Las Vegas is everything right—and wrong—with sports right now. Stadiums built with tax money rarely benefit the taxpayers.

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15 Life Hacks to Make Doing the Dishes a Breeze. Make them a habit to save yourself time and trouble.

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