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Weekend Links: Happy Birthday, Spider-Man

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Fifty years ago this month, Marvel Comics released its first issue of the The Amazing Spider-Man. To commemorate the occasion, The Onion has compiled a look back at the past half-century of the web-slinger’s history that may not be, uh, completely accurate. (June 1975: Spider-Man learns to swim.)

March Madness started this past Thursday, and New York magazine has a rundown of the top ten most compelling team trivia as well as the players worth watching. It’s useful, whether you’re a diehard Duke fan or someone who put a few dollars into the office pool knowing you’ll never get it back.

These 20 embarrassingly bad book covers do deserve to be judged, and judged harshly.

In any relationship, it’s hard to let someone go. In a book club, it can be even harder. This guide will help you figure when to bid adieu to That Guy in your local reading group – especially if he eats all the cupcakes and texts during discussion.

Breaking nutritional news: butter isn’t as bad for you as you think! Read up on it while I start measuring sugar and pre-heating the oven.

In related news, a daily habit of drinking coffee or green tea can decrease your risk of having a stroke, so relax and have a cuppa for your health.

American poet and social activist Langston Hughes had a hobby on the side of collecting “rent party” cards, which advertised social gatherings with music and dancing, whose hosts charged an entry fee to help offset their rent.

People-watching is a classic American pastime. These street photos taken on the sidewalks of New York in the 1960s and ‘70s, featuring elderly women, hare krishnas, and a minister rocking some shades, remind us why.

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Peanuts Aren't Nuts
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Why aren't peanuts classified as nuts? Turns out, they're closer to green beans than you think. Peanuts are biologically legumes.

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What This Company Is Offering Employees Is Raising a Privacy Debate. Would you let your company implant a chip in your hand?

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Your Roomba is Spying on You. The devices have been gathering information about your home, and that data could be more valuable to Roomba maker iRobot Corp than the sales of its vacuum cleaner.

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The Legend of The Fatal Sisters: Voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau put a curse on plantation owner De Coucy, swearing his bloodline would die out, but he ignored it.

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Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Summer Camp? Kids don't mind giving up their cell phones for the week, but it really bothers parents.

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He Thought Butternut Squash was Cheese: Funny observation of the daily struggles of customer service employees and the fact that the customer is not always right.

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Why you should vacation somewhere new, unexpected, and totally out of your comfort zone.

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15 Monumental Facts About the Lincoln Memorial. One tidbit: The project took a long and winding road from idea to finished structure.

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Morning Cup of Links: San Diego Comic Con News
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The Biggest San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Stories. The latest updates from every pop culture universe.

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Freedom Ride: a glimpse into the experiences of one group of the Freedom Riders of 1961.

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"Dude, where's my car?" Parents take to Craigslist for help after ‘doofy’ son loses car at Metallica show.

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Scientific Journals Publish Bogus Paper About Midi-chlorians from Star Wars, a reminder that not all journals use peer review or even proofreaders.

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Puzzlewood, Tolkien’s Inspiration for Middle-earth. The peaceful, green, 14-acre section of Gloucestershire is truly inspirational.

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How to Turn Your Used Electronics Into Cash. Read the comments, too, for the experiences of people who have used these methods.

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The Accent Whisperers of Hollywood. An influx of global acting talent must be taught to passably sound like Americans.

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Are You Bold Enough to Play Motorcycle Soccer? It's one of several sports mash-ups involving motorbikes.

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