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A Brief History of Nerds

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If you haven't see the Disney short "Paperman," get thee to it! Lovely animation (CG made to look hand drawn) and a cute story.
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Very informative regarding the rise of the nerds: A Brief History Of Nerds In Pop Culture (the comments are absolutely worth reading. And according to their diagram, I am apparently a geek).
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For Occupy Conan, some very talented fans sent in recreated clips from the show that were edited together to form an episode. Laughing Squid has the full episode, plus a link to all of the clips used.
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Shattering your dreams, one picture set at a time: the before and after special effects from various notable scenes.
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From the Annals of Too Much Time: what do 60,000 dominoes falling sound like?
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Need to get away? How about taking a tour of Mars? (or part of it). Greeley Haven is the winter workplace for the Mars Rover.
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Animals are not great athletes you say? Surely you jest! Here is a supercut of Great Moments in Animal Sports (Dear Lord these movies …)
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Not for the squeamish, here are 10 astonishing (and pretty gross) examples of bizarre parasitic life cycles.
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Literally Unbelievable tracks Facebook users serious comments about fake articles/headlines from The Onion. I don't know what is sadder about this, the fact that people would believe these things are true, or that news is such that they very well could be.
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Why Land on the Moon?
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Why Land on the Moon? A 1963 article lays out the arguments for space travel from two scientists.

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The Alaska Gold Rush’s All-in-One Miner, Hunter, Brewer, and Cook. Fannie Quigley became a legend for her abilities and hospitality.

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How to Repurpose Your Solar Eclipse Glasses. Keep them as a souvenir, or do some good by donating them to an educational charity.

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The 100 Greatest Comedies Of All Time. Do you agree at all with the rankings of 253 film critics?

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A Real Life Murder Mystery from 1933. Rheta Wynekoop was shot in the back, but the confession and evidence made a mess of the story.

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The Best Way To Read Tolkien's Hobbit And Lord Of The Rings Stories. You should go in the order in which the author dreamed them up.

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How America Forgot the True History of the Civil War. The story was whitewashed in the name of national healing, but it didn't really work.

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5 of History's Most Remarkable Teachers. They all deserve an extra gold star.

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The Real Gold Rush Wealth
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The Man Who Got Rich Off the Gold Rush ... Without the Gold. The folks who really prospered were those who provided goods and services to the prospectors.

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Five Elements and Substances That Turned Out Not to Exist. Science progresses with two steps forward and one step back.

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An American Werewolf in London Is Still the Best Horror Reimagining. A look back at the 1981 thriller.

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NASA's Ambitious Plan To Save Earth From A Supervolcano. And we might produce usable energy as a bonus.

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The Devil’s in the Details of These Dark Miniature Scenes. Artist Frank Kunert makes beautiful dioramas, but they each have something weird going on.

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Why Lottery Winners Make Dangerous Neighbors. It's not because they attract burglars.

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Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell. Craig Winslow has a unique method of preserving old painted walls without affecting the building itself.

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Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem. What a real plague victim looked like was worse, but not as easily conveyed in a painting.

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