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Skinny the Fat Cat

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Brittney Barton/AP

A Dallas veterinarian adopted a 41-pound cat named "Skinny."  She must be doing something right, as Skinny is down to 34 pounds now.
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In 1968, Fave magazine published a letter from a girl to Mr. Spock of Star Trek fame. Leonard Nimoy replied in the next issue, with advice that's still as good today.
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A new webseries puts Game of Thrones in a high school setting. Come to Westeros Valley High and watch the first episode of School of Thrones called Prom Night Is Coming.
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The Skytree broadcast tower in Tokyo is the world's tallest tower. Get a closeup look at this wonder of the modern world.
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Season three of The Walking Dead has spawned a whole new set of image memes. These contain spoilers if you're not current on the series, but you'd be doing good to figure them out.  
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Why we badly need a slower Internet (and fewer lists). Oh, this essay is not about slower internet connection, but a plea for more substance in the information presented.
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A family must relive the horror of the day NYPD Officer Michael Russell was shot every two years to keep his murderer from being paroled. Thirty-four years later, it's still difficult to confront growing up without a father.
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You can download 700 Marvel comic books right now — for free. The offer ends tonight at 11 Eastern time, so check out this handy guide to know where you should start.

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Robert Penn, Twentieth Century Fox
How Intelligent is the Alien Xenomorph?
Robert Penn, Twentieth Century Fox
Robert Penn, Twentieth Century Fox

Just How Intelligent is the Alien Xenomorph? For a slimy, 8-foot insect, it had some canny strategies.

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Sharknado 6 Will Have Nazis and Noah's Ark, Which Seems Weirdly Predictable. Godwin's law should have come into effect long before the sixth film.

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Your Cortex Contains 17 Billion Computers. Our brains are much more complex than we've been told, and we have charts to explain them.

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Is This The Most Crowded Island In The World? A visit to Ilet a Brouee, a micro-sample of Haiti's unnatural history.

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Hilarious Guide To Dog Breeds That Will Help You Choose Your Next Dog. Comic artist Grace Gogarty captures the canine personalities you won't understand from mere pictures.

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Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Slave Cooking. Thought to be gone forever, a chef stumbled across a surviving crop of hill rice in Trinidad.

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29 Secrets Competitive Figure Skaters Will Never Tell You. But we found out anyway.

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This is What the Flu Does to Your Body. You feel like you've been hijacked, because that's exactly what's happening.

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How A Wrinkle in Time Inspired Female Scientists
Atsushi Nishijima, Disney Enterprises, Inc.
Atsushi Nishijima, Disney Enterprises, Inc.

True Stories of How A Wrinkle in Time Inspired Female Scientists. The right book at the right time can change the world.

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How a Pile of Unpaid Bills Led to Washington, D.C. The new city was to be a haven from angry creditors.

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At the NBA All-Star Game, Fergie Performed "The Star Spangled Banner" as a Sultry Torch Song. The response was not so much outrage as it was laughter.

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Hawai‘i’s Last Outlaw Hippies. They've been squatting in the Kalalau Valley for 50 years, but that's coming to an end.

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The Insect That Painted Europe Red. When Conquistadors brought cochineal insects back from the Aztec empire, the color they produced made Spanish dyers rich.

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A New Model Predicts That the 'Ideal' Mammal Is 2.5 Times Bigger Than an Elephant. That model assumes adequate resources from an abundant Earth.

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New York’s Oldest Dim Sum Restaurant and the Secrets of Chinatown. Take a tour of Doyers Street, also known as Bloody Angle.

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15 of History's Greatest Mad Scientists. How being downright insane can lead to thinking outside the box.

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