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Skinny the Fat Cat

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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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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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