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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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Game of Thrones Has Changed the Real World
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6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

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The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

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To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

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For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

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What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar terms carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

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Ben Stiller's Never-Ending Midlife Crisis. His new movie Brad's Status is the fourth that explores that theme.

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Sir Arthur and the Fairies. After a thorough but flawed investigation, the Sherlock Holmes author believed the Cottingley Fairies were real.

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Great Stephen King Stories
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16 Great Stephen King Stories to Read This Fall. In case you want to scare yourself silly alone in the dark.

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Cowabunga! Strange Cow Stories. Bossy has gotten herself into some weird places.

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How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe kept up a propaganda war from their home in the Channel Islands.

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Can You Survive on Potatoes Alone? Maybe, but there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food.

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Why Back-to-School Season Feels Like the New Year—Even for Adults. The majority of people spend more than half their lives tied to the school calendar.

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A Visual History of Lunchboxes. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the trivia.

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An Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skulls. The custom is a combination of memento mori and identification.

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A Brief History of United States Currency. Until the Civil War, money was printed privately by banks.

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