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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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Welcome to the Year of the Dog
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Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to the Year of the Dog.

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The Evolution of Marvel’s Black Panther. Introduced in 1966, the character hits the big screen this weekend.

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The Very Real History of Death Stars. Germany, the Soviet Union, and the U.S. have all drawn up plans for weaponized satellites.

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The Karate Kid gets a modern makeover with Cobra Kai. Daniel and Johnny will revive their unresolved conflicts as older adults in the YouTube Red series.

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How the “Heart Balm Racket” Convinced America That Women Were Up to No Good. Sensational cases of gold diggers meant the end of breach of promise lawsuits.

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What Europe's Oldest Wine Tells Us About Ancient Sicilians. Samples hidden in a cave thousands of years ago hold clues to their everyday lives.

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15 of the World's Most Stunning Winter Destinations. You still have time to book a trip before the tourist season starts.

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10 Weird Facts About Lobsters
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10 Weird Facts About Lobsters. If they were designed as movie aliens, they would be too implausible.

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Making Artificial Earthquakes with a Four-Ton Steel Ball. Get out of the way when it's dropped in the name of science!

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Jerry Lewis in The Bellboy. It wasn't a typical Jerry Lewis movie, but it worked.

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The Incinerator House. Artist Ron Fleming turned an abandoned industrial structure into a home and a work of art.

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Why Adam Rippon Didn’t Win. He finished behind two competitors who fell because of the complicated math of figure skating.

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Was Young Luke Skywalker a Selfless Hero or a Freeloader? Luke took advantage of the Rebel Alliance in using an X-wing or two as his personal vehicle, but a commenter refutes that argument in style.

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15 'Trials of the Century' and the Media Frenzies That Accompanied Them. Because true crime is more fascinating than fiction.

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