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Weekend Links: A Robot’s-Eye View of Mars

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover took a selfie on Mars.

With this handy GIF guide to Michael Jackson’s most famous dance move, you too can Moonwalk.

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In this literary map of the United States, the Northeast is Longfellow, Salinger, Emerson, and Poe; Cormac McCarthy dominates Texas, with O. Henry at a respectable second place; and Herman Melville, unsurprisingly, occupies the sea.

Foreign movie posters, like these 15 advertisements for classic Oscar winners, can sometimes help reveal how different cultures perceive American cinema. Other times, they’re just downright weird.

The graphic design and typography nerds out there will appreciate this look at great and not-so-great subway logos from around the world. While some do effectively convey the speed and ease of rail travel, others look better suited to airlines or Power Rangers.

These 10 actors should’ve fired their accent coaches.

What films have the current and former presidents screened in the White House movie theatre? Lots of war movies, cowboy movies, Naked Gun, and Field of Dreams, for starters.

Dumbphone, flexitarian, appletini, and tweetable are just a few of the words newly admitted to Oxford Dictionaries Online.

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The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel
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Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks have been the stars of the show for 85 years.

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Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate. A passionate but insulting speech brought out a congressman's wrath—and his cane.

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Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris. The Duluc Détective is still in business after 105 years.

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Why Does Harrison Ford Love Indy And Hate Han? He's been willing to play older versions of both characters anyway, plus Rick Deckard.

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Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did. A new study theorizes they resembled birds more than bats in flight.

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Rollin' on the River: Pittsburgh Shanty Boat Life. Thousands who couldn't afford land or rent lived in homemade barge houses.

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How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World. They make a perfect garden for the Millennial lifestyle.

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Resilience Isn't Innate. Here's How We Can Cultivate It.

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An ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding
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This ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding is So Dumb—But So Very Enjoyable. As if it were like everyone else's wedding.

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A Lonely Avocado Searches for His Other Half in The Pits. This sweet short film, written by David Bizzaro, has been selected for more than 30 film festivals so far.

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We’ll First Find Aliens on Eyeball Planets. These are exoplanets that are tidally locked to their star, and carry a thin habitable zone in a ring shape.

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Vulture Ranks Every Star Wars Movie. Ten mini-reviews to justify the rankings include Solo without giving away too much.

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Han Solo was Almost in Revenge of the Sith. His part would have been too silly to believe.

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Deep in the Honduran Rain Forest, an Ecological SWAT Team Explores a Lost World. The diverse biology is a bigger treasure than the lost city that lured explorers there in the first place.

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Roxy, the Long Island Railroad Dog. He knew every train and its schedule, and how to get where he wanted to go.

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The Great Fertility Reversion. America's plummeting birth rate might not be as dire as it seems.

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