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Captain Kirk’s Phaser Is Worth More Than Your House. The cool-looking weapon from Shatner's pilot episode sold for almost a quarter-million dollars.
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The 25 Books Every Kid Should Have on Their Bookshelf. I can vouch for each one that was available when I was a child.
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Jack Black's film School of Rock is going to become a Broadway musical. It will be adapted by none other than Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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The blog Everyday Sexism gives women a place to share their experiences of, well, everyday sexism. The bad part is that the site has gathered 25,000 stories in just one year.
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12 Awesome Solar-Powered Race Cars. Engineers all over the world compete to design the fastest car without a fill up.
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Cancer, Deadlines and Edwardian England. Trying to maintain a writing career while battling illness is no picnic.
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The short film Cargo take the zombie apocalypse to another level. Bring your hankie and watch a doomed father care for his baby girl.
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Dogs do great work sniffing out bombs, drugs, and even cancer. Now canines are being trained to find smuggled wildlife, whether alive or dead.
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After winning the men's basketball championship, the Louisville Cardinals winning team wanted to watch the school play in the women's championship game last night. But the NCAA said no.

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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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