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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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The Magic of Making Marbles. An expert glassblower shows us how it's done.

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The Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. It burned brightly and then flamed out quickly.

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The 12 Best So-Bad-They're-Good Episodes of Star Trek. They come from four different series in the adventures of Starfleet.

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The Bizarre Case of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants. This illustrates the danger of new products that aren't thoroughly tested.

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Leather: Grown in a Lab, Without Cows. It's collagen produced by engineered yeast that is essentially the same as tanned animal skin.

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Watch a Rare Video of a Two-Faced Kitten. And learn what might cause a Janus cat to be born that way.

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5 Great Alarm Clocks for Reluctant Wakers. A novel idea could really get your attention first thing in the morning.

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Autumnal Equinox Traditions. How folks say goodbye to summer and hello to fall—at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

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The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time. It was about a brownie recipe, but it escalated quickly.

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Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World’s Biggest Pumpkin? The largest of the season have been grown in Europe two out of the last three years.

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Sorry, Not Sorry: When Apologizing Makes Things Worse. Adding an apology to a rejection doesn't make you appear any better.

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Driving in Germany is Much Better than Driving in America. And, considering the size of Germany, there's a lot less of it.

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This Cosplayer Transforms Himself into Real Life Versions of Disney Heroes. Jonathan Stryker is a master at becoming a cartoon.

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How the Star Trek Punch Became the Worst Fight Move on TV. A Star Trek stunt coordinator explains why they continue to use the double-handed punch.

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23 College Secrets Your Professors Will Never Tell You. Unless you ask, which is one thing you should do.

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This Guide Will Help You Choose Your Apples Wisely. There's one for every taste and purpose.

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