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Ultra-Dedicated Zookeepers

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The extremely endearing, scary, and gross lengths zookeepers go to for their animals. It's almost like being a mother, if you know what I mean.  
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The new BBC series In The Flesh is about zombies in rehab to kick the brain-eating habit. Despite the premise, the trailers make it clear this is not a comedy.
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On World Book Day, many children dressed up as literary characters for school. They are all adorable!
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The 10 Most Inexplicably Expensive Movies Ever Made. Is it Hollywood accounting or just really expensive doughnut delivery?  
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What deleted scenes teach us about movies. The opportunity to see what was edited out lets us consider how fluid the art of filmmaking really is.
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There's a Reason That Addicts Say Yes to Drugs. For many, being high is always better than dealing with reality.
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The Secret Life Of A Work From Home Employee. I can't speak for all mental_floss writers, but this is exactly how I spend my days. And nights, for that matter.
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Hot Tips For Growing Your Own Veggies in Greenhouses. There's nothing like flavorful homegrown food when the supermarkets are full of tasteless, imported, out-of-season produce.

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The Real Gold Rush Wealth
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The Man Who Got Rich Off the Gold Rush ... Without the Gold. The folks who really prospered were those who provided goods and services to the prospectors.

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Five Elements and Substances That Turned Out Not to Exist. Science progresses with two steps forward and one step back.

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An American Werewolf in London Is Still the Best Horror Reimagining. A look back at the 1981 thriller.

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NASA's Ambitious Plan To Save Earth From A Supervolcano. And we might produce usable energy as a bonus.

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The Devil’s in the Details of These Dark Miniature Scenes. Artist Frank Kunert makes beautiful dioramas, but they each have something weird going on.

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Why Lottery Winners Make Dangerous Neighbors. It's not because they attract burglars.

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Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell. Craig Winslow has a unique method of preserving old painted walls without affecting the building itself.

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Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem. What a real plague victim looked like was worse, but not as easily conveyed in a painting.

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The Last Solar Eclipse
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The Last Solar Eclipse. There will come a time when the moon is too far away to produce a solar eclipse.

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Nebraska's Fearless Maid. How Minnie Freeman saved her students during the blizzard of 1888.

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Confessions of a Costume Curator. Historic garments carry the ghosts of the people who once wore them.

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This Infant's Size Confirms a Concern Doctors Have Had for Years: Large babies as well as small babies can be an indication of problems ahead.

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18 Science Fiction Spacesuits, Ranked. They may look cool, but how safe and usable would they be in real life?

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The Haunting Magic of Ghost Buildings. They aren't there anymore, but they've left evidence of their existence on the shared walls of the adjacent buildings.

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Technology Could Make Us Immortal. (But there will be consequences.)

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6 Unexpected Consequences of a Solar Eclipse. Be ready for them.

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