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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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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws?
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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws? Enforcement of existing laws from Earth will be impossible for a small population millions of miles away.

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The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood bedroom had a cabinet made by a carpenter who led a double life.

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14 Unmade Hammer Horror Films. Some ideas were too bizarre even for the erstwhile British gothic film studio.

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A Brief History of Bat-Marriage. Batman has been spotted carrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman across the threshold—most of them twice.

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John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of. His chosen medium was an obscure 19th-century show business gimmick, and he managed to completely squander his fortune.

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Why Everyone Knows the Same Scary Slumber-Party Stories. People who know them don't recall where they first heard them.

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9 Naked Cakes for When You Don't Feel Like Frosting. You'll feel good about avoiding too much sugar, too.

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8 Antique Maps That Were the First of Their Kind. Each one gave us a new way to look at our world.

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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession?
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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession? Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur discuss what it takes to be a superfan.

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The Roller Skating Scene from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. A lesson in special effects from 1936.

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From Prejudice to Pride. As the indigenous Ainu begin to assert their place among the people of Japan, an archaeological dig reveals more about their past.

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How U.S. Colleges Went from Pitiful to Powerful. The flexibility born of the system's ragged beginnings helped make the American higher education business what it is today.

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A Brief History of the Danse Macabre, from a Paris cemetery to David S. Pumpkins. It's a reminder that no one escapes death.

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Life Along the Russian Border. Border security reflects each nation's history with Russia.

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The Frenetic Enchantment of New York City. French photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont captures the city's charm in 50 years of photos.

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Hellish Nell, The Last Person Imprisoned for Witchcraft in Britain. And that was only 73 years ago!

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