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Harry Potter Gets a Makeover

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After 15 years, Harry Potter is getting a makeover. Graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi is providing all-new cover illustrations for a re-release of the series in trade paperback form.

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In the wake of Valentine’s Day, check out Justin Timberlake’s latest pop expression of love to…himself? With lyrics like “if I could, I would look at us all the time,” JT’s “Mirrors” is an eight-minute ode to his own reflection that may be a convoluted metaphor for a relationship, but is an equally effective anthem to sing to your own reflection in the mornings—hairbrush mic optional.

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Think back: regardless of relationship status, how loved did you feel on Thursday? A heartening survey from the Gallup Organization, conducted the day after Valentine’s Day 2012, reports that 81% of Americans felt cherished on the Hallmark holiday. An additional breakdown ranks the 163 respondents’ home countries in order from most to least loving; if you can, hug an Armenian.

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A less cheery study has found that the average reading level of each successive State of the Union address has steadily decreased over time. The most recent address by President Obama was approximately at a level comprehensible
to a 14-year-old.

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This illustrated slideshow of bodybuilders over the past 150 years features striking images of muscled men and women both, but even better than the photos are the nicknames the athletes bore: “Pudgy,” “The Iron King,” and “The Austrian Oak” among them.

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This dog has a face like a human. The poodle-shih tzu mix is up for adoption, if you can handle having him look at you like that all the time.

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Forget online dating. The New York Review of Books features delightfully clever personal ads from readers like “FRISKY COUGAR, 84” seeking a partner with whom to “share walks from parking lots to doctors' offices,” but warns him, “Don’t anticipate LTR.”

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Sneaky Ways Restaurants Are Hacking Your Brain
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Sneaky Ways Restaurants Are Hacking Your Brain. Check out 25 subtle tricks that make you spend more.

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Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border. A list of resources and organizations that need your skills, time, or money.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Summer Solstice. While the days will only get shorter from here, temperatures will still go up.

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The Forgotten Chefs Who Made Chili Con Carne a Tex-Mex Standard. Women running their own businesses gave us an entirely new cuisine.

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You Would Never Expect Killer Whales to Appear Here. Arctic Ocean prey that once fed polar bears is fair game for orcas.

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Brooklyn's Defunct Domino Sugar Plant Opens as Domino Park. Pictures show how an old factory can become a community park and still retain its history.

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First Impressions. Tom Comitta took the first sentence from 268 New Yorker short stories, sorted them, and combined them into one surprisingly cohesive tale.

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The Original Locations of 15 Famous Chain Stores. There might be one near you!

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How Volcanoes Work
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How Volcanoes Work. The U.S. has 169 "potentially active" volcanoes, but they're not all alike.

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The Internet is Learning an Important Lesson About Service Dogs. We know you're not supposed to pet them without permission, but what if one approaches you?

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That Time the U.S. Postal Service Tried Delivering Mail By Missile. It saved neither time nor money, but that wasn't the point.

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Why You Should Slack Off to Get Some Work Done. The world's most productive scientists and engineers worked only 10 to 20 hours a week.

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Postcards From the Honeymoon Capital Of The World. For many couples, the Poconos was where the Baby Boom began.

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The Dark Side of ‘Service With a Smile.’ Putting on a happy face when you're not feeling it can lead to mental and physical problems.

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A Horror Story About a Shower Curtain. Or it could be a comedy; either way, it needs to be filmed.

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What's the Difference Between a Broadway and an Off-Broadway Show? It's more than just the street address of the theater.

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