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A Modern Day Viking Funeral

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The Gauntlet

That’s the Way to Go

This husband respected his wife’s wishes by giving her a Viking funeral. I want one of those. Someday. Not anytime soon.

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Pretenders to the Throne

Fans of Game of Thrones will enjoy these funny takeoffs.

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These Shots Will Make You Thirsty

The Behold Photo Blog has some amazing snaps of Earth’s most extreme deserts.

Also: Speaking of the desert, how exactly does a mirage happen?

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Google As Poetry

Google is so talented that it can spit out artistic verse for you.

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Rand Paul Became A Mercenary Pirate Yesterday

Oh, never mind, I was using an old definition of filibuster.

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Colbert of Middle Earth

Renaissance man James Franco recently challenged Stephen Colbert to a Lord-of-the-Rings-off, and was summarily destroyed. Skip straight to 5:20 for the LOTR content.

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The Battle of New York: An Avengers Oral History
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Marvel

The Battle of New York: An Avengers Oral History. It took a huge team of professionals to pull it off.

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The Mountain Man Who Outran His Captors Barefoot and Naked. John Colter had to think fast to escape Blackfoot country.

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A Program to Guide You to College Success. First-generation college students do much better when they have personal guidance from trained counselors.

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When Don the Talking Dog Took the Nation by Storm. He only knew eight words, but was the hit of the vaudeville circuit.

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A Spring Drive in Nepal. A driver must have nerves of steel to avoid waterfalls cascading over the mountain road.

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The Heart-Racing Drama of Dissecting a Beached Whale. Dr. Joy Reidenberg shares stories from her unique job.

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The Robot-Operated Power Plant of the Future. One is already being built in Japan.

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7 Times People Were Awarded Lifetime Supplies Of Things. That's the way to make a few lifetime fans.

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What Are Mercury's Mysterious Red Spots?
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iStock

What Are Mercury's Mysterious Red Spots? Data from the MESSENGER probe proves the tiny planet is more interesting than we ever knew.

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How Antonio Banderas Conquered His Fear of Playing Picasso. The role of his hometown hero was intimidating before now.

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What Kind of Town Elects a Cat as its Mayor? The kind of town Talkeetna, Alaska, is.

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Where the Amish Go on Vacation. A neighborhood in Sarasota, Florida, is the place for an annual respite from normal work.

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8 Serious Hollywood Scenes That Looked Hilarious Before CGI. Don't let a look behind the scenes ruin your suspension of disbelief.

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A Cat Walks Into a Deli ... And the clerk helps him select a choice cut of meat.

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How Charles Dickens Imagined a Westworld-like Robot Theme Park Back In 1838. The Mudfog Association proposed using automatons to provide immersive entertainment.

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The Jewish Psychic Who Tricked Hitler. Erik Jan Hanussen was a master at manipulating gullible people, up to a point.

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