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Great Ways to Complicate Easy Things

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The Anti-Life Hacks

It’s almost too easy. So let’s make it needlessly complex! Popular Mechanics has a hilarious rundown of 10 patents that make simple tasks crazy complicated. *

To Recline Is Divine

Unless it’s the person in front of you on the airplane doing the reclining. Then it’s a streak of pure black-heartedness. *

Handcrafted Grumpy Cat Goods

You probably know and love Grumpy Cat already. Now you can stock your home with wonderful Etsy goods honoring your favorite ill-tempered feline. *

An Amazing Result of Brain Damage

Nobody is advocating brain damage, or recommending that anyone go out and actively seek it. But this article does explore the strange phenomenon that has arisen in certain individuals that have suffered from brain damage. Derek Amato suffered severe head trauma and awoke with the ability to play the piano. *

Space Needle, Schmace Needle

These amazing observation towers put the Seattle landmark to shame.

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Holy Goon Docks

There was an 80s video game based on The Goonies? How did I miss that or these other forgotten games? *

Get Your Clicking Finger Ready

According to new research, you can reach any of the far reaches of the world wide interweb in fewer clicks than you might imagine.

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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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