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Happy Geckos

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The Ridiculously Happy Gecko Test. If that one smiled as big as these 22 geckos, he'd sell more insurance.
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See how the Jurassic Park crew designed and built the frill-necked Dilophosaurus that started out cute and then killed Newman. They called it "the Spitter."
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A new study finds monkeys judge others the same way people do. They know and remember who is selfish or mean.
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Mountain climber Mark Roberts fell 100 feet down an icy slope, and sustained a broken ankle and bruises. His helmet cam was on the whole time, recording the scary descent.
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Can Doritos Locos Tacos Save America? Taco Bell is bucking the recession by offering a product people really want.
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A Talking Cat!?! is The Room of anthropomorphic animal movies featuring Eric Roberts. The A.V. Club deconstructs Roberts' career arc and an awful movie they make me want to see.
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How to Run a Publication That Isn’t Sexist. One magazine took the time and effort to find out what caused male contributors to outnumber female contributors -and then fixed it.

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Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
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Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

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The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

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6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

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What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

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The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

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27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe
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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

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Dominoes and Fire. See a chain reaction of dominoes—powered by candles, hot air, and burning sparklers.

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Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

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The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

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5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

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The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

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The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

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7 Spacecraft NASA Has Landed on Mars. Some future civilization may discover it and call it a robot planet.

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