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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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The Magic of Making Marbles
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The Magic of Making Marbles. An expert glassblower shows us how it's done.

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The Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. It burned brightly and then flamed out quickly.

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The 12 Best So-Bad-They're-Good Episodes of Star Trek. They come from four different series in the adventures of Starfleet.

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The Bizarre Case of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants. This illustrates the danger of new products that aren't thoroughly tested.

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Leather: Grown in a Lab, Without Cows. It's collagen produced by engineered yeast that is essentially the same as tanned animal skin.

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Watch a Rare Video of a Two-Faced Kitten. And learn what might cause a Janus cat to be born that way.

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5 Great Alarm Clocks for Reluctant Wakers. A novel idea could really get your attention first thing in the morning.

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Autumnal Equinox Traditions. How folks say goodbye to summer and hello to fall—at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

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The Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time
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The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time. It was about a brownie recipe, but it escalated quickly.

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Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World’s Biggest Pumpkin? The largest of the season have been grown in Europe two out of the last three years.

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Sorry, Not Sorry: When Apologizing Makes Things Worse. Adding an apology to a rejection doesn't make you appear any better.

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Driving in Germany is Much Better than Driving in America. And, considering the size of Germany, there's a lot less of it.

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This Cosplayer Transforms Himself into Real Life Versions of Disney Heroes. Jonathan Stryker is a master at becoming a cartoon.

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How the Star Trek Punch Became the Worst Fight Move on TV. A Star Trek stunt coordinator explains why they continue to use the double-handed punch.

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23 College Secrets Your Professors Will Never Tell You. Unless you ask, which is one thing you should do.

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This Guide Will Help You Choose Your Apples Wisely. There's one for every taste and purpose.

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