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The Origin of Smiley Faces

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Wait, Forrest Gump Didn’t Really Invent the Smiley Face?

Shocking, I know. Here is how it’s believed to have actually been developed.

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Dear Einstein

In honor of his birthday, here is an interesting exchange between the genius physicist and a sixth grader who wants to know if he prays.

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Will Hunting Was No Einstein

Turns out his amazing mathematics acrobatics might not have been so impressive.

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Goodbye Google Reader

If you are one of the people who use it, you could try these things instead.

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The Story of the Nerdfighters

Hopefully you’re already very familiar with John Green—the bestselling author, blogger, and host of the new mental_floss YouTube channel. If you’re not, give this a look.

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Just Do Your Job

Especially if you only had one simple task to complete.

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Behold the Bionic Hand

Watch the user tie his shoes, work in the kitchen, and do yard work.

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Why Restaurants Love Buffets Even More Than You Do
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Why Restaurants Love Buffets Even More Than You Do. While you get all you can eat, they profit in several ways.

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Kate Middleton’s Postpartum Look Sums Up Our Untenable Expectations for Women. Seven hours after the prince was born, she was posing for pictures.

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When the U.S. Kept Losing Nuclear Bombs. Some are still out there, waiting to be found someday.

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Play Saturn's Rings Like a Harp. An image of the rings from the Cassini probe has been linked to harp sounds, so you can pluck them with your mouse.

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Feed the World With Bad Music: The Wacky World of Charity Singles. There have been a lot more of them than you realized.

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Mitchel Wu Has a Lot of Toys. They are the subjects of his photographs, placed in unexpected settings in odd combinations that show us another side to life as a pop culture icon toy.

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Decoding My Pup's DNA. More evidence that mutts are the best.

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How Did Saloons in the Old West Lock Their Doors at Night? The swinging doors you see in Westerns weren't up to real security.

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The Battle of New York: An Avengers Oral History
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The Battle of New York: An Avengers Oral History. It took a huge team of professionals to pull it off.

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The Mountain Man Who Outran His Captors Barefoot and Naked. John Colter had to think fast to escape Blackfoot country.

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A Program to Guide You to College Success. First-generation college students do much better when they have personal guidance from trained counselors.

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When Don the Talking Dog Took the Nation by Storm. He only knew eight words, but was the hit of the vaudeville circuit.

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A Spring Drive in Nepal. A driver must have nerves of steel to avoid waterfalls cascading over the mountain road.

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The Heart-Racing Drama of Dissecting a Beached Whale. Dr. Joy Reidenberg shares stories from her unique job.

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The Robot-Operated Power Plant of the Future. One is already being built in Japan.

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7 Times People Were Awarded Lifetime Supplies Of Things. That's the way to make a few lifetime fans.

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