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How to Buy the Moon

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Moon Land Ownership Has Its Pros

It’s quiet and not overly crowded, but the commute is terrible.  Yesterday I linked to an article on the efforts of human beings to live on the moon. Well, if you want to give it a try, you need to know this guy. He actually makes a living selling land on the moon.

This sort of reminds me of the man who sold the Eiffel Tower.

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How the Conclave Works

Time magazine offers a simple explanation of the Pope-picking process.

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Peep These Ideas

If you celebrate Easter, you know someone is going to give you them—whether you want them or not. Thankfully, Food Beast has a list of 18 great ways to eat, or drink, Peeps. I really need some Peeps Monkey Bread.

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The Watering Down of America

How did the most basic, tasteless beverage on the planet become America’s drink of choice?

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We All Want to Be Remembered As A “Natty Dresser”

But that’s just the beginning of the awesomeness attributed to Harry Weathersby Stamps in his fantastic obituary.

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Rescuing Napoleon

There was once a plan to rescue the former French Emperor from his island prison by using a submarine.

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Batman on An Elephant

Because why not?

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Volcanic Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice
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Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

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In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

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A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail.

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How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

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How Scientists are Revolutionizing Beer. Small batches of craft beer enable brewers to experiment and innovate.

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Welcome to One of the World's Last Matriarchal Societies. Kihnu, an island off the coast of Estonia, is struggling to preserve its culture.

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Why Denmark is the World's Happiest Country
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5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

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Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

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What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

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My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

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Elon Musk Releases an Explosive Mega-Collection of His Greatest Rocket Failures. Still, risking failure is the only path to technological breakthrough.

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Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

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Early Time Travel? Why Britain Lost 11 Days in 1752.

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