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Animating Jacko With Legos

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The King of Lego Creations

This thing is a real Thriller. It’s Bad, in a good way. It’s really Off the Wall. This thing is so good it could Heal the World. If you love this just know that You Are Not Alone. So, check it out, and Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.

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Amazing Lost Cities

Check out this cool rundown of vanished civilizations that may or may not have ever existed.

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This Underwater City Definitely Did Exist

In 1985 the city of Villa Epecuen was flooded and submerged. Then in 2009 the city slowly started to reappear as the water receded. I found this article thanks to this great post on Imgur.

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China Actually Has An Optimus Prime

But don’t fear, it’s a statue. It’s one of many interesting sculptures there on display to the public.

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An Earth-Shattering Asteroid Is On Its Way

It will be here in 2029. Or 2036. Or maybe it won’t ever be here. But it probably will be, maybe.

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Have A Happy, Copyright Infringement-Free Birthday

You probably know already that "Happy Birthday To You" is copyrighted and costs money to use. So these alternatives have been written to replace it.

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That’s A TV Show?

If you find yourself flipping around the TV dial in disbelief about the “reality” that makes it on-air these days, you aren’t alone.

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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws?
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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws? Enforcement of existing laws from Earth will be impossible for a small population millions of miles away.

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The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood bedroom had a cabinet made by a carpenter who led a double life.

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14 Unmade Hammer Horror Films. Some ideas were too bizarre even for the erstwhile British gothic film studio.

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A Brief History of Bat-Marriage. Batman has been spotted carrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman across the threshold—most of them twice.

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John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of. His chosen medium was an obscure 19th-century show business gimmick, and he managed to completely squander his fortune.

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Why Everyone Knows the Same Scary Slumber-Party Stories. People who know them don't recall where they first heard them.

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9 Naked Cakes for When You Don't Feel Like Frosting. You'll feel good about avoiding too much sugar, too.

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8 Antique Maps That Were the First of Their Kind. Each one gave us a new way to look at our world.

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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession?
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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession? Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur discuss what it takes to be a superfan.

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The Roller Skating Scene from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. A lesson in special effects from 1936.

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From Prejudice to Pride. As the indigenous Ainu begin to assert their place among the people of Japan, an archaeological dig reveals more about their past.

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How U.S. Colleges Went from Pitiful to Powerful. The flexibility born of the system's ragged beginnings helped make the American higher education business what it is today.

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A Brief History of the Danse Macabre, from a Paris cemetery to David S. Pumpkins. It's a reminder that no one escapes death.

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Life Along the Russian Border. Border security reflects each nation's history with Russia.

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The Frenetic Enchantment of New York City. French photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont captures the city's charm in 50 years of photos.

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Hellish Nell, The Last Person Imprisoned for Witchcraft in Britain. And that was only 73 years ago!

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