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The Fictional Dream Team

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The Ultimate Fictional Baseball Team. This dream team is composed of the heroic and talented players from baseball movies we know and love.
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Viral Video Stars Then and Now. They don't look different, but many have parlayed their moment in the sun into careers or onto reality TV.
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Eat Like a Greek: The Mediterranean Diet That Could Save Your Life. A new study touts the benefits of olive oil, nuts, and red wine.
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Making Roadkill Beautiful. Photographer Marian Drew takes dead animals, cleans them up, and places them in lovely settings for their final portraits.  
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PBS made a cartoon explaining the tongue-eating fish parasite Cymothoa exigua. Yeah, it's gross.  
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Kimmies Harpin’ Boontling: A Dying American Dialect? Learn a little about the language spoken by only about a dozen people in California.
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Lago Epecuén: The Lake That Drowned A Thriving Tourist Village. And then 25 years later, it reappeared -wrecked, but recognizable.  
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8 TV mashups almost as good as the originals. The Three Stooges starring in The A-Team? Yeah, I'll buy that!
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The disturbing rise of anorexia among very young children. It's too easy for kids to pick up our obsessions without really understanding them.

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Japan's School Lunches Are Some of the Best in the World
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Japan's School Lunches Are Some of the Best in the World. Mealtime is considered part of the students' education.

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Russia’s Cross-Dressing War Hero. Nadezhda Durova impressed Tsar Alexander I and earned acceptance for being an "interesting" woman.

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Who Really Invented Calculus? An account of the feud between Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.

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The Best Way to Watch All of Star Trek. A viewer's guide to catching up on all 600 hours of Star Trek in TV and film (or at least the hours worth watching).

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A Failed 1930s American Town, Lost in Time in the Amazon Rainforest. The Ford Motor Company built Fordlândia to manage a rubber tree plantation that produced no rubber.

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How to Find the Specs for Any Device You Own. You might want to jot them down so you'll have them handy for tech support.

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The Bad Hair, Incorrect Feathering, and Missing Skin Flaps of Dinosaur Art. C.M. Kosemen shows us what artists might think contemporary animals would look like if they only had skeletons to go by.

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The Limbless Magician of 18th Century London. Matthew Buchinger was a master at sleight-of-hand, even though he had no hands.

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The Many Deaths of the Joker
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The Many Deaths of The Joker. The villain is killed off time and time again, but he's too good to get rid of permanently.

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The Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan. Seitō was groundbreaking literature in 1911.

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Is Beaming Down in Star Trek a Death Sentence? We don't know whether the reassembled atoms at the other end are the real you.

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The True Story Behind Billie Jean King’s Victorious “Battle of the Sexes.” It was just one chapter in her campaign to elevate women in tennis.

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The Ultimate, Indisputable Ranking of Planets in the Solar System, with a justification for each. Earth needs some help to regain its formerly stellar reputation.

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The Delicate Art of the Amusement Park Caricature. The artist must negotiate the body image issues of strangers every day.

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America's Flood Epidemic. Houston has seen three "500-year floods" in just the last three years.

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11 Strange Battlefields Where the Cold War Was Fought. There was no competition too inconsequential for the U.S. And the Soviet Union.

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