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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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World War II's Greatest Urban Legend
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An Invisible Warship is at the Center of WWII’s Greatest Urban Legend. Secret experiments, magnetic fields, and conspiracy theories led people to believe the USS Eldridge achieved teleportation.

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The Next Big Discovery in Astronomy Has Already Been Found. We Just Don't Know It Yet. Many important breakthroughs come from interpreting old data.

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Richard Wilkinson is producing a series of insect illustrations based on Star Wars characters called Arthropoda Iconicus. Star Wars fans will recognize who inspired each of these insects, but non-Star Wars fans will be forgiven if they take them as real species.

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The Curse of an Open Floor Plan. Do the benefits of a great room outweigh the disadvantages?

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Don't Pay for a Spell to Remove the Impediment. Especially if the impediment is you!

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The Army’s First Black Nurses Were Relegated to Caring for Nazi Prisoners of War. The military didn't want them, even during a nurse shortage.

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Rise of the Ticks. Insect-borne diseases have more than tripled in the past few years due to climate change.

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The Birthplaces of 9 Classic Salads. Read them all, and then select one to enjoy today.

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The History of Monopoly
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Elizabeth Magie and the History of the Board Game Monopoly. What it became was a far cry from her original intention.

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How North American Bison Ended Up in the Swiss Alps. Several Alpine herds are all descended from one farmer's crazy idea.

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South Georgia Island Is Officially Free of Its Bird-Killing Rodents. The invasive species wrecked the balance of nature for 250 years.

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Listen to These Auditory Illusions When You’re Bored With Laurel and Yanny. Learn about five ways your brain affects what you hear.

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Everybody Once Thought Stegosauruses Could Actually Fly. Early fossil finds led one paleontologist into wild speculation about the dinosaur.

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The Truth About the First Academy Awards and the Dog Rin Tin Tin. He was a good boy, but not an Oscar winner.

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Las Vegas is everything right—and wrong—with sports right now. Stadiums built with tax money rarely benefit the taxpayers.

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15 Life Hacks to Make Doing the Dishes a Breeze. Make them a habit to save yourself time and trouble.

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