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The Bates Motel Is Almost Open

The new show Bates Motel premieres later this month. As a gigantic Hitchcock fan I am very excited.The  show is a prequel to the movie Psycho and stars Freddie “Oh My God He Used to Be the Sweetest Little Kid in the World Now He’s Playing Norman Bates” Highmore. Check out this interactive site that allows you to explore the Bates Motel and see short preview clips of the show.

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Right Before This Happened, Big Bird Said “I Love You”

And Elmo said “I know”. And then Elmo was frozen in carbonite.

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What Is the Sequester?

If you're thinking it’s similar to a jury being sequestered and they’re just going to lock Congress and the President in a big room and not let them out until they make a final decision, then you’re way off. But I like that idea.

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The First Rule of the Quesarito is You Do Not Talk About the Quesarito

In the grand tradition of secret fast food menu items, please make yourself familiar with the mysterious “Quesarito”.

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Slip On Your Princess Leia Underoos...

Pour yourself a big bowl of Gremlins cereal and enjoy this list of odd 80s movie tie-in merchandise.

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"Just Kidding—I Was Fired Today”

The CEO of Groupon was completely honest on his way out the door. If he needs to destress in the next couple days I know a site where he can get a great deal on a vacation or a spa package.

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The NFL’s First Female Player?

Lauren Silberman is making history by attending an NFL combine tryout.

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It’s About Time, Science

It’s 2013 and we’re only just now putting a working eyeball on a tadpole. What was the holdup?

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Cutting the head off of the snake

Poisoned mice ought to do the trick.

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Dogs Deliberately Smile at Us
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Dogs Have Pet Facial Expressions to Use on Humans, Study Finds. They learn what we like, and use it to communicate with us.

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Harvesting Cork in Rural Spain. It takes 25 years from planting to the first harvest, then nine years until the next one.

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The Year of the Witch. Hartford, Connecticut, spent 1662 and 1663 in a frenzy to identify witches among the townspeople.

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Burger King Reveals the Uncomfortable Truth About Bullying in a Remarkable In-Store Stunt. The premise is goofy, but the last minute will get you right in the feels.

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What Does the Hamburger Helper’s Skeleton Look Like? Each possibility is more ridiculous than the last.

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A Catfishing With a Happy Ending. The man she met online was an impostor, but then she met the guy he had stolen a profile picture from.

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5 Weird Pieces of Vintage Parenting Advice. Aren't you glad we have all the answers now?

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The Haunted Hospital. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been a TB hospital, a nursing home, a failed religious monument, and now a paranormal investigation site.

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When Movie Trailers Mislead
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7 Times Misleading Movie Trailers Didn't Align with the Film. The trailer's only purpose is to get you into the theater, where you may be surprised.

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Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See. The effect is produced mechanically instead of chemically.

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Searching for the Identity of San Francisco’s Mysterious Mummified Girl. DNA analysis and a painstaking records search have given her a name and a history.

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Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The making of the 1939 film was an extreme experience for its star.

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Learn to Make Alien Facehugger Pudding Cups for Your Halloween Party. They have edible Alien eggs and facehuggers, they fizz, they glow in the dark, and they're delicious!

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene. More than just the founder of Jefferson Airplane, he encouraged the opening of clubs and auditoriums, promoted festivals, and welcomed bands from all over.

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The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence way. See some really funny examples here.

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11 Scientific Reasons Why Being in Nature is Relaxing. That's a lot of reasons to go outside today.

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